Our Party’s greatest asset is the unparalleled diversity seen and heard in the lived experiences and collective power of 10 million California Democrats. With our committee appointments for the 2021-2023 term, we are proud to uplift those stories and empower those voices at the tables where our Party’s most important decisions are discussed and decided. We are confident these appointees are best prepared to bring their passion and experience to help build a Party dedicated to improving the lives of all Californians.
This will be accomplished with their focused support of our collective programmatic priorities — investing in our organizing infrastructure, expanding our communications programming, training our next generation of grassroots leaders, engaging in candidate political action and vital issue advocacy, and ensuring adequate financial support to carry out these priorities — as well as the sustained work required to transform our Party to an actively anti-racist organization centered on the values of equity and inclusion.
Our Collaborative Process
Together, we have engaged in a collaborative process to review applications and appoint 305 delegates to committees for the 2021-2023 term. Over the course of six weeks, each Statewide Officer has engaged with an equal voice in both our deliberations and final appointments.
With an unprecedented 770 applications – a 25% increase over the previous term – this process has not been an easy one. We are not able to appoint every applicant. However, we are grateful to every Delegate who expressed a willingness to serve. We look forward to continuing to work with each and every one of you to build an even stronger Party.
Diverse Committee Membership
Overall, our committee appointments are the most diverse in our Party’s history. In addition, we have sought to empower the next generation of grassroots leaders by appointing an unprecedented number of young leaders and those who have never served on a Party committee with the intent of elevating these appointees into committee leadership roles in the future. Here are some important highlights for committee members:
– 71% are new to their committee
– 52% self-identified female
– 67% are Delegates of Color
– 15% identify as Asian American Pacific Islander
– 14% identify as Black
– 31% identify as Latino
– 15% identify as Mixed Race
– 19% were born outside of the United States
– 30% are under the age of 35
– 34% are members of the LGBTQ community
– 16% are Delegates with a disability
– 5% are military Veterans
– 24% are Delegates residing in rural communities
Diverse Committee Leadership
Our diverse appointments extend beyond overall committee membership to committee leadership as well. We have sought to create more leadership opportunities with a number of first-time committee lead co-chairs and even more first-time committee co-chairs.
Further, in the interest of creating additional leadership opportunities for others, we have limited the appointment of Party leaders – current and former party officers, regional directors, DNC members, caucus chairs, county chairs, and current CADEM executive board members – to committee or committee leadership positions. However, while we begin this important transition in committee leadership and members, we fully expect to actively engage Party leaders in other important ways in the coming weeks and months.
Here are some important highlights for committee leaders:
– 53% are new to their committee leadership post
– 51% self-identified female
– 61% are Delegates of Color
– 14% identify as Asian American Pacific Islander
– 11% identify as Black
– 36% identify as Latino
– 12% identify as Mixed Race
– 18% were born outside of the United States
– 30% are under the age of 35
– 25% are members of the LGBTQ community
– 12% are Delegates with a disability
– 5% are military Veterans
– 12% are Delegates residing in rural communities
Standing Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Our Party must foster an environment that is welcoming, inviting, and inclusive of every Democrat committed to our collective work. This work is not easy and requires a long-term commitment. Yet, it is vital to our success.
To that end, we will merge two current committees – the Standing Committee on Organizational Development and the Standing Committee on Affirmative Action – into one new committee – the Standing Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
In addition to integrating the historic responsibilities of the two former committees, the new committee will focus on long-term culture change in our Party including, but not limited to: (1) improving our Code of Conduct process and procedures, (2) expanding our Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI) Program to inform and educate Party leaders and Delegates, and (3) implementing our steps on anti-racism and racial justice to ensure full, fair, and equitable access to our Party for every Democrat.
Standing Committee on Organizing
Our work of engaging 10 million California Democrats is dependent upon our investment in long-term, year-round organizing. Building on CADEM’s 2020 Statewide Coordinated Campaign, we now have the Party’s first-ever Organizing Director, are expanding our human infrastructure with Regional Organizing Managers, and are investing in new organizing tools for grassroots leaders.
To engage even more Democrats in this important work, we will change the name of the Standing Committee on Voter Services to the Standing Committee on Organizing. The new committee will become more integrated with the work of CADEM’s Organizing Department. We will seek to expand the membership of this important committee to coincide with the growth of the electoral and advocacy work in the coming months.
Orientation and Training
Given the number of new committee members and leaders, CADEM’s Training Department will take the lead in developing and providing thorough orientation and a robust training regime for all appointees. This will include an introduction to other members, the charge of each committee, the committee’s relevant timelines and processes, and a series of Code of Conduct-related trainings.
Lastly, we are committed to reviewing these committee and leadership appointments within 1 year. In the meantime, we are excited to work with all the new committee leaders and members – along with every California Democrat – to move our Party forward.
Jose Goris Jr.
Temika M. Cook
Denise El Amin
Arianna Medel Cortes
Mary Jane Sanchez
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Luis Andres Perez
Lisa Van Zevern
Marcial Rene Romero
Ansermio Jake Estrada
Mariana Corona Sabeniano
Edmundo Cuevas Lopez
Krista De La Torre
Poppy De Marco Dennis
Renay Grace Rodriguez
Martha O. Acevedo
Bijan Mohseni Calderón
Mary Rose Ortega
Cruz Baca Sembello
Andrea Beth Damsky
Bryan King San Juan
G. Anthony Phillips