Our Fellows

Current Fellows

Kendall Conte

Kendall Conte

Kendall is a junior in high school (class of 2025) at Viewpoint School in Los Angeles, California. Although she does not much past political or advocacy experience, Kendall is passionate about her work at GDHQ and is so excited to continue to learn and educate others! Kendall is interested in going far in STEM, especially focused on science.

Fabian Diaz

Fabian Diaz

Fabian is a sophomore in college currently attending UCLA and previously interned for a Los Angeles Council District 6 special election campaign. Fabian joined the GDHQ fellowship program in hopes of building on and continuing the canvassing, phone banking, and overall communication with voters that he has experience in and is passionate about. Fabian hopes to one day have a prominent role in local government or to become an entertainment and media law attorney. Gun control and immigration reform are causes that are especially important to Fabian and fuel his drive to be both involved and active in politics.

Andrew Hermann

Andrew Hermann

Andrew Hermann is a high school junior at Columbia Grammar and Prep School located in New York, NY. He has always been fascinated by politics and saw that becoming a GDHQ Fellow is how he can help change the world while learning more about certain topics in order to better shape his opinions. Andrew is particularly passionate about policy regarding immigration, gun control, and educational reform. In his own time, Andrew enjoys playing basketball, spending time with friends, and working at his neighborhood food pantry.

Lily Howes

Lily Howes

Lily Howes is a sophomore in high school based in Columbus, Ohio. She has been a fellow since May 2023, when she decided to join the program not only as an opportunity to gain experience in campaign work, but also to gather the skills necessary to enact change and elect Democrats in her own battleground state. Lily is especially passionate about voting rights and foreign policy and hopes to pursue a career in foreign services. She is involved with High School Democrats of America, the Columbus Council on World Affairs, and her school's refugee service club, orchestra, Model UN team, and student government. When she is not doing advocacy work, Lily can be found practicing cello, teaching herself languages, or perusing the New York Times opinion columns.

Fiona Kim

Fiona Kim

Fiona is currently finishing up her junior year at Harvard-Westlake school. She joined the GDHQ because she is devoted to addressing issues such as access to education, promoting representation, and protecting the rights of marginalized communities. With a passion for political advocacy, she is committed to working toward achieving these goals through volunteering and supporting candidates who promote these values. Through collaborating as a fellow with the Grassroots Democrats, she is proud to be a part of the movement which fights for a better future.

Bridget Matthews

Bridget Matthews

Bridget Matthews is a sophomore at New York University. She was born and raised in the suburbs of San Francisco where she began volunteering with local ballot measures and campaigns. She became a fellow with Grassroots Democrats HQ in February 2022. She chose to become a fellow because she wants to help elect candidates that share her views. Bridget believes in equality for all and is passionate about women's reproductive health and gun reform. She enjoys connecting with new voters and other volunteers, and is excited to continue her work with the fellowship.

Matthew Reiter

Matthew Reiter

Matthew Reiter is a junior at the Harvard Westlake school. Before becoming a fellow at GDHQ, he iterned for a New Jersey congressman. During this experience, Matthew learned skills involving research and organizing information. The reason Matthew joined Grassroots Democrats was because he wanted a structured and consistent way of getting involved with politics and being able to do his part in making the country a better place. Matthew wants to continue his political journey throughout college and maybe as a career one day.

Kashish Sachdeva

Kashish Sachdeva

Kashish currently a first year undergraduate student based in Westwood, CA. She has been passionate about politics and advocacy for a long time and has taken a trip to Sacramento to advocate for educational reforms, initiated a petition gaining national support, and founded her own social activist organization, Currently Informed. She joined the GDHQ fellowship program to give back to her community and help Democrats win more races to support her personal values. She is looking forward to becoming a lawyer in the future and fight for causes dear to her heart such as civil rights, mental health, immigration, and more.

Ben Schardt

Ben Schardt

Ben is a sophomore at UCLA majoring in Mathematics/Economics in the hopes of eventually pursuing a career oriented around public policy work. Originally born overseas in Switzerland before coming over to Illinois and now California, he's been fortunate enough to experience wide swaths of the Earth and as a result has developed an ironclad desire to preserve and better the incredible world around him. Ben got his first real exposure to the intricacies of politics while working as an intern on a 2023 LA City Council campaign and immediately gravitated toward GDHQ as a result of the organization's robust advocacy dynamic and change-making community.

Evelyn Tsoi

Evelyn Tsoi

Evelyn Tsoi loves political advocacy. As President of Arcadia High School’s Young Democrats Club, she organizes speaking events with Congressional Representatives like Rep. Judy Chu, hosts voter registration drives and postcarding weekends, and works to promote civic advocacy while working with her team to support over 10 campaigns per school year. She is deeply passionate about abortion, social security, and protecting democracy. Outside of advocacy, Evelyn is currently a high-school sophomore, a passionate Speech and Debater of 4 years, and a Digital Communications Intern for Arcadia Unified School District.