Meet Our Board
Rachel Bracker is a writer, designer, and media strategist with a background in journalism, information design, and online community building. Rachel earned a BA in Linguistics with a minor in News, Media, and Society at the University of Southern California, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, served as an editor for the Daily Trojan, and interned for USC Media Relations. She currently serves as the Communications Director for the Westside Young Democrats and for the California Young Democrats Jewish Caucus. Rachel's hobbies include vegetarian cooking, travel, and photography.
Andrea Beth Damsky is a National Board Certified Acupuncturist and Nutritional Consultant with a varied background. Professionally, she's worked in journalism, synagogue administration, teaching Hebrew school, and tutoring b'nai mitzvah students. She is a lay cantorial soloist who still thinks of studying for the rabbinate.
Politically, Andrea Beth has been active since her teen years in environmental, feminist and LGBTQI politics, having helped elect Democrats for the past fifty years. She is former President of National Organization for Women in Atlantic City, NJ. Andrea Beth is a founding member and Past President of San Diego Progressive Democratic Club, and currently serves as Vice President of Political Action, for Democrats for Peace in the Middle East. Andrea Beth is a California Democratic Party delegate, and a member of the Party's Resolutions Committee. Her most recent achievement is being elected Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Commission of La Mesa, California.
She is happily married to her wife, and lives in San Diego, California.
Matthew Finkelstein is a community organizer for the Jewish community in Vallejo California and the Democratic party and an outspoken advocate where progressivism and Zionism intersect. He and his twin brother were youth cantors, singing in harmony at the shul where their father was a rabbi and Matthew now performs cantorial duties at his local synagogue. He has a background in sales and theater. "Timid" and "quiet" are not words that describe his activism in the party, and Progressive Zionism has a more outspoken and fearless approach because of his influence.
Susan has an extensive background in non-profit and financial management. She loves musical theater, is a classically trained singer, and more recently entered the field of political organizing. As someone who always considered herself a progressive, Susan was alarmed to discover when she was a delegate for a Democratic presidential candidate that the disproportionate focus on Israel often crossed the line into expressed antisemitism. As she continued her political work at the state level as a district delegate, Susan learned that her concerns were shared by colleagues and activists with whom she worked; and in 2017 they joined forces to launch the work of Progressive Zionists of California, which continues to have a positive impact as it grows. Susan remains a proud Democrat and progressive.