September Member of the Month: Scott Castro.


Scott is a member of the Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats and currently serves as the Political Director for the Dawn Adams for Delegate campaign. He is as a Public Policy and Budget Analyst at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, working to improve access to mental health services to the citizens of the Commonwealth and to help stem the tide of the opioid addiction epidemic. Additionally, Scott serves as the President of the Virginia Supportive Housing Junior Board of Directors

Scott grew up in rural Maryland and moved to Richmond in 2005 to attend the University of Richmond. He took his Political Science degree to D.C. and worked at an education policy think tank while pursuing his Masters of Public Policy at American University’s School of Public Affairs. Scott moved back to Richmond after earning his MPP to be closer to his girlfriend, and now fiancé, Sarah Mersereau.

When he’s not working to improve the lives of vulnerable Virginians, he’s most likely knocking doors, making calls, or writing policy white papers for local and statewide Democratic nominees. He’s a staple at local music venues, a die-hard Baltimore Ravens fan, and enjoys some causal gaming when he can find an hour to spare. Finally, no bio on Scott would be complete without mentioning his love for cats, especially Fiona, his 10-month old tuxedo kitten.

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MRAYD Secretary Special Election – September 12, 2017

On Tuesday, September 12, Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats will hold a special election for the position of Secretary to serve the remaining executive board term, ending in January 2018.

The Secretary position recently became vacant, and per our constitution we must hold a special election at our next scheduled meeting.

The Secretary keeps minutes at formal MRAYD meetings and executive board meetings and maintains MRAYD’s membership list and calendar of activities. The Secretary also takes the lead on communications for the chapter, including website, email and social media. The Secretary is a voting member of MRAYD’s executive board which meets monthly on first Tuesdays.

Any MRAYD member is eligible to run for the position of Secretary.

If you are interested in serving as Secretary, please fill out this form by Sunday, September 10 at 11:59pm, and plan to attend our next meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 p.m., at On the ROX (119 N 18th St, Richmond, VA 23223). If you have additional questions, please contact Alexsis at


August Member of the Month: Josie Mace.


Josie Mace currently serves as the Outreach Chair for MRAYD. She is a lifelong Democrat who grew up in the City of Richmond and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Josie moved out of state after college to work on a congressional re-election campaign in the suburbs of Chicago, then to Washington, DC to attend American University’s School of Public Affairs — where she graduated with her Master of Public Policy in 2014.

Josie has been back in Richmond for several years — fighting for equality for all and to lift the voices of the disenfranchised. She currently works as the policy associate for a statewide advocacy organization, where she educates and lobbies Virginians on various issues, such as health care access, economic opportunity, and criminal justice reform. She is a 2015 graduate of Emerge Virginia, an organization that trains Democratic women to run for elected office. Josie also sits on the Task Force for the Establishment of a Human Rights Commission in the City of Richmond.

In addition to her policy expertise, Josie freelances as a makeup artist and loves music, karaoke, and running. She is a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma and still actively advises undergraduate sisters.

July Member of the Month: Liz Childress Burneson


Liz Childress Burneson currently serves as Richmond Chair for MRAYD, and she is no stranger to community service. She hails from Bedford County, but has been a proud resident of RVA for over five years.

Liz is a rising 3L at University of Richmond Law where she serves as President of a civic engagement club focused on voter registration and voting rights. Virginia Young Democrats appointed Liz to represent young voters across the Commonwealth on the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Voter Protection Council.

Liz also serves as the Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism. The board advises the governor on both national service programs (AmeriCorps) and local community service, and also leads statewide efforts to encourage Virginians to volunteer in their communities.

Liz leads by example by giving generously of her time and skills to local organizations, including the Richmond Equality Bar Association and Greater Richmond SCAN.