Lindsay Carlson - President Annie Bickerton - Secretary Keely Field - VP of Community Outreach Naomi Goldman - VP of Legislative Advocacy Kathy Paspalis - VP of Programs Nicole Phillis - VP of Elections Nisha Randhava-VP of Membership Amanda Rykoff - VP of Political Organizing Kevin Taylor - Treasurer Jeannne Wisnosky Stehlin - VP of Communications Andrea Ambriz - At Large Vanessa Colosio Diaz - At Large Sarah Kate Levy - At Large Ebony Murphy-Root - At Large Susan Sheu - At Large
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS 2019-2021
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 internal counsel for a major international law firm, and a member of the Board of 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.
Anne Bickerton - Membership Vice President Annie Bickerton works in social policy by day and spends her free time organizing to build stronger communities. As the co-lead of Westside Friends, she organizes mutual aid efforts to support neighbors on the westside of LA. Since 2012 she has designed and evaluated social programs at the intersections of criminal justice, workforce development and social welfare for national nonpartisan organization MDRC. Prior, she co-founded Drive Change, a farm-to-table culinary program that trains and hires justice-involved youth. Annie is a longtime Buddhist practitioner, slow food enthusiast, and mom to two cats.
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.
Keely Field - Outreach Vice President Keely has been a feminist activist since the age of 5, when she first learned how to canvass with her mother for Michael Dukakis’s presidential campaign. She is the proud daughter of a gay man and a lifelong nurse who worked on Robert Kennedy’s campaign and both taught her from a young age what true activism is and how vital it is to our constant fight for equality in this country. As a lifelong volunteer and donor to the LA LGBTQ Center, she dedicates her time to advocacy, and electing women and Democrats to office. Keely is a decade long volunteer for many non-profits in Los Angeles, including Beauty Bus, which provides free beauty & care services for the chronically & terminally ill in our community, for which she won “Volunteer of the Year” for in 2015. Keely is a Certified Paralegal graduate from UCLA and dedicates her time to local and national elections. Keely was an Alternate Delegate from CA to the DNC in 2004 for John Kerry and a Precinct Captain in the Nevada Caucus for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Keely lives in Culver City and proudly dedicates her time to advocacy and mobilizing volunteers and activists and being the change in her community and beyond.
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.
Kathy Paspalis - Political Organizing Vice President Kathy is a former elected Culver City Unified School District School board member, attorney, and long time LGBT and civil rights activist and nonprofit fundraiser. She is the mother of 20-year old twins, who are usually away at college, and a big orange cat, who is usually sleeping.
Serena Josel - Programming Vice President Serena Josel 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 Planned Parenthood 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.
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.
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. She's a founding member of Heart of LA Democratic Club (HLADems) and she teamed with other members of HLADems 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.
Andrea Ambriz - Board member at-large Andrea seeks to ensure the voices of the community drive policy and political decisions at every level. As an experienced strategist and advocate for working families and businesses, Andrea is as a consultant for various political campaigns and domestic and international policy efforts for the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She has served as Chief of Staff for labor union S.E.I.U. in California, and in various notable roles in the U.S. federal government, including formerly in the White House for 44th U.S. President Obama as Deputy Director of Private Sector Engagement and at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Andrea has also worked in Sacramento for both the California State Senate and Assembly, advising legislators on diverse policy areas. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of the Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles, appointed by L.A. Mayor Garcetti, and also as an elected member to the Mar Vista Community Council. Andrea has been recognized by the Sacramento Bee as one of 60 state-wide California Influencers, and has been highlighted in The Huffington Post as one of “40 Under 40: Latinos in American Politics.” She is a Los Angeles native, and earned undergraduate degrees from DePaul University, and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley. As a child of Mexican immigrants, she believes in the responsibility to serve our community and each other, which honors those who built this county.
Naomi Goldman - Board member at-large Naomi Goldman is a lifelong Democratic activist and was recently named to The Jewish Journal’s 13th Annual Mensch List, which spotlights Jewish Angelenos who donate their time, energy and efforts to strengthening our community. With 20+ years experience in public affairs and civic engagement, Naomi directs public education, communications, issue and policy advocacy efforts around pressing social issues including housing and homelessness, anti-discrimination efforts, access to healthcare, and emergency preparedness/response/recovery. She has supported Democratic campaigns at the local, state and federal level as a volunteer working on communications and grassroots organizing. She is a Public Information Officer and disaster responder for American Red Cross and is a founding Board member of Women in Homeland Security–Southern California, focused on strengthening our regional emergency management network. Originally from New York, Naomi is a longtime Westwood resident and UCLA alumna.
Ebony Murphy-Root - Board member at-large Ebony Murphy-Root teaches middle school humanities at one of the most progressive K-12 schools in the country. Her literacy and curriculum expertise at the intersection of education and social justice, grounded in discussion-based collaboration, close reading, and experiential problem solving, has taken her to schools and community based programs in Springfield, Massachusetts, Hartford, Connecticut, and New York City. Ebony is particularly interested in the cultural and political overlap of civic engagement, critical pedagogy, gender, pop culture, and social class. Continuing her own journey as a learner is a major priority; in 2018 she was a fellow of the Religious Literacy Summer Institute for Educators at Harvard Divinity School. In addition to being a Heart of LA Democratic Club Board member at-large, Ebony recently joined the board of Bitch Media. A proud Connecticut native, Ebony is an alumna of UCONN and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale (2012), and she previously served on the board of The Cove Center for Grieving Children. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two rescue cats from Ojai, Oscar and Arabella.
Nisha Randhava- Board member at-large Nisha Randhava has several years' experience working in private fundraising for organizations that promote social justice and equity. In her free time, she frequently volunteers for local political campaigns by knocking on doors, organizing phone banks and throwing private fundraisers. She believes women are strongest as leaders when they are vulnerable and compassionate while still being able to negotiate, compromise and make difficult decisions. She is committed to promoting more qualified women to run for office. She received her Master in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a BA in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago. She happily resides in her native Los Angeles.
Susan Sheu - Board member at-large Susan Sheu is a lifelong Democratic voter who has lived in Los Angeles for 25 years. In March 2020 she was elected to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Central Committee. While she has been a full-time activist since 2017, her feminist consciousness began in childhood, during the struggle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and as a biracial child in an ethnically homogeneous community in Wisconsin. She was raised by single mother who had left an abusive marriage and worked in a domestic violence shelter in the early 1980s. Susan learned that violence against women, gun violence, and income inequality are interrelated, a beginning of progressive consciousness that continued through adulthood. She and her spouse are raising three children and are founding members of the Grassroots Democrats HQ in Los Angeles. Susan holds a bachelors degree in history from Vassar College, a masters degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a masters degree in nonfiction writing from Bennington College. She has worked as a medical writer and editor, published literary and political essays and reviews, and received the 2017 Bennington Award for Nonfiction. Her work in the political realm is dedicated to building a bench of strong feminist, egalitarian, progressive leaders who will build a better post-Trumpian America at every level of public service.
Past Executive Board Members Mindi Thelan - Outreach Vice President 2017-2018 Vanessa Martin - Political Vice President and founding member: 2017-2018