Organizational Development Committee

The Organizational Development Committee:

  • Recommends to the State Chair: local, state and national political strategies, activities, and policies designed to improve the organizational effectiveness of the Party;
  • Proposes a plan for redistricting of the Party’s Regions after each State Reapportionment is adopted;
  • Proposes guidelines to the Rules Committee, for their consideration and approval, concerning the Chartering of Organizations under Article X of the bylaws of the California Democratic State Central Committee (CDP); and,
  • Recommends to the Executive Board the granting or rejection, of applications for Charter of organizations under Article X of the above-mentioned bylaws pursuant to guidelines adopted by the Rules Committee.


Approved Regional Map

Approved Regional Map with Detail

Delegate U (November 12, 2020): How redistricting affects the CDP


The Organizational Development Committee has developed and adopted the following guidelines and application form for groups seeking California Democratic Party charters:


Current OD Committee Charges 

2017 OD Committee Charges

Click here to fill out an online application

Completed charter applications should be sent to:


California Democratic Party
Attn: O&D Staff
1830 9th St.
Sacramento, CA 95811


April 30th, 2021 Convention Meeting:


Chartering Guidelines

Annual Reports of Chartered Organization




Each new charter application is referred to an ad hoc review team of Organizational Development Committee members. Review teams work with applicants to perfect their applications, noting any deficiencies and suggesting corrections, with the goal of producing a final application that can be recommended by the full Organizational Development Committee to the E-Board.

The review process typically takes a minimum of 60 days. We urge potential applicants interested in establishing a chartered organization to submit an application at the earliest opportunity.

Please feel free to contact Organizational Development Co-Chairs Royce Kelley and Chris Wagaman with questions.

Royce Kelley 510-384-3033
Chris Wagaman 916-213-5145


Committee Roster 2019-2021

Lead Chair

Royce Kelley, Berkeley
Chris Wagaman, Davis


Joy Atkinson, Los Angeles
Ricardo Cisneros, Moreno Valley
Joe Cislowski, West Hollywood
Santos Garcia, Madera
Olivia Lee, Walnut
Anna Molander, Sacramento
Tonia Uranga, Long Beach




Janet (Jan) Brown, Roseville
David Campos, San Francisco
Rabel Castillo, Whittier
Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik, Mission Viejo
Mary Ellen Early, Sherman Oaks
Kareem Gongora, Fontana
Pratima Gupta, San Francisco
Leah Herzberg, Encino
Clothilde Hewlett, San Francisco
Estella Kessler, Selma
Gabriel Quinto, El Cerrito
Scott Rafferty, Walnut Creek
Robert Service, Eureka
Diana Sparagna, Ventura
Calvin Sung, Walnut
Michael Thaller, Bonita
Manuel Zapata, Tracy
Brandon Zavala, Newhall
Tiffany Alvarez, Moreno Valley 

CYD Ambassadors

Alex De Arana-Lemich, Ventura
Kristen Janson, San Francisco


Committee Staff
Moises Garcia
(916) 442-5707


Geographically Based Chartered Organizations


10th AD Democrats

2 Tamal Vista Lane

Kentfield, CA  94904

Chair: Ralph Miller
72nd Area Democratic Alliance P.O. Box 3628
Huntington Beach, CA 92605

Chair: Mai Khana Tran

CD1 Alliance Action




P.O. Box 1193 Durham, CA 95938

Chair: Cindy Ellsmore, Chair
530-862-1379 h
530-913-9819 c

Click here for Statewide Chartered Organizations

Please note that these descriptions are not meant to be an interpretation of the California Democratic Party Bylaws. The CDP Bylaws are available on our website here.