Lindsay Carlson - President Lindsay lives in Culver City with her husband Scott Crichton, their son Archer, and three rescue dogs. She is a is a UCLA law graduate and works as a litigator in private practice, and has held leadership roles with the National Association of Women Lawyers. During the 2016 election, she was a member of Hillary Clinton's finance team and volunteer legal team, and co-leader of a group of more than 3,500 volunteers out of which the Heart of L.A. Democratic Club was born. She is a progressive Democrat, who believes that the party needs to reflect the interests and goals of the Democratic electorate and not just well-connected insiders. Her primary interests are ensuring that diverse communities are reflected in our representation, increasing the engagement of young professionals, and building a strong bench of progressive candidates to rise to leadership roles in California and nationally.
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, Delegate to the California Democratic Party, Elected Member of her Neighborhood Council, Member of the LA County Democratic Party, 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, co-founder of Heart of LA, 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.
Eeva Moore - Political Vice President, Strategy Eeva began her career on Capitol Hill, going on to work in policy advocacy in Washington, D.C. with a particular focus on campaign finance reform. She has over a decade's worth of Democratic campaign activism under her belt from places as varied as New Hampshire, California, and Berlin, Germany. A recent transplant to Los Angeles, Eeva works as a writer and consultant for clients from the political, advocacy, and nonprofit sectors.
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.
Kathy Paspalis - Political Organizing Vice President
Anne Bickerton - Membership Vice President Annie Bickerton works in social policy by day and supports multiple civic and political engagement efforts as a volunteer. Since writing her undergraduate thesis about the role of gender in Hillary Clinton's first presidential primary run, she has been passionate about amplifying women's voices in politics. She recently served as an organizing committee member for the New York chapter of Emerge, a training program for Democratic women who want to run for office. In 2018 she’s launching a weekend camp for progressive Millenials called GroundShift.
Prior to her current position in policy research and evaluation for MDRC, Annie co-founded Drive Change, a social enterprise that hires and empowers justice system-involved youth. Annie has a M.S. in Nonprofit Management from The New School and a B.A. in Government from Hamilton College. She is a 2018 StartingBloc fellow.
Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin - Communications Vice President Jeannine's introduction to the fight for equality was as a child when her mother took her to the March for the Equal Rights Amendment in Washington, DC. A lifelong Democrat and social activist, she volunteers on local political campaigns for candidates and issues and volunteered for the Presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Recently, she teamed with other members of HLA Dems to support the Westside Democratic Headquarters, which was instrumental in flipping the House in 2018. 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 is on the board of a Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways Committee for a Southern California school district, among other things. Jeannine earned her MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications and Advertising from the University of Illinois.
Keely Field - Outreach Vice President
Mindi Thelen - Outreach Vice President (past) 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.