Our Executive Officers

Meet the Executive Officers of the Bucks County Democratic Committee

Bucks County Democratic Committee Executive Officers

John Cordisco


Since his early adult years, John F. Cordisco has strived to serve the people of Bucks County and Southeastern Pennsylvania. When he was just 21, John ran for the Bristol Borough School Board and served for three years. During his tenure, the Pennsylvania School Board Association recognized him for his outstanding service in education. He also served on the Board of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and Board of the Bucks County Vocational Technical School Board.

After a successful local government career, John turned his sights to the Pennsylvania House of Legislature and won the seat of State Representative at age 24. He held this position from 1981 to 1986 and served on the House Judiciary Committee, Labor Relations Committee and as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Health Care. Read More

Helene Ratner

Vice Chair

Helene grew up and has lived in the Levittown/Langhorne PA area for most of her life. She is proud graduate of Neshaminy High School and attended Millersville University. Helene started her working career in the judicial system as a court administrator. Recognizing her own passion for helping workers, Helene soon moved into the human relations field and the steel industry, working in the Labor Relations Department to administer the employee benefits plans and establish pre-retirement seminars for employees and their families.  Helene later took a position to Frito-Lay, supporting the Division President and where, among other successes, she earned a formal commendation and award for her work. 

Helene has been active in Democratic politics for much of her life. In addition to her extensive work for the BCDC, Helene volunteers regularly and has served on multiple boards in her community and in the county. Helene is the President of the Bucks County chapter of NOW, the Chair of the SEPA NOW PAC, and the Chair of the Bucks County Democratic Women’s Forum.

Alex Porco

Executive Director

Politics, campaigns, and Democratic values have always been Alex’s passion. He was born and raised in the Bronx, New York where he attended Fordham University for his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy as well as his master’s degree in Campaign Management.

Alex’s first experience in Bucks County politics came in November 2017 where he helped manage the countywide paid canvass operation during GOTV. He returned in 2019 as the Field Director for Bucks Victory and helped build a bottom-up campaign strategy with a diverse group of municipal organizations across the county. This strategy was imperative for the success of our Democratic candidates and it paid off in historic fashion.

In over 10 campaign cycles as a political professional, Alex has done everything from volunteer recruitment, to fundraising, to managing a team of consultants toward developing and executing campaign strategies. He will use all of these tools to grow the Democratic Party in Bucks County and continue the success of recent campaigns.

Tiffany Thomas-Smith


 Tiffany Thomas-Smith, Esquire is owner and partner of The Thomas Smith Firm, PC, a boutique legal firm in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Ms. Thomas-Smith provides her clients in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties with “client-centered” quality legal services focused on family law issues. She is admitted to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar. 

 As an active member of the Bucks County Bar Association (BCBA), Doylestown, PA she currently serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee and frequent volunteer for Pro Bono PFA Defense. Additionally, she serves as President of the Buck County Collaborative Law Group (BCCLG) and is trained in mediation and Parenting Coordination Process with Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Pennsylvania Psychological Association. Ms. Thomas- Smith is also an avid community leader locally in Bucks County and abroad. She was recently appointed at Solicitor of the Bucks County Democratic Committee (BCDC). She is Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization, Innovations For Good. 

Karen Vander Laan
Mary Lou Parry
Brian Munroe
Helen Tai
Deputy Chair, Assembly Districts
Carol Spiewak
Deputy Chair, Administration
Ben Weldon
Deputy Chair, Communications