I am a student at the Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York majoring in Political Theory and Intellectual who is passionate about politics and the intersection of political ideas and practice. I am a French-American dual-citizen, raised by immigrant parents and speaking French at home. While politics is my primary passion, technology was my first love, and I still love working in IT.
I first became involved in politics during the 2016 Presidential Election, where I volunteered for Senator Bernie Sanders in my home of Westchester County, collecting ballot petitions and distributing literature. I felt that Sanders offered a forward-thinking vision for this country that was radically different from both the unimaginative neo-liberal policies of Hillary Clinton and the populist nationalism of Donald Trump.
I channeled the energy I worked up working on the Sanders campaign into involvement in local and state races, including helping my good friend Brian Higbie run for State Assembly in our local district—held by a Republican for over one-hundred and thirty years. Brian was a first-time candidate, and I a first-time visitor of local politics. Even though Brian lost, we both learned of the impact local politics has on people’s lives and the disproportionate impact that national politics has on people’s expectations of their local representatives. Most importantly, we learned that many local Democrats, as well as our local Democratic party, had been uninvolved and uninterested in the local political scene for many year.
The results of the 2016 election changed everything. In the months leading up to it and afterwards, people who had never done anything political except vote occasionally had had enough with the state of affairs in Washington, in Albany, and in their town halls. I along with others who volunteered for Bernie Sanders, started the Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network (LHVPAN) out of the Sanders campaign’s Westchester County canvassing operation to continue advocating for progressive policies on the local level and capture the support of those who were frightened by Trump and dissatisfied by their representatives. Led by a former Bernie Sanders delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, I served on the steering committee of the group and helped to setup its digital infrastructure. Later in 2016, former Sanders delegates and volunteers across New York State created the New York Progressive Action Network ➲ (NYPAN), a chapter based organization similarly focused on continuing Sanders’ work on the state level. I was privileged to attend the inaugural meeting as a founding member and delegate to the Board of Directors from LHVPAN, restructured as a chapter of NYPAN. I now serve on the Executive Committee of NYPAN and continue to serve on the Executive Committee of LHVPAN.
Meanwhile, the myriad of groups founded in Westchester County after the election began mounting a challenge against the Republican establishment in the County and various town governments, including in my hometown of Yorktown, NY. I was appointed as a District Leader in the Yorktown Democratic Committee, and helped revamp the the Committee’s website and Facebook page in order to help advertise our local candidates, while friends and neighbors who I never considered as politically minded stood up and organized petition drives, canvassing operations, and phone-banks right up until Election Day 2017. Not only did we elect a Democratic Town-Supervisor and Town-Board majority, we retook the Westchester County Legislature and ousted Trump supporter and former gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino from his position as County Executive. The results of that night taught me what a determined and activated political base can accomplish and the importance of local political victories.
Since then, I have continued to help the Yorktown Democratic Committee, LHVPAN, and NYPAN in pursuing progressive change on the local, county, and state levels. In August of 2018, I was elected as Vice-President of the College Democrats of New York, and on September 14th, I will become the youngest-ever member of the Democratic State Committee representing the 94th Assembly District in Westchester County.
I was taught at home from 6th to 11th grade, skipping 7th grade and opting to take my senior year classes at Westchester Community College. I now attend the Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York, the flagship campus of the City University of New York in West Harlem, New York City. I am majoring in Political Theory and Intellectual History through the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, which allows my to construct a custom program of student approved through the CUNY Graduate Center. I am in the Macaulay Honors College Hertog Scholars Program, a set of six seminar-style courses taken over two years where students learn about the history political philosophy, the history of literature, political economy, and American intellectual history through the Great Books method. I am a fellow of the S Jay Levy Fellowship for Future Leaders, which provides guidance in resume-writing, interviewing, and business ethics, culminating in a funded summer internship.