2017-2018 Executive Board
NICK FIORILLO, PRESIDENT
Born and raised just north of Seattle, Nick Fiorillo is a sophomore pursuing a major in Policy, Planning and Development with an emphasis in Public Policy and Law. Nick’s interest in politics and public policy began at an early age, as he witnessed how the recession led to massive budgets for his school district. He first got involved with politics by volunteering and working for several political campaigns. This summer, Nick will be interning in the Office of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell.
Nick is an active member of several other USC student organizations, and will serve as a Resident Assistant for the 2016-2017 school year. Aside from politics, he enjoys trips to the beach, stand-up comedy and conveyor belt sushi spots.
LILY VAUGHAN, VICE PRESIDENT
Lily Vaughan is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and History. Originally from Austin, Texas, she is a proud Southern democrat and became used to both defending and recognizing the nuance within contrasting political viewpoints at a young age. She was raised in a politically active household and went on to become interested in American politics and political theory after the 2008 Presidential Election. Her first involvement with politics and global impact came in her junior and senior years of high school, when she co-founded and served as co-President of her local chapter of Girl Up, a United Nations Organization dedicated to the achievement of political and civil rights for women in nations of the Global South.
She went on to serve as an assistant editor for the Editorial section of the Daily Trojan, penning a column on national public affairs entitled “Playing Politics,” which covered events ranging from contrasting presidential platforms to the political influence of college ranking systems. When she’s not in the Daily Trojan office or fulfilling duties as Vice President, you can find Lily playing chess, throwing the frisbee around on McCarthy Quad, or grabbing a bite to eat with friends.
MAHIMA DUTT, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Mahima Dutt is currently a sophomore at USC, studying Communication at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and minoring in Law and Public Policy. She grew up in the Bay Area and developed an interest in politics through Model Legislature & Court (MLC), a program sponsored by the YMCA for high schoolers across California. She strongly believes in the ability of youth to participate in politics and be civically engaged.
As communications director, she is excited to work with the board to expand the club as well as advertise important events and fundraisers. When she’s not in the classroom, Mahima is volunteering with USC’s Room to Read club to improve literacy in local elementary schools, trying out new restaurants in Los Angeles, shopping with friends and photographing her adventures.
SARAH NEHEMIAH, FINANCE DIRECTOR
Sarah Nehemiah is a sophomore studying Law, History, and Culture and French with a minor in Communication and Media Policy. Growing up a Bay Area democrat, she developed an interest in politics when her parents “forced” her to watch The Colbert Report and Real Time with Bill Maher starting in sixth grade (after the 2008 election). Although she does not plan to be a politician, she has a strong interest in social justice and law, as has interned Bet Tzedek, a nonprofit law office specializing in marginalization and human rights issues.
Aside from being super excited to be a co-finance director for USC Dems, Sarah is a VP of Programming of the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity and is an intern for Spin PR in Santa Monica. She loves going to the beach, cooking anything and everything, eating ice cream, shopping at Nordstrom, and watching either trashy reality TV (Real Housewives) or re-reruns of Veep and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
SOPHIE GREENSITE, INVOLVEMENT DIRECTOR
Sophie Greensite is a junior studying Political Economy. Raised by two Democrats in Newport Beach, California, Sophie has long been fascinated with politics and history, ever since hearing about her father's stories volunteering for the 1968 McCarthy presidential campaign and protesting in Sacramento against Governor Reagan in 1969. Sophie is currently a research intern for public affairs firm Cerrell Associates, where she is exploring the economic effects of short-term rentals in Los Angeles. As Involvement Director for College Democrats, Sophie looks forward to planning socials, field trips, and dinners, where members can get to know each other better and engage in discussions beyond on-campus meetings.
In addition to College Democrats, Sophie is a Student Ambassador for the Dornsife College of Letters & Sciences, a Speakers Committee Showrunner, the Director of Funding for the Hult Prize Competition at USC, an undergraduate fellow at the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, and a Political Student Assembly member. A lover of political satire news shows, Miniature Australian Shepherds, and Gore Vidal (though not necessarily in that order), you can often find Sophie biking through campus listening to NPR podcasts or studying in VPD.
ARNIM WHISLER, MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Arnim Whisler is a junior at USC majoring in Jazz Studies. He originally hails from a conservative suburb of Chicago, but was raised in a proud liberal family. His interest in politics began in 2008 after witnessing his parents' excitement over the election of Barack Obama. His first formal political experience was phone banking for President Obama's reelection campaign in 2012. He is extremely excited to be the Membership Chair of the USC College Democrats after previously serving on e-board the year before. When he's not making political jokes at club meetings you can find him planning events and parties with other USC clubs, yelling loudly in the stands at USC football and basketball games, playing his saxophone in the Gateway practice rooms, or singing and playing guitar in his rock band, Faded.Red, all across the USC campus and LA.