© 2019 Hell's Kitchen Democrats

Officers of the Club

The Executive Committee elected June 7, 2018:

Marti is a current board member of Community Board 9 as well as a member of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Nightlife. As a drag artist he is known for his political activism, concert tours, talk show, and television appearances. He has used his drag as a force to engage people to become active in politics.

President

Founding President

A life-long resident of Hell’s Kitchen, Aleta has been serving her community since she was a child working beside her mother as a volunteer during the AIDS crisis. She became politically active in her teen years, campaigning for local and presidential candidates, as well as working with NARAL as a lobbyist for a woman’s right to choose. She marched on Washington against the Gulf War. Beyond our shores, her community service extended to the mountains of Costa Rica, where she traveled with other volunteers to help rebuild septic systems assist after the devastation of hurricane Cesar. She returned to community service in 2016, initially as Secretary of the Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association. The following year she put a slate together and was elected President. In December of 2017 she and her team were re-elected to serve the 3500 tenant body once again. Raising her four-year-old son, and serving her vibrant community are the joy and passion of her life.

Vice President for Membership

Chair, Membership and Public Outreach Committee

Founding Member

ALETA LaFARGUE

Jeffrey started working on campaigns and phone banking for Democrats before he could vote. Today, he proudly serves as VP for Communications of HKDems. He’s also Second Vice Chair of Community Board 4 (Chelsea/Hell’s Kitchen) and is on the Board of Directors for Housing Conservation Coordinators, a legal services and housing advocacy non-profit based in Hell’s Kitchen. Besides hobbying in protest and politics, Jeffrey fills his free time throwing pottery, cooking, entertaining house guests, long distance domestic train travel, impromptu foreign excursions, viewing fine art, all while laughing along the way.

Vice President for Communications

Chair, Communications Committee

Chair, Constitution Committee

Founding Member

JEFFREY LeFRANCOIS

Michael is a 16-year resident of Hell’s Kitchen and native of Staten Island. He is the full-time Senior Producer and Director of Business Affairs at Overland Entertainment, a boutique event production company, where he produces nationwide large-scale festival productions, award shows, and red carpets. He holds a BFA from New York University with a major in Film Production and a minor in Medieval & Renaissance Studies. He is also a classical pianist, avid motorcyclist, and video gamer. Michael currently serves on the New York Democratic County Committee.

Treasurer

MICHAEL SCARNA

Nick has helped HK Dems find our voice - whether that's building our websites, knocking on doors, writing club emails, or organizing phone banks and postcard parties.  Although he is still a relatively new New Yorker compared to some - he's lived here for seven and a half years - he brings experience working with volunteer groups in LGBT civil rights, volunteer counseling, and homelessness outreach.  Nick's personal goal is to make HK Dems into an active, passionate, campaigning organization, that can speak with voters in our neighborhood and beyond about Democratic values.  He feels a strong moral obligation to fight the Republican agenda, especially when it exploits the weakest and most vulnerable in our society for the benefit of the rich and powerful.

Secretary

Chair, Political Activism Committee

Founding Member

NICK FRANKLIN

As one of the thousands of volunteers that worked for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, John is an avid advocate for diversity and inclusion. He joined the Hell’s Kitchen Democrats after the election to continue the fight and has remained an active volunteer since.  John wants to help elect more women in power and continues to believe that “fighting for what’s right is worth it-” HRC. A Baruch College alumnus, John has worked in radio, both as a producer and on-air talent for WBMB Radio 94.3. He currently works as a writer for Ubikwist Magazine and is also a freelance social media manager. John loves reading, writing, traveling, collecting art, swimming, and photography.

Member at Large

Chair, Activism Committee

JOHN BLANKSON

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Member at Large

LOUIS CHOLDEN-BROWN

Christopher is a 2nd generation native son of Hell’s Kitchen and grew up on 47th street between 8th and 9th Avenue. He proudly boast attending PS 51, PS 111, Senator Robert F Wagner Middle School, and The High School for Environmental Studies. Upon completion Christopher studied Comparative Literature, with minors in Sociology and Economics at CUNY Hunter College and Saint Louis University where he was a minority student rights activist, charter founder of his chapter fraternity, and student housing organizer.  Chris is a member of the 47th Street 48th Street block association, President and Founder of the West 47th Street Tenants Association, and Member of the High School for Environmental Studies Alumni Board. Appointed on Manhattan Community Board 4 by Borough President Gale Brewer in 2016 Chris sits on the Hell's Kitchen Clinton Land Use and Zoning committee and the Waterfront Parks and Environment committee, and was appointed to represent MCB4 on First Lady McCray’s Mental Health Awareness Art Mural Steering Committee. He loves his mother and father very much and home-brews a mean chocolate porter.

Member at Large

CHRISTOPHER LeBRON

Seth is an immigration attorney practicing in New York City and New Jersey, who prepares asylum cases for people fleeing their home countries due to gang violence, domestic abuse and political violence. Additionally, he files petitions for legal immigrants trying to bring over their families and loved ones to the United States. Seth also conducts community outreach workshops and seminars in immigrant neighborhoods across the state.  He is passionate about neighborhood issues and local politics. One of his main goals is to start a pro bono legal clinic for members of the Hell’s Kitchen community.

Member at Large

Founding Member

SETH LEVY

As an activist, whose priority is climate change, and a 28-year resident of Hell's Kitchen, Paulette is proud to be serving the HKDems.  With a background in management, she is currently semi-retired and working on events as a freelancer.  She campaigned for Obama in 2008 when she lived in LA and went to Las Vegas for the last push of the campaign and celebrated at Harrah's Hotel in the Presidential Suite with the Beverly Hill Democratic Club.  In 2012, she was living in NYC and volunteered on the campaign, traveling to PA and West Palm Beach for the final push and celebrated at a party for Chris Murphy who ousted Alan West!!  She was invited to the White House for a holiday party in 2013 and met the Obamas.  Since this she has been very active along with great friends that she made working with OFA.  She has two sons and two grandsons. Contact Paulette.

Member at Large

PAULETTE OSBORNE

Mark is a political organizer, event producer, designer, and award-winning stage director residing in Hell’s Kitchen for 23 years; and is proud to have hosted some of the earliest HKDems meetings in his living room.  Just prior to helping found the Club, he had the privilege of serving as a senior staff field organizer for the 2016 Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign.  As an activist, he first canvassed for Carol Bellamy in her run for NYC mayor; and has campaigned for every Democratic presidential nominee since Michael Dukakis. Mark discovered a passion for social change in college when he collaborated on the first known AIDS performance benefit ever held in New York. He later served as managing director of the multi-state bike-a-thon Boston>New York AIDS Ride presented by Tanqueray; which, during his tenure, raised over $15 million for AIDS-related services, funding the new Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, and breaking all previous world-wide records for AIDS charities.  Mark is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts and the Commercial Theatre Institute.

Member at Large

Club Graphics/Web Designer

Founding Member

MARK ROBINSON

Carl is a resident of 48th Street and proud to have been a founder member of the Hell’s Kitchen Democrats.  Carl served as the assistant campaign manager for Deborah Glick’s re-election campaign and was the Co-Manager for the 2017 Hell’s Kitchen District Leader Race which was successful in defeating candidates backed by the 100 year old McMannus club. Carl also works for Council Speaker Corey Johnson as the liaison to Community Board 4. As a lifelong Democrat, Carl is proud to help bring new and exciting grassroots change to the neighborhood!

Member at Large

Founding Member

CARL WILSON

Cicely has worked in nonprofit fundraising for 18 years. Cicely is the Development Director for Room to Read, a nonprofit focused on literacy and education equality.  She previous held roles at the American Heart Association, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Avon Foundation for Women among others. Cicely has volunteered her services to work with at-risk adolescent girls and she served as a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters and Good Shepherd Foster Care.  For over 15 years, Cicely has been a volunteer grassroots organizer of special interest campaigns around human rights initiatives and has worked on political campaigns. 

CICELY WOOTAN

SEAN COUGHLIN

SARAH FOX

ANTHONY HAYES

WENDI PASTER

Founding and Former Executive Committee Members

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