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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Zurich!

Democrats Abroad Zürich is one of three local chapters of DACH, the official country committee for United States Democrats living in Switzerland. We post all our events and meetings on this website. We hope to foster an inclusive community of like-minded Americans in Zürich and the outlying areas. We host meetings and events throughout the year. We encourage any interested person to contact our leadership team about getting involved.

Zachary Bailey, Chair - [email protected]
Karen Herzog, Vice Chair - [email protected]
Jenifer Kechulius, Secretary - [email protected]
Chi Tran-Brändli, Treasurer - [email protected]

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DA Zurich Leadership:

Zachary Bailey
| Chair, Zurich Chapter; DPCA Voting Rep, Switzerland
Karen Herzog
| Vice Chair, Zurich Chapter
Jenifer Kechulius
| Secretary, Zurich Chapter
Chi Tran-Braendli
| Treasurer, Zurich Chapter
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    Say Hello to the New Zurich Leaders!

    The Zurich chapter held their AGM on April 14 and elected a new slate of leaders:

    Office Name Email
    Zurich Chapter Chair Zachary Bailey [email protected]
    Zurich Chapter Vice Chair Karen Herzog [email protected]
    Zurich Chapter Secretary Jenifer Kechulius [email protected]
    Zurich Chapter Treasurer Chi Tran-Brändli [email protected]
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    2021 DACH Zurich Elections: Here are our Nominees


    New Chapter Leadership to be Elected at Zurich Annual General Meeting April 14

    The Democrats Abroad Zurich Chapter 2021 Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce that the election of the 2021-2023 Zurich Chapter Leadership will take place during the 2021 Zurich Annual General Meeting, on Wednesday April 14th, online. (See separate AGM announcement for details). We hope you will attend to hear our annual report, to show support for the nominees, and, most importantly, to vote for the candidates of your choice. The offices to be elected are:

    1. Chair
    2. Vice Chair
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer

    We thank all those who came forward to present themselves as candidates. See their names and statements below.

    Voting Method

    Meeting attendees who are DA members as of Monday April 12th may vote.

    If you cannot participate in person, it is possible to vote by proxy: Request a proxy form from [email protected], identify a member you know who will attend, send a copy of your completed and signed proxy form to us by April 12th, and give the form to the attending member before the AGM. Any voter at the meeting may hold at most two proxies.

    Voting by advance ballot will not be available.

    Election Process

    At the meeting, the four offices will be elected one by one, in the order shown above. For offices with zero nominees (only), nominations for office may be made from the floor, as write-in candidates. All candidates will be given five minutes to address the members.

    List of Candidates 

    Office: Chair (1)

    Zachary Bailey
    My name is Zachary Bailey and I am nominating myself to be the chair of the Zürich chapter of Democrats Abroad Switzerland. I wish to help further our goals as a party and fight for the many issues that face both our country and the world. The recent election and the global pandemic have laid bare the fragility of our political, public health and social welfare institutions to this time of great upheaval. As chair of the Democrats Abroad in Zürich, I can help organize around those issues that are both close to me, and the issues that are close to other members of our chapter.

    Office: Vice Chair (1)

    Karen Herzog
    I am interested in the Vice Chair role. I have been in Switzerland for 25 years. My husband is Swiss and we live outside of Winterthur. I have two teenagers. I have worked for many years in the Pharma industry for large multi-national companies and smaller ones in the compliance area ( financial and anti-bribery). I have lived in many places in the US, but am registered in Wisconsin as this is where I grew up. I am as well a Swiss citizen and speak fluent German at a C1-2 level. I have been in contact with the Dems Abroad last year because I was facing some issues with obtaining my absentee ballot. The group was extremely helpful and I did assist with some last minute mailings. I would like to be involved as I see now that this dedicated group can make a difference. I am also very impressed that Dems Abroad also has a voting bloc represented in the electoral process.

    Office: Secretary (1)

    Jenifer Kechulius
    My name is Jenifer Kechulius and I am interested in the open secretary position with Democrats Abroad Zurich. While in college and grad school I held the positions of secretary, president, and treasurer of various student groups (this gave me my first experiences taking minutes for meetings). More recently I have held positions  as the program director of a private music school, the executive director of a chamber orchestra (ran monthly board meetings), and I am currently the administrative assistant for a music festival in Austria. I have a lot of experience with organizational and secretarial tasks from these positions.

    Office: Treasurer (1)

    Chi Tran Brändli
    I’m a Vietnamese American, who was born in Vietnam but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area since I was 8 years old. I graduated UC Berkeley with a major in immunology. I got a Masters in Economics from the University of St. Gallen after moving here with my Swiss husband. I’m a portfolio manager/equity analyst at a private bank. I’ve been living in Zurich since 26 years and have two teenage daughters.

    We will be electing our leaders for 2021 - 2023; they will guide us through our local chapter events leading up to the 2022 Midterm Elections. This will be a crucial period of creating and executing policy during the first half of President Biden's first term in office and we want your input!

    The online meeting will start at 18:30 PM and will last a maximum of 2.5 hours.

    RSVP on this page for the meeting details.

    Not a member yet but want to participate in the elections? Join here.

    Want to cast a ballot but not able to attend? Complete a proxy form and email it to [email protected].

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 01:00 PM Zurich Time · 1 rsvp
    Zurich Hauptbahnhof -- Wannerhalle in Zürich, Switzerland

    Halloween Street Food Festival with the Youth Caucus

    Still looking for something to do over Halloween weekend? Join the Democrats Abroad Switzerland Youth Caucus for the 6th Zurich Street Food Park -- Halloween Edition. Entry to the street food festival is completely free and only a COVID Certificate, form of ID, and an empty stomach are required for what is sure to be an exciting event with live music and 35 food trucks and stands serving up dishes from all over the world. With so much variety, the festival provides a little something for everyone -- young and old, vegans, vegetarians, and meat-lovers alike. Come hang out with us and have a drink, a burger, or a Momo or two! We'll be meeting at the churro stand at 1pm. We look forward to seeing you there! More information can be found here: https://www.streetfoodparkzh.com/

    Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 07:00 PM Bern Time
    Zoom - RSVP to receive details in Zürich, Switzerland

    The Monthly Issue (Zurich) - November 2021

    Join Democrats Abroad Zürich members for our monthly meeting! We are currently holding our meetings via Zoom. All members are welcome to join our meetings. We will spend the first half of the meeting discussing current events or whatever issues are on our minds. The second part of the meeting will be to discuss upcoming events.

    Can't make it this month? We have planning meetings every month. Or, if you can't make our regular meetings but still want to help, please get in touch with Zurich Chapter Chair, Zachary Bailey, at [email protected].

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