Grassroots Democrats for County Central Committee

Who we are

We are a diverse, dynamic and dedicated coalition of grassroots Democratic activists from across the 50th Assembly District, united by our commitment to core Democratic and progressive values. The Grassroots Slate will ensure that the County Democratic Party is transparent, represents the diversity of LA, and engages Democrats across different communities. Read our platform.

What is the County Central Committee?

The County Central Committee is the governing body for the Democratic Party in LA County. Members are elected every four years during the Democratic Primary Election to represent the Democrats of each assembly district in the county. See more....

Where is Assembly District 50?

Assembly District 50 includes the cities and communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Crest, Beverly Glen, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Brookside, Carthay, Fairfax, Fremont Place, Hancock Park, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills West, La Brea Hancock, Larchmont Village, Malibu, Melrose, Mid-City West, Miracle Mile, Olympic Park, Pacific Palisades, Redondo Sycamore, Santa Monica, South Carthay, South Robertson, Sycamore Square, Topanga, West Hollywood, West LA, Wilshire Park, Wilshire Vista, Windsor Square, and Windsor Village. See more....

Ilissa B. Gold (incumbent)

Ilissa Gold

Ilissa Gold is a labor attorney representing public school teachers and union workers across Southern California. She previously worked as a Labor Relations Representative for the California School Employees Association, representing classified public school employees in the Torrance, Redondo Beach, and Palos Verdes Peninsula school districts. She is the president and founder of the Miracle Mile Democratic Club and is one of the youngest Democratic Club presidents in all of Los Angeles County. She was first elected to the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee from Assembly District 50 in 2016. She was elected from LACDP to serve on the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party, where she sits on the Credentials Committee. In 2018, she was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the City of Los Angeles Central Area Planning Commission.

  • President, Miracle Mile Democratic Club
  • Executive Board Member, California Democratic Party
  • Union Lawyer
 

Steve Bott

Steve Bott

Steve Bott has served three terms as a delegate to the California Democratic Party and has been a local party organizer and Democratic club leader. He has served multiple terms as Alternate Member of the Los Angeles County Central Committee, a role that has prepared him to be effective on day one as a full elected member.

Steve is an active member of the Stonewall Democratic Club, serving as the club's Operations Vice President. He is also one of the founding members of the Miracle Mile Democratic Club, having served as the club's Political Affairs Vice President and Communications Vice President.

Steve is passionate about protecting our environment, ensuring LGBTQ rights, creating economic and social justice, limiting the role of money in politics, and investing in infrastructure and housing.

  • Vice President of Operations, Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Founding member, Miracle Mile Democratic Club
  • Web Programmer
 

Rachel Pearl Bracker

Rachel Pearl Bracker

Rachel Pearl Bracker is a communications professional who works for a firm with clients primarily engaged in Jewish communal work. At 28, she is the youngest candidate running for County Committee in AD50. Rachel is communications director for the Westside Young Democrats, Chair of the California Young Democrats Jewish Caucus, and a member of the Progressive Zionists of California steering committee. A lifelong Angeleno, Rachel is running to be a member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party because she wants our party to take action for cleaner air, less traffic, and an end to the housing crisis, and to ensure that young LGBTQ women like her have a voice within our county party.

  • Chair, California Young Democrats Jewish Caucus
  • Communications Director, Westside Young Democrats
  • Communications Committee Member, Stonewall Democratic Club
 

Mark R. Edwards

Mark R. Edwards

Mark R. Edwards is the Vice President of Government Relations for a nonprofit focused on helping people with barriers to employment become employable through advocacy for systemic change.

Mark is a founding member of the Miracle Mile Democratic Club and presently serves as the Vice President of Political Affairs. Mark is an alternate on LACDP Central Committee and is a member of several clubs and the Veterans Caucus and is working to organize a WLA Veterans Democratic Club. Finally, Mark is deeply committed to the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing to create an inclusive County for all.

  • Vice President of Political Affairs, Miracle Mile Democratic Club
  • Alternate, LACDP Central Committee
  • Member, Veteran's Caucus
 

Nick Greif

Nick Greif

Nick Greif has been working for the past six years as a progressive Democratic leader in Los Angeles as the current Chief of Staff to Democratic City Councilmember David Ryu where he has led on building homeless housing (including the LGBT Center in Hollywood), improving education (Child Savings Accounts for all LAUSD students), and expunging prior misdemeanor convictions for street vendors to prevent deportations. Previously, Nick worked with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to successfully raise the Minimum Wage to $15/hr. In his local community, Nick served as the President of the Palms Neighborhood Council and as a board member of the LA County Young Democrats (LACYD). Nick is also a member of the following Democratic Clubs: Stonewall, West LA, Heart of LA, AD 54, Westside Young Democrats, and Democrats for Neighborhood Action.

  • Chief of Staff, Democratic LA City Councilmember David E. Ryu
  • President (2016–2019), Palms Neighborhood Council
  • Policy advocate for ending homelessness and creating affordable housing
 

Murtaza Mogri

Murtaza Mogri

Murtaza Mogri, PhD, is a Planning Commissioner for the beautiful City of Agoura Hills and a Democratic leader in the Conejo Valley (Thousand Oaks / Westlake Village / Agoura Hills). As a progressive Democratic leader in a purple region, he helped develop coalitions with local activist groups, including Indivisible, as well as with local electeds, to flip seats in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, including keeping far right extremists off of the TO School Board (CVUSD) with a clean BLUE sweep in 2018.

An Eagle Scout, he is dedicated to his community and country. He is passionate about delivering Progressive change vital to the welfare of so many in the USA. In 2018, he discussed a Neighbor to Neighbor program with the illustrious Dolores Huerta; she was enthused and noted the importance of personal relationships (e.g. between neighbors) to activate a community! Murtaza will push for the LACDP to help Democrats develop these relationships that will strengthen the grassroots movement needed to not only Get Out The Vote in Southern California, but across the nation!

Along with his activism, Murtaza's career focuses on healthcare entrepreneurship and biomedical innovation — from his PhD in Bioengineering / Neuroscience from Stanford to being on the founding team and early employee of a couple healthcare start-ups.

  • Executive Vice President, Conejo Valley Democrats
  • Planning Commissioner, Agoura Hills
  • Healthcare Entrepreneur & Bioengineering PhD
 

Susan D. Sheu

Susan Sheu

Susan Sheu is a parent, writer, public health advocate who is an active member of several local Democratic and grassroots organizations. She is a lifelong Democrat who has lived in LA County for 25 years.

Susan and her husband are founding members of Code Blue, and the 2020 Grassroots Democrats HQ. She is an active member of the Heart of LA Democratic Club, Santa Monica Democratic Club, Stonewall Democratic Club, and West LA Democratic Club. She is also active in Indivisible CA-33 and a member of Voices for Progress.

In addition to LA-based work, Susan has been involved in grassroots and fundraising efforts for Democratic candidates in purple districts. She has extensive volunteer experience with Postcards to Voters and Vote Forward (Swing Left), and text banking with Open Progress.

Susan has worked in cancer research at UCLA and as a medical writer and editor for nonprofit medical research and pharmaceutical clients. She has also published several political, personal, and literary essays, and performed her work at several venues including The Moth and Expressing Motherhood. A Wisconsin native, Susan received her bachelor's from Vassar, a Master of Public Health from UCLA, and an MFA from Bennington College.

Susan and her husband have three children (kindergarten, middle school, high school) who attend Santa Monica-Malibu public schools.

  • Founding Member, Grassroots Democrats HQ
  • Active member of Indivisible CA-33 and Heart of LA Democratic Club
  • Parent and public health writer