Meet the 2017 Executive Board

What is the goal of the new executive board?

Following Trump’s election, everyone and their mother jumped to get involved, and so many groups have rose to fan the flame, to great initial results. However, that energy needs to be allowed to grow to effectively harness and sustain the sometimes grueling work that is ongoing activism. QCYD is in the special position to build on ten years of development and an alumnae network comprised of elected officials, government staffers and other top professionals. 

I had the honor of leading last year’s executive board during a record breaking year: QCYD expanded membership from all corners of the borough, recruited hundreds to participate in political and volunteer drives and activated supporters to donate towards educational and professional development programming. This year, it is likely that we will re-charter with the New York State Young Democrats with the highest membership of any county in the State. This executive board seeks to build on that foundation to use our already large network and established organizing toolkit to become an organization where newcomers can find a home. 
— Stacey Eliuk, President

Stacey Eulik

President

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Stacey A. Eliuk is proud to lead the Queens Young Democrats' dynamic Executive Board as the organization's (first female) President. A steadfast #QueensKid, Eliuk is a leader who has built upon the many accomplishments of boards past to further grow and unify QCYD's membership and build its capacity, reputation and influence within the larger political network.  As QCYD's former Treasurer, she helped administer the most successful fundraiser in the organization's history, and has been an advocate for diversifying membership and meeting locations to allow for more members to share in the wealth each corner of Queens has to offer.

In the past, Eliuk has served for State Senators and Council Members; fundraised for candidates and causes; knocked on doors and got out the vote for ideals that mattered. A graduate of Queens College and Columbia University, Eliuk currently serves as the Queens Representative for Public Advocate Letitia James, New York City's first woman of color to serve in citywide office. 


Adrian Drepaul

Executive Vice President

Adrian Drepaul is a Guyanese-American and a proud Queens New York Native. He is the first person in his family to graduate from college and a graduate of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University where he served as the President of The American Constitution Society and former Vice President of the Hofstra Law Democrats.

He has previously worked for three United States Congressmen, including NY Senator Charles Schumer where he maintained constant contact with several communities of color and responded to their federal government needs. He has also organized numerous campaigns along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Adrian's passion to help the men and women of the labor movement, led him to lobby and help enact several pieces of legislation concerning working men and women in NYC in his role at the New York City Central Labor Council, an organization which represents over 1.5 million New York City workers, and is the largest local membership organization under the AFL-CIO. Adrian currently works within the Office of the Queens Borough President.

As the product of a family with a strong union background, Adrian also would like to increase Labor's role in QCYD. He also plans on placing an emphasis on expanding QCYD's LGBT and women's membership, and multiply their influence in across Queens and all of New York City. He lives with his wife and fellow Hofstra Law graduate, Anna Drepaul, and with his cat Abigail in his beloved 'Little Guyana' neighborhood in Queens.

 


Antonio Alfonso

Vice President of Political Affairs

Antonio Alfonso, Jr., affectionately known as Tony, was re-elected to be the Vice President of Political Affairs this past February. As Vice President of Political Affairs, he helped mobilize members to assist local Democratic candidates in their bids for office. Antonio currently works as an independent consultant for various progressive campaigns. He relies on his previous experiences as a student leader at CUNY and business analyst at companies both large and small to help candidates win elected office. He holds a dual degree in Economics and Political Science from Baruch College. 

On the rare occasions he's doing something other than politicking, you can find Antonio playing soccer, taking a photo or two of his surroundings, or enjoying friends' company at a local watering hole.


Amir Abbady

Vice President of Diversity and Outreach

Amir is a lifelong resident of Queens; growing up in Richmond Hill and now living in Jamaica. He has served as a Community Liaison in the New York City Council for over two years assisting countless constituents with issues varying from foreclosure to street maintenance to public safety issues. He has also worked for just over a year with New York City 311, the call center for the City of New York, where he was part of one of the best customer service teams in the world according to CFI Group’s customer satisfaction survey.

Since departing, he has been working for the New York State Senate, moving from Community Liaison to Director of Constituent Services. In addition to these experiences, he has gained considerable field experience assisting on political campaigns including Leroy Comrie for State Senate, Re-Elect Andrew Cuomo, Jeffries for Congress, and Obama 2012. This history of outreach in multiple communities has provided me with a unique perspective of the diverse needs of the City of New York. He recently used these experiences to also become Field Director for Re-Elect Alicia Hyndman for Assembly.  He hopes to use this position to help diversify our programming and grow our membership.


Jennifer Greer

Vice President of Membership

Jennifer was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to New York City in 2010. A graduate of The New School, she got her start in politics on the New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s 2014 re-election campaign. Following that, she served as the Deputy Finance Director for New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. She currently works as a Communications Director for a Queens Council Member Barry S. Grodenchik.

 

She has a keen interest in getting more women involved in local politics and looks forward to serving as the Vice President of Membership for the Queens County Young Democrats. 


Prameet Kumar

 Treasurer

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Prameet Kumar is the Treasurer of the Queens County Young Democrats. He was born in India and grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, where he currently lives. He went to public elementary and middle schools in Forest Hills and Rego Park, followed by Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

He has worked at Amazon.com in a variety of business roles in Seattle and New York, currently as a vendor manager for Amazon Prime Now. In his civic life, he is a member of Queens Community Board 6, a board member of the Yellowstone Park Alliance (a local park advocacy group), and a two-time member of the District 29 Participatory Budgeting transportation subcommittee.He believes passionately in Queens and in progressive values, and looks forward to ensuring a stable and financially secure future for QCYD.


David Aronov

Secretary

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David Aronov was born and raised in Queens. He is a product of the public school system and will be graduating from Hunter College in May. His activism & leadership stems from his high school days when he stood up for the rights of students as the student body president against an unjust school administration. He continued his passion of public service again in college by getting involved in student government and working collectively with students to help enact a CUNY tuition freeze for the first time in five years. 

Before being elected as Secretary, David served as the Student Caucus Chair and hosted successful events as well as several college voter registration drives. He currently works for NYC Council Member Karen Koslowitz as her community liaison. He is proud to continue the mission of the organization through his experience as a student leader and work in government. As a child of immigrants, David knows that our diversity is our strength and he will continue to upkeep the integrity of the organization.


Breeana Mulligan

Communications Director

Breeana Mulligan, most commonly known as Bree, is, of course, a proud Queens native. She currently serves as Deputy Communications Director for Council Member Paul A. Vallone in Northeast Queens.

Breeana’s passion for politics began at the tender age of 15 when she read a New York Times profile about a longshot presidential campaign of a charming hopeful named Barack Obama. It was also during her high school years when she knew she would work in the field of communications. Her passion in media and politics has been effervescent ever since - from contributing articles to numerous publications to get out the vote efforts on countless campaigns on the federal, state and local levels. Breeana graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. 

When she isn’t seen out on the field, Breeana can be found fulfilling her love for music at a concert, music festival or record store so be sure you ask her for recommendations. Otherwise you will likely find her on a couch anxiously awaiting the second season of “Stranger Things.”


Thoughts From the Executive Board

How does QCYD plan on further diversifying the organization?  

We thrive most when we learn from the different voices at our table. QCYD’s caucuses play the role of promoting the involvement of diverse groups in the political process, seeking to advance participation among young people of diverse backgrounds. Our caucuses allow us to come together as a whole: both as a borough, and as a Party.

Last year, we grew to six caucuses; this year, we're expanding to ten, adding from new Americans, individuals of faith and media and foreign policy professionals. Each caucus holds regular meetings to develop action items and plans an event for the full membership body to participate in. Those who serve in caucus leadership as well as other appointed roles have the opportunity to expand their professional portfolios while amplifying our impact organizationally tenfold. 

 

I read that the Young democrats want to add two new caucuses focused on the religious and immigrant community. How will this help more people gain a voice in politics?

I think of what Brandon Stanton has done with Humans of New York. Everyone here has a story - we just need to listen for them. Now, more than ever, Democrats need to live up to that big tent philosophy we're so famous for. I can't always be on the ground in an immigrant community, or at a mosque or synagogue, but those who are should have a chance to speak and be heard.