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Here are the members who are here for you!


President: Mariana Peña

Mariana is a third-year political science major with minors in Spanish, Chinese, and Public Policy and Public Service. Coming from New Mexico, Mariana has long been passionate about Politics in the South West and is excited to serve as Executive Vice President of the ASU Young Democrats. Mariana served as the Lead Administrative intern for the Arizona Democratic Party during the 2018 election cycle and has interned at Congressman Ruben Gallego’s office. She is also involved in multiple organizations across ASU that include NGSC, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Changemaker’s Civic Engagement committee. She is passionate about Latino Voting, LGBTQ+ rights, International Diplomacy, Veterans Care, Mental Health, and Immigration Policy. She also can make a mean Thanksgiving turkey for Friendsgiving.

Executive Vice President:

Gabriella Varela

Gabriella is a sophomore studying geography at ASU. She has been politically involved since she was 13 and has always had a passion for civic engagement and leadership. Issues that matter to her most include prison reform, public education improvements, and reducing environmental waste. Her previous experience mainly consists of helping with the Arizona Democratic Party as a fellow. This year she hopes to represent Democratic values through volunteerism and community involvement 

Vice President of Membership:

Kyle DeLashmutt

Kyle DeLashmutt is a Sophomore Finance and Accountancy Major at ASU. He became involved with Democratic politics to create positive change in the community through sound policy. Last election, he interned for a congressional race and wants to continue campaign work in the future. His focus is on policy, with healthcare policy as his highest priority


Cameron Adams

Cameron is a freshman at ASU majoring in Global Studies and is the 2019 Young Democrats Treasurer. As treasurer, she will oversee the funds of the organization and work to raise additional money for the club. She hopes to give members a chance to attend conferences and trainings as well as help put on exciting events. Cameron first got involved in the Arizona political world by volunteering for several campaigns. Most recently, in the 2018 cycle, she worked on the campaign for the Legislative District 18 candidates for the State Legislature (all of which were elected!). Cameron is excited to have the opportunity to serve on the board of the 2019 ASU Young Democrats!

Social Chair: Moses Adams

Moses is a Sophomore studying business marketing with a minor in political science. As the Social Chair for Young Democrats Moses is responsible for organizing all Young Democrat related activities and events. This year Moses Adams is focused on increasing connectedness between members and increase the visibility of the Young Democrats around campus. Moses will work closely with the VP of membership to help to retain and recruit members.  Together they aim to increase membership substantially by the end of the year. 


Emma Galligan

Emma Galligan is a first-year student studying Political Science and is planning on going to law school upon graduation. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and a proud Latina.
She is originally from Tucson, Arizona and has advocated for anti-poverty and education reform both at the Arizona State Capitol and on Capitol Hill. She is fluent in Spanish and German and was a Youth Ambassador to Germany in high school. Growing up in a predominantly immigrant community and being the daughter of an immigrant, she is dedicated to working towards migrant justice and US border and customs reform. Having seen the effects of injustices on her own community, she has become passionate about social justice especially for women, migrants, and other underserved populations. As Director of Communications of the Young
Democrats she hopes to connect to the diverse community of ASU and help them become a part of the Democratic community.

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