Our Executive Officers

Meet the Executive Officers of the Bucks County Democratic Committee

Bucks County Democratic Committee Executive Officers

Steve Santarsiero

Chair

Senator Steve Santarsiero has been a public servant and champion of Democratic values in Bucks County for almost twenty years. A township supervisor in Lower Makefield from 2003-2008, Steve was then elected state Representative in HD-31 where he served from 2008-2017.

In 2017, Attorney General Josh Shapiro appointed Steve the first Chief Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection in Pennsylvania. In that role, Steve oversaw the prosecution of environmental crimes and led Pennsylvania’s efforts to fight the Trump Administration over proposed rollbacks of important environmental protections. Steve was sworn into office as State Senator in January, 2019.

Georgette Helbling

Vice Chair

Ava Bosco

Executive Director
Ava was born and raised in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania on a small farm to a working class family. She is a grassroots organizer passionate about the environment, Pennsylvania politics, building community, and increasing public participation in our Commonwealth.
 
Ava attended Pennsylvania State University for her bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and History. Over the past 5 years, she’s worked in various government and campaign related roles across Pennsylvania. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director for the Centre County Democrats for the 2020 election cycle which held solidly blue in a sea of red counties.

Ava is ecstatic to apply her unique perspective and experience to the dynamic Bucks County Democratic Committee.

Dawn DiDonato-Burke

Solicitor

Dawn DiDonato-Burke, Esquire has been serving Bucks County residents for approximately 20 years as a partner in the Law Firm of DiDonato & Burke, LLC with offices located in Newtown and Philadelphia.  Dawn is also legal Counsel for Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors and Addison Wolfe Real Estate.  Dawn  graduated Villanova School of Law in 1992 and worked as a Prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for 10 years serving the residents of Philadelphia prior to moving to Bucks County to raise her family.  Dawn has handled over 100 jury trials and countless waiver trials.  Dawn thrives on helping and serving others.     

Dawn is active in her community serving for the past ten years as a mediator with the Bucks County Mortgage Diversion program which helps those in foreclosure attempt to remain in their home, Dawn is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bucks County Housing Corporation which provides housing to qualified individuals, a Board member of the Bucks County Real Estate Institute, providing education in all areas to realtors and attorneys, as well as Solicitor for Comans, Inc., for over 15 years, which is a Nonprofit providing housing for mentally disabled individuals. 

Dawn was  appointed as Solicitor of the Bucks County Democratic Committee (BCDC) and recently succeeded in winning a Preliminary Injunction against Republican opponents in the Primary School Board Race whose literature was confusing voters into believing they were endorsed by the Democratic Party.  

Karen Vander Laan
Secretary
Jennifer Herring
Treasurer
Steve Wojciechowski
Comptroller