S.F. Democratic Party Interns 2014
Eduardo is a current third year student at UC Berkeley double majoring in Legal Studies and International Studies. He was a member of the University of California, Berkeley Division 1 Men's Swimming and Diving team from 2012 - 2014. Coming from Miami, FL and spending 2 years in Mexico, Eduardo has a first hand account of viewing the wide discrepancy between living in the first world and a developing country. He has witnessed the very distinct measures of need from a much wider perspective than the vast majority of High School and college students in the U.S. He has experienced the pressing issues at hand in both the United States and Mexico in regards to education, housing, healthcare, and employment. Being a first generation in the United States, Eduardo has a first hand witness account with immigration in the U.S. and has learned the in and out's of immigration policies. Eduardo has assumed many leadership roles on and off campus from being captain in his High School's Varsity Swimming team to becoming co-director of CalTv Sports at UC Berkeley as well as being a NCAA national champion in 2014.
Eduardo currently works as an intern at the SF Democratic Party where he aspires to learn more about controversial movements in the U.S. as well as gaining insight with other university students who have interest in the political field. With all that said, Eduardo understands what it takes to make a movement successful and intends to help at the San Francisco Democratic Party to unify the city and push towards common goals.
Naeemah Charles is a current Intern for the San Francisco Democratic Party for the Summer where she focuses on Registering new voters in the area. Her work in democratic politics began two years ago when she joined College Democrats at SFSU. The club gave her the opportunity to become involved in politics through interning for Norman Yee's campaign and meeting local elected officials. Within her first year with organization she was elected to become the youngest President and first African American woman of the chapter. Naeemah also served as the Northern California Regional Director for California College Democrats and was recently elected Vice President of Membership at the State Party Convention in March 2014. Through her work in college democrats Naeemah has been able to increase the involvement of Young People in the political process all over California and help resolve the issues she is passionate about. Naeemah was awarded IGNITE's "Yellow Spark Future Woman of Politics" award, due to her involvement in the political process.
Naeemah is currently a student at San Francisco State University where she studies Political Science and is the Vice President of External Affairs for her campus student government. On campus she encourages students regardless of their background to advocate for additional funding for schools in the CSU system. On her spare time, Naeemah enjoys teaching an after school course on feminism, female empowerment and womxn in politics at a local San Francisco high school through the IGNITE program. Naeemah is excited to be a part of the SF Democratic Party internship because she views it as an opportunity to grow as a person through bringing change to the community and an opportunity to learn more about the behind the scenes work required to keep the party strong.
In his free time, Daniel Enjoys African drumming and the outdoors. Daniel will be a junior next year at Santa Clara University and has made a point to involve himself in campus life. He was a program coordinator with the Santa Clara Community action program and organized volunteer students. He also participates in environmental activism on campus. Daniel applied to the Sue Bierman Memorial Internship program because he hopes to accomplish something he can be proud of in his summer away from Santa Clara.
Adriana is a rising sophomore at the University of San Francisco. She is majoring in International Studies and minoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Legal Studies. She is a Seattle native and had her first taste of political activism at the Seattle Gay Pride Festival in 7th grade. This experience highlighted the discrepancies of the coverage of the law for Adriana and ignited a desire for change. This led her to found the Young Democrats of America club at the conservative Jesuit high school she attended.
Adriana currently works as an intern for the SF Democratic Party. She also coordinates the party's high school fellowship program where high school students from around the Bay Area are able to learn more about the party and political process through volunteering. Adriana hopes that through this new program she will be able to continue to inspire younger generations to take an active role in their political system and help shape future activists and leaders.
Kathleen Huang is currently an undergraduate student at Georgetown University majoring in Government. During the year she is active as a tutor for elementary students in Washington DC and also serves on a national advisory board that advocates for healthy relationships among youth. She has a strong interest in education and women's issues.
She also served a two year term as vice president of an exchange program that facilitated travel and diplomacy between high school students in China and the United States. She joined as an intern for the DCCC with the hopes that she will stay involved in local politics and be a driving force in getting her community to be more active in local and national issues. She is the scheduler for all the interns of the DCCC.
Christina Wilkes was raised in the West Portal area of San Francisco. She attended Saint Brendan School and Saint Ignatius College Preparatory. While growing up, she participated in various activities throughout the city, most notably National Charity League and the Young Conservatory at the American Conservatory Theater. Her childhood passion was performing and she participated in many plays and musicals. After graduating from Saint Ignatius, she moved to Los Angeles to begin her college studies at Santa Monica College. After a year, she was accepted to the University of Southern California where she will begin her studies in Political Studies and Communications.
Christina was raised in a family where discussion of current events and politics was encouraged. But it was taking American history during her junior year of high school that really piqued her interest. After moving to Los Angeles, Christina volunteered for Organizing for Action, President Obama's grassroots organization, and served as service commissioner for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor's Society. Christina decided to intern at the San Francisco Democratic party to gain meaningful political experience and help serve the people of her hometown. She hopes to work as a press secretary and eventually a political correspondent. Christina is grateful for the opportunity to work for the San Francisco Democratic Party and the experiences it has awarded her.
As an intern for San Francisco's Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC), Ramon Gonzalez has an ambitious drive that is always ready for new challenges. Ramon is majoring in International Business as a third year student at San Francisco State University (SFSU). He is highly involved within his campus by currently serving as the newly elected Vice President of Finance for Associated Students Inc., as a Residential Assistant in University Park North and also as the Vice President of Finance for the National Residence Hall Honorary at SFSU. He has also been involved with College Democrats at San Francisco State University for the past two years and has just ended his term as Vice President of Finance for the club. A little more on the personal side, Ramon was born and raised in the East Bay in the city of Hayward. Two of his all-time favorite books are Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. He enjoys traveling and has been to several countries and has hopes to continue traveling to many different countries to learn about the many cultures and languages that they have to offer. While being involved in College Dems at SFSU, Ramon has had the chance to gain a broader knowledge of San Francisco politics by attending democratic conventions and fundraisers. While being part of the College Democrats, this exposed Ramon to the San Francisco Democratic Party and eventually lead him to become one of the interns. One of the reasons why Ramon chose to become part of the internship is to gain experience in field organizing and to begin delving into San Francisco politics.