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Executive Board

At the beginning of each two-year term of the Central Committee, members run for and are elected to leadership positions on the Executive Board. These officers, who meet monthly, have specific areas of responsibility and together oversee the County Party's overall management and planning. 
 

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, Chair (Email)

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy got involved in politics through the LGBTQ+ community. An activist in both the LGBTQ+ and veteran communities, Will first became politically active fighting the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, which had affected him during his service in the United States Marine Corps. He first got involved in the San Diego County Democratic Party as an alternate in 2012. He went on to serve in various campaigns as an organizer and in campaign finance. Will has served on the San Diego County Veterans Advisory Council and on the board of San Diego LGBT Pride. He was also elected president of the San Diego Democrats for Equality and the California Young Democrats. Will was elected Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party in 2019. 

Jason Bercovitch, Vice Chair, North Area (Email)

Jason Bercovitch was born in Madison, Wis.; raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and graduated from the University of California, Riverside, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics and a minor in Political Science. In 2019, Jason was elected Vice Chair of the North Area Caucus for the San Diego County Democratic Party, where he is committed to increasing turnout among low-propensity voters with a focus on Latino, African-American, AAPI, and college communities. In the last decade, Jason has held positions within a variety of campaigns from school and water boards to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Jason currently works as a Congressional Field Representative specializing in immigration, foreign affairs, and financial services. Jason is fluent in Spanish and now resides in Carmel Mountain with his wife and two kids.

  

Rebecca Taylor, Pro Tem and Vice Chair, Metro West Area (Email)

Becca is a veteran of the United States Navy where she served as an Aviation Electrician and volunteered as a Sexual Assault Victim Intervention Advocate.  In 2014, Becca co-founded and became the first woman to serve as Chair on the Veterans Caucus of the California Young Democrats. She later went on to co-found the Democratic Women’s Club and the Blue Dreams Democrats. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Ocean Beach Town Council, as the Secretary for the Metro West Area Caucus, as a DSCC Delegate for AD78 and went on to be elected to the Executive Board as a Delegate to the California Democratic Party.  Becca currently works as the Volunteer Manager for the San Diego Rapid Response Network which serves asylum seekers. When she’s not on a mission to elect forward thinking Democrats, Becca enjoys spending time outdoors and adventuring with friends and family.

Eric Hereford
 

J. Eric Hereford, Vice Chair, East Area (Email)

J. Eric Hereford has been active with the San Diego County Democratic Party for 25 years, serving on its Executive Board previously as Political Director and now as Vice Chair. He has also served as Vice Chair and Secretary of the California Democratic Party’s African-American Caucus, chaired Assembly District Committees (77th and 79th), and held leadership roles with the La Mesa-Foothills and Martin Luther King Democratic Clubs. Eric has worked for the California State Assembly for more than 20 years and presently serves as a Senior Consultant to the Assembly Speaker’s office. A Vietnam-era veteran, he served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

 

Vice Chair, South Area (Email)

Oren Robinson, Secretary (Email)

Oren (he/they) studies software development, consensus-based cooperatives, and grassroots community organizing. He was a founding volunteer-turned-Associate Director of Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) from 2014-2017; elected Treasurer of San Diego Refugee Forum from 2016-2018; and volunteers with local progressive Democratic candidates, as well as Showing Up for Racial Justice San Diego, Jewish Voice for Peace San Diego, and Tech Worker Coalition San Diego. Oren builds free tech tools for community organizers at Include People, developing Every Public Meeting, a website to make it easy to find, attend, and take part in county, city, school, and all other local public meetings. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and working on Spanish proficiency. 

Sunny Escovedo, Controller (Email)

Sunny Escovedo brings over 40 years of experience in the accounting field. She is dedicated to our mission to elect Democrats and has for many years volunteered on campaigns throughout our city, county, and the State of California. As a GO Team Community Coordinator and Neighborhood Leader, she is honored to be part of a productive and effective ground team. She is proud to be one of the founding members of the revitalized Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club and now serves as club Secretary.

Liz Lavertu, Director of Administration (Email)

Liz was reelected in 2019 as the Director of Administration for the San Diego County Democratic Party, where she is focused on creating rules that are fair and transparent. She has served on the Executive Board of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and on the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club. Liz has been volunteering in her communities for over 30 years and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Spring Valley Community Planning Group. Liz enjoys working on campaigns and organizing around the issues. She currently resides in Spring Valley with her two children. 

John Loughlin
 

John Loughlin, Director of Clubs (Email)

John was elected Director of Clubs by Democratic club leaders throughout the county, a role that also makes him Chair of the SDCDP’s Club Development Committee. He believes in the “wisdom of clubs” – the grassroots of the Party that will drive our future. John helps organize a monthly Council of Clubs meeting, where club officers come together to strategize, organize, and radicalize. He is a GO Team Regional Data Coordinator and Precinct Leader, regular presenter on social media, and was named the SDCDP’s Volunteer of the Year in 2016. You can learn more clubs and their activities at http://demclubs.org

 

Kyle Doria, Director of Grassroots Organizing (Email)

Kyle is a second-generation Filipino-American who was born and raised in the South Bay. He received a B.A. in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz where he served as the Director of Communications for the UCSC College Democrats. After graduating he returned to San Diego to work in local politics and grassroots activism. He worked in the main office of the San Diego County Democratic Party through the 2018 election cycle and was elected Director of Grassroots Organizing in January 2019.

Jessica Hayes
 

Jessica Hayes, Past Chair (Email)

A lifelong advocate for women, workers, and equal justice, Jessica served as Chair of the County Party for the 2017-18 term. Previously, as South Area Vice Chair, she oversaw the winning of 23 out of our 27 candidates that ran were elected, even amidst record low turnout. Jessica a member of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s kitchen cabinet, organized studio employees with the Teamsters, and has volunteered for countless campaigns throughout the year. Jessica graduated from UCSD with a B.A. and California Western School of Law with a J.D. She and her former husband built A-Z Towing and became local employers for over 175 people. She raised two daughters, Chelsea and Brittany.