Executive Board

Chair: Leaha Skylar-Dotson

Leaha is a lifelong Michigander and proud Ypsilanti resident (Ypsilantian). She graduated from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in 2017 with a degree in Political Science and International Affairs. She has been a field organizer with Michigan United, Dana Nessel for MI Attorney General and numerous other progressive campaigns; and believes that meeting people where they are at, like their front door, is crucial to community and movement building. She is an educator and high school Model United Nations coach; and firmly believes in education as a tool for self and community empowerment. Leaha currently serves as Chair of the Young Democrats of Michigan (YDM), Appointed Vice Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party Youth Caucus, Board Member of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) Executive Board, and Co-Vice Chair of the WCDP Precinct Organizing Committee. She is a progressive activist, conscientious environmentalist, a big sister/cousin, proud catmom and is fully committed to working towards an equitable, just and sustainable future for all people in all places.

Vice-Chair: Abel Delgado

Abel is a proud Latinx resident of Flint, Michigan and the 5th congressional district. He holds multiple positions within the Democratic Party as Vice Chair of the Young Democrats of Michigan, Co-Chair of the CD5 Progressive Caucus, and Congressional Delegate for the Progressive Caucus of the MDP. As an activist and community organizer in the Flint Water Crisis, Abel has been a strong advocate for issues around water, gentrification, and state violence. Abel looks to bring his experience as an organizer and political strategist to build power for marginalized communities across the state of Michigan.

Treasurer: Duncan Macleod

Duncan first volunteered politically in 2008 for President Obama’s campaign, but became more focused on Democratic party politics in the mid 2010s. He believes much more needs to be done for the Party to be inclusive to and work for younger generations. This includes much more transparent and democratic leadership that party members are invited to be informed about and take part in. By day Duncan is a product engineer in West Michigan’s furniture industry, and his goal is to use my project management experience to document and report our financial activities and goals to YDM members as transparently as he can.

Secretary: Zahra Abbas

Zahra is a proud Arab American Muslim resident of Dearborn where she has lived most of her life. She graduated with an associates degree in liberal arts in 2012 and received her certification as a medical assistant in 2019. Zahra has struggled with epilepsy since she was diagnosed at the age of 14. After trying many different treatments, including brain surgery, with little or no success she started on medical cannabis which stopped her seizures. Because of that she became involved in the legalization campaign and then started volunteering on other local and statewide campaigns and eventually ran for positions herself. She is a precinct delegate, a delegate to the state central committee of the Michigan Democratic Party, as well as secretary of the YDM. Zahra is actively involved with the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan speaking and volunteering at their events and camp and was an intern there in 2018. She sits on the board of Motor City NORML, actively involved with Michigan NORML, a cannabis and epilepsy speaker, is part of Healthy Dearborn steering committee, a progressive activist, environmentalist, and is committed to advocating and working towards a just and safe future for people. She comes from a big loving family, has 6 siblings and many cousins.

Electoral Director: Christian Alvarado

An educator, a student and an activist; Christian Alvarado has been fighting for progressive change since 2017. His organizing career started with knocking doors for the fund for the public interest when the Trump administration threatened to cut funding to the Great Lakes. Since then he has focused his time on helping progressive candidates get in office; being the campaign manager to Mike McDermott for State Representative. Outside of campaigns, he has made his name known on the local level by being elected to the board of the Northville Democratic Club. As Electoral Director of YDM he hopes to bring new transparency to the position that has not been there before. He promises to endorse the most progressive candidates that have a solid plan for the young people of Michigan.

Communications Director: Mikal Goodman

Mikal is a born and raised resident of the city of Pontiac and the 14th congressional district. At age 19, Mikal has been nationally recognized by the Department of Education for his accomplishments in his skilled trades education in Marketing and Information Technology. Mikal has also worked for progressive causes across the country, ranging from Rent Control in the city of Long Beach in California to canvassing for progressive candidates up and down the ballot. Mikal is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and doing his best to strengthen the grassroots revolution in every way possible. As YDM Communications Director, Mikal will help bring transparency, accountability, and effective creativity to the organisation.

Event Director: William Krohn

As a fresh face in local and state politics, William is passionate about young people taking charge in all areas of politics.  As Events Director, William strives to make the Young Democrats of Michigan more accessible than ever, and build it up to be a central hub for young people looking for ways to be involved locally and beyond.  William is a West Michigan and CD2 native, and he thinks it is crucial to push for more political engagement locally and get more Democratic representation locally. William cares about engaging the LGBTQ+ community and being an activist for LGBTQ+ issues within the state, as well.  A large part of William’s passion is deep-rooted in social equity and environmental issues.