Leadership & Staff

Melissa Grant - President

Melissa has co-run three Democratic headquarters since 2012, and was instrumental in flipping seven California Congressional districts in 2018. She is a CDP Delegate for AD 50, the former president of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club, and also works as a class action plaintiff attorney, where she has spent her legal career fighting for workers and consumers.

Tamara Levenson - Executive Director

Tamara most recently was the Co-Manager and Field Director for the Westside Democratic Headquarters in 2018 and served for 3 years as Code Blue’s National Phone Bank Coordinator, where she created a remote phone bank system that trained and empowered thousands of volunteers. After working on over 50 elections nationally, she was instrumental in flipping seven Congressional seats in California, and was elected this year as a CDP Delegate for AD 50.

Brian Colker - Chief Financial Officer

Brian Colker is the California Director for Code Blue and was responsible for organizing and overseeing an 11-district field program in the 2018 midterms. He has organized fundraisers for over a dozen Democratic House Candidates and Senators. He was one of the founders of the Westside Democratic HQ

Davis Han - Political Consultant

During the 2018 election cycle, Davis worked as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Westside Democratic HQ and helped manage a statewide phone bank system that made nearly 2 million calls for Democratic Congressional campaigns. He was a lead organizer of the March on the NRA SoCal, and has worked on various local State Assembly and Senate campaigns since 2017. Davis has a B.A. in political science and public policy from the University of Southern California.

Barry Rosenbaum - Senior Staff

Barry was a frequent phone bank trainer during the 2018 midterms at the Westside Democratic HQ. He is a retired Senior Land Use Attorney for the city of Santa Monica, and currently serves as an appointed Landmarks Commissioner for the city.

Mana Shooshtari - Field & Communications Coordinator

Mana started organizing as a high school student in Stockton, CA on issues surrounding gun violence prevention, immigration rights, and intersectional feminism. In 2021, Mana was elected to present CA Assembly District 13 as a Delegate to the California Democratic Party. She was also elected to serve as Vice President for the Young Democrats of San Joaquin and Regional Chair of Central Valley for the Iranian American Democrats of California. She’s pursuing a B.A. in Political Science at San José State University.

Eve Levenson - National Youth Advisor

Originally from Los Angeles CA, Eve got her start in politics through her Jewish community working on issues of equity within her school, homelessness in the city, and the global issue of genocide and mass-atrocities prevention. She has spent the last two years leading MFOL’s policy and advocacy work as their Federal Affairs and then Policy & Government Affairs Manager. Currently she is a dual degree student at George Washington University pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration (M.P.A.).

Ingrid Van Eckert - Events Coordinator

Ingrid is a long time Democratic activist and volunteer with experience working on dozens of campaigns. She currently serves as the Vice President of the West LA Democratic Club.

Pratyush Mallick - Technology Coordinator

Since high school, Pratyush has worked both volunteer and staff roles on several political and issue advocacy campaigns, primarily in his home state of Texas. In 2020, he was elected as one of the youngest National Delegates at the Democratic National Convention, where he helped lead conversations on COVID relief, Universal Basic Income, and Healthcare. Currently, he is a first-year at Harvard College exploring an interdisciplinary concentration in Government, Economics, and Computer Science.

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