Our Executive Board

Daniel Lopez, President

Daniel Lopez is currently serving in his first term as LACYD President and currently serves as a Legislative Deputy for Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian. Daniel’s interest in politics first began within his family.   Growing up in a politically active family, Daniel was instilled with a strong commitment to the civic engagement, and with values that mandate fighting for those less fortunate.  His political engagement began in earnest when he attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles where his Government and Politics class cemented his love of politics. After graduating from Loyola, Daniel attended the University of Southern California.  While Daniel was attending USC he became involved in the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign.  Daniel became so involved in the campaign that he worked in Texas and North Carolina, where he got to staff now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Former President Bill Clinton, all while maintain a full class load at USC.   The Clinton campaign truly opened Daniel’s eyes to the tremendous affect that politics and public service has to many every day Americans and how truly lucky we are to live in a free democracy. After the Clinton Campaign, Daniel worked as the New Media Director for the Antonio Villarigosa Re-Election Campaign, where he created all of Mayor Villarigosa’s now vibrant Social Media Websites.   After the conclusion of that campaign, Daniel went to go work for then-Assemblymember Paul Krekorian’s bid for LA City Council.  Councilmember Krekorian was victorious and asked Daniel to join his City Hall Policy Team where he has been since. Last May, Daniel graduated from USC with a degree in International Relations and Economics. Daniel is also a big sports fan and enjoys baseball, football and basketball. Daniel is a lifetime resident of the Pasadena area of the San Gabriel Valley.

Jason B. Levin, Vice President of Communications

Jason Levin is beginning his fourth term as the Los Angeles County Young Democrats’ Vice President of Communications.  In this role, Jason coordinates and manages LACYD’s external and internal communications, including the organization’s social media presence. In his professional career, Jason currently serves as Communications Director to Councilmember Bob Blumenfield.  A veteran of both government and campaigns, Jason has previously worked as Communications Director for then LAUSD Board Member Nury Martinez and as Press Secretary for former Congressman and LACYD co-founder Howard Berman’s 2012 re-election campaign. Jason has also served Valley communities as a field representative for Congressman Howard Berman and State Senator Fran Pavley. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Jason is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Aubrey Farkas, Vice President of Programming

Aubrey Farkas is a student at the University of Southern California, earning her Masters in Public Policy and certificate in Political Management.  Aubrey also works for Brad Sherman for Congress. Aubrey serves on the Board of Directors for BookEnds, a non-profit literacy organization based in West Los Angeles, and Progress for a New Generation, a committee dedicated to ensuring the political presence of progressive young professionals is felt. She is an appointed delegate to the California State Democratic Party and has worked on several campaigns including Hillary Clinton’s Senate and presidential races, Barbara Boxer’s 2010 Senate campaign and Phil Angelides for Governor. Aubrey graduated from UC Davis, where she studied Political Science, Middle Eastern/South Asian Studies and Art History.

Marcos Sanchez, Vice President of Administration

Maros is in his second term as LACYD’s Vice President of Administration, responsible for coordinating the activities of the legislative, political and membership recruitment and engagement activities of the organization. Professionally, Marcos serves as the Field Representative for Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra. Born in the north east San Fernando Valley, Marcos is dedicated to expanding opportunity and improving the quality of life in his community.





Anna Aroutiounian, Vice President of Finance

As Vice President of Finance, Anna is responsible for managing the finances of the club, including disbursements, receipts, banking relationships, FPPC statements, and in general, any and all bookkeeping. She also directs the club’s sizeable and ongoing fundraising campaigns.

Born in Armenia and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Anna works as a policy aid for Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian. Previously Anna handled finance on Janice Hahn’s campaign for Congress.

Kaya Masler, Secretary

Antonio Villaraigosa, Jr.,Regional Board District 1

Erick Martell, Regional Board District 2


Erick J. Martell currently serves as Legislative Representative for the Port of Los Angeles.The Port of Los Angeles encompasses 7,500 acres of land and water along 43 miles of waterfront. It features 24 passenger and cargo terminals, including automobile, breakbulk, container, dry and liquid bulk, and warehouse facilities that handle billions of dollars’ worth of cargo each year. The Port also wields tremendous economic impact, generating employment for more than 3 million Americans nationwide. In California alone, nearly 1 million jobs are related to trade though the Port of Los Angeles.

Prior to his current post, Erick J. Martell served as the Legislative & Transportation Director for Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, 14th District. The District includes Downtown Los Angeles, as well as Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Highland Park and Eagle Rock. Erick successfully advanced the Councilman’s public policy agenda on a broad range of issues and was the point person on matters relating to Los Angeles World Airports, Port of Los Angeles, Public Safety, Public Works, Budget & Finance, LAUSD, Intergovernmental Affairs and Labor relations. Born and raised in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles, Erick has served on the Pico Union Neighborhood Council, Levitt Pavilion Advisory Board, and is the Vice President of the Latino Staffer Coalition, a non-partisan organization created to promote the advancement of its members throughout California.

Erick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Spanish from Loyola Marymount University, where he was invited to be a member of the Crimson Circle, the oldest honors and service organization at Loyola and was a proud member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Ilissa Gold, Regional Board District 3


Ilissa Gold is a native of Nashville, TN, where she got her political start in 2000 at age 14 by knocking doors for native son Al Gore.  She moved to Los Angeles upon graduating from law school, and now practices as an attorney specializing in transactional real estate and land use law.  In college at Cornell University, she organized for Barack Obama on campus in 2008, helping to make Tompkins County the one county in New York state to go for Obama in the Democratic primary.  In law school at Washington University in St. Louis, she served as president of her Law Students for Reproductive Justice chapter, where she undertook initiatives such as educating fellow law students about legislative and judicial threats to reproductive rights, distributing sexual health information and materials to both the campus and the wider St. Louis community, and coordinating student volunteers with Planned Parenthood and NARAL.  She personally served as a patient escort at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic during this time, and the abuse and threats she received from the fanatical protesters only strengthened her resolve to always fight for the rights of women and families.  She also interned for J Street in Washington, DC, to help work towards a peaceful two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict.  In Los Angeles, she serves on the New Leaders Council of Bet Tzedek to further work for social justice.  In addition to the Los Angeles County Young Democrats, she is also a founding member of the Miracle Mile Democratic Club and is active in the Stonewall Democratic Club.  This is her first elected Democratic position, and she looks forward to helping elect Democratic candidates and ensuring California will continue to set a progressive example for the rest of the country.

Victoria Chung, Regional Board District 4

Sahag Yedalian, Regional Board District 5

Megan Moret, Board Member

Sara Hernandez, Board Member

Tina Oh, Board Member










Joey Freeman, Board Member

JoeyJoey is currently serving in his first term as an LACYD Board Member. Outside of LACYD, he works for Wendy Greuel for Congress 2014 and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs from 2013-2014. Through Coro, a nine month, graduate level experiential leadership program, Joey worked at the Southern California Leadership Council, Los Angeles World Airports, the LA County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, Pan American Bank and Swell Creative Group.
Joey graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013, with a degree in American Studies and Public Policy. While in Berkeley, he was elected as the External Affairs Vice President (EAVP), with responsibility for representing the university’s 36,000 students at the local, state and federal levels of government. As EAVP, he cofounded a statewide coalition called Fund the UC, worked with Speaker John Perez to pass the Middle Class Scholarship Act and founded and chaired a successful three year campaign to pass citywide charter reform in Berkeley and create the nation’s first voting student City Council district.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joey is passionate about our city and has committed to improving it through the political process. From 2005-2009, he served as member and President of Mayor Villaraigosa’s Youth Council and has worked on a number of political campaigns, including managing a bid for Los Angeles City Council before he turned 18. He interned over a three year period for then-City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and spent a summer in Washington D.C. working for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

Kyle Hall, Board Member

Tonna Oyendu, Board Member


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