The College Democrats of Wisconsin Executive Board is elected at our annual convention and consists of members from campuses across the state. Contact information for members of our executive board can be found under their profiles. For all press inquiries, email Communications Director Jake McGuire at cdwcommdirector@gmail.com or call 715-966-1936.

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Chair: Shea Senger

 

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Vice Chair: Sarah Semrad

 

Sarah Semrad is a junior at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, majoring in political science with a minor in legal studies. Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, she first got her start in Democratic politics during the Act 10 protests, and her enthusiasm and engagement has only grown since. Sarah became Chair of the UW-La Crosse College Democrats after just a semester of being on campus, and under her leadership, both the membership and finances of the chapter grew. She was a fellow on the 2016 Democratic Party of Wisconsin's Coordinated Campaign, and is currently an intern in Senator Jennifer Shilling's legislative office. Sarah looks forward to turning Wisconsin blue again in 2018, and is excited to get to work!  

Why I'm A Democrat:

"I am a Democrat because I believe in strong public schools for all sudents across Wisconsin. I believe everyone, regardless of race, age, religion, or gender deserves the equal opportunity to acheive anything they put their mind to. I believe everyone should be able to marry the person they love. I believe in strong labor unions. Democrats fight for all that I believe in, and I'm proud to be a member of this party."


Second Vice Chair: Eliana Locke

 

Eliana Locke is a junior studying political science at UW-Madison. In high school, Eliana began her involvement in Democratic politics when she served as a page in Maryland's State Assembly. Eliana joined College Democrats as soon as she stepped on campus in the fall of 2015. As a sophomore, she served as Press Secretary for her chapter, and is now Vice Chair. She loved canvassing for national and local Democratic candidates in Wisconsin during the 2016 cycle, as well as helping register a record number of students on her campus. 

 

Why I'm A Democrat:

" I'm a Democrat because I believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams no matter their gender, race, sexual orientation, or what family they were born into. I am proud to be a member of a party that woks so hard to ensure that all Americans can easily exercise their right to vote. I believe the Democratic Party is the only party working towards change that will move our country in a direction that is beneficial to its entire population."


Communications Director: Jake McGuire

 

 

Jake McGuire is a junior attending UW-Eau Claire, and pursuing a double major in political science and organizational communication. Having grown up moving from one rural, conservative Wisconsin town to the next, Jake was extremely excited to become a member of College Democrats from day one in Eau Claire. But his first experience in Democratic politics was long before that when his parents brought him down to Madison to take part in the Act 10 protests. It was this event, and seeing the passion of the the other protesters, that made him so passionate about Democratic politics, and the proud progressive he is today. Jake brought this passion with him to college, and was very active in the UW-Eau Claire College Dems throughout his freshman year. He went on to become a fellow for the Coordinated Campaign, working for Hillary Clinton and Russ Feingold in Eau Claire over the summer. Then, this past fall, he was elected Chair of the UW-Eau Claire College Democrats. Jake continued to work with the Coordinated Campaign as Chair, and assisted in voter registration and visibility on campus, all while organizing and growing his chapter. Now, he remains Chair of UW-Eau Claire College Democrats, as well as being the Communications Director for College Democrats of Wisconsin.

Why I'm A Democrat:

"I am a Democrat because I value public education for all. I grew up in a family that now consists of three generations of educators, and we have seen and felt firsthand the devastating effects Republicans have had on the education system. We won't get anywhere as a country if we attack what is at the very core of our success, and the Democratic Party is the only party that understands this. I am also a Democrat because we are the only party that truly is an ally to our marginalized communities. This country is strongest when we stand together, and in order to do this, we must level out the playing field and ensure that all people have an equal opportunity to succeed." 


Finance Director: Kat Kerwin

 

Kat Kerwin is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island where she first fell in love with Democratic politics as the youngest intern on US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's 2012 re-election campaign. Since then, she has staffed a 2014 Rhode Island gubernatorial campaign, she volunteered for Russ Feingold, worked for WI League of Women Voters, as well as for Senator Tammy Baldwin as a press intern. On campus, she is a gun violence prevention activist, and has spent lots of time organizing around opposition to campus carry and permitless carry. On the national level, she has gained widespread recognition for her work in opposition to gun violence, as well as for her work advocating for women's rights. She is a student senator, and the President of UW-Madison's Rise to Run chapter, an organization which trains young and diverse women to run for office. Kat is excited to manage CDW's finances over the next year, and ensure College Dems across the state have the resources they need to build their chapters and lead the important battles for progress going in to 2018.

Why I'm A Democrat:

" I am a Democrat because I believe whole heartedly that our campuses, our states, and our nation is strongest when we uplift our marginalized communities, and seek equality for all. Now more than ever, the values our nation was founded on in freedom, liberty and justice are important because our most basic rights to healthcare, eqaul pay, and education are at risk. I believe we must double down and work to elect candidates who acknowledge the dangers of robbing women of their right to chose, police brutality, and unequal access to goods and services."


Northwest Regional Director: Reed White

 

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Southwest Regional Director: Brianna Koerth

 

 

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Northeast Regional Director: Gillian Hines

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Southeast Regional Director: Sam Langheim

 

Sam Langheim is a junior at Marquette University, who is majoring in political science. He has lived in Wisconsin after moving her from Illinois when he was ten, and has called it home ever since. His mother is an ER pharmacist and his father is a 1st grade teacher. Sam was raised in a very conservative family, and always considered himself an independent. That all changed his second year of junior college when Bernie Sanders announced his presidential campaign. Sam has proudly identified as a Democrat ever since then. He began to get more politically involved as a result if Sanders' candidacy, and joined Wisconsin Student Government at his junior college where he held the position of Lieutenant Governor. Once he was accepted to Marquette, he was eager to learn more about the political process and get involved with the Clinton campaign. The first club he joined was the Marquette University College Democrats, and through them he has found his place on campus. People from all sorts of backgrounds and walks of life were passionately dedicated to this club and spreading progressive ideology on and off campuds, little did Sam know their passion was contagious. That semester he offered his apartment to be used as a staging location for the Clinton campaign, and had the privilege of working with organizers and volunteers, getting to know them, and learning everyday what it meant to be a Democrat. By the end of his first semester at Marquette, he was elected to be Vice Chair of the Marquette Dems, but has since resigned to focus on his new position as CDW's Southeast Regional Director.

Why I'm A Democrat:

 "I am a Democrat because I believe in a society that is based around compassion, loyalty, courage, and love. The people I have met during my short time with CDW have shown me the power of community and family. These are principles we all hold dear to us, not just as Democrats, but as human beings. When I joined CDW, I received nothing but love and acceptance; if we can create an environment in which love and acceptance is spread to all corners of America and utilize it as a fundemental pillar of how we govern, then the sky is the limit for what we can accomplish."