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.
Michael 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.
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Zev 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.
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Talat Aman, Chief of Staff
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 Chief of Staff 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.
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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.
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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.
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Amelia Ryan, Communications Director
Amelia 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.
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Dillon McCarthy, Development Director
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.
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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.
Daniel Bryan, Legislative 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.
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Thomas was inspired by the 2016 presidential election to get involved in politics. He joined MAHSD as soon as he could and has loved the opportunities that have opened up to him ever since he decided to join. He is on both the Finance and Development Committee and the Communications Committee. The Women’s March and March For Our Lives were some of his favorite events this year, as he is very energetic and loves to see great masses of people getting involved. He is also an active member of Model UN at his school and loves to debate. He aspires to go into the legal/political field as an adult, although he is currently just a freshman.
Alexander Gillis is a junior at Melrose High School. He is the chair of the Melrose High School Democrats. He has worked on the local campaigns in Melrose and has also interned for gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez this past summer and plans to do so again this coming summer. Alexander is also apart of the mock trial team at Melrose High School. Alexander is interested in working on campaigns, history, baseball, and movies.
Jamie Grillo is a freshman at Thayer Academy and an event director for Thayer’s chapter. He has interned for Senator Elizabeth Warren, state Representative Adrian Madaro, and public affairs firm Rasky Partners. In addition, he is a member of the Plymouth Democratic Town Committee.
Michelle runs a MAHSD chapter in Lexington, where she attends meetings with town Democrats, collects signatures for candidates and runs voter registration drives. She is passionate about the Democratic Party and works on the MAHSD finance committee
Arjun was always interested in politics as a kid especially during the Obama Election in 2008. From there he really found an outlet in high school discovering the MHSD and our local chapter in Longmeadow. He has interned with State Senator Eric Lesser’s reelection campaign in 2016 and currently is a part of the Finance and development committee where he can put my passions for business and growing MHSD together. He a Junior at Longmeadow High School
Rianna’s passion for politics was fueled by her interest in women’s rights. She is a co-president of her school’s feminist club and has been involved in school politics for many years. Recently, her interests have expanded to push for change outside of her local community. Rianna is a junior at Algonquin Regional High School.
Anjali Ramakrishnan is a current junior at Belmont High School. Her interests in politics stemmed from the start of the 2016 Election, where she seeked to get more politically involved. She has volunteered on several political campaigns on the local, state, and national level, and she was a legislative intern at the Office of Representative Dave Rogers in the summer of 2017, where she wrote testimony, conducted policy research, and assisted with constituent services. Anjali currently serves on the MAHSD Finance and Development Committee, where she works on MAHSD wide projects and working to raise funds for the organization. Aside from politics, Anjali is a Captain of her school’s Mock Trial Team, a member of her school’s madrigals singers and jazz choir, an Indian dancer, and is extremely obsessed with everything and anything related to Grey’s Anatomy among other TV shows.
Amanda Westlake is a junior at Wakefield Memorial High School. She is a co-chair of the High School Democrats of Wakefield, as well as the regional coordinator for the North Shore and a member of the MAHSD Finance Committee. Amanda has previously interned for Senator Elizabeth Warren and volunteered as a tour guide at the Massachusetts State House. She is proud of all that MAHSD has achieved, and is excited to continue working with such an incredible organization. In her free time, Amanda enjoys history, art, track and field, and riding the MBTA.