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The Executive Board consisst of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and Communications Director. The Executive Board meets monthly to plan membership meetings, club activities, and to assist the Chairperson in carrying out policies decided by the membership.

Meet the Tri-City Democratic Forum Executive Board


Dr. Raj Salwan, Chair

Dr. Raj Salwan is a lifelong resident of Fremont and a small business owner. He currently serves as a Planning Commissioner for the city of Fremont and is a board member for several local-area organizations including Abode Services. He is the Chairperson of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, and Vice Charperson for the Oversight board for the City of Fremont Successor Agency.

Dr. Salwan is an active member of the local Democratic Party, where he serves as Chair of the Finance Committte, an Alternate on the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee and was recently re-elected as a Delegate to the California Democratic Party, representing AD 20. He is proud to serve the local community and further the values of the Democratic Party.


Toni Shellen, Vice Chair

Toni Shellen lives in Fremont with her husband, Jay. They have three grown sons and six grandsons. Toni taught in the Fremont Unified School District for twenty-five years and is now retired.

Toni served as Chair of the Tri-Cities Democratic Forum from 2007 to 2009 and has served as an Associate Member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee. She served for six years as a Delegate to the California Democratic Party and proudly served as an Obama Delegate for CD13 at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.  Toni is a lifetime member of the California Teachers' Association and the National Education Association,  a member of Pax Christi, and the Interfaith Women of Peace. She is a lifelong Democrat and is passionate about the issues of peace, social justice, education, and the environment.


Andrae Macapinlac, Treasurer

Andrae has been involved with the Democratic Party for most of his life. Founding the Benicia High School Young Democrats in 2004, Andrae got his first glimpse of Presidential politics, volunteering for John Kerry's presidential campaign.

He later attended San Jose State University, where he served as President of the Democratic Caucus of SJSU, served as campus campaign coordinator for the Barack Obama presidential campaign in 2008, and was a student organizer for the California Faculty Association. He then went on to work for former Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico and served as a field operative in his campaign for California Attorney General. Andrae's accomplishments at a young age landed him on the list of "25 People Under the Age of 25 to Watch in Silicon Valley" in the Silicon Valley Metro Newspaper.

In addition to serving on the Board of Tri-Cities Democratic Forum, he is also on the board of the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club, is the Secretary of the Santa Clara County Democratic Party, immediate past President of the Silicon Valley Young Democrats, and serves as a delegate to the State Central Committee. 

He currently resides in Milpitas, working as a district representative for Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski. 


Jan Giovannini-Hill, Communications Director

Jan Giovannini-Hill lives in Fremont with her husband, Harold, and they have four grown children. Her primary career has been with CSU East Bay as a full time employee for over 40 years. She is well known as a volunteer in a variety of community and non-profit groups in the Tri-cities area. Her call to service in the Democratic Party began in the mid 60's when she was in high school and joined a friend working in Leo J. Ryan's campaign office. Jan was re-elected in January 2011 as an AD20 Delegate, her fourth term; and as the AD20 E-Board Rep, her third term. She participates in the CDP Women's Caucus, Labor Caucus, and Irish American Caucus. Jan was recently elected in November 2010 as an Ohlone Community College District Board Trustee. In 2008, she was proud to be elected and serve and attend the Democratic National Convention in Denver as a Hillary Alternate from CD13.


Sybil Smith, Secretary

Biography coming soon.

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