High School Democrats of America

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High School Democrats of America
Chairman Jason Lam
Founded 2005; 13 years ago (2005)
Headquarters None
Ideology Liberalism
Social liberalism
Mother party Democratic Party
Website High School Democrats of America Website

The High School Democrats of America, (HSDA) is a student-led organization committed to mobilizing young people and electing Democrats.

Formerly part of the Young Democrats of America[1][2] the members of the High School Democrats of America represents high school students at all levels of the Democratic Party.[3]


Although State Chapters for the organization and idea existed long beforehand, the High School Democrats of America itself was founded in December 2005, by Ahmed Kokon (NY) and Jonathan Padilla (CA).

In June 2014, the High School Democrats of America formally ended its affiliation with the Young Democrats of America, and ceased function as the Young Democrats of America's High School Caucus. With the change, the position of National Parliamentarian became Development Director that served as Parliamentarian both dissolving disputes and presiding over elections. They held their first national conference, the HSDA Strategic Summit, in Washington D.C. during July 2015.


The national organization presides over HSDA as a whole. It’s led by the National Executive Board, which consists of the Chair, Vice Chairwoman, Vice Chairman, Communications Director, Programs Director, and Development Director. The National E-Board is responsible for overseeing the organization, expanding HSDA, and working with states to promote HSDA and Democratic causes. The National E-Board is elected every year during the annual convention of the HSDA Summit. Leadership also includes a National Committee consisting of two representatives from individual states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The Executive Board also employs a group of volunteer staff, ranging from Financial Directors to Political Advisors.

HSDA consists of local chapters, state organizations, and the national organization.

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