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ABOUT

University Democrats was first registered at the University of Texas at Austin as a student organization in 1953. Since then, we have been committed to promoting progressive values, electing Democratic candidates, and turning Texas blue. You may also know us as Young Democrats and UT Democrats.

 

Our leadership team, UDLC (University Democrats Leadership Committee), is elected every semester to best serve the interests of our growing organization. As we enter a busy midterm season, UDLC is excited to get students engaged in local politics and voting like never before. 

TEAM
Alex Meed

PRESIDENT

 

Alex Meed is a second-year graduate student from Pflugerville, TX, studying public affairs. He advocates for better policy at the state and local levels, especially as it relates to students. Alex enjoys nerdy hobbies such as writing code, reading Robert's Rules of Order, and playing obscure video games.

Ara Cadena

VICE PRESIDENT

 

Arabella Cadena is a proud Chicana from El Paso, TX studying International Relations and Global Studies at UT. Ara is passionate about immigration, reforming the global financial system and advocating for the inclusion of intersectional identities in politics. On her free time she likes to take naps, drink coffee, make art, reread her favorite books and go thrift shopping.

Alex Evans

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Alex Evans is a first-year Plan II Major from Denison, Texas. Her hobbies include aimlessly strumming a guitar, writing angstily, reading, and going line dancing. She is passionate about making healthcare affordable and accessible, taxing the rich, and criminal justice reform. She has not yet been called the songbird of her generation, but she would like to be, very soon preferably

Gabriel Poveda

SECRETARY

 

Gabriel is a first-year student from Houston, Texas. An ardent climate change activist, he is a member of the Climate Reality Project and an intern at Environment Texas. He has campaigned for environmental justice in Houston’s 2nd and 5th ward, where disproportionately poor Hispanic and African American communities face grotesque air and water pollution. His personal interests include Caravan Palace and Star Wars. Gabriel is also a caregiver to his dad, Luis, who has ALS.

Paloma June

TREASURER

Paloma June is a third-year Public Health major from Houston and Singapore. In her free time, Paloma loves cooking, ice skating, crafting, and reading.

Julio Salinas

COMMUNITY DIRECTOR

Julio is your friendly neighborhood activist fighting for the good of tomorrow. A Jack of all trades and the Master of Funk. From the Rio Grande Valley, Julio is a sophomore studying Government and Economics and is an advocate for mobilizing the people to achieve Justice in all forms-- everywhere. Tireless in the need for a revolution of, by, and for the people to transform our institutions.

 

 

Zachary Hicks

CAMPUS DIRECTOR

Zach is a sophomore majoring in Government and Philosophy. His hometown is Austin, TX and is passionate about gun laws, the criminal justice system. On his downtime, he loves to watch/play football games; read thriller and drama, and loves playing video games.

 

Jenny Matthews

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR

Jenny Matthews is a senior majoring in Government and History. Her hometown is Houston, TX and she is passionate about criminal justice reform and women’s reproductive rights. In her limited free time, you can catch her running, reading historical fiction or advocacy books, studying for the LSAT, binging Downton Abbey or Victoria, or generally missing her dogs.

Brandon Bradley

PARLIAMENTARIAN

Brandon is a Freshman studying Government at UT Austin and hails (most recently - military family) from Fort Worth, Texas. He’s liable to argue about anything and writes code in his spare time. Being cast or crew in over a dozen plays, he also loves the theatre. His political passions include: democatic reform, climate (energy / transportation) policy, and increasing international collaboration.

 

Dakota Widenor

HISTORIAN

 

Kamani Adams

WEBMASTER

Kamani is a freshman in the Arts and Entertainment Technologies major from San Antonio. He enjoys art of all mediums, watching cartoons, animating cartoons, and eating whatever is left in the fridge. Kamani is unapologetically passionate about the environment and uncorrupting the economy. He plans to work towards these goals by working closely with the organization and anyone else willing to put their fists up to resist. 

 

Joe Cascino

PRESIDENT EMERITUS