Our Staff

Executive Board

The MAHSD is run primarily through our Executive Board. Its members develop our long-term organizational strategy and keep day-to-day operations running smoothly across the Commonwealth.

R691315_2.jpgMichael Baick, Chair

Michael was holding signs for Barack Obama in New Hampshire when he was eight years old in 2008. Four years later he started knocking on doors for Obama and Elizabeth Warren. In 2014, Michael joined Eric Lesser’s State Senate campaign and worked as a legislative intern after his election. In the fall of his sophomore year at Longmeadow High, he co-founded the Longmeadow High School Democrats, one of the first chapters in Western Massachusetts. He then joined the MAHSD Executive Board as Western Mass Coordinator. In the 2016 elections, Michael got to work for Senator Lesser’s re-election campaign as a Field Organizer. He was elected MAHSD Chair in June 2017. Michael is a senior at Longmeadow High School. 

Contact Michael at mbaick@hsdems.org.

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standingZev Dickstein, Vice-Chair

Zev has been involved in politics since age 9, lives in Cambridge, and goes to Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. He was a volunteer for the senatorial campaigns of both Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, and was the campaign manager for Cambridge School Committee candidate. Additionally, Zev organized Cambridge for Maura Healey’s campaign for Attorney General, and did Media/Press for a State Senate race. He was Elizabeth Warren’s special guest to the State of The Union Address, was a featured speaker at Thrivals in Louisville, KY, has met President Obama, and created three award winning National History Day documentaries. Zev has been featured on many news outlets for his political and civic engagement.

Contact Zev at zdickstein@hsdems.org

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Jia Zhang, Chief of Staff

Having been raised in a low-income family by a single mother, Jia began identifying with the progressive side of politics at a young age, with an interest in providing opportunities to all people regardless of background. After serving on the Denton, Texas City Youth Council at age 12, Jia became involved in environmental issues as well. This prompted her to create an extensive project on reducing oil dependency and pursuing MLPs for renewable energy resources. She moved to Massachusetts soon after and volunteered in the Maura Healey and Martha Coakley Campaigns, as well as serving as the High School Liaison of the Belmont Human Rights Commission. Now, at age 17, Jia is honored to serve as the Chief of Staff of Massachusetts High School Democrats. Apart from political endeavors, Jia is a senior at Belmont High School who enjoys drawing and blogging about Kazakhstan!

Contact Jia at jzhang@hsdems.org.

Joseph Callahan, Activity Director

Joseph first got involved in politics during the 2016 presidential election, working for the Bernie Sanders campaign. He also campaigned for Hillary Clinton andState Senator Eric Lesser, and he is currently working as the Field Director for the Jesse Lederman campaign for Springfield City Council He has also workedtirelessly to provide a voice for young Democrats across the Commonwealth, inspiring others to get involved bystarting their own chapters, joining their local town committees, and getting involved in local political campaigns. Joseph worked to get a high school internship program off the ground and into the Democratic State Party platform. Moving forward, he hopes to help pave the way for a brighter political future not just for Massachusetts, but for the country as a whole. He is a senior at West Springfield High School.

Contact Joseph at Joecal3800@hotmail.com, or tweet @JoeCal_Dems.

Ohad Klopman, Field Director

Ohad got into politics when he joined his school’s Model Congress,which spurred him to get involved in the political landscape of the real world. He volunteered for Hillary Clinton and for the successful campaign for first-time State Rep. Jack Lewis. In addition to serving as the Field Director for the Massachusetts High School Democrats and the chair of the Framingham High School Democrats, Ohad serves as a field organizer for a local mayoral campaign and as regional organizer for the Metrowest area of a gubernatorial campaign. His work as Field Director includes general management of the campaigns and other grassroots activities of the organization. He is a senior at Framingham High School. If you are interested in starting a chapter in the Metrowest area, are looking for an internship/volunteer opportunity, or have any questions about campaigns, feel free to reach out.

Contact Ohad at ohad.klopman@gmail.com or call (508) 733-7997.

20728010_1845917449070607_3202485221392223112_nTalat Aman, Event Director

Talat got into politics after bringing together a group of students and leaders together to form a high school democrats chapter at Wakefield Memorial High School. His passion for and involvement in politics grew exponentially after he and his chapter got involved with campaigns at national, state, and local levels. In the 2016 election, Talat and his group of Democrats canvassed for many candidates in New Hampshire, such as Hillary Clinton, Colin van Ostern, and Annie Kuster. Locally, he knocked on hundreds of doors and made hundreds of phone calls for Jen Migliore’s State Representative campaign. He also volunteered for Mehreen Butt, the first Muslim Selectwoman from Massachusetts. Talat now serves as the representative from his high school to the Wakefield Human Rights Commission and as a junior representative to the Wakefield School Committee. Talat is regularly involved with local political events, and is extremely devoted to grassroots politics. He looks forward to serving as the Event Director for the Massachusetts High School Democrats, where he hopes to increase the relevance, presence, and importance of high schoolers in politics.  Talat is a junior at Wakefield Memorial High School.

Contact Talat at taman@hsdems.org.

Anlan Du, Networking Director

Anlan first became interested in politics as a kid, frequently writing editorials to her local newspaper. As co-president of her high school’s chapter, she organized the High School Progressive Action Conference (HSPAC), featuring guests such as former governor Lincoln Chafee and head speechwriter for Hillary Clinton, Dan Schwerin. She also canvassed and phone-banked for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and campaigned extensively at the local level, helping to nominate Democrats to several local offices such as the Andover Board of Selectmen, Laura Gregory, and School Committee member Joel Blumstein. Outside of political activism, Anlan enjoys debating and the great outdoors. She conducts communications between state leadership and local chapters and helps to connect the local chapters themselves and has been involved in the website’s redesign. In the past, she also worked to promote the organization’s social media presence. Anlan Du is a senior attending Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.

Contact Anlan at at adu@andover.edu.

Amelia Ryan, Communications Director

Screen Shot 2017-12-31 at 5.58.04 PM.pngAmelia has always been politically minded; at nine she counted down the days to the end of Bush’s presidency. She later channeled that energy as a founding member of the Longmeadow High School chapter of MAHSD. She was an important part of the expansion the breadth of the club’s representation through recruitment and the encouragement of female involvement. Amelia also organized and promoted the school’s voter registration drives- attracting both Democrats and Republicans. On Election Day, she assisted in the mock presidential election at her school and conducted a school-wide survey of the Massachusetts referenda. Amelia became a member of the state’s Networking Committee, working on social media and advocating for statewide unity. Now as the Communications director, she is expanding social media presence and organizing state-wide meetings online. Amelia is a junior at Longmeadow High School. 

Contact Amelia at aryan@hsdems.org

Dillon began his career in politics during the 2016 presidential election. Having been inspired by both his government class and the campaign of Bernie Sanders, Dillon began to volunteer with as many campaigns as he could. After Election Day, to  share his experience and knowledge with other young people, Dillon founded the Cape Cod High School Democrats, a regional network with branches in high schools all over the Cape. In doing so, he discovered his passion for recruiting people and spreading the message of progressive politics. It is why he is honored to serve as Development Director for the Massachusetts High School Democrats, tasked with starting more chapters across the Commonwealth and aiding other students in doing so. He lives in Hyannis and is a junior at Nauset Regional High School.

Contact Dillon at dillonmccarthyofficial@gmail.com.

unnamed (1)Eu Ro Wang, Financial Director

Born and raised in South Korea, Eu Ro immigrated to the United States in 2011 to seek a better education. Eu Ro has always supported liberal ideas and candidates, from Moon Jae In in South Korea to interning at Hillary Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn for her presidential campaign.  Aside from High School Democrats, Eu Ro is actively involved in Future Business Leaders of America, Speech and Debate, The Lion’s Roar (school newspaper), Math Team, and student government. Utilizing his experiences and knowledge with fundraising and business skills, mostly derived from his involvement in Future Business Leaders of America, Eu Ro will financially facilitate the Massachusetts High School Democrats’ organization. Eu Ro is a junior at Newton South High School in Newton, MA.

Contact Eu Ro at eurowang0719@gmail.com

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Oscar Berry, Press Director

Oscar found his passion in history and politics at the onset of high school, starting to become politically active around his community. The diverse range of political ideologies from his friends and family has helped to shape him into the aspiring politician he is today. He has been involved in numerous political campaigns and has been interning at the office of Congressman Joseph Kennedy III. Additionally, he has been working for his local city councilman, Craig Kelley, and been on Kelley’s reelection committee staff. He is currently a Junior at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. Oscar loves studying economics, sociology, and geopolitical history.

Contact Oscar at oberry@hsdems.org

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Daniel Bryan, Leigslative Director

Daniel Bryan became interested in politics and government as the 2016 presidential election was picking up. He grew up in Boston where he first got involved as an intern in the office of his State Representative, attending community meetings and events and working on the issues that mattered in his neighborhood. He is deeply involved in local campaigns and in his community. He is also a member of the Boston mayor’s youth council, where he represents young people in his neighborhood in city government. He is a junior at Boston Latin School where he first led his school’s Junior Statesman of America chapter and now the city of Boston’s first Massachusetts High School Democrats chapter. He also proudly serves as the MAHSD Legislative Director, working to advance the legislative interests of MAHSD to legislators and party officials.

Contact Oscar at dbryan@hsdems.org

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