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. SC members’ names are marked with an asterisk in the list below.

National Political Committee Members, 2019-2021.

*Indicates Steering Committee members.

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

  • Abdullah Younus, New York City, NY
  • Austin Gonzalez, Richmond, VA
  • Blanca Estevez, Northwest Arkansas
  • Dave Pinkham, Austin, TX
  • Hannah Allison, Lawrence, KS
  • *Jen McKinney, Secretary/Treasurer, Eugene, OR
  • *Jennifer Bolen, San Francisco, CA
  • Justin Charles, New York City, NY
  • Keon Liberato, Philadelphia, PA
  • Kevin Richardson, NC Piedmont, NC
  • *Kristian Hernandez, North Texas
  • Maikiko James, Los Angeles, CA
  • Marianela D’Aprile, Chicago, IL
  • Megan Svoboda, New York City, NY
  • *Natalie Midiri, Philadelphia, PA
  • *Sean Estelle, Chicago, IL
  • *Labiba Chowdhury, YDSA Co-Chair
  • *Neah Havens, YDSA Co-Chair

Young Democratic Socialists of America National Coordinating Committee
*Labiba Chowdhury, Co-Chair
*Neah Havens, Co-Chair

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

Medicare For All Steering Committee | medicareforall(at)dsausa.org

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

National Electoral Committee | elections(at)dsausa.org

DSA Weekly Blog
Maxine Phillips, Editor

Visual Design | visualdesign(at)dsausa.org

DSA Staff:

The DSA and DSA Fund national offices are located in New York City and Washington D.C.

DSA staff does not set the organization’s political goals. Rather, staff helps to fulfill the goals set by DSA’s elected volunteer leadership.

  • National Director, Maria, 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.
  • Assistant to the National Director, Heidi
  • Operations Director, Kristina, ensures our compliance with regulatory rules and improves our general efficiency.
  • Organizing Director, Glenn
  • Field Organizers support and organize DSA chapters and organizing committees including coordinating national leadership trainings for DSA members. Contact them at organizing@dsausa.org.
    • Alec : IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, OH
    • Amy : CO, ID, KS, MN, MT, ND, NE, OK, SD, TX, UT, WI, WY
    • Eric: CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
    • Garrick: AK, AZ, CA, HI, NM, NV, OR, WA
    • Kaitlin: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
    • Anna : YDSA chapters
  • Internal Communications and Digital Organizing Coordinator, Claudia, oversees member outreach, coordination of DSA publications, and digital organizing.
  • Communications Director, Chris
  • Conventions and Conferences Coordinator, Michael
  • Finance Coordinator, Tyler
  • Database Coordinator, Eileen, oversees our membership database and its use in chapter organizing and fundraising/renewals.
  • Data and Technology Manager, Rebecca
  • Full Stack Developer, Ty-Lucas
  • Program Associate, Priscilla
  • Compliance Manager, Brandon
  • Membership Services Coordinator, Elizabeth
  • Operations Program Associate, Zachariah
  • Office Coordinator, Lisa
  • National Grievance and Harassment Officer, Paula Brantner: nationalgrievanceofficer@dsausa.org