President: Maya Brown
Maya Brown is the Principal of MB Strategies, LLC – a political and nonprofit consulting and strategy firm. She is an alumna of the University of South Florida, with degrees in Africana Studies and Sociology, and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. Brown coordinated Give Day Tampa Bay 2015: a 24-hour online giving campaign that raised $1.7 million for 550 area nonprofits. While at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, she was selected as a Diversity Scholar for the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2016 International Fundraising Conference. Florida Politics recently recognized Brown as a ‘Rising Star’ for her work with the Hillsborough County Young Democrats.
She worked as Hillsborough Field Organizer and Regional Political Organizer for NextGen Climate Action, as well as Campaign Manager for the 2015 Campaign to Re-Elect Lisa Montelione to Tampa City Council. Brown has facilitated several political and research projects within local Tampa communities such as at-risk youth diversion, affordable healthcare access, and the relationship between the black church and its surrounding communities.
Brown is a 2016 Fellow of New Leaders Council – Tampa Bay. She serves as a board member of For The Family, Inc., and the Affirmative Consent Project. While at USF, Brown held numerous leadership positions in on campus organizations to cultivate cultural diversity, political awareness, and activism. She also holds membership in Order of the Golden Brahman, Pi Gamma Mu, and College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Student Leadership Society.
Vice President: Jamie A. Klapholz, Esq.
Jamie A. Klapholz was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. Jamie’s foray into politics began with an internship at the United States House of Representatives in the office of Dennis J. Kucinich. Jamie is a cum laude graduate of the University of Florida and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. During law school, Jamie worked at the United States Attorney’s Office as well as the Domestic Violence Unit of the State Attorney’s Office in Gainesville, Florida.
During the 2012 presidential election, Jamie served as a poll watcher on behalf of Obama for America to prevent voter disenfranchisement and discrimination. More recently, she has been actively involved in Tampa For Justice’s campaign to create a Civilian Investigative Panel with independent oversight of the police department. A staunch animal rights advocate, Jamie served as the president of her law school’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter and was appointed to the Florida Bar’s Animal Law Committee.
Jamie is a 2016 fellow of New Leaders Council Tampa Bay and a member of the Professionalism and Ethics Committee of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division. In her legal practice, Jamie represents licensed health care professionals and facilities in corporate transactions and regulatory matters involving state and federal governments and third-party payers. She also donates her time to provide pro bono legal assistance to economically disadvantaged members of our community.
Secretary: Stephanie Garza
Stephanie Garza is a proud Miami native born to a Colombian immigrant mother and Mexican-American father. She moved to Tampa in 2010 to attend the University of South Florida, where she received her B.A. in International Studies and Political Science with a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. After graduation, Garza worked as a field organizer in the West and South Tampa regions for the Charlie Crist for Governor campaign in 2014. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Government with a concentration in Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Garza also serves as the Campaign Development Director for Ruth's List Florida, which recruits, trains, and assists female pro-choice Democratic candidates from the state to the municipal levels of office. She began her days of organizing as a fellow of the 2012 presidential re-election campaign in the New Tampa/USF area. She recently completed the 2014 Summer Digital Professional Fellowship with Organizing for Action in Chicago, and continues to seek opportunities to advance within the ranks of the progressive organizing framework.
Stephanie is also the Region 4 Co-Director for the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee, focusing on GOTV efforts in the New Tampa and North Tampa region for the 2016 elections. She hopes to assist in improving government relations with the international community, starting with Tampa Bay. Stephanie aspires to work for a federal agency in Washington D.C. one day, assisting in counterterrorism efforts.
Treasurer: Alvin Jin, Ph.D
Alvin Jin was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He received a B.S from the University of Arizona, double majoring in Psychology and Biology. Alvin then moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida, where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Psychology.
Alvin has been actively engaged in the local community since moving to Tampa. He spent many hours volunteering for local charities and organizations, where he developed a passion for politics and became an active member of the Hillsborough County Young Democrats. After helping multiple candidates in both local and federal elections, Alvin wanted to become more involved of the HCYDs and ran to be part of the executive committee.
During his time as Treasurer and Vice President, Alvin has helped the Hillsborough County Young Democrats raise funds to support the growth of the organization, and trained and mobilized fellow members to help candidates and work on political issues, not only in Hillsborough County, but also in neighboring Pasco and Pinellas counties as well. Alvin looks forward to helping raise and manage funds for the HCYDs this election cycle
Public Relations Officer: Sarah Marshall
Sarah Marshall is a native Floridian from Altamonte Springs, and has been living in Tampa for the past 8 years. She attended USF where she received her B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy to fulfill her passion for environmental justice. Upon beginning her university career in 2008, she immediately got involved in the Obama campaign, registering students to vote and canvassing the local community. Since graduating, she managed a local food buying club; sat on the board for the Sustany Foundation, a local nonprofit promoting quality of life in the Bay area; and worked on the 2014 NextGen Climate campaign to bring climate change to the forefront of American politics. Sarah has been writing an environmental column for a London-based newspaper for the past 5 years where she brings light to neglected scientific research and educates consumers about their ecological impact. She understands the importance of effective communication and enjoys educating her peers on the need for community involvement, compassion, and diplomacy, so that people who come from different points of view may bridge the gap and come to a compromise to achieve positive social and political progress.
She is an active member of the community, contributing to organizations like Tampa for Justice and The Well, a faith group committed to helping the poorest residents of the community. Marshall is a 2016 fellow for New Leaders Council Tampa Bay, a nonprofit dedicated to training young professionals to be the most effective progressives possible. In her role as Director of Public Relations for HCYD, she hopes to incite passion within young people so that they may get involved in the electoral process and become leaders in their communities. She believes that educated young people privileged enough to grow up in America have a duty to educate, give back, and spread the wealth bestowed upon them.
Campaign Director: Shivanna Harridan
Shivanna Harridan is the Campaign Director for the Hillsborough County Young Democrats. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2011 with a degree in International Relations. Currently she is working at Chase and lives in West Tampa.
As the Campaign Director she is the chief point of contact for all Democratic candidates campaigns. and issue campaigns that are deemed of interest to the organization. Shivanna is responsible for campaign activities such as field canvasses, phone banks, and voter registration.
She is instrumental in recruiting young democrats to participate and place members in internships or campaign staff positions. as the Campaign Director of the Hillsborough County Young Democrats she is a voting member of the organizations executive committee.
Membership Director: Rachel Ebner
Rachel Ebner graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Florida in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Political Science. Following graduation, she spent over a year working as an Administrative Assistant for statewide lobbying firms, Floridian Partners and Ballard Partners. During this time, she gained valuable experience about local and state politics, which she looks forward to using in her new role as the Campaign Manager for Lisa Montelione’s Florida State House Race for District 63.
As the newly elected Membership Director for Hillsborough County Young Democrats, Ebner is looking forward to drawing in new members to become engaged in the political process. She is also looking to increase participation by active members during the 2016 election cycle.
[In her spare time, Rachel can be found cheering on local sports teams or taking her dog to the Davis Island Dog Beach.]