BWDC Board

Black Women's Democratic Club Executive Board

Rachel Brashier

President

Rachel Brashier serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris Dawson overseeing all legislative matters, strategy, communications, and coordinating intergovernmental relations for the 8th Council District. Prior to joining the Council Office, Rachel worked for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as a press secretary focusing on housing and homelessness issues Citywide; she also served as a legislative deputy and liaison to the City Council in the Villaraigosa administration. Before joining the 8th Council District, Rachel was the Assistant Director for Community & Local Government Relations at UCLA.

A native Angeleno, Rachel grew up in Compton and Watts, where her family continues to lead community development while advocating for the residents of Watts at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC). Rachel attended Syracuse University receiving a B.A. in Policy Studies and an M.P.A from New York University.

Kristen Gordon

Vice President

LA native and devotee, Kristen Gordon is a community developer and space curator who challenges society’s long held notions regarding who gets to have agency and take up space. She currently serves as the Economic Development Deputy for the office of Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson and during her time has secured more than $120 million funding for housing, transportation, and economic development in South Los Angeles. Additionally, Kristen has facilitated projects with the intention of placing a spotlight on the history, culture, and joy that thrives within Black communities, as is evident in her work on Destination Crenshaw. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of California, Irvine and a Certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California Ross Program.

Molly Watson

Partnerships & Fundraising

Molly is the Senior Development and Partnerships Manager for the progressive organization Courage California. She is an Alumna of Emerge California, is the Emerge CA 2019 SoCal Class Representative, is a Board member for the Black Women's Democratic Club of California, a Scout for Close the Gap California, and she works closely at the local and state levels in creating a pipeline for progressive womxn to run for seats over the next 4-6 years.

 

Molly is the daughter of a Haitian immigrant and a hippie from down south, yet she grew up in Huntington Beach, CA. She joined Courage California in February 2017 when she returned home to Long Beach, CA with her husband and toddler, Kingston, after seven years in Brooklyn, NY. While in New York, Molly worked as an Advocate and Academic Coordinator at Harlem Children’s Zone. Molly spent three years fundraising for a safety net hospital in downtown Brooklyn and dabbled in health care research before leaving New York. Molly earned a BA in Afro-Ethnic Studies from CSU Fullerton and studied Urban Affairs at CUNY Hunter in Manhattan, NY.

 

Molly's favorite things include her family + friends, justice, laughter, and hair.

Christian Entezari

Memberships

Christian Entezari serves as Senior Advisor at Fortune School of Education. Prior to Fortune School, she was Managing Director of Data and Analytics at the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), leading the organization’s political and engagement data analysis team. Christian is a dedicated servant, who volunteers by serving on the Board of The PLUS ME Project, the California Black Women’s Democratic Club, and as the Alumni Board Chair of City Year Los Angeles.

Originally from Indiana, Christian holds two degrees from Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis(IUPUI) in Psychology and Sociology. When she isn't working or volunteering she spends time with her husband and dog, finding new eateries around town.

Kristian Huling

Political Action Chair

With humble beginnings in the San Fernando Valley, Kristian Huling is the oldest of three children born to the late William and Valerie Huling. At an early age, Kristian understood the importance of community activism during the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising. Living across the street from the epicenter of this historical event, she knew that the community needed a voice.

Huling began working as an organizer with SEIU, Local 721; representing LA County workers in the departments of public social services and child protective services. She later went on to represent workers in multiple county departments which included the blue-collar workers of public works, animal care, parks and recreation in north county. Currently, Kristian serves as a political coordinator in Government Relations for SEIU 721; Mobilizing workers to fight for social justice and equity. She also provides input at the SEIU California policy tables for criminal justice reform, public social services, and healthcare. In 2019, Kristian was honored by the Empowerment Congress as one of their 40 under 40 emerging civic leaders. Wanting to continue being an example for her fellow colleagues and community; Huling serves as the Vice President of the United Union Professionals and board member of the Black ...

Juana Rosa Cavero

Communications

With a strong commitment to reproductive justice, Juana Rosa Cavero has dedicated her professional career and community advocacy to projects that make real improvements to people’s lives. This vision has been crafted by roles within public health, policy advocacy, and civil rights.

 

She gained her experience within the US and globally at organizations, such as Advancement Project, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), Latino Research & Policy Center and Pacific Institute for Women’s Health. Most recently, as director of the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, Juana Rosa’s work centered on building a movement that increases the capacity and visibility of the 40-plus member organizations of the largest statewide alliance dedicated to reproductive freedom in California.

 

Juana Rosa has grown and explored her own leadership through fellowships at Rockwood Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice, Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership: Advanced Leadership Training Program (RIHEL) and the Midwest Academy’s Organizing for Social Change. She is also on the board of Black Women for Wellness Action Project, the only 501(c)4 organization in the country focused solely on Black Women’s reproductive justice. Her community involvement led her to public service as president of the Mid-City ...

Rhonda Mitchell

Communications

Rhonda Mitchell brings a unique perspective to BWDC through her work with various institutions, including the Department of Cultural Affairs, Cal State University, Los Angeles, and nonprofit work at South Bay Center for Counseling, Facing History, and Ourselves, and All Saints Church. She’s earned a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology, an MFA in Creative Writing, and several writing fellowships through PEN America, Esalen, and Voices of Our Nations Arts. She currently serves as the Communications Director for Council District Eight. She is the mother of one. 

Pamela Sparrow

Organizing

Coming Soon...

Black Women's Democratic Club Founding and Former Board

  • Founding Board
    • President – Rashina Young
    • First Vice President – Joy Masha
    • Second Vice President – Sydney Kamlager Dove
    • Third Vice President/ Membership Secretary – Jacquelyn Horton
    • Recording Secretary – Rachel Brashier
    • Corresponding Secretary – Nourbese Flint
    • Treasurer – Myla Rahman
  • Founding Members
    • Capri Maddox
    • Cathlyn Cweik
    • Christopher Pearson
    • Cine Ivory
    • Danielle Lafayette
    • Elizabeth Birks
    • Holly Mitchell
    • Jacquelyn M. Horton
    • Janette Robinson Flint
    • Jenita Igwealor
    • Jom Rivers
    • Joy Masha
    • Karim Webb
    • Kellie Hawkins
    • Kristin Huling
    • Leslie Wall
    • Monique Earl
    • Myla Rahman
    • Nourbese Flint
    • Patrice McKenzie
    • Rachel Brashier
    • Rashina Young
    • Shannon Murphy Castellani
    • Sheryl Bailey
    • Sydney Kamlager
  • Former Board Members

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