Leadership Positions & Opportunities

LEADERSHIP & STRUCTURE | AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES

LEADERSHIP & STRUCTURE

Democratic Socialists of America is proudly grassroots funded and member-run. Our members play a critical role in the leadership and growth of our organization by participating in elected and skill-based or interest-based volunteer positions.
 
National Political Committee, 2015-2017
DSA's primary political leadership is the National Political Committee (NPC), a 16-person body which functions as the board of directors of DSA and is elected every two years by the delegates to DSA's National Convention. Learn more about the duties of the NPC.
 
Jared Abbott, Boston
Hope AdairChicago
Theresa Alt (Secretary Treasurer), Ithaca, NY
David Green, Detroit
José Gutierrez, Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth HendersonPhiladelphia
Frank LlewellynNew York City
Sean Monahan, Providence
Simone Morgen, Columbus
Shelby Murphy, Beaumont, TX
Brandon Payton-Carrillo, Chicago
Joseph Schwartz, Philadelphia
Peg Strobel, Chicago
Russ Weiss-Irwin, Central NJ
Spencer Brown and Kayla Pace, YDS-CC co-chairs

 NPC Steering Committee   |   sc(a)dsausa.org

 
Honorary Chairs
Bogdan Denitch (1929-2016)
Barbara Ehrenreich
Dolores Huerta
Eliseo Medina
Eugene "Gus" Newport
Frances Fox Piven
Gloria Steinem
Cornel West
 
Vice-Chairs
Elaine Bernard
Edward Clark
José La Luz
Steve Max
Deborah Meier
Harold Meyerson
Maxine Phillips
Christine Riddiough
Rosemary Ruether
Joseph Schwartz
Bhaskar Sunkara
 
National Member Organizer   |   memberorganizer(a)dsausa.org
Bill Barclay
 
Democratic Left Magazine   |   dlmagazine(a)dsausa.org
Maxine Phillips, Editor
 
Democratic Left Blog Editorial Committee (#DemocraticLeftDSA)   |   dlblog(a)dsausa.org
Duane Campbell, Editor
Barbara Joye, Editor
Dustin Guastella, Visual Design
Herb Shore, Production
Willie Thompson, Analytics
 
Talking Union Blog Editorial Committee   |    talkingunion(a)dsausa.org
Duane Campbell
Paul Garver
 
The Activist Blog (#TheActivistYDS)   |   yds(a)dsausa.org
     
Visual Design   |   visualdesign(a)dsausa.org
Dustin Guastella, Visual Design Coordinator
Sean Monahan, Designer
Peijin Chen, Photograph Archivist
 
Social Media
Willie Thompson, Facebook   |   facebook(a)dsausa.org
 
Online Organizing
Hope Adair, Local Chapter and Organizing Committee Support
 
DSA Staff
Maria Svart, National Director   |   msvart(a)dsausa.org
David Duhalde, Deputy Director   |   dduhalde(a)dsausa.org
Elena Blanc, Membership Coordinator   |   eblanc(a)dsausa.org
Fatou Camara, Financial Manager   |   fcamara(a)dsausa.org
Claudia Cahill, Grassroots Organizer  |   ccahill(a)dsausa.org
Eileen Casterline, Administrative Coordinator |  ecasterline(a)dsausa.org
Ryan Mosgrove, Assistant Youth Organizer | yds(at)dsausa.org

 

 

AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES

Interested in a leadership position? In addition to looking for local chapter founders, we are always looking for members to get more involved in DSA. Click here to read more about ways to become more active and contact us about your interests.

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Film Discussion: The Price We Pay

January 30, 2017
· 45 rsvps
The Price We Pay blows the lid off the dirty world of corporate malfeasance — the dark history and dire present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance, tax havens - and what we need to do to stop this.  DSA member Bill Barclay, who has a cameo role in the film, will facilitate the discussion. Watch the film prior to the discussion.

Full film available on Vimeo.

How to Plug in New Members

February 01, 2017
· 14 rsvps

Is your DSA chapter growing quickly and you're trying desperately to find ways to plug new members into your chapter's work? Never fear! On this conference call an experienced DSA organizer will go over the basics of new member outreach and developing a plan for plugging new members into your chapter's work. Most of the call will be devoted to troubleshooting specific issues you're facing, so please brainstorm some issues beforehand that you want to bring up on the call.  8 PM ET; 7 PM CT; 7 PM MT; 7 PM PT.

Film Discussion: Salt of the Earth

February 05, 2017
· 9 rsvps

Join DSA members Shelby Murphy and Deborah Rosenfelt in discussing Salt of the Earth, a captivating film made in 1954 by blacklisted writers and actors about a strike at a New Mexico zinc mine. Well before the resurgence of feminism in the 1960s, these filmmakers were exploring gender inequality and solidarity. Available on Netflix.

Shelby Murphy is a Latina from Texas and former Young Democratic Socialists co-chair. Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, Deborah Rosenfelt researched the making of the film and its aftermath for the reissued screenplay. Here is her blogpost about the film.

 

Film Discussion: Documentaries of People's History in Texas

April 02, 2017
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Join DSA members Glenn Scott and Richard Croxdale to discuss videos produced by People’s History in Texas (PHIT), a project that brings to life the stories of ordinary people in significant socio-political movements in Texas. They will discuss The Rag, their newest documentary, which tells the story of an influential underground paper based in Austin, Texas, from 1966-77. Click here to view Part I (the early years as an all-volunteer paper covering the student, anti-Vietnam and Civil Rights movements), Part II (the impact of Women’s Liberation on the paper) and Part III (building community: covering local politics, nukes, co-ops, feminist institutions). But also check out the video on the Stand-Ins about a group of university students who led a movement to desegregate Austin’s movie theaters in 1961.

Film Discussion: Rosa [Luxemburg]

May 31, 2017
· 8 rsvps

Join DSA member Jason Schulman to discuss the film Rosa, directed by feminist filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta. View it here at no cost before the discussion. Marxist theorist and economist Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) played a key role in German socialist politics. Jason edited Rosa Luxemburg: Her Life and Legacy and has a chapter in Rosa Remix.

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
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Join Victoria Bynum, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Texas State University, San Marcos, to discuss The Free State of Jones. STX Entertainment bought the film rights to Bynum's book of the same title. She also served as a consultant and appears in a cameo scene. What was the Free State of Jones? During the Civil War, an armed band of deserters led by Newt Knight, a non-slaveholding white farmer, took to the swamps of southeastern Mississippi and battled against the Confederacy in an uprising popularly known as “The Free State of Jones.” Joining Newt in this rebellion was Rachel, a slave. From their relationship, there developed a controversial mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended. View the film here for $6 before the discussion.