Chapter Structure

DSA Los Angeles has a number of different types of bodies. For a full introduction to the structure of the chapter, check out our Member Handbook. This page contains an overview of the primary types of structures as well as links to get more information on the different types of bodies.



Official Bodies

Membership

Our membership is our highest local decision-making body. Any member in good standing is able to vote to elect our chapter’s officers as well as vote on other important decisions. No local body can override the will of the membership. Click here to learn about joining DSA!

Steering Committee

Steering Committee is the highest elected body in the chapter. It has 9 members who are elected annually. It includes the chapter Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Director, Campaigns Coordinator, and 5 at-large members. Click here for a list of the current members of Steering Committee.

Branches

Branches are geographic bodies that allow members to organize and participate in campaigns where they live. Every member is part of a branch by default, depending on where they live. Click here to learn more about branches.

Committees

Committees are bodies that focus on specific areas of work or policy in the local. Click here for a full list of committees.

YDSA

Our chapter has an elected YDSA coordinator who helps to build close ties between DSA-LA and YDSA chapters in the area. Click here to learn more.


Unofficial Bodies

Caucuses

Caucus is a term used in DSA (both locally and nationally) to refer to self-selecting groups of members who choose to privately organize “to promote an agreed-upon cause.” Click here to learn more about caucuses.