Club Leadership

President, Melissa West

Prior to her current post as BEST Center Coordinator at Laney College, Melissa was a Post-Award Grant Support Coordinator for CSU-East Bay in Hayward. She has previously held positions as Program Evaluator, Development Coordinator, Policy Analyst, Advocacy Manager and Political Organizer throughout the Bay area. In her spare time, Melissa likes to kayak all the beautiful waterways that Northern California has to offer. She values the San Leandro Democratic Club (SLDC) because it brings together and educates the community with information, and it empowers San Leandro residents to become more active to elect progressive leaders in not only local, but also state and national campaigns.


Vice President, David Reagan

While politics always interested David, the 2016 election spurred him to take personal action.  After campaigning frequently for democratic candidates in the Central Valley in 2018, David joined the SLDC to bring a local focus to his action. David enjoys the SLDC because, as a newer resident of the area, it is a great opportunity to learn about the community. Having worked as a criminal defense attorney and elementary literacy educator in Oakland, David is witness to the inequality in the Bay Area and seeks to empower himself and others to make positive change.

Secretary, Leslie Robertson

Leslie joined the SLDC to be of service to her community. She can’t sit back and wait for someone else to do what she think is important for our city and Democrats of San Leandro. She has served as a National Delegate for the Obama campaign and a State delegate in Barbara Lee’s district. She recently served on the city’s Community Advisory Budget Task Force.  Leslie and her husband have raised a family and lived in San Leandro for 27 years.

Membership Director, Bryan Azevedo

Bryan is a San Leandro Councilmember and active member of the community. He enjoys working with the Democratic Club to engage the community in civic and volunteer activities such as organizing neighborhood clean-ups and volunteering to staff food giveaways. He works as a Sheet Metal Foreman and lives in the Halcyon neighborhood with his wife and children.

Member at Large, Jim Prola

Jim served on San Leandro City Council from 2007 to 2017, and as Vice Mayor from 2013 to 2016. While there he served on the Airport Committee, City/School Districts Joint Committee, Joint Oakland-San Leandro Committee, Finance Committee and Rules Committee. While on the City Council he was able to bring in a Living Wage Agreement, a Community Workforce Agreement and a Minimum Wage Agreement. Jim was a delegate to 17 Democratic State Conventions and helped start the San Leandro Democratic Club. He also served on the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, as well as the California State Democratic Committee. He coached youth sports and is a board member and Political Chair of AFSCME C57 Retirees. A little-known fact about Jim is that he once marched with Caesar Chavez!

Member at Large, Nicholas Thorn-Sermeño

During Nick’s career as a social worker he has come to recognize the way in which progressive legislation and policy impacts our communities. While the conversation about national politics was usually the loudest for him, he now realizes that local and state governments have an even greater impact on people’s day to day lives. He believes the San Leandro Democratic Club is a place where like minded folks want to be a part of changing things for the better for our local communities. That is why he joined SLDC.

Treasurer, Monique Stevenson

Assistant Secretary, Vera Sims