Committee Chairs & Liaisons

John Loughlin

Central Committee Liaison – John Loughlin
The Central Committee is the governing body of the County Democratic Party as defined in the California Government Code and Elections Code. It is comprised of local Democrats elected by voters in each Assembly District, as well as partisan-level Democratic elected officials and nominees. (For more information, see the Bylaws and Policies & Procedures.) It conducts the County Party’s general business, approves its budget, coordinates Democratic campaign activity, and endorses candidates for local offices. Meeting times are listed here. 

Communications Committee – John Loughlin
The Communications Committee provides outbound communications for the club and trains members on the use of social media to help elect and support progressive candidates. We provide support and development for CSS, Facebook, Flipboard, HTML5, iOS, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, MailChimp, Nextdoor, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, Votebuilder, and WordPress.

John graduated in physics from Imperial College, London after exploding unconfined vapor clouds for British Gas. He moved to California in 1993 as head of product R&D at Counterpoint Electronic Systems in Carlsbad. He has managed product development groups in the U.S., UK, Norway, India & South Korea. Developed business partnerships in U.S., EMEA & Asia and managed Sales & Business Development groups in the U.S. He founded his own consultancy business in San Diego in 1996, managing the development of software, hardware & services for global communication, media and consumer electronics companies.

He professes to know something about Technology Prognostication, Information Services, and Progressive Politics. He is a card carrying member of the ACLU, and long time supporter of Amnesty International. For the GO Team he is a Precinct Leader and regional data coordinator for the Central West area. He is a CDP Convention Delegate, and serves on the Central Committee Executive Board as the Director of Clubs (for all of San Diego County).

Deval Zaveri

Deval Zaveri

Endorsement Committee – Deval Zaveri-Tabb
Endorsing good Democratic candidates is one of the most important roles of the club. The Endorsement Committee created and maintains our process, interviews and collects questionnaires from candidates, and runs the endorsement meetings.

As well as chairing the club’s endorsement committee Dev co-owns a full service law firm focusing on business and class-action litigation. She’s part of the San Diego Leadership Team, Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate. A Policy Advisor, Barbara Bry for San Diego City Council campaign. A Franklin Project Ambassador, Aspen Institute and is a Board member, Asian Pacific Islanders Public Affairs Association.

After interning in the Office of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, Dev was Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a defense counsel and earned a Navy Achievement Medal and Junior Officer of the Quarter citation. She earned her law degree at the University of Georgia, a B.S., International Affairs, magna cum laude (Minors in Economics, Spanish) from Georgia Tech and  her Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government  She also blogs for the Huffington Post.

Nancy Witt

Nancy Witt

GO Team Liaison – Nancy Witt
The Grassroots Organizing Team (GO Team) connects with voters in our community, building better turnout with a personal touch. By walking and talking with voters, we average a 14% increase in Democratic voter turnout in our GO Team covered precincts. Go Team is an outreach operation that works block-by-block, door-by-door, person-to-person. The GO Team welcomes new members in non-election years. Nancy Witt is our Community Coordinator helping to build grassroot support for Democratic values and candidates. She’s recruiting to prepare for the special election this year, and 2014’s local, state, and federal elections. The Go Team provide training, support, and all the materials you’ll need to talk to fellow Democrats or to provide data support. During the months leading up to each election, you’ll be walking/calling with a list of all the endorsed candidates to encourage full-ticket voting. We are glad to have your help. Please email goteam@sddemocrats.org or call (858) 277-3367 to learn more!

Nancy was raised in Wisconsin, the fifth eldest of twelve children. Her mother was a great organizer with boundless energy and Nancy remembers being trained to sell raspberries from their farm, door-to-door to neighbors at the age of six – so her canvassing skills were developed at an early age!

After college in Wisconsin Nancy started work with the Social Security Administration in South Bend, Indiana. She and her first husband moved from the cold Midwest to sunny San Diego in 1971.

While she was working as a federal employee she could not fully participate in political activity under the rules of the Hatch Act. President Clinton was the first to authorize that federal employees could join political clubs (but still only run for non-partisan elected positions).

Nancy & Stewart discovered the Point Loma Democratic Club in the early 1990s and became active members, hosting many of the meetings in their home. Nancy later negotiated our current meeting location at the Point Loma Assembly (in January 2009). Nancy’s encouragement resulted in our involvement in the OB Holiday Parade.

As well as volunteering in the San Diego County Democratic Headquarters’ Office, Nancy is secretary of the League of Women Voters San Diego.

Nancy was one of the first Community Coordinators for the Grass Roots Organizing Team (GO Team) with the vision to build strong and lasting connections with neighbors and friends in each precinct. Nancy has built & nurtured a team of 28 active Precinct Leaders in Point Loma who canvassed in the last election. The GO Team was instrumental in election victories for Democrats in San Diego County in 2012.

Nancy has been a monthly contributor to the DEM Program since it started in 2007. She has been a delegate to 4 state Democratic conventions, and was the San Diego County Democratic Party Volunteer of the Year in 2013. She is happy that her husband Stewart is an active partner in Democratic affairs.

Nancy has also been one of the best recruiters for the club and many of us can thank her personally for introducing us to this group of progressive Democrats that we call the Point Loma Democratic Club.

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Susan Peinado

Membership Committee – Susan Peinado
The Membership Committee is always looking to increase membership, and works closely with the Communications and Events Committees to extend knowledge of the club and its activities throughout the neighborhoods. 2013 has seen an increase in outreach with a corresponding increase in membership, and we’re on track for our largest membership ever. We’re looking forward to celebrating the golden anniversary of the club in 2014 with our strongest start to the year.

Susan grew up in Jacksonville, FL and taught under court-ordered integration to desegregate an all-black elementary school as one of its first white teachers. She has served as a Trustee at the San Diego History in Balboa Park, a Sunday school teacher, a Girl Scout leader and served on the Point Loma Girl Scout Service Unit as treasurer and Outdoor Trainer. She has served numerous Peninsula PTAs and was awarded the PTA Community Service Award by both the Point Loma High School and Correira Junior High School PTAs.

Susan is an active Democratic Party member and known within the San Diego activist community as a supporter of progressive causes. Widowhood radicalized her politically. She was elected President of the Point Loma/OB Democratic Club, has attended the Democratic California Party State Convention as a delegate of the 78th Assembly District and is an alternate member of the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee. She has been a Precinct Leader for the GO Team, and worked with OFA in Las Vegas, 2012, on Obama’s second term election.

She has lived in Ocean Beach for forty-four years and has two adult children and one grandchild.

Becca Taylor

Political Action Committee – Rebecca Taylor and Christa Wubbolding
Club meetings are great to come and listen to speakers, meet candidates and elected officials, and meet like-minded Democrats, but if you want to get involved with candidate’s, or issued based campaigns, or registering voters then you should get involved with this committee. 

A U.S. Navy Veteran, Becca is Director of Political Fellowships at Grassroots Resources, is the Chair and Founder of the California Young Democrats, Veterans Caucus, and
Treasurer, Veterans & Military Affairs Caucus for Young Democrats of America.

She is Co-Director, Political Action Committee for Run Women Run, is on the board of the Ocean Beach Town Council as Community Relations Co-Chair, was a field organizer for Scott Peters’ last campaign for the 52nd Congressional District and organized students with Barbara Bry’s campaign for San Diego City Council.

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Christa Wubbolding

Christa Wubbolding is an active member of the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County, a volunteer at Amor Ministries (building housing projects in Mexico) and currently studying nursing.

 

 

Patrick Schultheis

Patrick Schultheis

Public Relations Committee – Patrick Schultheis
The Public Relations Committee is comprised of members interested in marketing, advertising and public relations. They help to spread Democratic values through a variety of programs that are continually developed and improved. 

Patrick was born in Basel, Switzerland and grew up in the Black Forest in southwestern Germany. He joined the German Army in 1993 and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of the Federal Armed Forces at Munich. During his studies he worked as a freelance journalist for various TV and print media.

2002 he was deployed to Afghanistan. Before his honorable discharge as a Captain in 2005 he served as a platoon leader and company commander in an Airborne Infantry unit and as a press officer at the Federal Ministry of Defense in Berlin.

Patrick continued his career in public service as a press officer for the German Chancellors Gerhard Schröder and Angela Merkel. Accompanying them to state visits and summits, Patrick organized more than 200 press events around the world.

After five years living out of a suitcase, Patrick left the Federal Press Office to join an international aid agency as their spokesperson. Soon after the birth of their son Paul, he and his wife Katherine, a biochemist, immigrated to the United States in July 2012.

Patrick is a member on the board of the German American San Diego Foundation and is their Director of Communications.

Patrick joined OFA in August 2012, volunteered at the SD County Democratic Party Headquarters, helped organizing Phone Banks and registering voters. He’s been a member of the Point Loma Democratic Club since February 2013.

Phil Currier

Refreshments Committee – Phil Currier
The Refreshments Committee helps organize Social Time before and after club meetings and for our annual fundraisers

  • Summer Potluck and BBQ
  • Winter Potluck and Holiday Party