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Democrats Abroad was the margin of victory for President Joe Biden in Georgia and Arizona, and we're determined to continue delivering scale-tipping votes in races across the United States in 2022 and beyond.

To continue our get-out-the-vote from abroad, we are currently building a robust Paris Chapter and, for the first time, doing a call for applications for expansion of the executive committee. Our goal is to have an inclusive, transparent, and fair appointment process. We need you to be a part of our work!

All members of the Paris Chapter are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. CET on November 1, 2021. Decisions will be made around Nov. 10th. 

Send your CV and short cover letter outlining your vision and qualifications to [email protected].

Juan Cerda
DA Paris Chapter Chair

OPEN POSITIONS

PARIS CHAPTER TREASURER - EXCOM OFFICER POSITION

The Paris Chapter Treasurer shall manage the chapter's finances, prepare a budget and cash flow forecast as required by the Paris Chapter Chair for approval by the Paris Executive Committee, and interact and coordinate with the National Treasurer to maintain proper financial reporting structures to ensure the Paris Chapter's finances are in order. All such records shall be available for review by the Paris Executive Committee.

The Paris Chapter Treasurer shall be available to consult with National, Subchapter, and Caucus Chairs regarding fundraising activities for projects and activities and access to potential donors.

Ideally, candidates for this role should have experience in cash accounting, book-keeping, basic finance, banking, fundraising or related background.  

PARIS CHAPTER EVENTS COORDINATOR - EXCOM OFFICER POSITION

The Chapter Event Coordinator will help design and coordinate Chapter events, in collaboration with others in leadership. The goal of these events — social, political, cultural, etc. — is to educate and advance discussion and member engagement on contemporary U.S. political issues.

The Chapter Event Coordinator will assist members in planning and organizing local events such as lunches, dinners, wine-tastings, holiday gatherings, venues for significant speakers, etc. for membership development and fundraising, and shall help promote these events on the DA website and various social media channels, in collaboration with the Chapter Communications Coordinator, the Country Events Officer, and Country Database/IT Manager.

The Chapter Event Coordinator shall manage the Chapter calendar and work to avoid scheduling conflicts among different events in the Paris region. The Chapter Event Coordinator shall report monthly to the Chapter Executive Committee on activities undertaken and planned.

PARIS DEPUTY GET-OUT-THE-VOTE (GOTV) COORDINATOR (3 POSITIONS AVAILABLE) 

The Deputy Get Out the Vote Coordinator(s) will support the leadership of the Paris Chapter GOTV/IT Officer, and operate under their guidance, to help execute the Paris Chapter voter registration and GOTV strategy. This will include "on the ground" community events and outreach via social media.

Ideal candidates for Deputy GOTV Coordinator should have experience with voter registration for overseas Americans (whether using FVAP or VoteFromAbroad), and be able to conduct in-person events or be able to work online to answer voter help questions. Those willing to learn are also encouraged to apply.

If you have experience working/volunteering with voter registration, political campaigns, phone banking, canvassing voters, we are looking for you!

PARIS DEPUTY COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

The Deputy Communications Coordinator will support the leadership of the Paris Chapter Communications Officer, and operate under their guidance, to assist in designing, implementing and coordinating the communications activities of the Paris Chapter, including direct contact with members and interested persons via email, social media, French and English press communications, and develop the quarterly newsletter to members. They will assist in creating a strategic branding plan for DA Paris media and roll out outreach in 2022. 

Ideal candidates for Deputy Communications Coordinator will have experience working with email marketing, branding, social media and public relations.

APPLICATION PROCESS

All members of the DA Paris Chapter are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. CET on November 1, 2021. Decisions will be made around Nov. 10th. 

Send your CV and short cover letter outlining your vision and qualifications to [email protected].

MERCI!


Summer Plans with DAF-Paris

We are thrilled to bring you the first Democrats Abroad Paris Newsletter from the 2021-2023 Paris Chapter Executive Committee members!  We are busy planning exciting events and discussions with all of you, and we can’t wait to get started! Please scroll down or click 'read more' to learn some fun facts about us, how to get involved, and how we will continue to win elections from abroad!

Democratically yours,

DA Paris GOTV Team

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2021 Paris Chapter Election Candidates

2021 Paris Chapter Election Candidates

The nominations period for the 2021 Paris Chapter Elections has now closed. Please find below statements for the candidates standing for election.

The Election and Annual General Meeting for the Paris Chapter of DA France will take place on March 13th at 1PM. Candidates will give speeches prior to the close of voting and tabulation, and results will be announced. RSVP here. Early voting via electronic ballot is available to all members of the Paris / Île de France Chapter region — members should look for an email containing a link to this ballot.

You must be a member of DAF Paris in order to vote. New members are welcome but must join by Friday March 12th. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021. Questions? Email the Paris Election Board [email protected]

If you are a member of DAF-Paris and do not receive a link to the online election but would like one, please contact the DA France Paris Election Board [email protected] 


CHAPTER CHAIR

JUAN CERDA

Bonjour! Je me présente, je suis Juan Cerda, and I would be honored to receive your vote as Chair for the Paris Chapter.

 As a professional Gay Latino man and a life-long Democrat, I have always wanted to address the critical economic, social, and environmental challenges. I am running for Chair because I want to continue our work to build a stronger coalition and widen the Democrats Abroad (DA) party tent. I joined DA in 2016, in which I immediately began making phone calls, helping voters get registered, and co-hosted numerous fundraising events. In 2017, I founded a grassroots Chapter of Solidarity Sundays of Democrats Abroad Austria (DAA) with other grassroots activists. Today the group has expanded throughout our entire Europe, Middle East, & Africa (EMEA) region. I have had the honor to serve in key leadership roles, including as the Vice-Chair (DAA), an EMEA regional Biden Delegate, Global LGBTQ Coordinator, and within our Global Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

I humbly ask for your vote; I will bring my years of experience, unique skills, and passion for registering voters. 

N’hésitez pas à consulter le site www.juancerda.com pour plus de renseignements!


CHAPTER VICE CHAIR

KATE BARRETT
 
My name is Kate Barrett, and I would like to submit my candidacy for the position of Vice-Chair of the DAF Paris Chapter.
 
A Seattle transplant living in France for the past 10 years, I am the current Paris Secretary and acting Vice-Chair. As a project manager in the public transit sector, I am passionate about the importance of public services in providing equal opportunity and access to all members of society, regardless of means or background.
 
I ran for Secretary in 2019 to contribute directly to DA's efforts to fight the erosion of democratic norms in the US and to put an end to the incompetence and bigoted cruelty of the Trump administration. I’m proud of what we've accomplished, but there is still so much more to do.
 
As Vice-Chair, I will be committed to building on the work of the past two years to ensure we have a Chapter with the vision, structure, and efficiency needed to be an asset to DA France's core mission of serving the American community abroad through voter outreach, education and engagement. It would be an honor to continue to use my skills and experience to serve the Paris Chapter in this capacity.


CHAPTER SECRETARY

JOSEPH SMALLHOOVER

My activism with Democrats Abroad France started at the grassroots when I joined in the winter of 1985 after working for the Mondale Ferraro campaign in California the previous year. I’ve held many posts in Democrats Abroad, both in France and globally, and I have one-of-kind in-depth experience with the Party, wide acquaintance with our members and activists, and broad understanding of our policies and platform. In 1985 all of Democrats Abroad was barely larger than today’s membership in the Paris Chapter. That’s how far we’ve come.
 
My term as International Counsel ends in May; I think it is now time for me to return to the grassroots activism of an earlier time, to put those years of local and international experience to work making the Paris Chapter ever stronger. And working again at the grassroots will inform my continuing work as one of the eight representatives of Democrats Abroad on the Democratic National Committee. There are many challenges ahead, and we need to field the strongest team we can. I pledge to work for to elect Democrats across America, as I have in the past.
 
I hope that I can count on your vote for me for Paris Chapter Secretary and your support.


CHAPTER TREASURER

NATALIA NOLAN

I was incredibly inspired by the work of Democrats Abroad — and especially our Paris Chapter — during this recent election. As we saw when the votes were finally tallied, mobilizing every single vote was absolutely crucial in ultimately securing the Biden-Harris win. But the slim margin of victory was too close for comfort, and it motivated me to become more involved in our local Chapter. My name is Natalia Nolan and I’m running as Paris Chapter Treasurer to help ensure our Chapter has the resources in place to continue — and even boost — our efforts to mobilize Americans abroad to defend principles of democracy and good governance. My background is in international relations and political science, with experience in public financial management. I also have some knowledge of good practices in internal control and audit which I could bring to the role. I would appreciate your vote for this important position, which I will not take lightly, and work with you to support our strategies and activities here in Paris.


CHAPTER COMMUNICATIONS 

EMILIE ROSE AIDAN

I, Emilie-Rose Aidan, present myself as a candidate for the DAF, Paris Chapter, Communications Coordinator position. 
 
Born and raised in Paris to an American mother and French father, I attended a bilingual school, matriculated to UK/American universities, then pursued a marketing and communications career in NYC. After a decade, I returned to Paris in 2019; I am a publicist in a luxury PR agency. 
 
We Democrats witnessed the consequences of 2016’s communications/coordination failures: four years of democratic institutions being dismantled brick-by-brick. Albeit relieved, I fervently believe that the real work begins NOW. I would be honored to assist the Paris chapter to achieve stronger results through education, engagement, and community-building. 
 
My Democratic Party passion runs strong, undergirded by my mother’s tutelage and my French belief in égalité. While a NYC participant, I proudly witnessed my late mother’s Democratic Party work via DAF/Indivisible-France, including her coordinating the Paris Women’s Marches. I would be honored to continue her legacy by serving DAF. As a bilingual, multicultural communications professional who is skilled in brand strategy, digital content, public relations, and storytelling, I bring robust skills—further bolstered by my passion for democracy and social justice—to serve in this role. 
 
Merci à tous.


CHAPTER OUTREACH (GOTV/Database)

SIMONE SLIFMAN

I am pleased to submit my candidacy for Chapter Outreach Coordinator. Our founding board has set a high bar for success; I would be honored to continue and expand upon their work, ensuring every eligible American in our region knows their voting rights and can cast their vote from abroad. 

A DA France member since 2018, I volunteered hundreds of hours with the national and global GOTV teams during the 2020 election cycle, solving complex individual voter problems, supporting special projects, and serving as a resource to other GOTV volunteers when needed. My GOTV participation began in 1992, and my 20 years of management experience in local government agencies, combined with my high energy, positive and collaborative spirit, creativity, flexibility, and love of technology have readied me to succeed in serving our membership. 

While we bask in the afterglow of our momentous electoral victories - some clearly won with the help of overseas voters - remaining engaged in the GOTV effort is vital to success in upcoming special elections and the 2022 midterms, when complacency and other factors may reduce voter participation. I’m excited to help lead this effort. 

Thank you for your consideration.


CHAPTER EVENTS

DANETTE LANDRY

I have been an active member of DA France since 1999. From 2001-2005 I was Chair of Young Democrats Abroad, France, I served as DAF Vice-Chair 2003-2007, and as Co-Chair for the Women's Caucus from 2007-2009. I have been instrumental in organizing activities for sharing interests and rallying points for coalition building, as well as volunteering for voting registration, etc.. A lifelong Democrat and supporter of liberal social values, I have been an active proponent of social liberties for women and minorities around the world, including those in Europe, Africa and Asia. Raised in the Michigan, educated in Social Anthropology at UCLA and completed my graduate studies in France at La Sorbonne and L'Ecole des Hauts Etudes en Sciences Sociales.Today, I am an international artist, which requires me to be to be socially interactive not only in Paris, but also in Europe and the United States. My long association with DAF, and my experience living and working in diverse parts of the world, all complement and strengthen my interests in Democratic social values and will enable me to further contribute to the DAF as the Coordinator of Paris Events. Thank you for considering my candidacy.


Call For Candidates: Run for Paris Leadership

PARIS CHAPTER CALL FOR CANDIDATES

*UPDATED* NOMINATIONS PERIOD ENDS FEB 25TH

DAF's Paris Chapter will conduct its Leadership Election on March 13, 2019 via Zoom.

The nominations period for candidates is open, and the deadline is February 25, 2019. Candidates are sought for the following positions

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Meetups: Connect with Primary Candidate Campaigns!

Interested in supporting a Democratic Primary candidate from France? You can connect directly with candidate campaigns and local supporter groups near you. We will be updating this page regularly — if you know of a group that you think should be added here, please let us know at [email protected].

Note: This information is provided as a service to Democrats Abroad France members, and is available on an equal basis to all US Democratic Presidential Primary candidate supporter groups in France. Inclusion on this list does not constitute endorsement or any preference on the part of Democrats Abroad France. 


PETE BUTTIGIEG

Americans Abroad for Mayor Pete 

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +33 (0) 6 29 55 47 10

  • To Add Pete Buttigieg's name to the DA Global Presidential Primary Ballot: Sign the petition here
  • To Watch Pete Buttigieg's Democrats Abroad Global Town Hall Address: Watch here


BERNIE SANDERS

France for Bernie

Website: www.meetup.com › France-for-Bernie-2020

Facebook: France for Bernie 2020

Email: [email protected]

 

TOM STEYER

Tom Steyer 2020

Website: https://www.tomsteyer.com/

Facebook: @OfficialTomSteyer

Twitter: @TomSteyer

Email: [email protected]


ELIZABETH WARREN

France for Elizabeth Warren 2020

Website: www.meetup.com/Elizabeth-Warren-for-President-2020-France 

Facebook: France for Elizabeth Warren 2020

Email:  [email protected]

 

ANDREW YANG

YangGang Abroad

Facebook: YangGang Abroad

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +33 (0) 6 21 91 69 49

 

Remember: you can support your favorite primary candidates by signing all their Candidate Petitions, which will help make sure their names appear on the DA Global Presidential Primary Ballot. To find out more about Democrats Abroad's Global Presidential Primary to be held March 3-10, 2020, see here. Stay tuned to the DA France News blog for more information regarding how members in France can participate and vote. 


Paris Outreach Candidate Didier Moutou

My name is Didier David Moutou, and I am running for DAF Paris Chapter Outreach Manager. 

I hail from "bean town", aka Boston, but I have been working in the Paris area for the past 12 years. On a personal level I am married with two awesome kids, and am an information technology professional during the day, and an audio mastering engineer at night.

One of our key duties as citizens is to ensure that we have a functioning and lasting democracy where all votes are counted and the voices of the weakest are heard as loud as those of the strongest.

As an IT director I have helped many organizations and companies improve their outreach to their customers or audience through the efficient use of digital tools. 

I am running for the Chapter outreach manager with the simple but clear goal of improving the voter registration and voter turnout of Americans living in the Paris/Ile de France region. 


Paris Communications Candidate Jill Hamilton Brice

My name is Jill Hamilton-Brice and I’d like to be considered for the position of Chapter
Communications Coordinator for DAF Paris.

I’m an American living and working in Paris since 2006. I’m a mom to two fabulous kids and
married to a Frenchman.

I grew up in upstate New York and lived in Chicago and NYC, two Democratic strongholds,
for many years. My parents are registered Democrats, and I am also a lifelong Democrat.

I have an MA in Communications, worked for 10 years with global consulting
firm Accenture, and later with brand consultancy Interbrand. I’ve experience with a
variety of communications capacities, from copy writing to brand strategy, messaging to
social media planning. I was Vice President of Public Relations for Message for 5 years.

Like you, I was and am horrified as to what has happened to our democracy since this last
presidential election.

I’m keen to do more than rage tweet about the abysmal state of affairs — to be the change
that I want to see. I hope to bring energy and a fresh voice to this position, to collaborate
with other like-minded people and organizations to advance the cause.

I respectfully ask for your vote.


Paris Communications Candidate Marissa Burkett

My name is Marissa Burkett and I would like to submit my candidacy for the position of Communications Coordinator at Democrats Abroad France - Paris Chapter. Though new to France and DAF, I have several years of experience developing communication strategies and marketing plans, and particularly in leveraging social and digital campaigns. Furthermore, I have a BBA in Marketing, and a MBA, along with experience in filmmaking and graphic design, which are useful in communications. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to engage with disenfranchised voters by bringing the discussion back to core issues, particularly in the youth demographic. To accomplish this, I hope to work with national and global teams on the design of a communications strategy that promotes two-way discussion, allowing expats to engage with the DAF, and motivating them to involvement. I aim to primarily focus on the underlying characteristics that attracted us originally to the Democratic party, such as a passion for equality and social justice, and less on our mutual disgust for the opposition. If elected, I would be honored to serve the party as the Communications Coordinator and vow to devote all of my skill and effort on unseating the current President.


Paris Events Candidate Lisa Ramos

My name is Lisa Ramos and I am running for DAF Paris Events Coordinator. I have lived in Paris since 2009, speak French, and have been lucky to be a part of this very special and vibrant Democratic community. I have attended DAF events with US activists, helped to phone bank New Jersey for Sen. Cory Booker, and made calls for Mike Espy’s Mississippi Senate Race. At a recent Diversity Caucus event, I saw people of different ages and backgrounds coming together and benefiting from the ideas presented by the film “Latino: The Changing Face of America.” As Event Coordinator, I would be honored to support more events like these for the greater community.

Previously, I worked for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's re-election campaign in 1998 as a fundraiser, and executed special events for other Democratic candidates and politicians. I also coordinated large-scale multi-city events for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. I know the effort that goes into coordinating things, people, and negotiating schedules, venues and vendors. I would be excited to lend my support to the new leadership of Paris in the capacity of Events Coordinator. Thank you for your consideration.


Paris Secretary Candidate Kate Barrett

My name is Kate Barrett, and I would like to submit my candidacy for the position of Secretary of the DAF Paris Chapter.

I am a Seattle transplant, living in France since 2011. Currently a project manager at RATP Group, I have been passionate my entire adult life about the importance of public services in providing equal opportunity and access to all members of society, regardless of means or background.

I joined DAF in 2016 to help fight the erosion of democratic norms and institutions in the US. Today I am eager to take this commitment to fairness and social justice further by contributing directly to the effectiveness of DAF Paris’s new organization in the lead-up to the 2020 elections.

As a member of Indivisibles-France and DAF, I have like many of you participated in numerous resistance efforts, from GOTV with Postcards to Voters, to the 2017 Women's March, to the March for Our Lives in 2018. It would be an honor to lend my organizational and communication skills to the DAF Paris chapter, and to serve in the role of Secretary.