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College Democrats of America Elect Smith Grad as National President

The following is a press release from the College Democrats of America.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Lauren Wolfe ’05 at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, 2004
ST. LOUIS – At the annual College Democrats of America Convention, the College Democrats of America elected Smith College graduate Lauren Wolfe (’05) as the President of the national organization.

Over 450 students from across the country came together in St. Louis to listen to speakers, attend campaign trainings and elect their new officers. Wolfe was elected with her running mate, Awais Khaleel of Wisconsin.

Lauren Wolfe became President of the Smith College Democrats in the fall of 2003. In that position, she increased the organization’s budget and membership tenfold.

Lauren built an email list of more than 1,000 students -- over one-third of the college’s student body -- and developed innovative speaker and campaign programs on campus. Under Lauren’s leadership, the Smith Democrats recruited new members through a food drive, raised a record amount of money through a Western Massachusetts College Democrats date auction, and organized a conference to connect students and influential Democratic Party leaders. At the 2004 CDA Convention, the national organization recognized Lauren’s achievements by naming Smith College its “Chapter of the Year.”

While serving as President of the Smith College Democrats, Lauren had an opportunity to meet and work closely with other chapters across the state of Massachusetts. In the spring of 2004, Lauren was unanimously elected President of the College Democrats of Massachusetts (CDM). In that role, Lauren helped organize the 2004 CDA National Convention in Boston and she transformed CDM from a loose organization of less than ten schools to one of the largest state federations in the country. Lauren also coordinated the nation’s largest College Democrats campaign invasion in 2004, sending more than 1,000 volunteers to New Hampshire to volunteer for the Kerry-Edwards campaign the weekend before the election.

In 2004, Lauren was also elected chair of the National Council, CDA’s body of state federation officers. In that role, Lauren served as a member of the CDA Executive Board and as a liaison between the DNC and state federations across the country. Under Lauren’s leadership, the National Council grew to include members from all 50 states for the first time. Lauren also provided resources to state federations on behalf of CDA and coordinated the first-ever CDA state federation leadership retreat at the 2005 National Convention.

In addition to her experience with CDA, Lauren has interned with the DNC, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Oakland County Democratic Party, Dean for America and Senator Carl Levin. She has also served on Smith’s student government, participated at the Goldman Sachs Global Leadership Institute, and spent the last year teaching English in Zwickau, Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship. In the fall, Lauren will return to her home state of Michigan to study law at the University of Detroit Mercy.

The College Democrats of America is the official student outreach arm of the Democratic Party. In 2004, CDA recruited activists on more than 1,200 campuses in all 50 states.

Lauren Wolfe, a West Bloomfield, Michigan native, is the first female President of the College Democrats of America in six years.

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