The Local Council (formerly the Executive Committee) leads the fantastic work we are already engaged in — campaigning for single-payer, educating and communicating with members, hosting public events — and takes on much more, like securing housing for all, resisting ICE detentions, and joining labor struggles. This new operating structure — lean, transparent, and deeply democratic — means we can support our growing membership to build power, win fights, and transform life for working people in the East Bay for years to come.
The co-chairs are the official public spokespersons for the Local. They organize and preside over all official meetings of the organization and the Local Council, maintain consistent communication with all committee leaders and facilitate collaboration and coordination between them, and act as, or appoint, the official representatives of the Local to the National Organization and to other DSA Locals.
East Bay DSA's co-chairs are Molly Armstrong and Mary Virginia Watson.
Mary Virginia Watson
The vice chair is responsible for assisting the co-chairs with all of their duties. If both co-chairs are unable to perform their duties, the vice chair shall perform all duties and assume all responsibilities of the co-chairs until such a time as one or both co-chairs are able to resume their posts.
East Bay DSA's vice chair is Frances Reade.
The secretary is responsible for taking the minutes of all general membership and Local Council meetings and reporting the minutes, resolutions, reports, and other official records of the Local. The secretary may appoint, but must oversee, a temporary proxy minutes-taker for any meeting.
East Bay DSA's secretary is Benjamin Fife.
The treasurer is responsible for administrating the funds, budget, and financial organization of the Local, including overseeing its fundraising activities. The treasurer reports to the Local Council on the financial status of the organization at each Local Council meeting and maintains transparent and open financial reports.
East Bay DSA's treasurer is Jeff Lee.
Internal organizers jointly oversee the Internal Organizing Committee, which is responsible for fostering a lively participatory and democratic culture within the Local through the development, education, mobilization, and recruitment of members. The Internal Organizing Committee is also charged with organizing general meetings, informational meetings, and social, educational, and fundraising events. Under the direction of the Local Council, the Internal Organizing Committee develops and oversees a program of socialist cadre development that includes skills training and political education and a system of mobilizers who will act as an active conduit of information and engagement between the general membership and the Local Council.
East Bay DSA's internal organizers are Ahmed Kanna, Hannah Klein, and Robbie Nelson.
External organizers jointly oversee the External Organizing Committee, which leads the Local's fight for a socialist political agenda in the East Bay and beyond. Under the direction of the Local Council and in order to realize the policies, priorities, and campaigns set forth by the general membership, the External Organizing Committee manages and executes all of the Local's issue and electoral campaigns, direct actions, rallies, and other activities expressly targeted at the general public for political purposes.
The Local's primary focus currently is mobilization around the Healthy California campaign in support of single-payer healthcare.
East Bay DSA's external organizers are Jess Dervin-Ackerman, Jamie Gardner, and Ari Marcantonio.
At-Large Local Council Members
At-large Local Council members participate in Local Council decision-making and are responsible for attending all relevant meetings and reading all relevant documents. At-large Local Council members are also tasked with representing the views of the membership that elected them as well as helping to advance the goals of the Local generally.
East Bay DSA's at-large Local Council members are Jeremy Gong and Meagan Day.