At the beginning of each two-year term of the Central Committee, members run for and are elected to leadership positions on the Executive Board. These officers, who meet monthly, have specific areas of responsibility and together oversee the County Party's overall management and planning.
Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, Chair (Email) Will Rodriguez-Kennedy (he/him/his) is a public servant and community leader who works for the California State Board Equalization in the office of District 4. An award-winning former reporter, organizer and veteran of the United States Marine Corps; Chairman Rodriguez-Kennedy has more than a decade of demonstrated service to community and country. Chairman Rodriguez-Kennedy first became civically active in his fight against the unconstitutional “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which led to his honorable though involuntary separation from the United States Marine Corps because he was outed as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Since then he has been a prominent advocate for racial justice, social justice, and equity in public policy. Chairman Rodriguez-Kennedy serves as an elected member of the Democratic National Committee and is the Immediate Past President of the California Young Democrats and the San Diego Democrats for Equality. He also serves on the San Diego Convention Center Board of Directors and as a commissioner on the County of San Diego Civil Service Commission. In 2019, Will Rodriguez-Kennedy was elected Chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party, and was unanimously re-elected in 2021.
Rebecca Taylor, Pro Tem and Metro West Area Vice Chair (Email) Becca is a veteran of the United States Navy where she served as an Aviation Electrician and volunteered as a Sexual Assault Victim Intervention Advocate. In 2014, Becca co-founded and became the first woman to serve as Chair on the Veterans Caucus of the California Young Democrats. She later went on to co-found the Democratic Women’s Club and the Blue Dreams Democrats. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Ocean Beach Town Council, as the Secretary for the Metro West Area Caucus, as a DSCC Delegate for AD78 and went on to be elected to the Executive Board as a Delegate to the California Democratic Party. Becca currently works as the Volunteer Manager for the San Diego Rapid Response Network which serves asylum seekers. When she’s not on a mission to elect forward thinking Democrats, Becca enjoys spending time outdoors and adventuring with friends and family.
Sara Ochoa, South Area Vice Chair (Email) Sara’s (she/her/they/them) initial engagement and support of Democratic policies and candidates was sparked by environmental activism. Motivated by a passion for economic and environmental justice, Sara believes that all county residents deserve affordable homes that are free from mold and air pollution, equity in efficient, clean transportation options, high-performing and responsive public schools, quality local jobs where workers’ rights to organize are respected, safe communities, and access to San Diego’s natural resources. Relationships that grew from early political volunteerism met intersectional demands of the moment and blossomed into greater involvement. As part of that work, in 2018, Kent was awarded 1st Place in Daily Reporting and Writing Opinion/Editorial by the Society of Professional Journalists. Now, as South Area Vice Chair, Sara is committed to helping the SDCDP elect more and better Democrats who uphold our Party’s platform and shared ideals, proactively enhancing community partnerships to build future candidate pipelines and ensure community interests are uplifted in Democratic Party spaces, and partnering with those we elect to support their public service successes.
Kyle Krahel-Frolander, North Coastal Vice Chair (Email) Kyle Krahel-Frolander was born and raised in Oceanside. In high school, he served as chair of the city's Youth Commission, working to build the first permanent skate park. After graduating valedictorian of his class, Kyle went on to Harvard University where he earned a degree in Government. After working on campaigns on the East Coast, he moved home to help turn North County blue. Kyle worked for now Mayor Esther Sanchez and served briefly as North Area Vice Chair. Kyle has been involved in numerous state and local campaigns for workers' rights, prisoners' rights, education funding, and more, as well as to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. He now serves on Oceanside's Planning Commission where is often one of the only votes to defend our unhoused neighbors, prevent unsustainable sprawl, and protect taxpayers from corporate interests. Kyle helped elect Congressman Mike Levin and now works in his district office.
Vanessa Valenzuela, North Inland Vice Chair (Email)
Evlyn Andrade, East Area Vice Chair (Email) Evlyn Andrade has a B.A. from UC Berkeley and currently serves as a Policy Advisor to Supervisor Lawson-Remer. Prior to that, she was the Development Director at Climate Action Campaign. Evlyn has volunteered with many organizations supporting low-income families on topics ranging from college admissions to substance abuse and addiction. She has volunteered with the Teach in Prison Program and now volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for youth in the foster care and juvenile justice system. She has been a passionate proponent of social, economic, and environmental justice and has served on various executive boards for Democratic Clubs throughout the San Diego region, and has experience working on local and national political campaigns.
Rafael Perez, Secretary (Email) Rafael Perez was born in Southern California and has lived in San Diego since 1999. Rafael has a B.A. from San Diego State University, is a Realtor and Adjunct Faculty in Cuyamaca College’s Real Estate Department. Rafael is a resident of Sherman Heights, where he serves on the Sherman Heights Community Center Board. Rafael has served as a Commissioner for the City of San Diego’s Citizens’ Equal Opportunity Commission since 2013 and has been a champion for equity throughout his career. He is currently a member of the Fair Housing Policy Committee for the National Association of Realtors where he is a Fair Housing Champion at the Federal level. Rafael is also a Board Member for the Casita Coalition whose mission is to unlock the power of small homes in California for everyone. Rafael is a DSCC member in the 80th AD, and has volunteered on several political campaigns, including his own, over the last 20 years. Whether professionally, as an educator or as a volunteer, Rafael’s commitment to Economic Empowerment in underserved communities is reflected in the various causes he is committed to.
Melinda Vásquez, Controller (Email) Melinda Vásquez, Esq. has lived in San Diego, CA since 1986. As a graduate of Mt. Carmel High School, Humboldt State University, and Thomas Jefferson Law School, she has remained in the Rancho Penasquitos Community. She began volunteering in 2008 with the Obama 2008 campaign, Voices for Children (2008), Delegate to the California State Party (since 2011), Rancho Penasquitos Town Council (2013-2017), Rancho Penasquitos Planning Board (2013-2017), and was a founding member of the Rancho Penasquitos Democratic Club (2013-present). Additionally, Melinda Vásquez was first elected as a member to the San Diego County Democratic Party in 2013. During her tenure she has served as a member of the Administration Committee from 2013-2017 and 2019-2021, the Vice-Chair for the North Area (2017-2019), until being elected to serve as the party's Controller in 2021.
Emily Bonner, Director of Administration (Email) Emily (she/her/hers) currently serves as the Director of Administration for the San Diego County Democratic Party. She is also the Vice-Chair of the San Diego Young Democrats for Equality and Past President of the San Diego Democratic Woman’s Club. A nearly lifelong resident of San Diego, Emily believes passionately in racial and gender equity and has worked hard to elect progressive candidates to office since 2012. Fostering an inclusive Party is essential to the work of getting good Democrats elected, and Emily has worked hard over the years to make the San Diego Democratic Party a more welcoming space for BIPOC. Professionally, Emily serves as a Policy Advisor and Council Representative for San Diego’s Third City Council District in the office of Council President Pro-Tem Stephen Whitburn. Emily’s hobbies include knitting, reading, and group chats.
Codi Vierra, Director of Clubs (Email) Codi grew up in the Bay Area, and moved to San Diego in 2012. She attended UC San Diego, from which she graduated in 2016 with a degree in Political Science, and minors in Business and in Urban Studies & Planning. During that time she served on the Executive Board of the UCSD College Democrats, and as Executive Director of the UCSD’s Student Organized Voter Access Committee, responsible for student voter registration and engagement efforts. She has volunteered and worked on multiple campaigns, and served as Campaign Manager for Congressman Scott Peters’ 2020 reelection campaign. She now serves as Deputy Chief of Staff to San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Stephen Whitburn. Codi also serves as a DSCC delegate and member of the California Democratic Party Voter Services Committee, and Secretary for the California Young Democrats, having previously served as the CYD South State Regional Director, responsible for helping Young Democrats clubs grow and thrive in San Diego County. She also currently serves as President of the University City Democratic Club, and as Vice President of the San Diego County Young Democrats.
Cecily Resnick, Director of Grassroots Organizing (Email) Cecily “Cess” Resnick is the Director of Grassroots Organizing (GO Team). Cess has been a GO Team leader since 2008. She has served in many GO Team roles: Neighborhood Leader, Community Coordinator, Regional Data Coordinator, Regional Coordinator and countywide Director. Cess is also a member of 4 Democratic clubs, the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club representative to the Council of Clubs, and an ADEM Delegate. Cess holds two doctorate degrees and has worked as a university faculty member, computer consultant and psychologist. As GO Team Director, she aims to increase the ethnic and age diversity of the GO Team and recruit more GO Team members and leaders so that all county regions have active and effective local GO Teams to get our endorsed candidates elected.
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