Executive Committee


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AnushaVenkataraman.jpgAnusha Venkataraman works to make government accessible and public decision making collaborative in both her political and professional lives. Trained as an urban planner, Anusha works at the intersection of public policy, cultural organizing and advocacy, and grassroots community engagement. She is currently the President of New Kings Democrats, and previously served as the Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs. In her day job, she works in affordable housing for the City, and previously in community-based arts nonprofits. The child of Indian and Irish immigrants, Anusha grew up in Ohio, found herself in Rhode Island, and made a home in Brooklyn.





Chief of Operations

Secretary.jpgSara is a researcher and advocate who focuses her work at the intersection of gender and poverty.  An ethnographer by training, Sara studies and helps plan programs intended to enhance intimate partner violence survivors’ social, emotional, and economic well-being. 

Sara has a particular fondness for feminist punk rock, dogs, rye whiskey, and bad puns. She grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, but moved to Brooklyn in 2008 and doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon. 






VP of Policy

BrandonWest.jpgBrandon West is a reform policy wonk who works as a Senior Legislative Financial Analyst at the New York City Council. He has spent time in the good government world in NYC, as well as Philly where he ran an election oversight program. As a former facilitator for the Participatory Budgeting Project and volunteer with Citizens Union, Brandon has a strong interest in improving the way government works for everyday people. Born across the river in New Jersey, Brandon has been a resident of the Park Slope area since 2009, and yes, he is a member of the food coop.





VP of Organizing

Yaneth_small.jpgYaneth Lombana is a social worker who has worked mobilizing communities around education, youth, and worker rights. Her international experience comes from work done in places like Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, and Haiti. She is currently a rape victim advocate at several NYC hospitals and a member of Brooklyn Movement Center's anti-street harassment working group. Yaneth is into mindful meditation, dancing tango, and taking naps.






VP of Political Affairs

Matt_small.jpgMatt is a former high school english teacher and has worked at the intersection of education, policy and politics ever since. He currently works in fundraising and communications to support K-12 students in south Brooklyn, while also serving as a budget delegate in his local councilmember's participatory budgeting education committee. He is also a member of the Kings County Democratic County Committee.

Matt was raised in New York and Maryland as a grandchild of immigrants. He loves old music, reading, and he ​discovered the thrill of moshing far too late in life to enjoy it without injury.






Director of Membership

Jasmine_small.pngJasmine Fernandez is proud to be a native New Yorker, born and raised in East New York. Her passion for gender equity work and the arts led her to Nicaragua, Tanzania, and Haiti, where she co-founded student-run support groups which focused on youth development and promoting self-expression among young girls. Currently, Jasmine serves as a Policy Advisor within the Chancellor’s Office at the NYC Department of Education. She received her B.A from Fairfield University and her M.S. from the New School.

Jasmine is a die-hard Mets fan, food junkie and is actively involved in supporting more women of color to run for elected office.










Cindy_Tran_by_Ruben_Tomas_01.jpgCindy is a poet and spoken word artist. She puts her love of words and communicating well to good use by taking detailed minutes and managing NKD's general email inbox.

Less related to NKD, Cindy writes Yelp reviews, hoping that someone will search for a tasty pork sandwich in Manhattan and find her poem about sandwiches and racism on the Upper West Side. She spends a lot of time brewing coffee, looking at her houseplants, and taking long walks. She grew up in Southern California and lived in Minnesota for several years. Now she loves the dark winters of New York, snowstorms, mud, grumpy vibes, and all.




Director of Communications

Ryan ShanleyRyan is an data analyst who works on research related to poverty and homelessness. His political interests include homelessness, public health, government transparency, and campaign finance reform. His hobbies include running and napping with pets. Ryan has lived in Rochester, Syracuse, and Ithaca, but has called Brooklyn home since 2008.








President: Anusha Venkataraman
Chief of Operations: Sara Shoener
VP of Political Affairs & Policy: Brandon West
VP of Organizing: Theo Moore
Secretary: Rodrigo Camarena
Digital Director: Ryan Shanley




President: Andrew Sloat
VP of Political Affairs & Policy: Anusha Venkataraman
VP of Organizing: Theo Moore
Secretary: Sara Shoener
Digital Director: Ryan Shanley




President: Andrew Sloat
VP of Political Affairs & Policy: Esteban Duran
VP of Organizing: Theo Moore
Treasurer: Rachel Lauter
Secretary: Lacey Tauber
Digital Director: Annie Werner



President: Alex Low
VP of Political Affairs: Esteban Duran
VP of Organizing: Theo Moore
Treasurer: Catherine Butler
Secretary: Andrew Sloat
Director of Communications: Greg Wasserstrom



President: Alex Low
VP of Political Affairs: Morgan Pehme (partial term), Chris Barron (partial term)
VP of Organizing: Theo Moore
Treasurer: Catherine Butler
Secretary: Antonio Reynoso
Director of Communications: Andrew Sloat



President: Matt Cowherd
VP of Political Affairs: Sarah Baker
VP of Organizing: Theo Moore
Treasurer: Alex Low
Corresponding Secretary: Connie Rourke
Recording Secretary: Maisha Morales



President: Matt Cowherd
Vice President: Lincoln Restler
Corresponding Secretary: Chris Henderson
Recording Secretary: Will Florentino
Treasurer: Alex Low
Parliamentarian: Sarah Baker



Co-Chair: Matt Cowherd
Co-Chair: Rachel Lauter
Treasurer: Andrew Stengel
Secretary: Laura Stein
Communications: Morgan Pehme

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