Steering Committee

Las Vegas Democratic Socialists of America Steering Committee is the highest elected body of LVDSA and is the political leadership of the chapter when the general body is not assembled. The Steering Committee is subordinate to the bylaws, as well as resolutions passed by members at general body meetings and local conventions.

The Steering Committee consists of 9 members who are elected by delegates at the local convention each year. The current Steering Committee term is from July 2023-June 2024. Delegates from the local convention will elect candidates for the following nine positions: two Co-chairs, a Treasurer, a Secretary, a Communications Coordinator, a Member Engagement and Onboarding Coordinator, a Political Education Coordinator, and two Campaign and Organizer Coordinators.

Members of the Steering Committee may also be removed from the committee for reasons other than nonfeasance, including but not limited to malfeasance, gross incompetence, or violations of the code of conduct, by a two-thirds vote of the members of the Steering Committee. The general body may remove any officer or member of the Steering Committee by resolution, passing with a majority vote at any general body meeting or emergency meeting.

Steering Committee Portfolios: A portfolio is a division of responsibility that may be assigned to one or more members of the Steering Committee but is accountable to the policies and decisions of the committee as a whole.

 

Steering Committee Members & Portfolios

Anthony L.
Co-Chair

  • Chair the Steering Committee meetings and General Body meetings
  • Prepare the agenda for Steering Committee meetings and General Body meetings
  • Plan and facilitate special elections, as permitted by Article 12 of the Bylaws
  • Support all member recruitment efforts and ensure that strategic campaigns have a member recruitment component
Shaun N. Co-Chair

  • Be the public-facing voice/face of the chapter
  • Interface with partners as needed for chapter business and strategic campaigns
  • Support all member recruitment efforts and ensure that strategic campaigns have a member recruitment component
Ben P.
Secretary

  • Responsible for maintaining the member list
  • Responsible for taking notes & managing meeting minutes.
  • Responsible for recording & tracking vote results for both the Steering Committee and the General Body in such a way that they may be made accessible to the Steering Committee and rank-and-file members upon request.
  • Verify membership status for voting, elections, and any other occasion where necessary
  • Assist with preparing the agenda for General Body meetings
Natasha S.
Treasurer

  • Ensure an accurate accounting of all chapter financials
  • Provide regular Treasurer’s Reports at Steering Committee meetings and General Body meetings
  • Manage chapter bank accounts
  • Manage chapter inventory and merchandise
  • File and maintain chapter tax documents
(vacant)
Communications Coordinator

  • Manage access to the chapter social media accounts
  • Oversee a Communications Committee that supports the drafting and distribution of mass emails, social media posts, and graphics for strategic campaigns and chapter formations
  • Assist in drafting statements on behalf of the chapter or Steering Committee
  • Manage chapter website and other digital assets
(vacant) Political Education Coordinator

  • Oversee a Political Education Committee that coordinates education around foundational socialist theories and concepts
  • Support outward-facing educational events related to strategic campaigns and working groups
Sarah L.  Member Engagement & Onboarding Coordinator

  • Oversee a Member Engagement Committee that coordinates New Member Orientation, chapter social events, and other activities that focuses on internal engagement, mobilization, and retention
  • Maintain member engagement data and lists that could be used to effectively mobilize members into relevant actions and campaigns
  • Perform member retention and renewal actions, such as outreach to lapsed members
Lorenzita S.
Campaign & Organizer Coordinator

  • Assist in leading the chapter’s adopted strategic campaigns, especially outward-facing organizing efforts
  • Coordinate regular organizer trainings
  • Identify and encourage opportunities to link working group and section actions with strategic campaigns
  • Perform regular check-ins with strategic campaign, working group, and section stewards to ensure that they understand how to access and utilize resources available to them
(vacant)  Campaign & Organizer Coordinator

  • Assist in leading the chapter’s adopted strategic campaigns, especially outward-facing organizing efforts
  • Coordinate regular organizer trainings
  • Identify and encourage opportunities to link working group and section actions with strategic campaigns
  • Perform regular check-ins with strategic campaign, working group, and section stewards to ensure that they understand how to access and utilize resources available to them

Steering Committee Meetings

Meetings of the Steering Committee will be open to all members of the general body in an observation-only capacity. However, the Steering Committee may go into executive session during any Steering Committee meeting for reasons they deem necessary, such as privacy and confidentiality reasons, in order to conduct specific business. Executive sessions will be closed to any non-Steering Committee members.

Any LVDSA member may request in writing by emailing lasvegasdsa@gmail.com to add an item to an upcoming Steering Committee meeting agenda. The Steering Committee may use their discretion to decide whether to add the item and/or allow the member to speak.