Our Leadership

Meet the 2019-2020 CAHSD Executive Board

The statewide activities of the California High School Democrats are run through the Executive Board, which is made up of the elected state Chair and Vice Chair along with members appointed at the Chair's discretion. The Executive Board works to expand and promote the organization while also ensuring that all CAHSD chapters and members are connected with opportunities to grow their political involvment.

Chair: Joshua Lechuga

Joshua Lechuga ([email protected]) was born in San Bernardino, California and has been an advocate for working class people his entire teenage life. For the majority of his high school career, he has spent countless hours volunteering on political campaigns and getting involved in his community to create real change. As someone who understands the struggles of working people, it is evident that wherever he goes, he will never forget where he came from and the people who helped build him. As the son of immigrants, Joshua has always been an advocate for civil rights regardless of where you come from, sexual orientation, religion, and gender. From the experiences of his family, he has developed his view on the world which has led to his various stances on progressive issues. As a leader in his community, he has fought for everyone and during his term as Chair of the California High School Democrats, he will fight for you too. ¡Sí Se Puede!

Chief of Staff: Irin Shim

Irin Shim ([email protected]) serves as Chief of Staff for the California High School Democrats. She is passionate about climate change, immigration rights, universal healthcare, and education standards, advocating for justice and equality for all, regardless of race, gender, or income. Outside of CAHSD, Irin is deeply involved in her community and beyond. She serves as the student body president for Great Oak High School, a Gold Award Girl Scout, and the Key Club International Trustee for the Pacific Northwest, New York, and Caribbean-Atlantic Districts. She is a recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award and is based in Temecula, California.

Northern Regional Director: Nate Viotti

Nate Viotti ([email protected]) is the Northern California Director for the California High School Democrats. Nate is a firm believer in the young generation’s ability to bring social change and is committed to working with high schoolers across California to advance progressive aims. Outside of CAHSD, Nate is deeply involved in his local and high school community. He is the editor-and-chief of his high school’s nationally-acclaimed publications, the M-A Chronicle and The Mark, and founded his high school’s first Model United Nations program. Outside of school, he volunteers with the League of Creative Minds as a chair for middle school Model UN and Model Parliament simulations. He is a member of the 18th Congressional District Student Advisory Board, giving policy recommendations to U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo on matters pertinent to youth. A global citizen to the core, Nate also volunteers with exchange students in the region to help them develop deep cross-cultural relationships, having himself studied abroad for extended periods of time in France and Jordan. He is a recipient of the U.S. Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship and has won national awards in journalism and Model UN. Nate is a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School and a resident of Menlo Park, California.

Deputy Northern Regional Director: Rohin Ghosh

Hi, my name is Rohin Ghosh ([email protected]). I'm proud to stand with the party that stands up for people who need help wherever or whoever they are. Fighting for justice for working people and the environment is my calling to the Democratic Party. If we fight together, there's nothing we can't accomplish!

Southern Regional Director: Jeffry Umana

Jeffry Umana ([email protected]) is a senior at San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino. From a young age, Jeffry always pursued being educated in the state of American politics, especially following President Obama’s implementation of DACA and the 2016 Presidential Election. In the immediate aftermath of the election, Jeffry adopted a more active role in politics, turning his social media, fashion choices, and overall lifestyle into one dedicated to equality, justice, and the Democrats. Now, he’s the Southern Regional Director for the California High School Democrats and is looking to bring a chapter to his high school and change to SoCal. Outside of politics, Jeffry serves as the ASB President for his school, enjoys coffee, competes in Academic Decathlon, and is involved in a wide variety of organizations in which his driving force is ensuring the American Dream for all, regardless of race, sex, sexuality, and immigration status.

Deputy Southern Regional Director: Lorenzo De Felitta

I am Lorenzo De Felitta ([email protected]), 15, and the Deputy Southern California Regional Director for the California High School Democrats, and also the founder of the first community chapter of the High School Democrats in Los Angeles. I describe myself as a committed progressive and am fully committed to supporting and serving the members of the California High School Democrats, bringing LGBTQ+ representation to the Executive Board.

Policy Director: Riya Kataria

I am Riya Kataria ([email protected]), Policy Director, a senior at Irvington High School in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love politics (of course), youth activism, and hope to major in Political Science and Business one day.

Political Director: Adam Tobeck

Adam Tobeck ([email protected]), 16, serves as the Political Director for the California High School Democrats. He is a Junior at Heritage Christian High School in Northridge and is passionate about voting rights and gun violence protection. Adam loves to read and is excited about advancing Democratic ideals throughout California and electing Democrats up and down the ballot to create a more equitable and just society.

Communications Director: Sarah Nachimson

Sarah Nachimson ([email protected]) is a junior at YULA Girls High School in Los Angeles. She first got involved in political activism when she canvassed for the Clinton campaign in 2016. She is the chapter leader of HSDA at her school, a member of her neighborhood council executive board, and a political journalist. She founded, along with a grant from the Jewish Federation, the AWE Project which gave underprivileged children the opportunity to learn art and writing at workshops she organized. Sarah is an outspoken advocate on equality and believes that every person, no matter their background, should be able to become involved in political activism.

Finance Director: Milo Chang

Milo Chang ([email protected]) is a senior at John A. Rowland High School in Rowland Heights. Growing up, he was always interested in politics and identified as a Democrat, but living in a Republican district, he used to feel that he couldn’t make a difference. The 2016 election and Parkland served as catalysts that drove Milo to become more involved in the political system, pushing for the issues he is passionate about. During the 2018 midterms, Milo volunteered for the Democrat running in his Congressional District, helping to elect one of the congressmen who flipped Orange County and the House of Representatives. In his free time, Milo enjoys swimming, performing community service, learning about computer science, studying history, and reading news articles.

Please feel free to email any members of the Executive Board if you have any questions or suggestions!

Welcome to CAHSD

Our Mission

From the suburban neighborhoods of Orange County to the bustling streets of San Francisco, we work tirelessly to support Democratic candidates and legislation.

Our Bylaws

CAHSD leadership consists of an Chair and Vice Chair elected annually, and an appointed Executive Board that works to conduct statewide initiatives and plan events.

Our Leadership

The Executive Board works to expand and promote the organization while also ensuring that all chapters and members are connected with opportunities to grow their political involvment.

Find a Chapter

Local chapters, located within individual high schools and communities across the country, make up the pulse of the High School Democrats of America as a whole.