DCWOC Officers

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  • DCWOC Officers are elected by the membership in even numbered years and serve two (2) year terms ending in even numbered years.

  • DCWOC Officers receive no compensation

President, since January 2013

Ron Varasteh Email

Ron Varasteh has been a Progresive since Reagan was first elected in 1980. He has been a resident of Orange County since 1981. He has been proudly serving the West Orange County Democratic Party since January 2013. Ron successfully won the Democratic Party Primaries for the US House of Representatives twice, once in 2012 and once in 2016. He was our Democratic Party Nominee in 2012 for US Congressional District 48, when he ran against then Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. He was also our Democratic Party Nominee in 2016 for US Congressional District 45, when he ran against then Rep. Mimi Walters. Mr. Varasteh has been a delegate to the Democratic National Convention (DNC), California Democratic Party (CADem), and Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) and has earned a B.S. in Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a minor in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Computer Engineering with emphasis in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics by the age of 22. When Ron is not volunteering for us, he is a Scientist, an Engineer, and has been a small business owner since April 1987.

1st Vice President, since January 2022

Eric Lever Email

I became a leftist during my college days in Berkeley in the ‘70s. I participated in the anti-apartheid and nuclear disarmament movements during my school days. I remained a committed Democrat throughout my 36-year medical career as an Internal Medicine and Gastrointestinal specialist (recently retired). I moved to OC in 1992, and have lived in Fountain Valley since then.

I joined the DCWOC in 2016 and have been active in leafleting, canvassing, calling and attending meetings for the Democratic Party for the last 5 years. I am active in my local Homeowners Association and in Fountain Valley government. I am also a family business owner. I have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. I believe we have to be active to improve the future for ourselves and our children.

2nd Vice President, since January 2023

Dom Jones Email

International Public Figure/Social Media Influencer, Entertainer and TV Personality. Dom serves Southern California in Orange County as Owner and CEO of The Premier Indoor Cycling Studio Propel Cycle. A partial list of her other areas of involvement include:

  • Co-Founder of Non-Profit DemocraShe.org

  • Co-Founder of The You Matter Global Movement (Youth Social Emotional Learning Program)

  • United Nations Association Government Relations Ambassador

  • Planned Parenthood Board Affiliate serving on multiple Advocacy Commitees

  • Learned Vietnamese and Tagalog to build unity and uplift more voices

  • Completed racing around the world on Season 34 of The Amazing Race on CBS

Secretary, since January 2019

Andrew Galagher Email

Andrew Gallagher, Secretary of DCWOC, has been a Costa Mesa resident since 2009. He's a member of DCWOC because he likes to be active in local politics and to be fully informed on local candidates and issues of importance to his community. In addition to DCWOC, he is also a member of Costa Mesa Democrats, Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club, and Democrats of Greater Irvine. He previously served as an ADEM delegate for the California Democratic Party, has run for the Democratic Party Orange County Central Committee, and delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He is also a short documentary filmmaker and has volunteered with film festivals in the Southland.

Treasurer, since April 2017

Alice Marie De Leon Email

Alice Marie joined the DCWO in January 2017 and became a Treasurer 3 months later. She has a BSBA with an emphasis in accounting. Her love of numbers stems from her many years in the finance departments of corporations like Mazda Motors of America, Experian (formerly TRW Information Services) and Consolidated Disposal. She is an active member of HB Huddle's No Ban/No Wall team and takes pride in her volunteer roles as ESL Tutor and Co-Teacher of Citizenship classes at Oak View Library.