Staff

Leadership & Staff

Melissa Grant - President

Melissa has co-run three Democratic headquarters in Los Angeles since 2012. As Chair and Co-manager of the Westside Democratic HQ, she was instrumental in flipping 7 California Congressional districts in 2018. In 2019, she co-founded the Grassroots Democrats HQ and began serving as its President. Melissa has served 5 terms as a Delegate to the California Democratic Party. She served as President of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club for 7 years and is currently its Vice President for Issues and Endorsements. To earn her living, Melissa is a partner of Capstone Law APC and a class action plaintiff’s attorney, fighting for the rights of workers and consumers.

Tamara Levenson - Executive Director

After the 2016 Presidential election, Tamara 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 7 Congressional seats in California when she served as the 2018 Co-Manager and Field Director for the Westside Democratic Headquarters. In 2019 Tamara co-founded the Grassroots Democrats HQ and began serving as our Executive Director. Tamara is an elected Delegate to the California Democratic Party (CDP), Co-Chair of the CDP Organizing Committee and E-Board Member. Her formal training before her political career is in social work and nonprofit management.

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 - Senior Strategist

Davis is a co-founder of Grassroots Democrats HQ and served as our Field Director for the 2019-2020 election cycle. He has worked on over 40 local, state, and federal campaigns nationwide. In 2022, he managed campaigns for LA County Supervisor and California State Senate, and also worked as a consultant for various successful city council campaigns, advising on field, communications, direct mail, and fundraising. Davis is also a California State Senate staffer, California Democratic Party delegate, and Vice President of Westside Young Dems. He has a B.A. in political science and public policy from the University of Southern California.

Mana Shooshtari - Field & Communications Director

Mana served as the Grassroots Democrats HQ’s Field and Communications Coordinator for the 2020 election cycle, a position in which she helped run our daily field operations for the Biden campaign. She 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 Central Valley Regional Chair of the Iranian American Democrats of California. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from San José State University in 2022.

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.

Barry Rosenbaum - Senior Staff

Barry was a frequent phone bank trainer during the 2018 midterms at the Westside Democratic HQ and served as the Grassroots Democrats HQ’s Volunteer Coordinator for the 2020 election cycle. 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.

Andy Linden - Recruitment Coordinator

After canvassing in the Midwest for the 2016 election, Andy was a volunteer trainer during the 2018 midterms at the Westside Democratic HQ. After joining the Grassroots Democrats HQ as the Recruitment Coordinator in 2020, he has helped recruit for and run phone and text banks and recruited for canvassing events. He is currently faculty at the California State University, Northridge, where he teaches the history/philosophy of physical culture and researches the intersections of sport and politics.

Robert Jimenez - Finance Associate & Latino Constituency Organizer

Robert started getting involved in politics during high school in Riverside, CA. Robert started off his grassroots efforts by working to implement voter registration education into his high school district. He then planned and executed rallies in support of immigrant rights, gun violence prevention and climate change reform. Since moving to LA, in order to pursue a B.A. in Political Science and International Development Studies at UCLA, Robert has worked on local campaigns as well as congressional campaigns so that underrepresented communities are advocated for and represented adequately in U.S. elections.

Zennon Ulyate-Crow - Field Organizer

Zennon Ulyate-Crow - Field Organizer

Zennon began as a housing activist in Los Angeles where he ran for ADEMS in AD 50 as the youngest ever candidate to seek that role. After, he came on board with GDHQ as a Fellow in March of 2021, ultimately progressing to becoming a full-time field organizer leading our canvassing and postcarding efforts against the 2021 Recall of Gavin Newsom. After leaving for his first year at UC Santa Cruz where he became a Transportation and Public Works Commissioner for the City of Santa Cruz, Zennon has returned and now is working as a Field Organizer for the Midterm elections helping manage the paid youth training and canvassing programs.

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 sophomore at Harvard College pursuing a joint concentration in Government and Computer Science.

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