San Diego County Young Democrats (SDCYD) Executive Board, 2020-21


Executive Board Profiles


President: Javier Gomez

Javier is a lifelong Democrat devoted to uplifting the voices of young people in his community. He has high expectations and no one holds a candle to his ability to organize. He is a SDSU Alumni currently employed as a Field Representative for Assemblymember Todd Gloria. Javi is the reason the Executive Board runs like smooth sailing ship. He can be reached at [email protected].


Vice President: Codi Vierra

Codi is the reason SDCYD will forever remain young at heart. She is dedicated to inclusive politics, upward mobility for young people, and always ensuring the Executive Board is mindful of including people from all walks of life at the table. Codi currently serves as Campaign Manager for Congressman Scott Peters, our endorsed candidate for CA-52. She also serves as Secretary of the California Young Democrats, and President of the University City Democratic Club. She is the reason SDCYD would never lose a crew member at sea. Codi can be reached at [email protected].


Secretary: Andrea Cardenas

Andrea has been involved with the Young Democrats since she was 14, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to SDCYD. She's the former President of the South Bay Young Democrats, and Executive Director of the California Young Democrats. In her day job, she serves as Director of Community Engagement for Grassroots Resources, helping elect Democrats across San Diego County, and helping so many young people in the South Bay become politically engaged. She's also our endorsed candidate for Chula Vista City Council, District 4! Andrea can be reached at


Director of Finance: Brett Weise

Brett is a lifelong San Diegan who is committed to supporting a government that works for all communities. He currently works for the 3rd City Council District in San Diego, representing the communities of North Park, Normal Heights, South Park, and Golden Hill. Brett has been working on tenant protection and worker cooperative expansion policies, and hopes to provide support for socioeconomic opportunities for all. He loves San Diego County Young Democrats, and believes that a broad coalition of young, diverse San Diegans can bring about meaningful political change. Brett is the reliable deckhand that works to keep the engine running, and can be reached at [email protected].


Director of Membership: Marlena Balderas

Marlena is the resident rabble rouser. She is a Public Defender for the County of San Diego and is dedicated to reminding the SDCYD Executive Board that not every person is as politically as savvy as the Board. She wants to see more young, women of color get involved and will remain dedicated to that cause until she is too old to be a member of SDCYD. Marlena is the reason you're forced to read bad nautical puns and can be reached at [email protected].


Director of Communications: Kevin Dobyns

Kevin is a liberal Democrat who has been active in the party since being a teenager growing up in Oceanside. He's a graphic designer and communications professional for the Kroc School at the University of San Diego and a proud alumnus of University of Oregon. You can reach him @kdobs on Twitter, or [email protected].


Director of Community Service: Ryan Darsey

For a Young Dem, Ryan Darsey has quite an extensive history of involvement in the Democratic Party and the LGBTQ community. He played a big role in the #NoOn8 campaign here in San Diego County back in the day. He's dedicated to serving our communities, and wants you to join him! He currently serves as Campaign Manager for our Stephen Whitburn, our endorsed candidate for San Diego City Council, District 3. Ryan can be reached at [email protected].


Immediate Past President: Sean Elo

Sean is a jack of all trades who seems to abide by the motto, "I'll sleep when I'm dead." He was recently elected to the San Diego Community College Board after a hard-fought battle. He continues to support SDCYD members despite the fact that he cannot be a dues paying member any longer. Join us at one of our meetings to connect with Sean and the rest of our Board!

Hope to see you soon!