Stacey A. Eliuk is a steadfast #QueensKid and native New Yorker. She entered into politics as a foot soldier, raising grassroots dollars for progressive non-profit organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood. She broadened her impact by later directing field and recruitment efforts nationwide for non-profits, advocacy groups and candidates, culminating in President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
Afterwards, Eliuk came home and dug in to local government and politics, orchestrating communications strategies for Queens elected officials Rory Lancman and Leroy Comrie, and organizing underserved communities to address complex social issues. During this time, she joined the Queens County Young Democrats (QCYD) and ran to enlist on its board as Treasurer shortly after, where she served for two years. In February of 2016, she was elected QCYD’s (first female) President, and lead it to become the largest chapter of Young Democrats across the State. During her two-year tenure as President, Eliuk positioned QCYD as a bridge between grassroots and establishment politics, hosting and collaborating on events and actions where veterans and newcomers from within the Democratic tent could find a home. Under her leadership, QCYD expanded membership from all corners of the borough, grew from four to nine active caucuses, recruited hundreds to participate in political drives, and activated supporters to donate over $40,000 towards educational and professional development programming.
After stepping down as President in 2018 to encourage new leadership, Eliuk stayed involved with the Young Democrats, serving on the Board of the New York State Young Democrats (NYSYD) as its National Committeewoman and later as its Treasurer. While on the board, she authored and implemented curriculum for NYSYD’s first ‘campaign bootcamp’ and helped organize one of the most well-attended and cost-efficient national meetings of the Young Democrats of America.
For the last two years, Eliuk has worked in the office of the Public Advocate of the City of New York, serving as the Queens Community Affairs Director to Letitia James. On September 13th, she helped make history by electing her the first woman of color to statewide office.
A graduate of Queens College and Columbia University, Eliuk is active in her local community, serving on the boards of Woodside on the Move, a non-profit focusing on housing and education, and Random Access Music, promoting high caliber composition and performance of music by living American composers. She lives in Woodside with her partner, David.