2013-2014 Executive Board

President: Sofie Karasek

Sofie Karasek is a third-year student majoring in Political Economy with a minor in Public Policy. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, she grew up surrounded by a number of passionate and influential progressives. Ever since she watched Florida change from Gore to Bush when she was six years old, Sofie has advocated and worked to further her progressive values. In high school, she worked as a canvasser for a non-profit group, working to pass legislation to increase recycling rates. After raising over $10,000 for the non-profit and testifying in front of the Massachusetts State legislature, Sofie solidified her intention to pursue a career in politics. As President, she looks forward to continuing to build progressive coalitions on campus and strengthening relationships between our members and local elected officials.

You can contact Sofie at president@caldems.com.


VP of Finance: Denim Ohmit

Denim Ohmit is a second year Urban Studies major, intending to minor in Public Policy. Having grown up in a small town in rural Northern California, he was quite used to being the only liberal in the room before joining Cal Dems in his first week at Berkeley. He has since eagerly immersed himself in progressive politics on and off campus. After enjoying a memorable year of campaigning, advocating for progressive issues, and chasing around politicians with his Cal Dems family, he is grateful to have the opportunity to serve on Executive Board as Vice President of Finance. When he’s not counting money or planning banquets, Denim enjoys exploring Bay Area neighborhoods on foot, giving campus tours, and gushing over pictures of Sutter Brown on the internet.

You can contact Denim at finance@caldems.com.


VP of Membership: Stefan Elgstrad

Stefan Elgstrand is a fourth year Political Science major. Originally from England, he has spent a majority of his life in the Bay Area. Stefan came to UC Berkeley in search of progressive causes and has become an activist on a multitude of local Berkeley issues including spearheading a city redistricting campaign. He has also worked on labor, environmental, and socioeconomic issues. As VP of Membership, Stefan hopes to bring together the progressive community into a fun and enjoyable environment.

You can contact Stefan at membership@caldems.com.



Political Director: Simon Rhee

Simon Rhee is a 4th year student at the University of California, Berkeley currently pursuing a major in Rhetoric and a minor in Public Policy. Hailing from Southern California, Simon fostered a passion for domestic and international political news and analysis while competing in forensics speech and debate at Mt. San Antonio College. Since transferring to U.C. Berkeley in Fall 2012, he has continued his passion in politics with the Cal Berkeley Democrats, serving as the Deputy of Foreign Affairs in his first year. As political director, Simon is excited to make democratic politics accessible to more student at the U.C. Berkeley campus, as well as foster progressive activism within the organization.

You can contact Simon at political@caldems.com.


Development Director: Teadora (Dora) Taddeo

Teadora Taddeo, who often goes by Dora, is a sophomore majoring in Linguistics with an intended minor in Education. She could not imagine a better way to spend a second year at Cal than to serve as Development Director in Cal Dems. She came to Cal to exercise her passion for progressive issues, as she believes activism and advocacy are vital parts of any education. As Development Director, she aims to improve the club by discovering new, enriching community service endeavors and planning even more memorable events. She hopes to encourage even more participation among members from non-political backgrounds and open the club up to new networks through public service. She would be thrilled to chat in person, and especially over coffee, about development, love of CalDems, and what you would like her to make happen this year.

You can contact Teadora at development@caldems.com.


Communications Director: Julia Jackson

Julia Jackson is a third year studying Molecular and Cell Biology and French. The past two years in Cal Dems have been an excellent experience and have helped her truly grow and learn about the world, politics, and the importance of perspective. She firmly believes in being a civically engaged human being and tries her best to continue learning and spreading progressive ideas. Originally from Rhode Island, she enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, drinking coffee, and riding her bike in her free time.

You can contact Julia at communications@caldems.com.


IT Director: Mon-Shane Chou

Mon-Shane is a fourth year transfer studying Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies. She first became politically involved at her community college in Southern California, where she worked as a campus field organizer for Pro-Choice Students for Boxer, 2010. Mon-Shane also served as a student leader at her community college’s feminist club and student government.  She is excited to further her engagement with social justice issues at Cal, in both academia and grassroots organizing. When Mon-Shane isn’t on the computer (for Cal Dems, of course), she serves as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Executive Vice President in the ASUC.

You can contact Mon-Shane at it@caldems.com.


Smart Ass Editor In Chief: Jasmine Sankaran

Jasmine Sankaran is a third-year English major and Creative Writing minor who hails from from Moorpark, California. She has enjoyed writing and editing for the Smart Ass in the past, and is excited to bring her perspective as editor of the publication. Jasmine joined Cal Dems as a freshman, where she learned the true meaning of activism and progressivism and forged some of her strongest friendships. She is excited to work with the new writers for the Smart Ass and bring the Cal Dems perspective to the world through print.

You can contact Jasmine at smartass@caldems.com.


Field Director: Christophe La Belle
Christophe is a senior Political Science major from Pasadena, California. He has been involved with Cal Dems since the second semester of his freshman year and stayed connected to the Democratic Party through Democrats Abroad last year when he was on exchange in Paris, France. Interested in a multitude of issues, from higher education to natural resources to environmental justice, Christophe is eager to work with others to address the challenges we face. He also enjoys the cultivation of mind, body and soul, with exercise, the arts and exploring among his other interests.

You can contact Christophe at field@caldems.com.


Sustainability Director: Haley Broder

Haley Broder is a second year studying Political Science and Conservation and Natural Resource Studies. She became involved with Cal Dems after campaigning in Reno for President Obama in 2012. Originally from Republican Orange County, Haley was extremely happy to find this progressive organization her first year on campus. She enjoys practicing hot yoga, baking cookies, fighting for progressive values, and saving the environment. Haley is excited to be Cal Dem’s first-ever Sustainability Director, working to foster strong relationships between the Cal campus and the city of Berkeley, through major conservation efforts.

You can contact Haley at sustainability@caldems.com.