University Democrats Leadership Council Fall 2017
University Democrats Leadership Council is composed of all the officers elected to serve the organization. The officers meet every Sunday at 7:00 PM and all general members are invited to join us.
President – Doug Snyder
Doug is a junior majoring in Information Management and Government with concentrations in Core Texts and Public Policy. Doug, who comes from the conservative and 90% white suburb The Woodlands, became interested in politics after interning for Mayor Annise Parker as a high school sophomore and later by organizing local rallies for Bernie Sanders his senior year. Doug has worked a variety of jobs and internships, but is currently working in political consulting for a judicial campaign. He aspires to work in punditry, or be a college professor, or who even knows anymore. When not working or stress-hyperventilating, Doug enjoys running, classical music, and waxing poetic about subjects no one cares about.
Vice President – Cheyenne Brown
Cheyenne Brown is a senior Rhetoric and Composition major. She is from Rockwall, the smallest county in Texas. Cheyenne has worked for the Rockwall County Democrats in addition to multiple campaigns in both Austin and North Texas. When she is not block walking or registering voters, Cheyenne can be found writing, telling jokes, and appreciating the finer things in life (such as Frasier re-runs).
Communications Director – Robert Charles Gonzalez
Robert is a senior double-majoring in Rhetoric and Writing, and Government. Originally from the small border community of Eagle Pass, Robert credits his passion for policy and politics to his participation in programs run by the National Hispanic Institute and the Subiendo Academy. During his time in Austin, Robert has found his niche under the marble-encrusted dome of the Texas Capitol. During the 85th Legislative Session, Robert staffed State Senator Jose Menendez on the Senate Higher Education Committee. Prior to his committee assignment, Robert served as a Communications Intern in the Senator’s office and as a Legislative Intern before that. Politics aside, Robert is a passionate follower of issues relating to human rights and social justice. When not working at the Capitol or neck-deep in class materials, Robert can be found reading Lord of the Rings, talking walks throughout West Campus, writing poetry, and pouring over CNN, NYT, and MSNBC. Following graduation, Robert hopes to put his passion for communications to work by continuing his work at the Capitol.
Secretary – Allie Runas
Allie is a junior Electrical and Computer Engineering major from San Antonio. Because she doesn’t believe in free time, Allie is also involved in nine other orgs on campus. If she isn’t studying or trying to register other students to vote, you can find her knitting, taking pictures, or trying to find an internship.
Treasurer – Anna Roberts
Anna Roberts is a sophomore history major with a focus on early modern Britain. When not in the library or coping with Trump administration news, she can be found in the kitchen learning how to cook (and has two burn marks on her right hand to show for it).
Community Director – Andrew Herrera
Andrew Herrera is an 2nd year Honors Government Major who is serving as the UDems Community Director for the Fall of 2017. When he’s not busy with activism or engrossed in political news, Andrew likes to go camping or hiking, binge watch horror movies, listen to local live music, and occasionally do slightly-better-than-average impressions for his friends.
Campus Director – Nicholas Cobb
Nicholas Cobb is a senior majoring in Computer Science. In his free time, he acts like a real meme. He also interned at Google three times.
Membership Director – Olivia Griffin
Olivia is a senior studying Plan II, Government and East Asian Studies. She previously worked on the presidential campaign of Maryland governor Martin O’Malley. Last summer, she interned at the United Nations in Switzerland. Her hobbies include petting dogs and counting down the days until the next season of House of Cards.
Historian – Madison Schumm
Madison Schumm is a sophomore Public Health major from Southlake, Texas. She has become politically active since starting at UT through canvassing, phone banking, and extensive voter registration efforts. Last fall alone, she registered over 850 students on the UT campus. When not tabling, Madison can be found studying, working out, or snuggling her hairless cat.
Webmaster – Alex Meed
Alex is a senior majoring in Computer Science. When he’s not working on a programming assignment, he updates this website, travels around for programming and speech competitions, and finds every excuse possible to wear a suit. He interned at Google and Airbnb over the past two summers, both in software roles.
President Emeritus – Bailey Schumm
Bailey is a senior majoring in Public Health and Government. In addition to serving as the President of UDems, she is the director of Hook the Vote, an editor for the Texas Undergraduate Law Review, and a docent at the LBJ Presidential Library. When not sitting on the West Mall yelling at students/faculty members/unsuspecting tourists about voting, Bailey can be found sewing, baking, or otherwise acting like a grandmother.