College Democrats of New York

College Democrats of New York is the official college outreach wing of the New York State Democratic party. As an affiliate of College Democrats of America, our goal is to empower young progressives one student at a time. We are committed to electing strong progressive Democrats in the state of New York and across the country.

Meghana Bharadwaj, Deputy Communications Director Meghana Bharadwaj is a sophomore at Columbia University majoring in Human Rights and Political Science. She is from St. Louis, Missouri. In her first year, she was an active member and the secretary-elect of the Cornell Democrats, where she learned about New York State and city and local politics. She is now a member of the Columbia University Democrats and is excited to serve as the Deputy Communications Director for CDNY.  Meghana first became interested in politics when she got involved in oratorical contests in high school and learned more about race and inequality in her community and beyond. She is especially passionate about children's rights and is the Founder and Executive Director of a youth-run national non-profit called Just For Kidz, which aims to support underprivileged children through grassroots advocacy and service. Through the United States Senate Youth Program, Meghana met incredible public servants like President Obama, which has only strengthened her commitment to public service and social justice. In the summer of 2017, Meghana worked a public policy intern for the National Juvenile Justice Network. In her free time, Meghana enjoys wreaking havoc in her family group chat by posting very liberal things and calling out conservative members, playing flamenco guitar, dancing hip hop, and eating burrito bowls. 

Meghana Bharadwaj, Deputy Communications Director

Meghana Bharadwaj is a sophomore at Columbia University majoring in Human Rights and Political Science. She is from St. Louis, Missouri. In her first year, she was an active member and the secretary-elect of the Cornell Democrats, where she learned about New York State and city and local politics. She is now a member of the Columbia University Democrats and is excited to serve as the Deputy Communications Director for CDNY. 

Meghana first became interested in politics when she got involved in oratorical contests in high school and learned more about race and inequality in her community and beyond. She is especially passionate about children's rights and is the Founder and Executive Director of a youth-run national non-profit called Just For Kidz, which aims to support underprivileged children through grassroots advocacy and service. Through the United States Senate Youth Program, Meghana met incredible public servants like President Obama, which has only strengthened her commitment to public service and social justice. In the summer of 2017, Meghana worked a public policy intern for the National Juvenile Justice Network.

In her free time, Meghana enjoys wreaking havoc in her family group chat by posting very liberal things and calling out conservative members, playing flamenco guitar, dancing hip hop, and eating burrito bowls. 

Abby Govindan, Deputy New York City Regional Chair Abby Govindan is a junior at Fordham University studying psychology and spanish. She grew up in Houston, Texas, although her parents are originally from Chennai, India. Abby had her political awakening in 2007 at the tender age of 9, when Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy and platform, and has aligned herself with the Democratic party ever since. After she graduates from Fordham, Abby wants to go to law school and, eventually, be appointed a Supreme Court Justice. As a member of the E-Board of CDNY, Abby hopes to get as many New York City schools affiliated with CDNY as she can. She has extensive experience working as a marketing intern for several different organizations, including the Manhattan-based company Didit. Additionally, she is currently a marketing intern with Teach for America. Abby’s straightforward approach and affinity for building meaningful relationships has brought her success in organizations she has worked for in the past. Her expertise in client outreach and acquisition makes her the ideal person for the position of Deputy Regional Chair, and she is enthusiastic to hit the ground running. In her free time, Abby enjoys photography, public speaking, and doing stand-up comedy.

Abby Govindan, Deputy New York City Regional Chair

Abby Govindan is a junior at Fordham University studying psychology and spanish. She grew up in Houston, Texas, although her parents are originally from Chennai, India. Abby had her political awakening in 2007 at the tender age of 9, when Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy and platform, and has aligned herself with the Democratic party ever since. After she graduates from Fordham, Abby wants to go to law school and, eventually, be appointed a Supreme Court Justice.

As a member of the E-Board of CDNY, Abby hopes to get as many New York City schools affiliated with CDNY as she can. She has extensive experience working as a marketing intern for several different organizations, including the Manhattan-based company Didit. Additionally, she is currently a marketing intern with Teach for America. Abby’s straightforward approach and affinity for building meaningful relationships has brought her success in organizations she has worked for in the past. Her expertise in client outreach and acquisition makes her the ideal person for the position of Deputy Regional Chair, and she is enthusiastic to hit the ground running.

In her free time, Abby enjoys photography, public speaking, and doing stand-up comedy.

Nicholas Filannino, Environmental Caucus Chair Nicholas Filannino is a Sophomore Student majoring in Conservation Biology and Policy at St. Lawrence University. When not in St. Lawrence county Nick calls Westchester county, in downstate New York, his home. In addition to serving as the Environmental Caucus Chair of CDNY he also is the current Events Chair for the St. Lawrence University Democrats. Nick believes our environment’s health is the most pressing issue at hand, and continues to advocate for the proper use and conservation of our state’s natural resources. Although most of the time he can be found attempting to do homework, Nick enjoys a plethora of outdoor activities including Fishing, Kayaking, and Bird Photography.

Nicholas Filannino, Environmental Caucus Chair

Nicholas Filannino is a Sophomore Student majoring in Conservation Biology and Policy at St. Lawrence University. When not in St. Lawrence county Nick calls Westchester county, in downstate New York, his home.

In addition to serving as the Environmental Caucus Chair of CDNY he also is the current Events Chair for the St. Lawrence University Democrats. Nick believes our environment’s health is the most pressing issue at hand, and continues to advocate for the proper use and conservation of our state’s natural resources.

Although most of the time he can be found attempting to do homework, Nick enjoys a plethora of outdoor activities including Fishing, Kayaking, and Bird Photography.

Katie Mulkowsky, Labor Caucus Chair (Downstate) Katie is a junior at New York University's Gallatin School, where she is forming a concentration in Sustainable Development & Urban Theory. Studying race, space, and distribution has made her super interested in the ways that built environments interact with policy and geography to either empower or disenfranchise the people who live on city peripheries. Surrounding this topic, she has researched postcolonial public housing development through institutional funding in both Cape Town, South Africa and the French banlieue. She is now incredibly excited to engage with these issues in New York City through CDNY. On campus, she belongs to the Urban Democracy Lab and NYU College Democrats' Housing/Urban Issues Task Force. She has worked with the NYU Center for Urban Science + Progress and the International Urban Development Association in Paris. All of these experiences have showed her that cities are dynamic living spaces by nature, but require good governance and active voices on the ground to be as equitable and efficient as possible.

Katie Mulkowsky, Labor Caucus Chair (Downstate)

Katie is a junior at New York University's Gallatin School, where she is forming a concentration in Sustainable Development & Urban Theory. Studying race, space, and distribution has made her super interested in the ways that built environments interact with policy and geography to either empower or disenfranchise the people who live on city peripheries. Surrounding this topic, she has researched postcolonial public housing development through institutional funding in both Cape Town, South Africa and the French banlieue. She is now incredibly excited to engage with these issues in New York City through CDNY.

On campus, she belongs to the Urban Democracy Lab and NYU College Democrats' Housing/Urban Issues Task Force. She has worked with the NYU Center for Urban Science + Progress and the International Urban Development Association in Paris. All of these experiences have showed her that cities are dynamic living spaces by nature, but require good governance and active voices on the ground to be as equitable and efficient as possible.

Eli Krule, Labor Caucus Chair (Upstate) Eli Krule is a junior at Binghamton University majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL). He's from the suburbs of Chicago, IL where he started my activism in Democratic politics and campaigns. He became interested in politics and labor issues specifically because unions in the Chicagoland area are crucial to winning the support of the Democratic party in general, and in his time speaking to those involved in unions and other labor organizations through his dad's restaurant or the campaigns he has worked on, he has seen how impactful unions are and have the potential to be. Eli really looking forward to getting involved in labor issues in Upstate New York this next year and seeing how big of a difference we all can make!

Eli Krule, Labor Caucus Chair (Upstate)

Eli Krule is a junior at Binghamton University majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL). He's from the suburbs of Chicago, IL where he started my activism in Democratic politics and campaigns. He became interested in politics and labor issues specifically because unions in the Chicagoland area are crucial to winning the support of the Democratic party in general, and in his time speaking to those involved in unions and other labor organizations through his dad's restaurant or the campaigns he has worked on, he has seen how impactful unions are and have the potential to be. Eli really looking forward to getting involved in labor issues in Upstate New York this next year and seeing how big of a difference we all can make!

Charles Dunst, LGBTQ+ Caucus Chair Charles is a Senior at Hamilton College, where he is majoring in World Politics, with a focus on Security and Terrorism. In addition to serving as CDNY's LGBT Caucus Chair, he is a co-President of the Hamilton College Democrats. He is also the Managing Editor of The Spectator, Hamilton College and Clinton, New York's only newspaper. Professionally, he has worked as a Military Intern in Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's New York City office and as a Press Intern in Senate Minority Leader Schumer's Washington office. 

Charles Dunst, LGBTQ+ Caucus Chair

Charles is a Senior at Hamilton College, where he is majoring in World Politics, with a focus on Security and Terrorism. In addition to serving as CDNY's LGBT Caucus Chair, he is a co-President of the Hamilton College Democrats. He is also the Managing Editor of The Spectator, Hamilton College and Clinton, New York's only newspaper. Professionally, he has worked as a Military Intern in Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's New York City office and as a Press Intern in Senate Minority Leader Schumer's Washington office. 

Izzy Sanchez, People of Color Caucus Chair Israel Sanchez is a senior at Baruch College majoring in Political Science and English with a minor in Latino Studies. In addition to serving as CDNY’s People of Color Caucus Chair, he currently serves as the Vice-President of The Baruch College Democrats. Israel, or Izzy as his friends call him, is also a proud DACA recipient.

Izzy Sanchez, People of Color Caucus Chair

Israel Sanchez is a senior at Baruch College majoring in Political Science and English with a minor in Latino Studies. In addition to serving as CDNY’s People of Color Caucus Chair, he currently serves as the Vice-President of The Baruch College Democrats. Israel, or Izzy as his friends call him, is also a proud DACA recipient.

Shayna Koczur, Women's Caucus Chair Shayna Koczur is a rising senior in the Global Studies program at Bard College. As Women's Caucus chair, she hopes to foster a strong collection of woman who will work together and help fight for legislation that benefits and meets the needs of all woman. Besides being women's caucus chair for College Democrats of New York, she is currently an intern for the UN Liaison to the International Network on Small Arms and president of Bard College Model UN! Before joining College Democrats of New Yorkas the Vice President of Bard College in 2017, She had intern at National Immigration Forum in Washington DC and worked for Senator Lesniak's Legislative office in Union NJ. Shayna’s hobbies include writing, playing guitar and learning languages. She speaks French, and has several fiction publications. 

Shayna Koczur, Women's Caucus Chair

Shayna Koczur is a rising senior in the Global Studies program at Bard College. As Women's Caucus chair, she hopes to foster a strong collection of woman who will work together and help fight for legislation that benefits and meets the needs of all woman. Besides being women's caucus chair for College Democrats of New York, she is currently an intern for the UN Liaison to the International Network on Small Arms and president of Bard College Model UN! Before joining College Democrats of New Yorkas the Vice President of Bard College in 2017, She had intern at National Immigration Forum in Washington DC and worked for Senator Lesniak's Legislative office in Union NJ. Shayna’s hobbies include writing, playing guitar and learning languages. She speaks French, and has several fiction publications.