YDA membership elects seven national officers biennially at the organization's National Convention in odd-numbered years and two DNC representatives in even-numbered years. These officers maintain the day-to-day management of the organization. The Chair of the Association of Chartered Unit Presidents (ACUP), the Chair of the Council of Regional Directors (CORD), and the Chair of the Council of Caucus Chairs (CCC) serve as ex-officio national officers.
2021–2023 National Officers
Elected on August 14th, 2021 at the YDA National Convention in Cincinnati Ohio
Quentin Wathum-Ocama (MN)
Terri Chapman, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the Young Democrats of America. Terri is passionate about creating an organization that centers the voices of all members to ensure their needs are reflected at every juncture of YDA. Terri knows the members of YDA are what have made the organization what it is today, and is determined to make YDA a safe space for young people to express their beliefs and strengthen their values. Terri also understands that leading with inclusivity is key to building a sustainable organization, and she will continue to build on YDA’s efforts to create a welcoming community that provides a place for members to foster lasting relationships and build stronger leaders in the Democratic ecosystem.
Prior to serving in the role of Executive Vice President, Terri served as the Immediate Past 3rd Vice President of YDA where she advocated for Democratic issues, supported YDA’s chartered units working to elect Democrats in their own states and territories, and leveraged her resources to raise the necessary funds for the organization. In addition to serving as a YDA national officer, Terri has a long history of involvement with the Alabama Young Democrats— from serving as President, Vice President of Communications to currently serving as the Executive Vice President, Terri is committed to working as hard on behalf of Young Democrats in her state as she is across the country. In her home state of Alabama, Terri has been at the forefront of electing Democrats up and down the ballot and ensuring young people have a seat at the table. When it was recognized the Alabama Democratic Party did not have adequate youth representation, specifically BIPOC youth, Terri recruited BIPOC youth from across the state to demand a seat in the Alabama Democratic Party Youth Caucus.
Outside of her service with YDA, Terri works as the Community Engagement Manager for Mobility Capital Finance (MoCaFi), a black owned financial tech company that connects unbanked and underbanked communities to low to no cost financial services with the purpose of minimizing the financial wealth gap persistent in black and brown communities and providing the tools for creating generational wealth. Prior to joining MoCaFi, Terri worked as a governmental affairs professional for over eight years working on behalf of several local organizations and universities to help them further their legislative goals and facilitate relations with elected officials. Terri also worked on multiple state and local campaigns in Alabama, including Doug Jones’ Senate campaign, where she served as the Political Director for the Central Alabama region.
Executive Vice President
Terri Chapman (AL)
1st Vice President
Kolby Duhon (TX)
2nd Vice President
Nnedi Stephens (NV)
3rd Vice President
Dunixi Guereca (CA)
Arielle Brandy (IN)
Mohammed Tazbir Akber Alam (NY)
2020–2022 National Officers
Elected on August 9th, 2020 at the Virtual YDA National Committee Meeting
Jamarr Brown (TX)
Jamarr Brown serves as Democratic National Committee Representative for the Young Democrats of America. Jamarr has over a decade of professional experience working as a campaign strategist, leadership trainer, and nonprofit leader. Now, he is making history as the first-ever Black Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party.
Prior to this role, Jamarr served as the Director of Civic Engagement Programs at re:power, stewarding partnerships with progressive civic engagement and labor groups and overseeing a portfolio of programs to train and support organizers, campaign managers and staff, and candidates.
Jamarr has also served as the National Training Director for Tom Steyer’s presidential campaign, where he led a national leadership development program for staff, volunteers, community leaders and issue advocates. In a previous role as the Organizing & Training Director for Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV), Jamarr managed the statewide leadership development, public affairs, grassroots organizing and issue and electoral campaign work in conjunction with Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas. Under his leadership, the number of Planned Parenthood supporters across Texas grew by 600,000. Jamarr has worked at the local, state, and national level with a range of progressive organizations — training key groups and campaigns across the country and garnering national coverage — and successfully worked with ColorOfChange to remove the Confederate Flag from South Carolina’s State House grounds.
Raised in Austin, Texas, Jamarr earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clemson University. He serves as President of the Black Austin Democrats and on the Board of Directors for Provide, Inc. and Leadership Austin.
Christen Hebrard (CA)
Ex-Officio National Officers