Alvin B. Jin, Ph.D.
Alvin Jin was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He received a B.S from the University of Arizona, double majoring in Psychology and Biology. Alvin moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida, where he graduated with his Ph.D. in Psychology. Alvin engaged with the Tampa community during graduate school, spending his free time volunteering for local charities and organizations in the region. Volunteering helped him develop a passion for politics and he became a member of the Hillsborough County Young Democrats (HCYD) in 2012. Alvin has served in multiple roles within the organization from Treasurer to Vice President, supporting the growth of the organization by increasing outreach across Hillsborough, training members through workshops, and mobilizing members to help both candidates and issue based campaigns. As the current President, Alvin wants to lead HCYD in making improvements in the community and developing the skills of the members. By providing an opportunity for HCYD members to get active and engaged in local politics, he wants HCYD to remain a pipeline for the growth of the members’ knowledge, talents, and network. Alvin’s goal is for HCYD members to become campaign staff, candidates, or working members who are actively involved in making their community a better place.
Samantha joined the Hillsborough County Young Democrats after working with Hillary Clinton’s campaign in Sarasota. She has a strong background in campaign organizing, mobilizing grassroots activists, and GOTV operations. She works as a political consultant and strategist for Blue Ticket Consulting, a St. Petersburg-based firm that only works with Democratic candidates. She also worked with the Resource Development Department of AMIkids, Inc., a non-profit that supports at-risk youth. She currently serves as Treasurer for the Florida Young Democrats, and served as Convention Co-Chair for the Florida Young Democrats 2017 Statewide Convention.
Maria was born in Colombia, but moved to Tampa in 1999 where she lived until going to college in Daytona Beach. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security with a concentration in Counterterrorism. Upon graduation Maria moved to South Korea as an English teacher, there she decided to continue her education and moved to Berlin. Maria enrolled in courses in Cultural Diplomacy, and later attended the University of Siena, in Siena Italy from where she will obtain her Masters degree in Global Governance and Cultural Diplomacy at the end of this year. When time allows, Maria volunteers at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, and at Metropolitan Ministries. She aspires to be more involved with the Tampa Bay community so that she can help make a difference.
Jamie A. Klapholz, Esq.
Jamie A. Klapholz is our Treasurer, immediate past-Vice President, and has represented our chapter on live broadcasts of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and News Channel 8. Born and raised in Hollywood, Florida, Jamie’s foray into politics began with an internship at the United States House of Representatives in the office of Dennis J. Kucinich, where her research and legislative contributions were focused on the advancement of animal rights protections. Jamie serves as Co-Director of New Leaders Council Tampa Bay, Treasurer of Tampa for Justice, Precinct Committeewoman for Precinct 121 on the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee, as a member of the Board of Directors for WMNF Community Radio, and as a member of the Greater Tampa ACLU Legal Panel. A cum laude graduate of both the University of Florida and the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Jamie practices health law with the law firm of Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP. In her legal practice, Jamie represents licensed health care professionals and facilities in corporate transactions and regulatory matters involving state and federal governments and third-party payers. She is an alumna of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s (HCBA) Leadership Institute, a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Law Sections of both the Florida Bar and HCBA, and often donates her time to provide pro bono legal assistance to economically disadvantaged members of our community.
Public Relations Officer
Bradley L’Herrou currently serves as Secretary of the Hillsborough County Young Democrats. He heads the Research & Writing committee and participates in HCYD writing and design projects. He is the co-founder of Eagle’s Nest Education (鹰巢教育), a Tampa-based company providing English-language education for Chinese students and Chinese-language education for American students. He has a professional background in Public Relations, having worked both in-house and agency-side in the Tampa Bay Area. He earned an MA in history at the University of South Florida where he studied the history of science. He is an advocate for fixed-guideway transit in Hillsborough County.
Jasmine Mattear is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. In May 2016, she graduated from the University of South Florida with an undergraduate degree in Political Science. While attending the University of South Florida Jasmine served as the Deputy Supervisor of Elections for Student Government, the Political Action Committee chair for SISTUHS Inc., and the Social Action Chair for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Jasmine worked on the 2016 political campaign of now State Representative Sean Shaw serving as the Officer Manager. In September 2016 Jasmine worked as the Administrator of Volunteers and as a field/phone bank Supervisor for Faith in Florida, an issue based campaign concerned with the various state attorney races throughout Florida. Currently, Jasmine serves as the District 61 Executive Aide for Florida State Representative Sean Shaw in Tampa, FL. Jasmine has been active within her community she is the current Treasurer of the Hillsborough County Democratic Black Caucus, the Vice Chair of the Project NOW Board of Directors, an active member of the Hillsborough County DEC, and the Campaign Director for the Hillsborough County Young Democrats. Jasmine places great emphasis on the concepts of community engagement and voter education. She is a 2017 fellow of the New Leaders Council Tampa Bay which is an organization that promotes progressive issues and focuses on the concept of building benches of potential political leaders. Ms. Mattear hopes to influence other millennials to become more involved in the political process and speak up about their concerns, rally for their communities, and inspire change in the way that our leaders engage the young voter block.
Tristan Pike is a recent transplant to the Tampa Bay region. Originally from North Carolina she completed her Bachelors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently she's pursuing her Masters of Public Health at the University of South Florida with a concentration in Health Policies and Programs. As membership director she looks forward to growing the Hillsborough County Young Democrats through outreach and retention programs.