The Maricopa County Young Democrats (MCYD) is a political organization working to build the bench of young potential candidates, provide a meeting place for young working people (young adults, aged 18-35) interested in Democratic politics in Maricopa County, and provide a starting point for young adults looking to engage in the promotion of our ideals and candidates .
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Amber Rivera is a 23 year old Puerto Rican woman originally from Bronx, New York. She was born into a family of Democrats and always held strong progressive policy throughout her upbringing. She attended both junior high and high school in Arizona, immediately seeing the strong discrepancies in the lack of inclusivity. Amber believes education should include ethnic studies to introduce a thorough understanding of other cultures, traditions and history. She also advocates for civics in education to prepare students to be active participants of their democracy at a young age.
At a young age, Amber always had a strong passion to learn and inform, to increase civic engagement and have difficult conversations to widen other perspectives. In a short period of time, Amber has been able to make a strong name for herself with Arizona politics. She wants to elevate the voices of young people around the state to give them a platform. She has amplified her own voice into a strong one within the Young Democrats in Arizona and will do whatever it takes to turn out and elevate the youth voice in 2020 and years to come.
In 2017, Amber had a minor setback in her political journey through diagnosis of a rare autoimmune disease. She experienced firsthand the inadequacies of our healthcare system and this motivated her to take further action. As a young Latina, she spent many years being told this is not where she is meant to be.
Her goal is to empower the stories of others and do whatever it takes to keep an open mind along the way. Amber believes every opportunity is one that we can learn and grow from, taking others feedback and asking questions is something you’ll never see her not do. She strives to hold elected office herself one day fighting for policies that will improve the lives of working class people in America. She has never felt more at home than when doing the work.
Amber is a huge dog-lover and outside of political work loves to spend her free time binge-watching Netflix or reading a good inspirational book. You’ll never find her not laughing or smiling, her positive energy radiates off of her! You will never find Amber not speaking her mind, she has found the power in her voice. Everyday, she is grateful to her family for their role in her becoming the woman she is today. Maricopa County Young Democrats is pleased to have Amber as their leader; her positive charisma and creative mind shows us the great things in store for this organization.
If you’d like to connect with Amber, reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Kevin is originally from Portland, Oregon and is the newly elected Vice-President for Maricopa County Young Democrats. He has been politically active in Arizona since 2018 and concurrently also currently serves on the executive board for Legislative District 26 Democrats. Kevin is a proud scientist in politics. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Arizona State University and is also a Research Scientist at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. In the lab, Kevin’s scientific research focuses on making biomaterials for tissue engineering. Specifically, he designs materials that mimic properties of human tissue that serve to promote healing after injury.
With passions both in science and politics, Kevin has led science advocacy events on a local, state, and federal level. Through the Arizona Science Policy Network, he was an organizer for Science Day at the Arizona Capitol, where over 40 scientists of all backgrounds advocated for science-based policies to State Legislators. He was an organizer for a letter writing campaign to Congressman Raul Grijalva about the hazards of mining in Arizona without proper scientific oversight. Finally, he collaborates with the Union of Concerned Scientists to train Arizona scientists how to be better advocates within our community. Aside from policy and advocacy, Kevin has a strong passion for science communication. Last year, he was selected to attend a science writing workshop at Pennsylvania State University where he received training on how to effectively communicate science to a general population.
Kevin realizes that we must elect the right people into office in order to advocate for strong evidence-based policies. This is why he has a passion for Democratic Party leadership. When more Democrats are elected up and down the ballot, issues such as climate change, affordable housing, and income inequality will be heard and overcome.
Anna is a Native Arizonan, from Maryvale, Phoenix, AZ. Growing up, Anna spent most of her time with her grandparents who were community activists during the Civil Rights Movement and friends to Activist Cesar Chavez.
From an young age, her grandparents instilled the importance of community activism by taking her and along with the other grandkids to marches, protests, and events based around community leadership. After graduating from North High School in 2014, Anna followed her grandparents' footsteps by working on local candidate campaigns and ballot propositions.
Between 2016 and 2018, she worked on two national campaigns, MoveOn.org and the Human Rights Campaign, where she learned how to organize communities outside of Phoenix and how to get out the vote to flip seats and states blue. Now, Anna is a Precinct Committee (PC) Member in LD29, and is working on helping her district get involved in Democractic politics.
Anna wants to use her experience in campaigns to change her state blue, and by doing so she plans to help more young people not only vote in 2020, but also get them involved in their local elections.
Taylor is a lifelong native of Phoenix, watching as the medium-sized city he grew up in became a memory as it transformed into the fourth largest city in the nation. He is a proud recipient of a public school system education, with many fine educators providing nourishment for his naturally curious personality.
After high school, he graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. From working its lecture halls to working as a full-time reporter on ASU’s student publication, he learned the importance of a robust and independent fourth press, which holds those in power accountable and honest.
His first experience in politics was as a volunteer canvasser multiple times in the 2018 Midterms. Someone who takes the opportunity to always over-prepare, he studied candidates on his walking literature and was prepared to answer questions from any inquisitive constituent who would open their door and mind.
A firm believer in the power of representation, he subscribes to the theory that decisions are made by those who show up. He registered to vote on his birthday when he turned 18 and was a reliable and dependable Democratic voter before it became fashionable in the last four years. Someone who is known to agonize decisions, he takes weeks to fill out his early mail-in (PEVL) ballot, doing extensive research on every candidate (Yes, even judges) and proposition measures.
Taylor takes a strong interest in his native state, as a place where he recognizes its faults and strengths, and counts himself amongst the many young Democrats attempting to cultivate and influence the next generation of the electorate.
When not attempting to bend Arizona to his young perspective, he is an admitted cinephile, watching a hundred and more films a year and reciting trivia on thousands more. You will not a larger fan of The West Wing than him — now on his third rewatch of the series. (Guess which character he relates to the most...) He also takes a seasoned photographer and graphic designer, recognizing the intersection of indelible content and engagement.
Jordyn Hodges is a true Arizona native, having lived in the state her entire life. She currently is an undergraduate student at Arizona State University, getting her Bachelors of Science in Justice Studies. She was raised by her mother in the East Valley suburbs of Gilbert.
She has been an advocate for political change most of her life, from adolescence into young adulthood, being always engaged with politics and social reform. When she was a freshman at the University of Arizona, she became heavily involved with organizing campus events for Hillary Clinton’s second presidential race in 2016. This was her first experience being an organizer for the Democratic party, teaching her an important lesson about what a group of young, determined and like-minded individuals can accomplish.
After leaving the University of Arizona, Jordyn founded a nonprofit organization called Project ProJo. The nonprofit focuses on direct peer-to-peer mentorship for at risk minority youth in the metropolitan Phoenix area. The mission was to impact the lives of the children through educational workshops, peer counseling and vocational training. Her organization was meant to supplement Arizona’s lack of diversity centered programs and afterschool programs and youth clubs.
Since she interned and worked with many organizations throughout her college career, Jordyn interned with the Arizona Democratic Party in 2019 and has also interned for the AZMen foundation, which fights to battle sex trafficking in Arizona and across the country. She traveled to multiple NAACP conventions, attended the Congressional Black Caucus on behalf of her nonprofit and speaks at school events.
Jordyn is a passionate young democratic Person of Color, who firmly believes in shifting the country toward more progressive social and economic values. When she graduates, she plans to get her doctorate to become a practicing criminal defense attorney to help aid in the fight against the wrongful incarcerated.