Our Executive Board
Lezlie Braxton Campbell
Lezlie Braxton Campbell is a native of Springfield, MA where he was born and raised for most of his life. He is a proud graduate of Springfield Public Schools where he is now a third-year middle school teacher and proud advocate for his students. Before becoming an educator, Lezlie worked in aviation for different major U.S. airlines. One of his proudest accomplishments related to diversity comes from his time at JetBlue being the co-founder of JADE (JetBlue’s African Diaspora Experience) employee resource group.
Lezlie began doing advocacy work in high school and continued throughout college in areas including environmental justice, school to prison pipeline reform, conflict resolution & non-violence training for youth, and youth empowerment initiatives. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Westfield State University. During his time at Westfield, he was the first full year President of the Black Student Union and a Senator on the Student Government Association.
He has been a part of YDMA since 2019 starting as the Chair of the Western Mass Young Democrats where he restarted the chapter. He has also served as Vice-Chair of the YDMA Black Caucus. Lezlie is currently serving as the first Black President of YDMA and is happy to represent Western Mass while leading the statewide organization. In addition to being President, he also serves as Secretary of the Young Democrats of America Legislation Committee, Co-Chair of the MassDems Youth Services Sub Committee, Diversity & Equity Officer of Bay State Stonewall Democrats, and is a Board Member of Neighbor to Neighbor MA Education/Action Fund.
Lezlie is a fan of many historical figures and lives by the words of A. Phillip Randolph “Freedom is never given, it is won”.
Terry Altherr is a lifelong progressive activist. Passionate about getting progressives elected to office, he first got involved in Joe Kennedy’s 2012 congressional campaign. He also was a fellow on Bob Massie’s gubernatorial campaign and was a field organizer for Safe Patient Limits Save Lives in 2018. He most recently was a field organizer for Jeff Ross in last year’s Boston City Council at-large race and is currently a campaign manager for Alison Leary, who is running for state house in the 10th Middlesex District. He has been involved in YDMA since 2018 after getting involved in GBYD. He has also been involved in the Newton Ward 4 Democratic Committee and the Newton Democratic City Committee. Most recently, he was elected as a male-identifying Disability add-on on the Democratic State Committee. In addition, he is also involved in the Sunrise Movement.
Nicholas Alto is a democratic political operative who brings a wealth of fundraising and campaign management experience. His most recent work includes working in state field operations on a presidential race, where he oversaw a massive organizing operation. It was publicly recognized through many placements in publications like Mother Jones, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Herald as well as numerous local news placements. Shortly after that, he joined the Biden campaign in Texas working primarily with down-ballot races including several DLCC targeted State House races. His work resulted in a quadrupling of fundraising for a county party that had previously never reached $50,000 in one quarter. In 2020, under Nick’s leadership they raised over $250,000. Outside of fundraising, many of Nick’s clients have been featured in publications like The Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star Telegram, The New York Times, and The Appeal. He has also earned major endorsements for his candidates such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Shaun King.
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