At our annual summit in Washington, D.C., members from across the country gather to elect an executive board to represent the organization at the national level. This year's board was elected in late June and will serve until summit in the summer of 2019 when the next board is elected.
Jack Greenspan - National Chair
Jack Greenspan (email@example.com) is a senior at Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, NY. He has a deep passion for politics and government, and has been involved in campaigns from his local mayoral election to the presidential election. He has formerly served as political director and chair of the New York High School Democrats, and he served last year as the Chief of Staff of HSDA. He is excited to continue advocating for youth voices as Chair of HSDA.
Haritha Kumar - Vice Chairwoman
Haritha Kumar (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior in high school from Cupertino, California. She has always been interested in politics, but the 2016 election served as a major catalyst for her involvement in HSDA. Since then, she has worked in HSDA at the state, local, and national level, serving as the head of her local chapter, the California State Vice Chair, Programs Director, and now, the Vice Chairwoman. She is very excited to get to work with the rest of the executive board this year!
Jackson Humphreys - Vice Chairman
Jackson Humphreys (email@example.com) is an Eagle Scout, lives in Milton, Massachusetts, and is a Senior at Thayer Academy. From a young age, Jackson has expressed an interest in politics. He co-founded the Thayer Academy High School Democrats during his freshmen year. Jackson is an active member of his local Democratic Town Committee, and has served as the Massachusetts High School Democrats (MAHSD) Regional Coordinator for central Massachusetts, Development Director on the Executive Board for MAHSD, and as National Expansion Director on HSDA’s National Staff. Jackson has interned on the Elizabeth Warren for Senate campaign and at the Massachusetts State House. In his free time, he enjoys studying history, participating in Model UN conferences, and spending time in the outdoors.
Sabrina Schoenborn - Communications Director
Sabrina Schoenborn (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a rising senior at Westtown School in Pennsylvania and has been an advocate for social change since thirteen. At the age of thirteen, Sabrina attended the first Women’s March and got her first taste of activism. After that, Sabrina blossomed as a change maker. During her work as an activist, Sabrina started her own-nonprofit The Girl Narrative, became Communications Director of HSDPA, and became Work Program Head for her community. In addition to this work, Sabrina has held and organized a BlueWave Rally, a MeToo Rally, a Stop The Bans Rally, and other events for her community and state to bring awareness to social issues.
Prescott Herzog - Programs Director
Prescott Herzog (email@example.com) is a rising Junior from Claremont, New Hampshire, where he was always interested in politics but never started getting involved until the 2016 Election. Prescott strongly believes that youth, particularly high school students, can make an impact in the political system, and hopes that he can make that change happen on the national level. Prescott has previously served as the Chair of the Stevens High School Democrats, the Vice-Chair of the New Hampshire High School Democrats, and the Political Director of HSDA, working on items like expansion and outreach to Presidential Candidates. Outside of HSDA, Prescott is involved as his School Board’s High School Representative and as Class President
Hasan Ali - Development Director
Hasan Ali (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a rising Junior at Indiana Area Senior High School and first got into politics at the age of eleven. “I chose the Democratic Party, and I am proud of that fact, because after I did, Donald Trump had become a major political force. After he won the election, and I saw the degradation and damage he had done to the country, I decided belief was not enough, and started a High School Democrats of America chapter with my friend Justin Reese, and we began to participate in key campaign races, engage in projects with the school, and educate our fellow students about the political world.” Besides politics, Hasan is interested in business, finance, mathematics, and track
Local HSDA chapters, located within individual high schools, make up the pulse of the entire organization. Members on the local level – from the bustling streets of New York City to the quiet towns of rural Indiana – have club meetings at their schools, bring in candidates and elected officials, and involve themselves in campaigns in order to improve their communities and turn their states blue.
Each "active" state has an executive board of leaders who help guide and support individual school chapters and act as a liaison between individuals in their state and the HSDA national board. State chapters also help organize statewide conferences, connect members to state candidates, and plan major phone banks and get-out-the-vote campaigns.
The national leadership of HSDA consists of three main bodies: the National Committee, the National Staff, and the National Executive Board. The National Committee, which votes on proposals from the Executive Board such as bylaw amendments, consists of two representatives from each chartered state/territory – the State Chair, and one member selected at the discretion of the state itself. The National Staff consists of members appointed by the Executive Board to provide input, work on specific tasks and initiatives, and essentially serve as an informal cabinet. Finally, the National Executive Board consists of six officers democratically elected by HSDA’s national membership the National Chair, the Executive Vice Chairwoman, the Executive Vice Chairman, the Communications Director, the Programs Director, and the Development Director.
In 2015, HSDA established an Adult Board of Advisors, a group of Democratic leaders who provide organizational continuity, outreach opportunities, and programming guidance. Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL) and Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX) currently serve as honorary co-chairs.