The 2016-2018 Executive Board was elected on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 and took office January 1, 2016.
For more information, please contact the appropriate member below:
President William Roberts
Will Roberts lives in the Upcounty region (Gaithersburg-Rockville) with his wife Michelle and their dog Peanut. He is a proud double alumnus of Howard University where he received his B.A. in Political Science and his Juris Doctorate. Will has always been a committed and engaged Democrat. He is a licensed Maryland attorney whose practice areas include civil and public interest law. Will currently serves as the Legislative Director for Congressman Jamie Raskin, where he manages all legislative operations. He’s previously served as the Federal Legislative Director at Every Voice, a national government reform organization based in Washington, D.C. and as Counsel to Congresswoman Donna Edwards. As a strong believer in public service and community empowerment, he participates in various activities that better his community. He serves as a member of various local boards and commissions including the Montgomery County Renter’s Alliance and the UpCounty Citizens Advisory Board; he previously served on the County Landlord-Tenant Commission. Will’s public policy interests include social and economic justice, affordable housing, and parity for working families.
Vice President Michelle Ngwafon
Michelle is from Rockville, Md (D19) and has served in various civic roles, most recently serving on the staff of Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03). She has also served as Secretary of the African-American Democratic Club of Montgomery County and is a member of the Women’s Democratic Club. In her seldom free time, she loves to read and watch documentaries.
Treasurer Stephen Schiavone
Stephen Schiavone has lived in Montgomery County since 2012 when he enrolled in the Graduate Program at American University’s School of Public Affairs. Upon earning his Masters Degree in Public Policy he has worked for positive social, political, and economic change in the public and non-profit sectors. Stephen’s involvement with the Democratic Party started when he was an undergrad at Emory University and he has been volunteering with the Democratic party and Democratic candidates ever since. Stephen has been a member of the Montgomery County Young Democrats since 2014.
Secretary Michael DeLong
Michael has lived in Silver Spring since 2015. He is a proud alumnus of Reed College where he received his B.A. in Political Science. An organizer and activist, he has led successful campaigns to pass background checks on all gun sales in the state of Oregon, to elect environmentally friendly candidates, and to oppose anticompetitive and harmful health insurance mergers. Michael’s public policy interests include preventing gun violence, protecting the environment, and securing livable wages and benefits for all Americans. In his free time, he likes to read, hike trails, and cook various dishes from around the world.
Advocacy Director Adam Briskin-Limehouse
Adam has worked as an advocate, campaigner, and policy wonk abroad and in states up and down the East Coast. He served as a Community Health Educator in the US Peace Corps in Suriname, South America from 2008 to 2010. Before and after Peace Corps he was a field organizer for Democratic candidates and progressive issues. In MD, Adam worked as the Field Director on the 2012 Marriage Equality campaign and as an outreach consultant for the Howard County Door to Healthcare during the initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He resides in Silver Spring.
Loryn Wilson Carter is a digital media strategist and writer who helps business owners and brands transform their social media presence. Loryn’s passion is developing digital strategies for companies who want to improve their outreach to people of color and women. She is an independent consultant who helps organizations, businesses, and individuals position themselves as thought leaders via social media and other digital platforms. On her blog, Loryn gives best practices and lessons on how to better use social media not only to enhance communications strategies for companies and non-profits, but also to use it as a tool to connect with audiences of color. A digital organizer by day, she has run social media and SMS campaigns for NAACP, YWCA USA and the Center for Community Change. Loryn has also written for Alternet, Clutch.com, BlogHer.com, and Revelist. She has also been featured on CNN. Loryn inspires other women to follow their passions and pursue their dreams with boldness and creativity. She is the co-founder of Black Girl Digital, a community for black women who work in digital careers. She hopes to continue raising awareness about the lack of diversity in the digital space. Born and raised in Los Angeles and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Loryn loves to cook, go to concerts, and travel. She lives in Rockville, Maryland with her husband, Neal.
Membership Director Amina Gilyard James
Amina is a learning and organizational development professional working in private, non-profit, and government organizations. She enjoys advocating for issues related to human rights and workforce development. As the spouse of a military Officer, she also hopes to lend her voice to organizations that advocate for veterans and active duty military personnel. She’s currently a doctoral candidate at George Washington University and resides in Silver Spring.
Programming Director Samir Paul
Samir Paul teaches computer science for Montgomery County Public Schools, which named him 2016’s Rising Star Teacher of the Year. A Bethesda resident, Samir also sits on the Western Montgomery County Citizens’ Advisory Board and on the boards of the Harvard Club of Washington, the Blair Magnet Foundation, and the University of Maryland’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He co-chairs the Montgomery County Education Association’s political advocacy committee and serves as Blair PTSA‘s Vice President for Administration. Samir is a member of the 2017 core Leadership Montgomery class. Before returning to MCPS, Samir worked as a tech consultant, a campaign organizer, and a DCPS math/CS teacher. He holds a master’s degree in teaching from American University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harvard University.