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President | Representative Lynn Woolsey

Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey just retired from her 10th term as the representative from California’s Sixth District, just north of San Francisco. Her district included all of Marin and most of Sonoma County. In addition to serving as President of Americans for Democratic Action, she co-chaired the Congressional Progressive Caucus from 2005 to 2011 and was one of the House of Representatives’ most visible and vocal leaders on progressive issues. A passionate and outspoken opponent of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, she helped move public opinion against these failed policies and was one of the leaders in the movement to bring our troops home. Congresswoman Woolsey was the first former welfare mother to serve in Congress. A mother of four grown children and grandmother of five, she lives in Petaluma, California.


Chair, National Executive Committee | Jim B. Clarke

Jim B. Clarke lives in Culver City, CA and serves as the Director, Mayor's Office of Grants, for the City of Los Angeles. Previously, he spent four years as Director of Federal Relations for the City of Los Angeles. Before returning to Los Angeles, Jim served in Washington, DC, as chief of staff to two Los Angeles-based members of Congress -- Diane E. Watson and Brad Sherman. In addition to serving as director of the California Clean Money Campaign and the Southern California chapter of Americans for Democratic Action, Jim's political involvement includes being chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, secretary of the California Democratic Party and president of the California Democratic Council. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach and a Bachelor's degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. He is also a graduate public affairs fellow of the CORO Foundation and a retired Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. In April 2012, he was elected to the Culver City Council. He has served on the ADA National Board since 1997 as was National Treasurer before becoming Chair of the National Executive Committee.


Treasurer | David Card

David Card is a Publications and Communication Specialist at the National Disability Rights Network where he is responsible for all aspects of organizational communication including publications and reports, web content and media relations. He also provides training and technical assistance on communication matters to the P&A/CAP network and manages the communications listserv. Previously David served as Communications Director at Americans for Democratic Action and on the staff of National Stonewall Democrats.


Secretary | Mary von Euler

Mary von Euler came to political activism early in an ardent New Deal family that included an internist father who plugged for national health insurance and an editor mother who served stints lobbying for admission of Jewish refugee children and running for Congress in a hopeless year and district. In college she studied history and government while organizing Radcliffe Students for Democratic Action, knocking on doors in Boston to defeat anti-labor referenda. After college she was a legislative secretary in Hubert Humphrey’s US Senate office. With an MA from Columbia TC, she taught high school history and social studies (geography and US government). After serving as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution, she earned a JD from Catholic University Law School and served as an attorney advisor in the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights until retirement. Her daughter Barbara and husband practice public interest law in NC and son Peter teaches 5th grade in CT, while his wife helps with funding non-profit groups. Mary and her husband Leo, retired from NIH, have three grandchildren.

Counsel | Jack Blum

 

VICE PRESIDENTS

Elijah Cummings, Member of Congress, Maryland
James K. Galbraith, professor, Austin, Texas               
Eleanor Holmes Norton, Member of Congress, Washington, D.C.        
Steve Protulis, executive director, Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corporation, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Jan Schakowsky, Member of Congress, Illinois

HONORARY PRESIDENTS

Joseph Duffy
Don Edwards, former Member of Congress
Barney Frank (D-MA), U.S. House of Representatives
Donald M. Fraser, former Member of Congress
John Lewis (D-GA), U.S. House of Representatives
Jim McDermott (D-WA), U.S. House of Representatives
George McGovern, former United States Senator
Charles Rangel (D-NY), U.S. House of Representatives

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