Orange County Young Democrats

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Our Organization
Together we can bring real change to Orange County.

Orange County Young Democrats (“OCYD”) is an organization of young attorneys, legislative aides, graduate students, and business professionals from diverse backgrounds who share the common goal of advancing progressive and Democratic values in Orange County.  Founded in 1998, OCYD is currently experiencing rapid growth and an increasingly active network of members.  Our organization’s membership has increased by 85% in the last two years.  

OUR 2019


We are excited and energized to build upon the momentum of this last election and support the Democratic causes and candidates that are winning across the county.  Our current goals include:

  • Resistance Committee:  working with local movements in Orange County to strategically pressure our members of Congress to oppose Trump’s un-American policies. Our Resistance Committee efforts were recently highlighted in local media, including the OC Weekly.
  • Recruiting promising young Democrats to run for local office, and providing support and candidate training
  • Outreach and empowerment of our allies in the community, including the LGBT, labor, and environmental communities

Our Board

Katerina Ioannides


Kelsey Brewer


Thai Phan


Hon. Connor Traut

North OC Regional Director

Hon. Kim Nguyen

Central OC Regional Director

Hon. Manuel Chavez

South OC Regional Director

Aaron McCall

Communications Director

Lydia Chavez

Finance Director

Erin Roberts, Jeanie Le, and Jessy Rosales

Outreach Directors

Andrea Schmidt

Program Director

Tim Phan

Activism Director

Brandon Whalen

Policy Director

Alyssa Napuri


Rachel Rolnicki


Danielle Serbin

Immediate Past Chair

What We Stand For

OCYD’s Policy Committee works to inform our members about the latest and most important local, state, and national issues.  The committee’s research on key votes and elected officials  enables OCYD to address issues relevant to Orange County residents.

Statement from OCYD on the Governor’s Proposed Budget

Costa Mesa, CA – In response to Governor Gavin Newsom's 2019 budget, OCYD released the following statement: “This morning Governor Newsom released the first budget of his administration. OCYD applauds the bold progressive values reflected in this budget---from major...

Keeping Irvine a Sanctuary City

Update on last night's #Irvine City Council Meeting: Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner had agendized opposition to SB 54 (The California Values Act, commonly referred to as the Sanctuary State Bill). His letter setting the agenda item used incendiary rhetoric, including...

Help us make a difference.

Becoming an OCYD member forMake a Difference just $35 a year, or $20 for students, has some great benefits. We are pleased to announce need-based scholarships on membership. For more information, please contact us.

Participate and vote on OCYD endorsements and board members.

Gain access to a great, active network of young professionals.

Reach out to other young people and spread the Democratic message.

Make sure your voice is heard and Register to Vote!
News & Events

OCYD in the News

OCYD is mentioned in this The News and Observer article:  Top California Democrat on leave amid sex misconduct inquiry

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