The chapters of the College Democrats of Massachusetts are the backbone of our organization, the constituents for which the organization works to bring more progressive political opportunities for debate. The chapter system wouldn’t function without the leadership of our team of Regional Directors, five individuals who each work in a specific region within the state to support and develop our various chapters in their jurisdiction, serving as the link between the chapters and CDM for chapter events, advocacy initiatives, and progressive goals. These five Directors are also responsible for assisting chapters in organizing events, inviting speakers, and lobbying; importantly, they keep CDM updated on what our amazing schools are doing throughout the year. We are indebted to our Regional Directors - meet them below!
Patrick Coyne will serve as the ‘15-’16 CDM Boston Regional Director. Patrick grew up in the hyper-political environment of Washington, D.C., and his interest in the field hasn’t waned; he is currently studying Political Science and Communication at Boston College. When he isn’t campaigning for the likes of Martha Coakley and Barack Obama or working for the Democratic National Committee, Patrick is watching House of Cards.
The Eastern Region is led this year by Sarah Fellman, a rising sophomore at Harvard University. Sarah remembers becoming politically-minded during the 2004 presidential election, when she found herself one of the few progressives in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. She has only gotten more involved as time has gone on; she now is a member of the Harvard College Democrats and the Harvard Institute of Politics, in addition to prodigious campaign experience and an internship at the North Carolina Democratic Party. Sarah is particularly interested in feminist policy, labor activism, and animal rights.
Maine native Meghan Freely will serve as this year’s South Shore Regional Director. Meghan is a Political Science and Criminology dual-degree candidate at Stonehill College. She fondly remembers her first experience with politics, when her parents took her to Portland to see newly-elected President Obama speak on his nascent health care plan. She has interned at the Blue Lab, a permanent Democratic campaign incubator in Boston, and also volunteers on campaigns and policy initiatives for Democrats in both MA and ME. In addition to her political involvement, Meghan volunteers as a youth field hockey coach.
Jack Green joins the CDM team as the Central Regional Director. Jack is a senior at the College of the Holy Cross, where he studies Political Science with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies; he spent the last year studying abroad at Trinity College in Dublin. In addition to his studies on American/Irish politics, Jack has worked on numerous political campaigns and interned for various political figures and bodies, from Senator Warren to Congressman McGovern. When he’s not playing the bagpipes or golfing, Jack drives the zamboni for Holy Cross’ Division 1 hockey team.
Last but certainly not least, Michael Hout joins CDM as the ‘15-’16 Western Regional Director. A junior at UMass Amherst majoring in English, History, and Political Science, Michael is no academic lightweight - he plans to go to law school after graduation. Michael has campaigning experience in Massachusetts, Georgia, and Virginia, and also leads the UMass chapter of College Democrats. He is particularly interested in gun violence protection, and occasionally visits gun stores to see how easy it is to purchase a firearm - he’d like to let everyone know that it’s way too easy.
The Regional Directors team shares the goal of growing chapter membership across the state, furthering CDM’s mission and exponentially increasing our reach and influence. We are excited for Patrick, Sarah, Meghan, Jack, and Michael to work their magic with our chapter program this year!
To follow the Regional Directors on Twitter:
Patrick Coyne: @patrickcoyne18
Sarah Fellman: @2sfellman
Meghan Freeley: @meggfh88
Jack Green: @jackmgreen16
Michael Hout: @houtmichael