Young Democrats of America

The Young Democrats of America (YDA) was founded in 1932 as the official youth arm of the Democratic Party of the United States. YDA operates as a separate organization from the Democratic National Committee; following the passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, it became an independent 527 group[2]/"hybrid superPAC." The group's membership consists of Democrats ages 14–36, and its political activities tend to concentrate on increasing the voter turnout of young people and affecting the issues affecting that demographic group. It tends to be somewhat more focused on political activism than the party at large.

Young Democrats of America
PresidentJoshua Harris-Till
FoundedMarch 4, 1932 (1932-03-04)[1]
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
Social liberalism
Social democracy
Mother partyDemocratic Party
International affiliationInternational Federation of Liberal Youth

YDA Leadership

YDA membership elects seven national officers biannually at the organization's National Convention in odd-numbered years and two DNC representatives in even-numbered years. These officers maintain the day-to-day management of the organization. The officers were elected at the 2019 YDA National Convention in Indianapolis.

Between national conventions, the governing body of YDA is the National Committee which is composed of the president, the national committeeman and committeewoman of each chartered state federation, along with the chairs of the twelve constituency caucuses and the eight regional directors.

The President, Democratic National Committeeman, and Democratic National Committeewoman are automatic members of the Democratic National Committee, and superdelegates to any Democratic National Convention occurring during their terms.

2019–2021 National Officers

  • President: Joshua Harris-Till of Oklahoma
  • Executive Vice President: Carrie McFadden of California
  • 1st Vice President: Quentin Wathum-Ocama of Minnesota
  • 2nd Vice President: Mohammed Tazbir Alam New York
  • 3rd Vice President: Terri Chapman of Alabama
  • Secretary: Rebecca Pinn of Massachusetts
  • Treasurer: Dunixi Guereca of California

2018–2020 National Officers

  • Democratic National Committeeman: Morgan Jameson of Virginia
  • Democratic National Committeewoman: Briana Cartwright of Florida

Past Leaders

Democratic party leaders and Democratic elected officials who are alumni of YDA include:

National Convention, National Committee, and Chartered Units

The YDA organization is composed of "chartered units" with one from each U.S. state or territory.[5] YDA holds a National Convention every two years during the summer of odd-numbered years with complex rules for how many votes each chartered unit may cast. The YDA National Committee meets at least two times per year and consists of the President of each chartered unit, two representatives of different gender identities from each chartered unit, and a number of other officers and committee and caucus chairs.[6]

Past National Conventions

Past YDA National Conventions were held in the below venues:[7]

  • 2019: Indianapolis, IN
  • 2017: Dallas, TX
  • 2015: Los Angeles, CA
  • 2013: San Antonio, TX
  • 2011: Louisville, KY
  • 2009: Chicago, IL
  • 2007: Dallas, TX
  • 2005: San Francisco, CA
  • 2003: Buffalo, NY
  • 2001: Tucson, AZ
  • 1999: Little Rock, AR
  • 1997: Miami, FL
  • 1995: New Orleans, LA
  • 1993: Merrillville, IN
  • 1991: St Louis, MO

See also


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