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

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


July 25th, 2020 Executive Board Meeting:


Democrats for Israel Application

California Democratic Renters Council Application


The next opportunity for the Organizational Development Committee to issue a recommendation for granting of a charter will be at its meeting on Saturday, July 25, 2020. This will be a Zoom meeting held in conjunction with the CDP E-Board scheduled for July 24-26.

Our procedure is to refer each new application to an ad hoc review team. The 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.

In order to help us meet the challenges processing your application while meeting virtually, we ask you to follow this time line:

Initial application due by Friday, May 22, 2020 – All the materials requested in the online application should be submitted by this date; materials submitted do not have to be in final form. Your application will be referred to a review team if submitted by this date.

Revised application due by Friday, June 26, 2020 – Any deficiencies noted by our review team should be corrected by this date; your application should be in substantially final form and ready for a second review. Any necessary bylaw changes should be submitted even if they have not yet been adopted by your organization.

Final application due by Friday, July 24, 2020 – All required bylaw changes should be adopted and any additional technical changes requested by the review team should be submitted by this date.

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
Michael Evans, Fresno
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 Fransico

Committee Staff
Moises Garcia
(916) 442-5707

Geographically Based Chartered Organizations

10th AD Democrats 263 Cecilia Way
Tiburon, CA 94920
Chair: Ralph Miller
66th Assembly District
Democratic Council
904 Silver Spur Rd. #343
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Varo Asorian
Tony Hale
Constance Sullivan
72nd Area Democratic Alliance P.O. Box 3628
Huntington Beach, CA 92605

Chair: Mai Khana Tran

CD1 Alliance




P.O. Box 1193 Durham, CA 95938

Chair: James F. McCabe


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.