Leadership and 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 five of the NPC slots be reserved for people of color.
  • gives the NPC the power to charter DSA locals and commissions, as well as DSA’s Youth Section.

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
  • gives instructions to the national staff about how to carry forward DSA’s day-to-day work.
  • creates task forces and committees to guide particular areas of DSA’s political work.
  • conducts long weekend meetings four times each year.
  • elects five of its members to serve on the Steering Committee (SC). The SC can be emailed at sc(at)dsausa.org.

National Political Committee Members, 2017-2019

Contact the NPC at: npc(at)dsausa.org

  • Ravi Ahmad, Los Angeles, CA
  • Theresa Alt (Secretary-Treasurer), Ithaca, NY
  • Dele Balogun, Chicago, IL
  • Alex Birnel, San Antonio, TX
  • Christian Bowe, Central New Jersey
  • Allie Cohn, Knoxville, TN
  • Marianela D’Aprile, Chicago, IL
  • Zac Echola, Red River Valley, MN/ND
  • Jeremy Gong, East Bay, CA
  • Catherine Hoffman, Detroit, MI
  • Jack Suria Linares, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ella Mahony, New York City
  • Chris Maisano, New York City
  • Natalie Midiri, Philadelphia, PA
  • Christine Riddiough, Washington, DC
  • Joseph Schwartz, Philadelphia, PA
  • Ajmal Alami, YDSA Co-Chair
  • Eliott Geary, YDSA Co-Chair

Young Democratic Socialists of America National Coordinating Committee
Ajmal Alami, Co-Chair
Eliott Geary, Co-Chair

Democratic Left Magazine | dlmagazine(at)dsausa.org
Maxine Phillips, Editor

Medicare For All Steering Committee | medicareforall(at)dsausa.org
Jeremy Gong (chair)
Chris Riddiough

Democratic Socialist Labor Commission | DSLC(at)dsausa.org

National Electoral Committee | elections(at)dsausa.org
Delé Balogun
Christian Bowe (co-chair)
Allie Cohn
Renée Paradis
Chris Riddiough

DSA Weekly Blog
Maxine Phillips, Editor

Talking Union Blog Editorial Committee | talkingunion(at)dsausa.org
Duane Campbell
Paul Garver

The Activist Blog (#TheActivistYDS) | yds(at)dsausa.org

Visual Design | visualdesign(at)dsausa.org
Dustin Guastella, Visual Design Coordinator
Andy Pressman

Social Media
Catherine Hoffman

DSA Staff:

The DSA and DSA Fund national offices in New York City and Washington D.C. have twelve full time staff members, two part time. The staff does not set DSA’s political goals. Rather, staff helps to fulfill the goals set by DSA’s elected volunteer leadership.

  • National Director, Maria Svart, coordinates with staff to carry out the basic work of the organization and the strategic plan developed by the convention delegates and National Political Committee, and is the Regional Organizer for AK, ID, OR, and WA.
  • Assistant to the National Director, Heidi Chua
  • Operations Director, Kristina Sepulveda, ensures our compliance with regulatory rules and improves our general efficiency.
  • Financial Manager (part time), Fatou Camara, manages our books, enters income and expenses, and provides reports.
  • Field Organizers support and organize DSA chapters and organizing committees including coordinating national leadership trainings for DSA members.
  • Internal Communications and Digital Organizing Coordinator, Claudia Cahill oversees member outreach, coordination of DSA publications, and digital organizing.
  • Development Director, Alison Baldree oversees renewals and other fundraising campaigns.
  • Database Coordinator, Eileen Casterline, oversees our membership database and its use in chapter organizing and fundraising/renewals.
  • Program Associate, Lawrence Dreyfuss, supports all aspects of national DSA’s work including swag, national working groups and committees, Zoom call accounts, communications, remote and local volunteers, etc.
  • Administrative and Office Coordinator, Lisa Flores, maintains the office and manages administrative tasks, including questions and requests relating to dues and membership as well as general inquiries, pre-organizing committees (pre-OCs), pre-OC related calls and resources, and is staff liaison for the Chapter Pipeline Committee. Assists Organizing and Operations staff with event planning, administrative support, and other aspects of their work.