Our Structure


DSA's primary political leadership is the National Political Committee (NPC), a sixteen-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. Every DSA chapter is entitled to send a certain number of delegates to the National Convention, based upon the chapter's size. There are also "at-large" delegates to represent areas where there are no active chapters.

The DSA Constitution requires that eight slots of the NPC be reserved for women, and that at least four of the NPC slots be reserved for people of color.

The NPC guides and leads the implementation of DSA's major political and organizational goals, which are broadly defined every two years by the delegates to the National Convention. The NPC gives instructions to the national staff about how to carry forward DSA's day-to-day work. The NPC creates task forces and committees to guide particular areas of DSA's political work. The DSA Constitution gives the NPC the power to charter DSA locals and commissions, as well as DSA's Youth Section.

The NPC conducts long weekend meetings three or four times each year. The NPC also elects a five-person NPC Steering Committee, which meets more frequently, both in person and by conference call. The Honorary Chairs and Vice-Chairs are also elected at each bi-ennial National Convention, and may also participate in internal governance issues through the NPC meetings. They do so to a varying extent.

Click here for contact information for DSA's volunteer leadership, including the National Political Committee steering committee and other national leaders, as well as details about how to get more involved at the national level.

National Political Committee Members, 2013-2015

Jared Abbott, Boston
Hope Adair, Atlanta
Theresa Alt (Secretary Treasurer), Ithaca
David Green, Detroit
José Gutierrez, Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Henderson, Philadelphia
Frank Llewellyn, New York City
Sean Monahan, Providence
Simone Morgen, Columbus
Brandon Payton-CarrilloAtlanta
Joseph Schwartz, Philadelphia
Peg Strobel, Chicago
Russ Weiss-Irwin, Central NJ
Shelby Murphy and Jack Linares, YDS-CC co-chairs


Bogdan Denitch
Barbara Ehrenreich
Dolores Huerta
Eliseo Medina
Eugene "Gus" Newport
Frances Fox Piven
Gloria Steinem
Cornel West


Elaine Bernard
Edward Clark
José La Luz
Steve Max
Debbie Meier
Harold Meyerson
Maxine Phillips
Christine Riddiough
Rosemary Ruether
Joseph Schwartz
Bhaskar Sunkara

Upcoming Events

DSA New Member Orientation Call

December 16, 2015 · 5 rsvps
DSA New Member Orientation Call

You've joined DSA - Great.  Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision.  And, most importantly, how you can become involved.  8 PM EDT; 7 PM CDT; 6 PM MDT; 5 PM PDT.