Lindsay Carlson - President Lindsay is a long-time Democratic activist and donor. She is a UCLA law graduate and currently works as an attorney in private practice. She worked with Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign as a member of the Finance Committee, Victory Counsel (legal team volunteer), and co-leader of the 3500-volunteer strong Heart of LA for Hillary volunteer group based out of the campaign's Westchester office.
Jane Wishon - Treasurer Jane grew up in the segregated South and fled Texas to attend college, first at Princeton University and later at UCLA. She's held many positions over the years, both paid and volunteer, including national Board President for Marriage Equality USA, Case Manager at AIDS Project LA, and Political Vice President for the Stonewall Democratic Club. Her early years awakened a thirst for social justice; her marriage equality work honed her commitment to underrepresented communities and the undocumented; her experiences as woman in a man's world forged her dedication to feminism; and her frustration over the 2016 Presidential election results rededicated her to resisting the current Administration and its attempt to send our Democracy back to the 18th century. MBA, writer, professional volunteer, wife, mother, grandmother, and resistance warrior.
Gail Gohen - Secretary Gail Cohen grew up in the Boston area and moved to California after law school and completion of a federal court clerkship. Gail is a genetic Democrat and is not sure she had ever even met a Republican until her move to California. She recently worked on the Clinton campaign and continues her political activism through the Heart of LA Dems, the resistance, and her volunteer legal services on behalf of immigrants’ rights organizations.
Vanessa Martin - Political Vice President
Serena Josel - Programming Vice President SerenaJosel has more than 15 years of experience in government, community and media relations, with a particular focus on health care and California's most vulnerable populations. She has traveled around the country working in support of progressive candidates and ballot measures, in addition to serving in local leadership positions at PlannedParenthood Los Angeles, the Nation Women's Political Caucus--LA Westside, and, currently, with the the Heart of LA Democratic Club. Originally from New York, Serena graduated cum laude from NYU with a degree in politics.
Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin - Communications Vice President Jeannine's introduction to the fight for equality was when as a child she witnessed the March for the Equal Rights Amendment in Washington. A lifelong Democrat and social activist, she volunteers on local political campaigns, and volunteered for the Presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. An arts advocate, Jeannine is managing director/publicist for a nonprofit theatre company and is marketing director/publicist for an entertainment consulting group. In addition to the Heart of LA Democratic Club, she serves as a Cultural Affairs Commissioner for a major LA County city, and on the board of a Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways Committee for a Southern California school district. Jeannine earned her MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications and Advertising from the University of Illinois.
Kristina Bigdeli - Membership Vice President Kristina is a seasoned political operative whose organizing expertise made history building Massachusetts into the strongest battleground border state field operation in the Obama 2012 re-election campaign and again by building the largest and longest-running door knocking operation in state history in the 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial contest. Over the past decade, she's poured her heart into winning candidate and issue campaigns at municipal, state, and federal levels. She has also served on the 57th Presidential Inauguration team, as the Northeast Deputy Director and National Stand with Women Grassroots Liaison at Organizing for Action, and as managing director for a national community organizing non-profit. Kristina received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees from UCLA and currently volunteers her time electing Democratic women and feminists to office.
Mindi Thelen - Outreach Vice President Mindi Thelen is a life-long democrat who has been inspired into activism by the last presidential election. Mindi has a degree in anthropology and has been the Executive Director of a medical membership association for the past 26 years.