Meet Our Team

Executive Board

President – Danni Gonyo (president@gmudems.com)

Danni is a Junior majoring in Public Administration & Policy with a concentration in Economic Policy Analysis and a minor in Legal Studies. She has been involved in Democratic politics since the 2012 election cycle when she founded her high school’s Young Democrats club and made her parents drive her around to knock doors for Barack Obama. Danni was first elected to the George Mason Democrats Executive Board in December 2015 as Communications Director and she served as the Field Director through the 2016 election cycle. She was elected to serve as President in November 2016. Danni has interned with the Democratic Party of Virginia, on Capitol Hill, and with the Democratic National Committee. She also serves as the Outreach Chair for the Virginia Young Democrats.

Please reach out to Danni if you are a campaign staffer, Democratic Party official, or a member of any outside organization seeking to be involved with the George Mason Democrats.

Vice President – Jamie Thomas (vp@gmudems.com)

Jamie is a Junior majoring in Conflict Analysis & Resolution with a concentration in Interpersonal Conflict and a minor in Social Work. She has been involved with the George Mason Democrats since her freshman year and went on to serve as President through the 2016 election cycle, and began her term as Vice President in November 2016. Jamie interned with LuAnn Bennett for Congress in 2016. In addition to her role with the George Mason Democrats, Jamie serves as the Education Policy Head with Roosevelt @ Mason, a student-led think tank on-campus that focuses on policy writing/implementation.

Please reach out to Jamie if you are a leader of any GMU student organization seeking to collaborate with the George Mason Democrats.

Chief of Staff – Andrew Millin (COS@gmudems.com)

Andrew is a Junior Conflict Analysis & Resolution major from Norwood, MA. He began his campaign work on the Martha Coakley for Governor of MA campaign in 2014 and continued in 2015 working for Delegate David Bulova’s re-election campaign. In 2016, he worked with the George Mason Democrats for Hillary Clinton & Tim Kaine, LuAnn Bennett for Congress, and Gerry Connolly for Congress. He has served various roles in the George Mason Democrats and loves to meet new members who are eager to elect Democrats in Virginia. His favorite campaign moments are: getting a selfie with Joe Biden, knocking doors on-campus with Miley Cyrus, and most importantly, taking an active role in electing many deserving Democrats to office. In addition to his role with the George Mason Democrats, Andrew is also the Vice President of Roosevelt @ Mason and is the Mid-Atlantic Chapter Organizer for the Roosevelt Institute.

Finance Director – Chris Machonis (finance@gmudems.com)

Chris is a Sophomore Public Administration & Policy major from Manahawkin, NJ. He has been involved in Democratic politics since the 2016 primary. Upon arriving on-campus in Fall 2016, he applied and was accepted to the inaugural George Mason Democrats internship program. He worked with the organization for Hillary Clinton & Tim Kaine, Gerry Connolly for Congress, LuAnn Bennett for Congress, and advocated for the Fairfax Meals Tax to support the local school system. Chris was elected to the Executive Board in November 2016 as Communications Director. He went on to be elected as Finance Director in April 2017.

Field Director – Mia AAssar (field@gmudems.com)

Mia is a Sophomore Conflict Analysis & Resolution and History double major from Charlotte, NC. She first got involved with the Democratic Party while volunteering for a mayoral race in Charlotte as a high school student. Through an internship with the George Mason Democrats in her first semester, Mia became involved with campaigns ranging from local ballot initiatives to Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President. She was elected to the Executive Board in February 2017, and after overseeing the George Mason Democrats Primary Caucuses in the spring, is eager to continue working to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. Mia is passionate about advancing the human rights of refugees, redrawing gerrymandered districts, and ensuring all Americans have access to affordable healthcare.

Communications Director – Kristin Gleichauf (communications@gmudems.com)

Kristin was raised in Brookfield, CT and is majoring in Social Justice & Human Rights with a double minor in Legal Studies and Environmental Policy. She knocked on over a thousand doors for various Democrats in Fall 2016 and has phonebanked for dozens of hours to help make progressive change in her community. During the Fall 2016 semester, Kristin was an intern with the George Mason Democrats. Currently, she is a Resident Advisor for freshman Honors College students and is a paid intern with NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Digital Director – Jul Delaune (digital@gmudems.com)

Jul is a Sophomore Government Major in the Honors College from Poquoson, VA, but has also lived in Virginia Beach and Honolulu. She became involved with the George Mason Democrats as an intern during the 2016 election cycle. Jul first became excited about politics at Girls State when she saw Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Lt. Governor Ralph Northam speak, and she looks forward to electing Ralph Northam as Governor this fall! Jul is passionate about expanding access to healthcare, especially for women. One of Jul’s favorite moments with the George Mason Democrats was when she accidentally took a video of her and Joe Biden instead of taking a selfie!

Deputy Board

Special Adviser to the President – Joe Russell (jrusse18@gmu.edu)

Joe is a Senior Government & International Politics major with a concentration in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics and a minor in Health & Social Policy. Joe has served as the President of the George Mason Democrats, the Finance Director of the Virginia Young Democrats, and the Treasurer of the Braddock District Democrats and has interned or volunteered on campaigns from President to School Board dating back to 2012. In 2016 he served as a Senior Field Organizer for the Clinton Campaign in Phoenix, AZ and helped make substantial Democratic gains in his home state. Additionally, as part of Roosevelt @ Mason, Joe spearheaded the effort to create a Student Health Advisory Board at Mason and planned two Lobby Days for Roosevelt @ Mason at the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond, VA. In 2017, Joe was named a Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, which recognizes college Juniors who intend to make a substantial commitment to public service. This past summer, Joe worked as Fellow with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration. In addition to his work as Special Adviser to the President this fall, Joe is also managing Delegate David Bulova’s re-election campaign.

Deputy Director of Freshman Recruitment – Andrew Naioti (freshman@gmudems.com)

Andrew is a Junior Government & International Politics and American History double major from Canadaigua, NY. His first campaign activity was in 2014 volunteering with the Cuomo for Governor campaign in New York and has since continued the battle for progressive values in upstate New York on local and congressional races, including Kastenbaum for Congress and Sheppard for Rochester. Newly elected as Deputy Director of Freshman Recruitment, Andrew is eager to bring his passion for involving Mason freshman into the organization and the university as a whole. In addition to his role within the George Mason Democrats, Andrew is currently the Vice President of the Mason Ambassadors as well as a Resident Advisor in our freshman communities.

2017 Intern Class

Applications for our 2017 intern class are still being accepted. Visit bit.ly/gmudemintern to apply!