About Us

We are a diverse group with a common vision, working to elect young Democrats and advance a progressive agenda in Franklin County.

From advocacy to fundraising, and from socials to major conventions, as young Democrats we continue to be a driving force within the Democratic party at all levels.

Some of us work in politics professionally: on campaigns, and at all levels of government. Others are students or work in non-political jobs and are political activists in their free time.

We welcome all Democrats under the age of 40 to join our group, get involved, and make a difference in Franklin County!

FCYD is proudly affiliated with Ohio Young Democrats, OSU Law Democrats, Capital Law School Democrats, and Ohio State Democrats.


Join Our Email List

To join our listserv click here to subscribe to our mailing list. Emails typically go out weekly or biweekly and contain a roundup of upcoming events and activities.

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Attend meetings and events

General meetings are usually held every other month. At these meetings, we discuss the organizations goals, programs, projects, and opportunities, as well as vote on any issues which require a general consensus. Details for the next general meeting are sent via email to our list, and can be found on this site and on Facebook. During months when meetings are not scheduled, we like to hold at least one social or community event: happy hours, watch parties, meet-the-candidates nights, and much more.

Become an Official Member

In order to become an official member, we require a $20 annual membership fee.
Learn more about becoming a member here.

Join a Committee

If you are interested in becoming more involved and joining a committee, reach out the Executive Board Member responsible for that committee. If you would like to get more information on each committee’s responsibilities, feel free to contact us here.

Membership Committee – Chaired by Joe Ryan
The Membership Committee is responsible for growing and defining membership. It works to build meaningful relationships with all members and ask for their feedback on goals, strategic planning, events, locations, fundraisers, and other programming. Email Joe at vicepresident@fcydems.com

Candidate Screening Committee – Chaired by Michael Corey
The Screening Committee is in charge of the FCYDems candidate endorsement process. It reviews sends and receives candidate screening documents, deliberates and makes recommendations for FCYDems candidate support. Email Stacie at secretary@fcydems.com

Finance Committee – Chaired by Rob Doersam
The Finance Committee assists the executive board with fundraising activities. The committee sets fundraising goals, plans the FCYDems fundraisers and FCYDems finance related events for YD candidates. Email Mike at treasurer@fcydems.com

Communications Committee – Chaired by Alexis Pannell
The Communications Committee works to promote and market FCYDems events, fundraisers, socials, trainings, and advocacy opportunities. It focuses on membership communications, traditional PR, and the digital presence of the organization. Email Jen at communications@fcydems.com


Joe Ryan – President
The primary responsibilities of the president is to set the FCYDems agenda and coordinate with the Franklin County Democratic Party. Joe is a graduate of The Ohio State University  Prior to becoming FCYDems president, he served as the FCYDems vice president . Joe is currently working for a Columbus suburb in economic development. Email Joe at president@fcydems.com.

Erin Gibbons – Vice President
The vice president serves as the Chair of the Membership/Recruitment Committee. The committee is charged with growing FCYDems membership.  Erin works at the City of Columbus and has spent countless years of her life working to elect Democrats who care about the issues important to young, working people. Email Erin at vicepresident@fcydems.com.

13418414_10154594318561165_19409729152553271_oRob Doersam – Treasurer
As Treasurer, Rob manages FCYD’s finances and ensures that all the group’s political activity is conducted according to Ohio Law. He is also the chair of the FCYD Finance Committee. Rob is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. Email him at treasurer@fcydems.com.

 cbexg29OMichael Corey – Secretary
The Secretary is in charge of noting all important FCYDems business, such as keeping the minutes of general and executive meetings and managing the group’s archives. Michael also heads FCYD’s Candidate Screening Committee, which evaluates Franklin County political candidates and makes recommendations for FCYDems endorsements. Michael is an attorney who recently served as a Regional Voter Protection Director for the Clinton campaign in Northwest Ohio. A Columbus native, Michael joined the campaign after serving as a policy analyst at the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio, and as a healthcare attorney at Bricker & Eckler LLP.  Michael is a graduate of Duke University, and holds an M.A. from Ohio State’s School of Education Policy & Leadership, and a J.D. from Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, where he served as Executive Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal.  Email him at secretary@fcydems.com.

photoAlexis Pannell – Communications Director
Alexis is serving her first term as the FCYDems communications director.  Alexis manages all FYCDems communications efforts. She works as a policy coordinator fighting the opiate crisis in Franklin County and is a proud alumna of The Ohio State University. Email her at communications@fycdems.com