Contacting PennDems

You may contact the Board at with any questions or inquiries.

President: Sean Foley

Sean Foley hails from Scranton, Pennsylvania—the birthplace of great Democrats such as Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bob Casey. Sean is a junior in the College, majoring in Political Science. Prior to being elected as Political Director, he served as the Legislative Director in 2013, focusing on issue activism and lifting political dialogue on campus. During the summer of 2013, Sean interned in the office of Senator Casey in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Sean returned to the nation's capital to intern at the Brookings Institution for Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. This fall, Sean looks forward to seeing Tom Wolf elected as governor of Pennsylvania and to another great semester with Penn Dems.



Vice President: Max Levy

Max Levy is a sophomore in the College planning to major in Communication and Public Service. Before he was Vice President, Max was the Communications Director, and he loved being part of a Democratic group with such prominence on campus (something he didn't see a lot growing up in Atlanta, Georgia). While his biggest claim to fame might be an almost-selfie with Bill Clinton, he also worked in DC this summer with Generation Progress, the youth outreach division of the Center for American Progress. When he's not texting, tweeting, or Facebooking, you can find Max running along the Schuykill, doing something with Class Board, or wishing he was Toby from The West Wing.

Political Director: Sam Iacobellis

dems picSam Iacobellis is a Sophomore from Manchester, CTm majoring in Political Science and History. In Summer '14 he was the Director of Field and Voter Outreach Operations for Congressman John Larson's (1st district CT) campaign. He has been involved with local and state level races in the state since he was 10 and sought to involve as many of his friends and classmates in the political process as he could. Other than politics he is an avid sports fan and roots for Boston Red Sox baseball and UConn basketball and football teams. He also enjoys theater, traveling, and watching movies. He hopes to help make Penn Dems one of the most active and influential political groups in the country and focus on activism and political engagement of not only the campus and community, but college students across the country.


Legislative Director: Arielle Panitch

headshot (1)Arielle Panitch is a sophomore from the DC suburbs in Maryland. She studies Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a concentration in Arabic, Persian and Islamic Studies. Arielle has worked on multiple campaigns both at the local and congressional level. Outside of Penn Dems, Arielle plans events with the International Affairs Association and plays violin in a string quintet. In the upcoming year she hopes to coordinate more events and activism campaigns with other groups on campus.

Communications Director: Chloe Snyder

Chloe Snyder is a Sophomore in Engineering studying Digital Media Design. She hails from Boston, Massachusetts, where it's always wicked cold. She has always been passionate about politics, and thinks that it is important for everyone to understand the impact politics has on their lives. She worked as an intern at WGBH in Boston with the production team for the TV Show Arthur, and strongly believes in the power of educational television, and public broadcasting services like NPR and PBS. She also has a slightly unhealthy obsession with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and is very excited to be part of Penn Dems board.

Treasurer: Sarah Winton

Sarah Winton is a sophomore double majoring in economics and international relations with a NELC minor. Beyond Penn Dems, she plays saxophone in the Penn Band and is the co-principal flute in the Penn Symphony Orchestra. She also dabbles in photography and showcases some of her work in Humans of UPenn. She is beyond excited to spend this year serving on board and contributing to this awesome organization.

Membership Director: Matt Kelemen

Matt Kelemen is a Sophomore from Ridgefield, Connecticut double majoring in Political Science and East Asian Area Studies. When not obsessed with all things Korea, he can be found writing funny stuff on the internet at Under the Button. A self-proclaimed (and hardly substantiated) wonk, Matt has worked on the Himes for Congress campaign. He really cannot wait to turn up with Dems.

Outreach Director: Zakya Hall

Zakya Hall, a native Philadelphian, is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences planning to major in Political Science. She has served on the deputy board since her first semester at Penn, and Dems has become a defining part of her college experience. This semester, she looks forward to working with other incredible student groups on campus to raise light on progressive issues. Although Zakya prides herself on being a Penn student who regularly gets eight hours of sleep, she always makes time for Scandal, walks downtown, and dorm room cooking.


Secretary: Jana Korn

Jana Korn is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, probably majoring in Economics, Political Science, and/or Urban Studies. She is originally from Washington D.C., and so has always been able to be actively involved in both local and national politics, through lobbying, campaigning, and advocacy work. Last summer before coming to Penn, she worked on the field staff for Muriel Bowser’s winning campaign for mayor of D.C. Beyond Dems, Jana is on the crew team here at Penn and is involved in the International Affairs Association (IAA). She loves to travel, learn new languages, and watch The West Wing. She looks forward to working with all returning and new members of Dems for another amazing year!



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Apply for Deputy Board!

In addition to the nine Board positions listed above, there are numerous Deputy Board and leadership positions available throughout the year. To apply for deputy board, please send a statement of interest to General inquiries welcome.