We’re the Malibu Democratic Club.
As we approach our 50th birthday in 2016, with a constant membership of more than 80 and a mailing list of more than 560, we also are among L.A. County’s oldest Democratic organization. With a long history of activism and community involvement in party activities the name ‘Malibu Democratic Club” carries clout among Democrats and statewide among Democratic leaders.
Our board of directors typically meet on the fourth Monday of each month. All are welcome.
Ann Doneen President
Ann has extensive experience in the media as well as in leading community organizations and she is interested in seeing a renewed club focus on issue-oriented programs and events. A graduate of USC, Ann was elected as a Progressive delegate for California’s 50th Assembly District and is a member of the California Democratic State Central Committee’s Environmental Caucus. She also is a board member of the Malibu Adamson House Foundation and a board member of the Malibu Township Council. She is a member of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club as well as the Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains. A former executive director of the La Cañada Community Assn., she also is a former Channel 2 News Investigative Unit national award-winning producer and has been involved in Malibu environmental work for more than seven years. She was an in-depth writer for TV Guide, served as Cal State Northridge public affairs director from 1988 – 1991, and as Art Center College of Design’s public affairs director. Born in Malibu, she and her family have had property here since 1949. She also has written for the Malibu Times.
Ted Vaill Vice President
Ted Vaill has been helping shape Malibu’s future for more than 15 years and his local involvement and governmental experience are helping to restore the Malibu Democratic Club’s political influence. A 40-year Malibu resident, Ted has been a member of the City of Malibu Planning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission. He is a three-term delegate to the California Democratic Convention and Central Committee, and has been a vice president of the Malibu Democratic Club since 2011. Ted earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago,and served the Navy as a lawyer in the South Pacific. He has been an L.A.-area lawyer since 1969. Early in his career he was a park ranger in the Grand Tetons. He has authored more than 30 articles in the LA Progressive and the Hollywood Progressive. He also makes documentary films.
Robert “Roy” van de Hoek Secretary
Roy van de Hoek is an independent scientist who has supported efforts of many grassroots organizations, including Bolsa Chica Land Trust, Save Oxnard Dunes, Wetlands Action Network, CLEAN (Coastal Law Enforcement Action Network} and Sierra Club, where he was chair of the Sierra Club Ballona Wetlands Task Force when the Club played a major part in the public acquisition of the Ballona Wetlands. Roy is a biologist and naturalist with extensive experience in issues involving coastal biology. He has studied marina biology, ornithology, hydrology, geography, botany, archaeology, mammalogy and wetlands science, earning two degrees in biology and geography from California State University, Northridge (with minors in geology and anthropology). He has worked for the United States Forest Service (Department of Agriculture), the Bureau of Land Management (U.S. Department of Interior) and the County of Los Angeles, where he is a supervisor in the Department of Parks & Recreation.
Doug Rosen Acting Treasurer
Doug’s 30-year career in marketing, media, and politics, spans a variety of top level positions in which he was involved in fundraising, producing, or designing methods of developing social and political change. His experience ranges from producing college demonstrations, theater, feature and documentary films and major social and political events to developing innovative technology-based programs for education and electioneering as well as a position as director of international and corporate sales for Miles Electric Vehicles. Rosen served as national finance director for Democratic presidential contenders Gary Hart 1984 & 1988 and Gov. Jerry Brown, 1992. He was a founding board member of The Show Coalition, a political education organization within the Hollywood arts and entertainment industry and served as an advisor for Ted Turner’s Better World Society. As a producer, his media credits include the hip-hop film, “Krush Groove”, and work for “Run DMC,” and “The Fat Boys.” for Warner Bros. He produced award-winning documentaries and home videos including “The Making of ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ with Lionel Richie, and “China Freefall,” about the U.S. sky diving team in China. He also produced exercise videos for fat-buster Richard Simmons and exercise pioneer Jane Fonda.
Ralph Erickson President Emeritus
Ralph is a retired federal judge who is a member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee. He is member of the State Party Central Committee and was 41st Assembly District 2004 Democrat of the Year. Ralph also is a Democratic Party Region 10 State Committee Member and a Santa Monica/Malibu School District committee member. But here in Malibu, he is known as the president emeritus of a Malibu Democratic Club where he is loved and respected and known for his wry insights, inspiring leadership and gentle guidance on a variety of perplexing issues.
Jennifer de Nicola
Jennifer deNicola has been a child advocate for over 20 years. She founded Malibu Unites and America Unites for KIDS; grassroot 501c(3) organizations dedicated Environmental Health Excellence in all schools for all children and those that educate them. Her goal is the affirmation that a child’s right to a good education includes the freedom to learn in an environment that does not jeopardize children’s health.
Jennifer has an undergraduate degree from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in Education. Jennifer has been a leader on issues of school curriculum, environmental safety and community engagement. She has authored a Parents Right to Know law for the State of California. Her commitment and passion for protecting the innocent has thrust her into National discussions regarding education and environmental policy change. Jennifer has served on several boards and charities. She has two teenage children.
Sam Hall Kaplan
Sam is a widely recognized award-winning journalist
and commentator on civic affairs, public finance, and urban design.
He has been a design critic for the LATimes, urban affairs reporter for the NY Times and an Emmy award winning reporter/ producer for local Fox Television News. In the private sector he has directed the design, construction and financing of a variety of projects that have included nearly one billion dollars of innovative mixed-use air rights developments as well as public facilities, in New York City. He was a special assistant to the US Comptroller of the Currency. In the private sector has has been a creative consultant to a number of companies and corporations including Disney Imagineering, the Janss Corp., and Howard Hughes Properties. A graduate of Cornell University (’57), he did post graduate work at Princeton, and has taught at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIArc), Art Center College of Design, USC, Yale, Princeton and CCNY. He is author of four books as well as innumberable articles in a variety of newspapers and magazines.
For nine years Marcia has been executive director of the Ballona Institute, which she founded in 2005. Since then, Marcia has become — quite literally — the voice for Nature on the Los Angeles Coast. Ballona Institute supports programs for nature education, community-engaged ecological restoration and nature-inspired artistic expression ~ including a Nature Academy, Museum/Archives, Natural History Research Library and a place where informative, creative nature tours are organized. Between 1995 and 2003, faced with the threat of development of most of the 1,087 acres of floodplain marsh and grasslands on the LA coast, and the community’s resolve to keep out destructive development, Marcia inspired and empowered community members to begin speaking out at public meetings and hearings. She organized highly visible protests, raised funds, and worked effectively through governmental channels to convince decision-makers to help fund the public acquisition of these lands. She lead a coalition of groups from 2010 to 2012 seeking to prevent the bulldozing of and extensive destruction of wildlife at Malibu Lagoon.
As president of the Progressive Democrats of Santa Monica Mountains for seven years, Dorothy has led the club in influencing policy in the Democratic Party. She has lived on Malibu-adjacent Saddle Peak Road since 1989. In her professional life, she is president of Bankers Group, a real estate investment firm. As such she has learned to be a careful steward of other peoples’ money. She has been appointed as a delegate to the California Democratic Party Central Committee by Fran Pavley and serves on the Board of the party’s Progressive Caucus, She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the City College of New York with a major in Ancient Greek and attended Columbia Graduate School where her studies in Greek history and the orators whetted her interest in politics.
Founder, Malibu CART (an organization to find shelter and assistance for the homeless);
Member, Preserve Malibu; Charter member,
Malibu Township Council; Save Malibu Lagoon; founding board member, Santa Monica MountainsConservancy, Governor’s deputy on Port Hueneme (under Jerry Brown).
National politics: McGovern delegate, Tibet support groups, member of California Bar since 1996, Malibu Colony HOA Board.
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