Anaïs Rosenblatt
Boca Raton, FL
Political Science
Class of 2019

Anaïs is a third year from Boca Raton, FL studying Political Science. She is a lifelong Democrat and political enthusiast. Through her work with the National Partnership for New Americans, she discovered her love for political organizing in Latino communities. In her role as President, she hopes to empower women in leadership and bring diversity to the University of Chicago Democrats.

This summer, Anaïs will be working with the City of Chicago Office of the City Clerk to create the Chicago Municipal ID program.


Ryan Thornton
Executive Director
St. Louis, MO
Class of 2019

Ryan is a third year studying Economics and possibly Political Science or Public Policy. Ryan first got involved with politics by listening to Rush Limbaugh on long car rides with his grandpa and making fun of him. Ryan got more seriously involved with politics when he began to discuss politics with all of his high school friends and he began to read as much as he could so he would always be able to one up them in their frequent debates. Ryan will be working in Tammy Duckworth’s Chicago office over the summer, and when Ryan is not discussing politics or reading about politics, Ryan does Model UN and plays tennis.


Daniel Jellins
Houston, TX
Class of 2018
Law, Letters and Society

Daniel grew up in Houston, TX, and from a very young age has been interested in Presidential History. Today, he has over 100 books and has expanded his interests from Presidents to the Supreme Court to current politics. Further, Daniel has been to 10 out of 13 Presidential Libraries and desires to see them all as quickly as possible. In the summer of 2013, he interned at Congresswoman’s Sheila Jackson Lee’s office (D-TX), working on constituent services and helping to organize a Town Hall with 5 U.S. Congresspeople about immigration.

During the summer of 2014, Daniel was an intern for Houston City Councilman Larry Green. There, he worked on designing a new slogan for the new Go-Green initiative in the City of Houston, and helped work on the city ordinance about Ride-sharing companies. Last summer, Daniel continued his work on Uber/Lyft regulations and worked at the Texas State Speaker’s office, specifically with the Parliamentarian, and researched ways Texas could pass regulation on ride-sharing companies. Daniel desires to expand these interests and in the intersection of laws and new technologies.


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Victoria Koffsky
Communications Director
West Islip, New York
Class of 2019
Public Policy Studies & History

Victoria is a third-year public policy and history double-major at the University of Chicago. When Victoria was eight she knew that she was interested in politics, as she looked up to her state senator Hillary Clinton. Victoria’s passion for liberal politics has only grown. Since coming to the University of Chicago, Victoria has canvassed for Hillary in Iowa as well as for Tammy Duckworth in Illinois. Outside of UC Dems, Victoria serves as the finance director of the College Democrats of Illinois and is president of Crown House, her college residential community. During the academic year, Victoria teaches freshmen biology at Hyde Park Academy through the Neighborhood Schools Program. Additionally, Victoria volunteers with United Way, advocating for and helping to register people for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. For the summer of 2017, Victoria will be interning in the litigation bureau of the Nassau County Attorney’s Office in New York.


Ridgley Knapp
Greenwich, CT
Class of 2020

Ridgley is a second-year studying Economics and Political Science (probably). Born and raised in one of the reddest parts of bright blue Connecticut, Ridgley’s first experiences in politics were had working for underdog state legislative races in his hometown. This summer, he will be interning for Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in Washington, DC, and he hopes to work on an Illinois gubernatorial or congressional campaign during his second and third years at UChicago. In April 2017, Ridgley was elected as Communications Director for College Democrats of Illinois, one of three Maroons elected to the Board this term, the most of any college or university. Aside from UC Dems and CDIL, Ridgley is a Section Editor for the Gate, UChicago’s undergraduate political review, rows for the varsity crew team, and can be found trying too hard at many different IM sports.


Sam Joyce
Political Director
St. Petersburg, FL
Class of 2020

Sam is a first-year from St. Petersburg, Florida. He first got involved in politics as an intern on a State House race in 2012. Since then, he worked on Rick Kriseman’s mayoral campaign in 2013 and as an organizing fellow with the Florida Democratic Party in 2016. In addition to UC Dems, he is involved with the South Side Weekly and occasionally coaches high school debate. He enjoys college football, country music, and Twitter.


Madeleine Johnson
General Board Member
Lawrence, KS
Class of 2020
Classics and Political Science

Madeleine is a first-year majoring in Classics and Political Science. A Midwest native who grew up in Missouri and recently moved to Kansas, she has always been interested in how politics can work to leave as few behind and push as many forward as possible. She is a living example of the openness of UChicago Democrats to interested students of all levels of experience, having neither interned, phone-banked, nor canvassed until her arrival at the university. When she was little, she carried a bedraggled US history textbook with her to elementary school, to the pride and dismay of her parents. Her hobbies include knitting, watching Criminal Minds, and bemoaning the state of the nation.


Danny Eisgruber
General Board Member
Princeton, NJ
Class of 2020

Danny is a first-year, very prospective public policy major from Princeton, NJ. He got involved in politics by closely following the 2016 presidential election instead of doing schoolwork and volunteered with the Hillary Clinton, Tammy Duckworth, and Susana Mendoza campaigns. When he’s not busy being a Democrat, Danny is a member of the University Community Service Center’s Seeds of Justice program and volunteers with UChicago New Americans, a group that helps immigrants through the naturalization process. His non-political interests include watching sports (especially the soccer team Tottenham Hotspur) and jazz music.



Sonia Schlesinger
General Board Member
Washington, DC
Class of 2018

A DC native, Sonia has been around politics for as long as she can remember: she voted for Al Gore in her pre-K class’s mock election and attended Kerry campaign events with her dad, a political journalist. Since then she has become a huge West Wing fan and has volunteered for several state and national campaigns, starting with Obama’s in 2012. In addition to UC Dems, she is involved with the Maroon, South Side Weekly, and Women in Public Service Program at the Institute of Politics.

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Celia Hoffman
First Year Representative
Bethesda, MD
Public Policy & Human Rights
Class of 2021


Growing up right outside of Washington, D.C., Celia is used to politics being a dinner table conversation, prompting her in 2016 to become a regular volunteer for the Hillary Clinton campaign. The intersection of her love of progressive politics and passion for reproductive justice led her to intern for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington during the 2016-2017 school year. After interning in her local Congressman Jamie Raskin’s office during the summer of 2017, she is excited to be continuing her Democratic involvement and activism her first year at UChicago with UC Dems.


Mikala Cohen
Outreach Director
Weston, FL
Political Science
Class of 2018

Mikala is a fourth year in the college majoring in Political Science who has been involved with UC Dems since she first met the since-graduated Executive Director and Secretary at Politapalooza during orientation week in 2014. While she is from South Florida, she’s worked everywhere from Rahm Emmanuel’s re-election campaign to Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Washington D.C. office and all the way back to the mothership, the Democratic National Committee, for the summer before the 2016 election. Previously serving as Secretary in 2015 and Executive Director in 2016, she now works as the Outreach Director for UC Dems. When not acting to advance the liberal cause on campus, you can find her watching football (soccer) anywhere in and outside of class or at a concert downtown.