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, November 12, 2019. The next full Executive Board election will be held in November, 2020.

President: Emma Salas (president@gmudems.com)

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Please reach out to Emma 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: Erica Kelly (vp@gmudems.com)

Erica is a sophomore from Yorktown, VA majoring in Government and International Politics and minoring in Arabic and International Security. Erica got to campus in Fall of 2018 with some experience but jumped right in, serving as a field intern for the GMU Dems that fall. Following her time as an intern and after many harrowing canvassing experiences with the GMU Dems she was elected Political Director for the 2019 election cycle.Thanks to the support and experience gained from her work with George Mason Democrats Erica was recently elected President of Virginia College Democrats and is also serving as the National Parliamentarian for College Democrats of America. Outside of her involvement with the Dems Erica is also a campus tour guide, active in Christian ministries, and a member of Mason’s Model United Nations delegation.

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

Chief of Staff: Olga Diupina (cos@gmudems.com)

Hi! My name is Olga and I am a freshman from Auburn, Washington. I am majoring in Government & International Politics with a minor in Spanish. I have lived most of my life in Russia and that is where I first became interested in politics, especially during the Russian involvement in Ukraine. During high school, I was a local State Senate Page and I was elected to attend Girls Nation by my local Girls State program. During the 2019 election cycle I was an intern with GMU Dems and fell in love with the organization. I am really excited to elect more Democrats across the ballot in 2020!

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

Political Director: Shafuq Naseem (political@gmudems.com)

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Finance Director: Jillian Bennett (finance@gmudems.com)

Jillian is a freshman Government and International Politics major from Richmond, VA. She has been a passionate defender of the environment and champion of the underserved in her local community since middle school. It wasn’t until 2018, when she was able to help plan and speak at her school’s walkout for Parkland High School, that her passion for politics truly blossomed, driving her to activism for the 2018 election cycle. Her favorite democrat is Abigail Spanberger, who serves as Congresswoman for VA’s 7th District and favorite campaign moment was flipping VA blue! Since coming to George Mason, Jillian has joined the GMU Democrats, joined student government and is now Chair of University Services, and became a sister of Kappa Delta. Jillian loves the world of politics and is excited to dig a little deeper!


Communications Director: Peyton Newsome (press@gmudems.com)

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Data Director: Claire Butler (data@gmudems.com)

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