Max Jones is the Treasurer of MSU College Democrats. He is a James Madison College sophomore majoring in Comparative Cultures & Policy and Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy. After graduating from MSU, he plans to attend law school. Max is originally from Schoolcraft, Michigan, a village in Metro Kalamazoo. Since arriving at MSU, he has been politically active from day one, immediately volunteering with the Democratic Coordinated Campaign on campus, and soon after becoming an intern with Gretchen Driskell’s 2016 congressional campaign. Since the 2016 election, he has had internships with State Representative Jon Hoadley (both in his Lansing office and with his campaign in Kalamazoo) and has become a member of the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party executive committee. The issue he cares most about is climate change, because “none of the other issues matter if we don’t have a planet.” The other issues that matter most to him are combating wealth inequality, protecting workers’ rights, and fighting for universal health care. You can almost always catch him eating Subway at the International Center food court.
Eli Pales is the Press Secretary for the Michigan Federation of College Democrats. A double major in Political Science and Journalism, Eli has worked for several organizations in a communications capacity for several years. Eli worked extensively on the Bernie Sanders campaign as a freshman and has been published on several prominent publications including The Hill, DC's largest congressional newspaper. Last summer, Eli worked as an intern at the Michigan Supreme Court. In his free time, Eli likes to run cross country and play various video games. After graduation, he hopes to go to law school to become a first-amendment attorney.
Michael is a Senior at Lyman Briggs College studying History, Philosophy, Sociology of Science. To avoid debates on the structure of scientific revolutions, he usually abbreviates this major as Science Policy. Michael’s political activism began with the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016; he further developed his political organizing abilities through the Sierra Club’s political internship program. While he began organized political activity recently, his dedication to his local communities and public service began much earlier. Through this dedication, Michael earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2012. Michael also serves as the Political Organizing Deputy of the Michigan Federation of College Democrats.
Kumaran is a sophomore majoring in neuroscience and minoring in sociology. He immediately began his work with the college democrats at the beginning of his freshman year, participating in numerous Get Out The Vote events for the 2016 presidential election. This year, along with working as communications director for the dems, he became an intern for the Abdul El-Sayed gubernatorial campaign. Kumaran is a pre-medical student hoping to become a physician one day. So in addition to his political involvement, he is currently a member of the Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity and a member of the Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program. He believes that today, more than ever, politics and medicine are increasingly interconnected. With macro-level decisions made by national lawmakers impacting the micro-level interactions of doctors and patients, he understands the necessity to embrace politics and activism in order to create a happier and healthier society.