Green Party of California
Application for Member, Delegation to Green Party of the United States
(job description)
received January 5, 2010

Name  -  Greg Jan
City - Oakland
County  - Alameda
Contact information (phone/email) (510) 444-7336

I have been involved with the Greens almost since the very beginning (since 1985), when I helped to organize the East Bay Green Alliance here in Alameda county, in May of that year. Later during the 1980's I served on the national body of the Green Committees of Correspondence, which later became the Greens/Green Party USA. I also helped organize northern California regional meetings of the Greens and I was one of 4 co-ordinators for the 1988 "Greening the West" gathering, held in San Mateo county.

I was also involved in the organizing that led to the founding of our state party, from 1989 until 1992, and I served on the "Q (Qualification) Group" (to gain ballot status). Once we became an official party, I started working on election campaigns including Dona Spring for Berkeley City Council, Ralph Nader for President, Dan Hamburg for Governor, Gloria Purcell for Assembly, Peter Camejo for Governor, John Selawsky for Berkeley School Board, and Aimee Allison for Oakland City Council. I have also served many terms on my local County Council, several years on the state Coordinating Committee, and I have been active on several state committees and working groups, and with the organizing, fundraising, and publication of our county's Voter Guides during the past 18 years that we have been a party.

Outside of the Green Party, I have also volunteered with several different peace groups, I served for several years as Bay Area coordinator of the World Future Society, I was employed as Operations Director of the county food bank, I helped to coordinate several Berkeley Earth Day events, and I was on the Board (and served a term as President) of Oakland's Ohana Asian Cultural Center.

I have served several terms on our delegation to the national party, and I was one of the co-chairs of our delegation during 2008 to 2009. I also have participated in 6 annual national meetings/conventions from 2002 through 2005, and 2007, and 2008 (Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Milwaukee, Tulsa, Reading, and Chicago). I have helped coordinate several of California's proposals to the Green National Committee, including a proposal related to the complex 2005 Tulsa co-chair election situation that passed by 77%, and from January through April of 2007 I worked to get the DAC (Delegate Apportionment Committee) proposal approved by the national party, so that California (and the rest of the country) could have fairer and more proportional representation.

Although I will be very busy with various election-year Green Party work during most of the rest of 2010, I should have more time available to help out after the November, 2010 elections. Also, there would first need to be a change to the current term limits provision in order for me to be elected at the March, 2010 plenary. If the limitations on my time during the rest of this year are acceptable, and if the term limits situation is resolved, then I will again be willing to serve another term on our delegation to the GPUS.