Fresno County Young Democrats

A New Generation of Leadership.


FCYD was founded in 2010 by a group of young, likeminded, and engaged democrats who wanted to provide young people throughout Fresno County with a voice and vehicle to create actionable and meaningful change through the democratic process in their communities at the local, state and federal level.

Flagship Chapter

FCYD is the flagship young democratic chapter in Fresno County and the San Joaquin Valley with a robust and growing membership. As a member of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee, FCYD provides a seat for all young democrats at every decision making level in Democratic politics throughout the county, San Joaquin Valley and State of California.

What We Do

We work to facilitate an environment that fosters the development of a new generation of young leadership in Fresno County. We do this by hosting monthly and seasonal mixers, organize voter registration and political engagement activities, candidate and leadership development workshops which prepare our members to run for political office, become legislative staffers and political organizers and activists in their communities. All this and more, affords young democrats throughout the area to become active and engaged in the democratic process.


Tyler Maxwell, President

Tyler Maxwell is the Councilmember-Elect for Fresno City Council, District 4. Tyler has previously served as the CYD Central Valley Regional Director. As one of the youngest electeds in the county, Tyler’s main objective as President is to help get as many young people elected to office as possible.

Jewel Hurtado, Vice President

Kingsburg City Councilwoman Jewel Hurtado is a Mother, Student, and holds a seat on the Fresno Democratic Central Committee, District 4. Her passion lies in creating safe spaces for youth, members of the LGBTQ+ and doing so without leaving behind our rural communities. Her goal is to empower young people and show them that their voices matter and that they have the power to make a difference.

Clara Varner, Immediate Past President

Clara Varner got her political career started in Los Ángeles where she interned for Kamala Harris, Eric Garcetti, and Gavin Newsom. She worked in Congress before moving back home to serve her community here in Fresno. Clara recently ran Esmeralda Soria’s campaign for Congress, and is currently the San Joaquin Valley regional political organizer for SEIU-UHW. When she’s not doing politics you can find her bike riding, hiking, or hanging with her cats Eleanor and Theodore.

Nelson Esparza, Political Director

Fresno City Councilmember Nelson Esparza is serving his second term as the Political Director of FCYD and previously served as Chair of the club. Additionally, he serves as the 1st Vice-Chair of the Fresno County Democratic Party and the PAC Chair of his faculty union representing educators at SCCCD. Nelson is committed to continuing the wave of positive change we are collectively creating here in the San Joaquin Valley.

Nabil Kherfan, Communications & Administrative Director

Nabil comes from an immigrant family and is the first to graduate from college. After earning his B.A. in Politics from UC Santa Cruz, he came back to his hometown to work on flipping Fresno blue. He has worked on congressional, supervisorial, and city council elections. He also serves as our South Central Valley Regional Director for California Young Democrats.

Fernanda Santiago, Outreach Director

Fernanda Santiago, current Outreach Director, is alumni from Fresno High School and UCLA. Previously, she has worked on various campaigns from school board races to congressional races. Currently, she is working with Onward CA, to help dislocated workers find new jobs opportunities.


Fresno County Young Democrats is one of over 200 young democratic chapters throughout the State of California and is the official arm of the California Young Democrats (CYD) representing Fresno County.

We work to empower young people to become change agents in their respective communities by providing them with opportunities to engage, communicate and activate politically.

We endeavor to foster the next generation of leadership in Fresno County by building a pipeline to power, influence public policy and debate, while preparing young people to enter public service and serve their communities.

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