Mark Johnson received his B.A. in History from Yale University and his J.D. from Harvard University. He has been a partner at the world's largest law firm, Dentons, for over 20 years, specializing in labor and employment law, communications regulatory law, and First Amendment law. Mr Johnson is also Lecturer in the University of Kansas Law School and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, teaching courses on the First Amendment, election law, and campaign finance.
For more than 6 months, Mr Johnson has been working with Democrats Abroad to challenge convoluted and arbitrary practices in the handling and recording of overseas ballots in Kansas. We foresee that our work together will set a new standard for state practices all over the United States and establish an interpretation of civil rights legislation that empowers Democrats Abroad and other groups assisting overseas voters. Mr Johnson and Dentons are performing this work pro bono.
Cory was born in Washington, D.C., but moved as a child to Harrington Park in Bergen County. Housing rights activists helped the family buy their first home after initially being turned down because of the color of their skin.
Senator Booker earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford University, where he also played for the football team. He ran a crisis hotline for students and worked with disadvantaged youth in East Palo Alto. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where he ran a student tutoring and mentoring program in a disadvantaged community. Senator Booker earned his law degree from Yale Law School, where he helped lead free legal clinics for New Haven residents.
After moving to Newark, Senator Booker lived for eight years in Brick Towers, a low-income housing complex. Under his leadership as mayor, New Jersey's largest city, Newark, entered its biggest period of economic growth since the 1960s. Overall crime declined and the quality of life for residents improved with more affordable housing, new green spaces and parks, increased educational opportunities and more efficient city services.
Senator Booker won a special election to fill the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg- and became New Jersey's first African-American senator.
A news profile captured Cory's approach to serving people all across New Jersey: "'I want to be a different kind of senator,' he said. 'I want to push for real change on substantive issues, advocating for industry and jobs. But I want to create a record of doing, figuring out, how to replicate the best ideas … as a senator."
He serves on the Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation, Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Environment and Public Works Committees.
In 2014, Senator Booker defeated his Republican opponent, capturing 55.8% of the vote.
John Currie was named Chair of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee on June 12th, 2013. Born in North Carolina, John Currie has been a distinguished resident of Passaic County for many years and he is in his 19th year as the Chairman of the Passaic County Democratic Party. He is the second ever African American to hold the positions of State Chair. Likewise he is also the second African American to hold the position of County Chair in the State of New Jersey, the first to do so in Passaic County.
John Currie accepted this challenge when seven Republicans controlled the Passaic County Freeholder Board. Under John Currie's diligent leadership, he has since turned it around to a 7-0 Democratic Board. He is responsible for having elected the first minority to the Board in 1996 and the first Hispanic in 2000. He has made great strides in Passaic County with having the first African American Female Freeholder Director in 2004 and the first female African American County Clerk in 2005. To his credit, Mr. Currie has led the campaign to elect the first Democratic Sheriff in 50 years in 2001. Throughout Passaic County, he has helped to elect Democratic Mayors and Council Members with Democratic majorities in several Municipalities.
Mr. Currie has served the New Jersey Democratic State Committee as a Deputy Vice Chair since 1995. In 2008, Mr. Currie was selected to serve on the National Platform Committee, for the Democratic National Convention, in Denver. Mr. Currie was one of three individuals from New Jersey invited to be on this selective committee.
John Currie was elected to the Paterson Branch NAACP Board from 1996 to 2004. During his tenure, he served as first Vice-President from 1998 thru 2001. John Currie has been employed by Hawthorne Chevrolet for more than thirty years, currently serving as Corvette Manager. He was the only African American Director of a private motor vehicle agency in the State of New Jersey, serving in Rahway from 1992 through 1995. He has received numerous awards for achievements for his numerous community and civic activities throughout the years but the most momentous achievement was being inducted into the Central-Kennedy High School Football Hall of Fame for his outstanding record during his High School years. John Currie is married to Iris DeLuc-Currie. They have three sons and three grandchildren.
- ASDC newsletter, April 2015
Lizette Delgado–Polanco was born in the Bronx, New York to Dominican parents. Ms. Delgado–Polanco moved to Hammonton, New Jersey as a young child and resided there with her aunt. When she was 13 her family was able to return to the Dominican Republic in 1980, where her grandfather was named the head of the Department of Agriculture.
After graduating from high school in the Dominican Republic, Ms. Delgado–Polanco returned to the United States and settled in Atlantic City, New Jersey. After a wrongful termination, Ms. Delgado–Polanco became deeply involved with local unions, resulting in her working as a bilingual representative for the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees ( HERE), Local 54.
In 2001, she spearheaded Jim McGreevey's Statewide Latino Base Voter Program, resulting in the largest percentage of Latino votes ever cast for a gubernatorial candidate in New Jersey. She served as Director of Special Projects for U.S. Senator Jon S. Corzine's Southern Region where she was responsible for the management and implementation of a successful community outreach initiative to address the needs and concerns of area constituents.
Because of her work with unions, and their Hispanic members, Ms. Delgado–Polanco became involved with local and state-wide politics, culminating in being named as Assistant Secretary of State in 2002. She was the first Latino to be named to this position. She has served as Vice Chair of the Atlantic County Democratic Party, and Chair of the Galloway Township Democratic Party.
Currently, Ms. Delgado–Polanco is the executive director of the Service Employees International Union New Jersey State Council, which serves over 40,000 members in New Jersey. Ms Delgado–Polanco has also attended three Democratic National Conventions (2000, 2004, and 2012) as a delegate for the State of New Jersey. Ms Delgado-Polanco was named Vice-Chair of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee on June 12, 2013.
Ambassador James "Wally" Brewster, Jr
A native of Lindale, Texas, Ambassador Brewster received his education in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing at Tyler Junior College and Texas A&M University.
Ambassador Brewster recently served as Senior Managing Partner of SB&K Global, an international consulting firm focused on assisting global brands and executives in the areas of positioning and branding.
Ambassador Brewster is an active leader in forwarding the rights and freedom of individuals around the globe. He has served as the National Co-Chair of the LGBT Leadership Council for the Democratic National Committee and held the same role in the Obama 2012 campaign. He was National Co-Chair of the Obama Leadership Circle in addition to being a Presidential Partner and National Finance Committee member. He has been involved with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for more than 30 years and served on their National Board of Directors.
Ambassador Brewster's spouse and partner of 25 years Bob Satawake joins Ambassador Brewster at post.
Bob Satawake (Ambassador's Husband)
Bob Satawake was born in Oklahoma to a modest family. At his blog, "Curated Insight!" Bob writes in both English and Spanish to a diverse audience. Prior to moving with his husband to the Dominican Republic, Mr Satawake worked with the Chicago Luxury Group of Jameson Sotheby's International Real Estate.
Mr Satawake was a member of the Young Democrats at the University of Oklahoma and recently served on the National Board of the VICTORY Fund and the BUILD Fund.