Executive Board

The following individuals are serving as the Progressive Caucus’s executive board for the 2017-2019 term.

Officers

Chair Karen Bernal
Vice-Chair, Northern Region Thomas Tellner
Vice-Chair, Central Region Zach Denney
Vice-Chair, Southern Region Susie Shannon
Treasurer Marlin Medrano
Secretary Marcy Winograd
Parliamentarian Katrina Bergstrom
Communications
& Social Media Officer
Vacant; Interim Comms Officer: Cari Templeton
Officer-at-Large Phillip Kim
Officer-at-Large Elizabeth Lavertu

 

About the Officers

Karen Bernal
Karen Bernal

Karen Bernal
Chair

Karen Bernal is a three term Chair of the CDP’s Progressive Caucus, as well as a member of the Party’s Executive Board.  She is also an appointed member of the Sacramento County Democratic Party, and Co-founder of the Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento County.

Karen served as Co-Chair of California’s Bernie delegation to the 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia after volunteering for Bernie’s campaign in Sacramento and Las Vegas, NV.

In addition, she has held union organizing jobs, working for the California School Employees Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Karen considers herself a strategist, thinker and activist who fights for progressive causes both inside and outside the Democratic Party.

 

Thomas Tellner
Thomas Tellner

Thomas Tellner
Vice-Chair, Northern Region

Thomas Tellner began his public service in politics in Colorado back in the ‘80s. In the ‘90s he spent 7 years in the U.S. Army, stationed in the U.S. and Europe. More recently, he has worked in Finance for the healthcare industry – most recently for Planned Parenthood of California. During that time, he advocated continuously for universal healthcare/Single Payer. With his Finance and Economics background, he is passionate about similar issues such as establishing a California state bank, a universal basic income and free high education. Aside from these, he supports many other Progressive issues such as strengthening unions, LGBTQ rights, gender and racial equality because for him these are not just about fairness, they are about sustainability. He believes that our state and country cannot continue indefinitely based on an economic system that favors only the few. Thomas also serves as a California Party Delegate for AD16.

 

Zach Denney
Zach Denney

Zach Denney
Vice-Chair, Central Region

I believe the key to enacting a truly progressive agenda in California is, we need to activate and empower progressives living in our Central Valley. It is easy being a Democrat on our blue coasts, but being a Democrat in our purple, red rural counties requires strong organizing in order to get a progressive at the table. We need true Progressive Democrats elected in this region, not ones that use the label progressive in election years and vote against our movement year after year. We need to especially empower the young people of our region to stand up and fight back against regressive politics, and run for office.

 

Susie Shannon
Susie Shannon

Susie Shannon
Vice-Chair, Southern Region

I have been a member of the Progressive Caucus since 2005, and an officer for 6 years. I served as a Bernie delegate to the 2016 Convention. I have experience and a comprehensive background in progressive politics and organizing. I am an advocate for homeless and low-income communities, and a fighter for progressive issues such as opposing fracking and the TPP, opposing DAPL, promoting single payer healthcare, ending income inequality, advocating for animal welfare, and fighting for the rights of the LGBTQIA community. I co-directed a documentary called Back from Iraq, organized rallies, forums, and protests on most of the issues subscribed to by the Progressive Caucus, trained new delegates, helped get progressives elected at all levels and have been successful in passing many resolutions and platform language within the California Democratic Party.

 

Marlin Medrano
Marlin Medrano

Marlin Medrano
Treasurer

I am a super volunteer and community organizer working with other progressive democrats to continue the political movement in my local community. I was an elected Congressional Delegate representing CD 29 in the 2016 Convention. I have focused in building an active network in the San Fernando Valley to help raise awareness of progressive issues and support locally. I have extensive experience in the Financial sector and Project Management. I’m looking to apply my skill to helping the movement as best I can. California has been a leader in pushing progressive issues but we can and should do better. I look forward to helping continue the political revolution.

 

Marcy Winograd
Marcy Winograd

Marcy Winograd
Secretary

An Elected Delegate from AD 50 (West LA) and a former CDP Executive Board member, Marcy Winograd was a founding member of the CDP Progressive Caucus and a co-convener of the Bernie Sanders DNC delegate election in CD-33. She blogs for Huffington Post and LA Progressive on privatization and militarization, major issues in her 2010 anti-war challenge to Blue Dog Jane Harman in the congressional Democratic primary.

Marcy is a steering committee member of the Coalition for Police Reform, which addresses racial profiling and excessive force. She also organized with the Industrial Workers of the World to unionize Santa Monica beach maintenance workers. She is an active member of Jewish Voice for Peace.

Marcy works as an education consultant to students with learning disabilities and their parents, and previously taught history, English, and communication. Marcy also co-authors a tween novel series featuring dynamic 11-year old activist Lola Zola who knows all about picket lines and social justice.

 

Katrina Bergstrom
Katrina Bergstrom

Katrina Bergstrom
Parliamentarian

I believe in upholding the integrity of the caucus through democracy and due process. I am certified in mediation and when needed I can diplomatically and unbiasedly resolve disputes and conflicts. As an attorney practiced in contracts, I bring my skills of legal interpretation and drafting to the position. Last July, I attended the DNC Convention as a member of the Rules Committee for Bernie Sanders. I participated in the debate of the Unity Reform Commission draft and I was also successful in passing three of the four amendments of the DNC Bylaws that I personally drafted. As a progressive activist, I believe in protecting and promoting our progressive beliefs and agendas within the Party and as Parliamentarian of the Progressive Caucus I will work to make sure our Caucus operates with the utmost transparency and fairness.

 

Cari Templeton
Cari Templeton

Cari Templeton
Interim Communications & Social Media Officer

Carolyn “Cari” Templeton campaigned, canvassed, hosted volunteers, painted cars, and fought however she could for Bernie Sanders, and became an alternate delegate for him in CD18. Cari has been involved in women’s and diversity groups in the workplace and the community. As a proud, progressive Berniecrat, she’s passionate about equal rights for women, LGBTQ people, and people of color, and believes we need to restore the middle class through a $15 minimum wage, free college, “Medicare for all,” and further key reforms. She co-founded the Bayshore Progressive Democrats and is currently an elected California Democratic Party delegate for AD24.

 

Phillip Kim
Phillip Kim

Phillip Kim
Officer-at-Large

Phillip Kim is a clarinet player and guitarist who lives in the Sacramento area. He is president of the Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento and a proud member of the Democratic Socialists of America. He moved to California 10 years ago and worked in a casino for 7 years, where he was an active shop steward and leave-of-absence organizer with UNITE HERE. In recent years he has been taking music and recording classes at American River College and worked on the Bernie 2016 campaign for 6 months. Phillip grew up in Maryland in the Washington DC area. He looks forward to winning single payer healthcare and keeping the political revolution going.

 

Liz Lavertu
Liz Lavertu

Liz Lavertu
Officer-at-Large

Liz Lavertu is an assembly district delegate for AD-71, Vice President of the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club, elected to Spring Valley Planning Board, and served as a delegate to Bernie Sanders in 2016. She believes the Progressive Caucus needs to be an action based organization that spearheads and pushes progressive platform issues through local, state and federal legislation. She would like to see more focus not only on endorsements for progressive candidates, but getting those candidates elected to assist us in having our voices heard. She would also like to see a stronger push for voter outreach and education for the progressive platform/issues. There is a new awakening to the injustices that surround all of us and we need to harness this energy to create a better tomorrow.