Executive Board

The Executive Board is elected by the membership of the George Mason Democrats. The terms for the current Executive Board began on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. The next full Executive Board election will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

President: Kara Kline (president@gmudems.com)

Kara is a senior Government & International Politics major from Charlottesville, VA. She got her start in Democratic politics working to elect Tom Perriello for Governor in the 2017 Virginia Gubernatorial Primary. She served as the Caucus Chair for Tom’s campaign with the George Mason Democrats in spring 2017, and went on to work as an Organizing Fellow for his campaign in her hometown of Fluvanna County, VA during the summer. Last fall, Kara worked as an intern on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Gerry Connolly (D VA-11). Additionally, she worked as a Deputy Campus Organizer at Mason with NextGen America, an environmental advocacy nonprofit, and continued working with NextGen as a fellow this past spring. Currently, Kara works as the campaign manager for Elizabeth Bennett-Parker for Alexandria City Council. Kara is thrilled to serve as President of the George Mason Democrats and is excited to work this year to #KeepGMUBlue on November 5th.

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

 

Vice President: Camden Layton (vp@gmudems.com)

Camden is a junior Public Administration major with a minor in Legal Studies from Corning, NY. Since joining the George Mason Democrats, Camden worked during the Fall 2017 semester as an intern and was appointed Chief of Staff for the 2018 election cycle. He has previously interned on Capitol Hill and is currently the Executive Undersecretary for Student Civic Engagement in Mason’s Student Government. Camden is super excited to flip the state legislature this upcoming election cycle and to get back on the campaign trail! His favorite memory with the George Mason Democrats is when he got to meet President Obama when trying to get yard signs for campus!

 

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

 

Chief of Staff: Emma Salas (cos@gmudems.com)

Emma is a sophomore Public Administration major from Fort Collins, CO. She got her start in campaign politics when, in 2016, she completed a Fellowship in Larimer County for the Clinton campaign. Previously, she has interned at the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she worked in a division specializing in affirmative hiring practices specifically focused on Latino recruitment and retention. Since joining the George Mason Democrats, Emma has served as an intern for the past 2018 election cycle and is now excited to serve as Chief of Staff! Her favorite part about the 2018 election cycle was helping elect Elizabeth Bennett-Parker as Vice Mayor of the City of Alexandria.

Please reach out to Emma if you are seeking Executive Board or General Body Meeting minutes or to find dates/times/locations of upcoming events.

 

Political Director: Erica Kelly (political@gmudems.com)

Erica is a freshman from Yorktown, VA majoring in Government and International Politics and minoring in Arabic. She has been involved in Democratic politics since 2016 but has been involved with single-issue advocacy work since 2014. Before becoming involved in campaign work she worked with Moms Demand Action and Everytown to advocate for common sense gun violence prevention policies and has lobbied at Virginia’s capital more times than she can count. She became truly engaged in Democratic politics during the 2016 Presidential race and regularly volunteered for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. During the 2017 gubernatorial race in Virginia, she continued this passion by serving as a fellow on Ralph Northam’s campaign for Governor and in 2018 she was an intern for the George Mason Democrats where she fell in love with the organization. Outside of George Mason Democrats she also serves in Student Government as the Chair of Academics in the Student Senate, the Legislative and Candidate Research Lead for Students Demand Action, and is a member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Model United Nations.

 

 

Finance Director: Elizabeth Gillette (finance@gmudems.com)

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Gillette and I am a Junior Government and International Politics major. I’m originally from Summerfield, North Carolina and I now live in Richmond. This past election cycle I had the chance to help the George Mason Democrats elect so many powerful women to Congress and my favorite moment of the year by far was electing Abigail Spanberger to Congress in my home district. After college, I hope to attend law school in D.C. for constitutional law and work at the United States Capitol as a legislative aide!

Communications Director: Maya McCallum (press@gmudems.com)

Maya is a junior Government and International Politics major hailing from Fredericksburg, Va. She began her political journey in 2014 by staging an in-school walk-out against police brutality, but it was not until transferring to George Mason University that she began to feel a part of the political community at large. Maya became an intern for the GMU Democrats during the 2018 midterm election season, during which she volunteered for Elizabeth Bennet-Parker’s campaign for Alexandria City Council. Maya’s favorite campaign moment was realizing that Democrats took back the House of Representatives while sitting in a McDonald’s with the other members of the GMU Dems. Maya is very excited to serve as the Communications Director this year and do her part to help keep George Mason blue!

 

 

Data Director: Laura Scudder (data@gmudems.com)

Laura is from Chelsea, Michigan, and is a sophomore majoring in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and minoring in Spanish. She began her work with the George Mason Democrats as an intern during the 2018 midterm election cycle and is grateful to be able to continue her work with the Dems by serving as Data Director; Laura is beyond excited to work with the organization as Data Director with such an inspiring, dedicated group of individuals, both on the executive board and in the general body. When not with the George Mason Democrats, Laura works as an intern for the Washington Scholars Program, is a Social Media Editor for Mason’s school newspaper, IV Estate, is a member of Society of Professional Journalists’ George Mason chapter, and a staff writer for Her Campus George Mason.