Our Executive Board


Daniel Lopez, President

Daniel Lopez elected to his second term as LACYD President, Daniel currently serves as a Legislative Deputy for Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian. Daniel’s interest in politics first began within his family, who instilled in him a strong commitment to civic engagement, and with values that mandate fighting for those less fortunate. Daniel’s love of politics was cemented during as a student in a Government and Politics class at Los Angeles’s Loyola High School.

While still a student at the University of Southern California, Daniel became involved in the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign going on to work in both Texas and North Carolina, where he was fortunate to work directly with Secretary Clinton and Former President Bill Clinton, all while maintaining a full class load at USC. Daniel credits the Clinton campaign with opening his eyes to the tremendous effect that politics and public service can have, and how truly lucky we are to live in a free democracy.

Following 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 platforms. Daniel built on that experience joining then-Assemblymember Paul Krekorian’s successful bid for LA City Council.

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 lifelong resident of the Pasadena area of the San Gabriel Valley.


Jason B. Levin, Vice President of Communications

Jason Levin is serving his fifth term as the 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 Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, Jason is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


Tonna Oyendu, Vice President of Programming

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Marcos Sanchez, Vice President of Administration

Marcos is serving his third 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.


Stephanie Uy, Secretary

headshot uyStephanie Uy found her passion for social justice as a student organizer at UCLA where she graduated with a degree in Asian American Studies. As a board member of Samahang Pilipino and as a Student Director within the Community Programs Office, Stephanie served as a long-time advocate for communities of color and worked towards college affordability and accessibility. During her senior year, she interned with Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Immediately after graduating UCLA in 2012, Stephanie worked as a field organizer on a presidential campaign in Colorado. Upon returning to Los Angeles, she continued on the campaign trail as the Pilipino Outreach Coordinator and Social Media Director on a local city council race and later as an organizer for the non-profit organization SIPA (Search to Involve Pilipino Americans).

Stephanie is currently a Council Aide for Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Krekorian.


Sara Hernandez, Regional Board District 1

155272_165078293534377_7709886_nSara Hernandez is the Downtown Area Director and Special Counsel for Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar, managing a team that is actively working to revitalize Downtown Los Angeles through increased economic development, policy changes, improved constituency services, transportation alternatives and a multitude of public infrastructure projects and public/private partnerships.

A former LAUSD teacher and trained attorney, Sara has done policy and legal work for the Los Angeles City Attorney- Safe Schools Division, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office- Major Crimes Unit and the California Charter School Association. Sara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Duke University, a Masters in Education from Loyola Marymount and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. She lives in Downtown Los Angeles and her free time, runs an educational non-profit that she founded, Helping Young People Excel- Los Angeles (HYPE).


Antonio Villaraigosa, Jr., Regional Board District 2

lacyd_headshot (2)Antonio is currently serving his fourth term as an Executive Board member for LACYD and is honored to have that privilege. He has been involved in Democratic campaigns since the tender age of 5, primarily those of his father, but also those of other candidates for city and state offices.    Among his most cherished campaign experiences is working for President Obama’s campaign in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania in the week leading up to the 2008 election and coming just 60 votes shy of turning a red county blue (Bush won in 2004 by 3,000 votes).

Antonio fulfilled his lifelong interest in cities and architecture and emerging career path in urban planning by graduating from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 2013 with a degree a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning.   Urban planning is an inherently political line of work, where the concerns of many disparate parties must often be reconciled in order to get things accomplished, be they large public works projects or real estate developments.  He embraces the difficulty of such situations by applying the principles of social justice and equity that are the core of the Democratic Party. Like many other Democrats, he is also committed to sustainability and environmental protection.  Antonio’s study of planning has taught him that cars are the cause of many of Los Angeles’ social ills and while he owns one (electric, of course), he commuted to CSUN everyday via public transit and bicycle because slow, incremental change has to start somewhere. Go Metro!


Daniel Osztreicher, Regional Board District 3

10372297_291459884348939_7231080855541902084_nDaniel Osztreicher is serving his first term as LACYD District 3 representative and currently serves as Council Deputy for Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin. His family has made  Los Angeles home for the past 27 years since they immigrated from Argentina which has helped shaped his political views.

Raised in the San Fernando Valley, Daniel attended San Diego State University earning a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in Education. As SDSU, Daniel was involved with the Associated Students Government, serving as Vice President of External Affairs for the 2008-2009 school year. In that capacity, Daniel had frequent contact with the City of San Diego, leading him to change his focus from state and federal matters to local. That same year, Daniel successfully ran for a seat on the local neighborhood council where he held the position of Vice-Chair.

After graduation  Daniel moved to the Coastal area  of Los Angeles where he began working as an educator.


Erick Martell, Regional Board District 4

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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.


Chloe Rodriguez, Regional Board District 5

Chloe Rodriguez is serving her first term on the LACYD Board as the Regional Board member for District 5. Deeply committed to public service and Democratic principals, Chloe worked on President Obama’s election and re-election campaigns, and for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO). Currently, Chloe serves as Communications Assistant for Council President Herb Wesson, where she manages all online and social media platforms.

A native Angeleno, Chloe is an active member of the Women’s Foundation of California, a publicly supported organization that helps to improve the health and economic security of women and families in California through strategic grant-making, policy advocacy training and convening women leaders, and served as Secretary of the Student Body and Chair of the Senate Affairs Committee at Franklin Pierce University.


Kaya Masler, Board Member

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After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a degree in Political Science, Kaya earned a position as Campaign Coordinator with the Sandra Fluke Campaign for State Senate.

As a student leader at the University of Southern California Kaya founded an initiative to combat university sexual assault​ by updating university policies and and ​launching a comprehensive training program for staff, faculty, security officers and students​.​

Having worked in ​politics at the local​, ​state and federal levels for the last seven years, Kaya is particularly dedicated to the effort to increase political representation of traditionally disenfranchised groups.

Kaya​ proudly​ serves on the board of the Los Angeles County Young Democrats and heads up the advocacy program at the Los Angeles Chapter of the UN Women Safe Cities initiative.


Sarah Rascon, Board Member

photo (4)Raised in El Sereno & Alhambra, Sarah is currently a Field Representative for State Assemblymemeber Jimmy Gomez, where she has had the opportunity to serve her hometown, in addition to various communities in the 51st District including, Silverlake, Echo Park,  El Sereno, Chinatown and unincorporated East Los Angeles. Sarah is also responsible for handling LGBTQ affairs, Latino/ latina affairs, as well as environmental affairs and social media for her office.

Prior to her work with the Assemblymember, Sarah interned at City Hall in the Department of Public Works, and participated in the prestigious UCDC program where she worked for a former California Congressman.

 

Sarah has worked for the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project and the William C. Velasquez Institute and is a Board Member of the Wise Latina Network; a multi-generational network inspiring the Latino community through educational outreach, programming and philanthropic efforts.


Poonam Narewatt, Board Member


Brian Gavidia, Board Member

Headshot for LACYDBrian is serving his first term as LACYD Board Member. Professionally, Brian serves as Field Representative for Congressman Tony Cárdenas. Brian holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from California State University Northridge, and a Bachelors Degree in Latin American and Iberian Studies and Spanish from the University of California Santa Barbara. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Brian is dedicated to improving the quality of life in his community.

 

 

 

 


Derek Mazzeo, Board Member

image (1)Derek Mazzeo is serving his first term as an LACYD Board Member. A lifelong Southern Californian and Democrat, Derekserves as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s state liaison as well as the liaison to the Los Angeles Unified School District. The child of two public school teachers, Derek has a deep passion for social justice and Democratic politics.

In 2008, he worked as field organizer for the Barack Obama presidential campaign in three states while a freshman at Occidental College. Derek later founded Occidental College for Obama where, despite a campus of less than 2,000 students, it became the largest college chapter in California with over 250 active volunteers. After the Obama campaignDerek became president of Occidental College Democrats before joining the office of then-Council President Eric Garcetti.

In his free time, Derek enjoys going to Dodger games, exploring Los Angeles on foot, and volunteering.


Jonathan Yang, Board Member

RMheadshotJonathan Yang is Special Assistant to the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti. In this role, he manages handles a wide range of special projects and strategic partnerships, as well as programming at the Mayor’s official residence, Getty House.

Born in Los Angeles to immigrants from China, Jonathan has always been drawn to politics as a necessary endeavor to ensure the continued expansion of opportunity that his own family enjoyed. With his background both in international relations and LA politics, Jonathan hopes to help his city capitalize on the tremendous potential of its people and cultures. Whenever possible, he has sought to mentor younger leaders from all backgrounds.

Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Jonathan was an internal consultant in the private sector. He previously worked for GE’s China strategy team in Shanghai, as well as Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, a foreign policy think tank based in Mumbai.

Jonathan graduated with a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, & Economics from Yale University, focusing on US foreign policy. During his time there, he served as President of the Yale Political Union, and volunteered on a number of campaigns as a Yale College Democrat.

Jonathan enjoys amateur cooking, hiking, accents, impressions, and wood-carving. He currently lives in Echo Park. He speaks Mandarin and Spanish.

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