CDC Executive Board Members

Meet the
California Democratic Council's
Executive Board

Vision Statement

The California Democratic Council (CDC) exists to serve California Clubs and Central Committees and strives to give them a voice at the state level. We envision a symbiotic relationship between the CDC, Clubs, and Central Committees based on grassroots energy, leadership, passion, collaboration, and integrity.

Mission Statement

The California Democratic Council (CDC) provides a network of various resources and services to ensure Democratic Clubs serve every California Democrat. We advocate for all clubs and central committees to have a voice at the state level. The CDC helps affiliated Democratic Clubs and Central Committees in the development and advocacy of platform items and resolutions, as well as organize and grow through training, skill building, intra club collaboration, and candidate development.


Executive Board Members

Elected Board Members

Norma Alcala

Paula Mejia
Vice President

Adriana Jenson

Adriana Jenson


Carlos Mendoza

James Albert
Southern California Coordinator

Larry Johnson
Central California Coordinator

Maria Grijalva
Northern California Coordinator

Committee Chairs

Omar Rincon
Technology Chair

Olivia Navarro
Membership and Credentialing Chair

Kristal Edwards-Jones
Constitution and Bylaws Chair

Carlos Alcala
Communications Chair

Fundraising Chair

Organizational Development Chair

Platform and Policy Development Chair

I have always regarded the California Democratic Council as one of the United States’ most important centers of citizen participation in politics.

- John F. Kennedy

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Francois Kaeppelin
Tech Coordinator

Born in Seattle and raised in Hong Kong, Francois was involved in politics ever since he immigrated to the US in 2014. He first got involved with Justice Democrats, where he served as their volunteer tech team leader. During the 2018 election cycle, he worked as the Administrative Director and Data Analyst for the Sarah Smith for Congress campaign in Washington State.

When Francois moved to California to start his education at UC Davis, he joined the Yolo County Democratic Party and the California College Democrats. There, he serves as their tech director where he is currently working to build their digital presence.

Francois got involved with the California Democratic Council on May 2020, where he is maintaining the websites of over 50 clubs around California to ensure that they have the resources to thrive in the digital era.

Outside of the Democratic Party, Francois is the Legislative Director for the Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD) where he advocates for policies that will uplift low-income students and students of color at the local, state, and federal levels of government. 

In his free time, you will find Francois watching Chinese dramas to improve his Mandarin and making French press coffee.

Marium Navid
Communications Chair

Marium is a grassroots organizer working in the field of labor, immigrants’ rights, and civic engagement for the past 7 years. She has experience working with non profits, issue based campaigns, and labor unions to expand base building efforts and advance digital organizing strategy.
Marium is also a graduate student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs where she is focusing on studying economic policy in the context of wealth and income inequality. In addition to working as an issue based consultant, Marium is locally involved in grassroots efforts around environmental justice in Assembly District 66 as well as other initiatives throughout Southern California.
She hopes to use her experience in digital organizing and public policy to support the CDC in building a strong Democratic movement throughout CA.

Membership Rosters & Credentialing Chair

Christopher Duvali
Credentialing Chair

Christopher J. Duvali is currently Treasurer of the Hubert H. Humphrey
Democratic Club. Associate Member on the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee representing the YES WE CAN DEMOCRATIC CLUB. In 2012 Christopher was endorsed by the Obama 2012 Campaign and elected to be one of the California Delegation at the 2012 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. He volunteered for the Long Beach Bernie Sanders for President 2016-2020 campaigns. He is a BLUE REVOLUTION CALIFORNIA founder, which is the voice, the force, and the pen to implement inclusivity in the California Democratic Party.

He is currently an elected California Democratic Party Assembly District Election Member for the 70th Assembly District, drafting rules changes for the state conventions and E-Board meetings, speaking before the rules committee on the merit of the amendment in pursuit to one day implement Democracy within the California Democratic Party.