The DVC says goodbye to our friend and champion, Eitan

Eitan Fenson at the DVC

Note: A memorial service for Eitan will be held on August 3rd. Click here for details.

As we celebrate Independence Day today, I write to you with great sorrow in my heart.  I am very sad to report that our dear friend and champion Eitan Fenson passed away Sunday, June 30th from complications of thyroid cancer.

Eitan was a founding member of the DVC in 2012 and took on the role of CEO in 2016 where he provided great leadership and outreach.  In 2018, Eitan brought together resistance groups, Democratic clubs, and activists throughout the south bay to open the DVC early and offer a space where we could all work together to achieve our progressive objectives.  We will always remember his enthusiasm and tireless work on behalf of democracy and our common goals.

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As Karen Rivers said, “We must make Eitan proud in 2020, let’s win this!”

Remembering Eitan,
Chair, DVC Board of Directors

Our friends and volunteers have written to say:

Eitan and I worked very closely in the early years of the DVC. He was a prince to work with, being endless creative in getting things done. I never saw him get angry or lose his temper. I thought we were a wonderful pair up, he the strategist, me the precinct worker organizer. One campaign we were personally recognized for the highest ratio between precinct workers and registered voters. I will miss him dearly.
— JJ

Eitan was such a kind, caring dedicated leader working to keep our democracy alive. He did this with deep caring, intelligence, and a dedication that was inspiring and smart!
— MK

I remember working with a sweet, calm leader who actually listened to us, his worker bees. He will be missed in the fight ahead.
— MJ

What a loss for all of his friends and the community and for all of society. He accomplished so much, and was so competent and dedicated.
— L&KA

I will always fondly remember and continue to be inspired by Eitan Fenson. I first met him volunteering for Hillary for America in 2016. Eitan showed and exercised great leadership, tenacity, and humility. He has done a great job at the Democratic Volunteer Center (DVC) through the years that contributed tremendously to Blue Waves all over the country. We thank Eitan, Barbara, and their family for their awesome and dedicated community service! We salute you all!
LoretoQD’s Brigade – Silicon Valley Volunteers and I would like to extend our prayers and condolences to Barbara and family. We will continue Eitan’s work and will diligently volunteer towards a DEM TRIFECTA in 2020!

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Eitan was an activist and an inspiration. I got to know him through GreenTown Los Altos where we worked on the 1000 solar rooftops project. His death is a huge loss to our local activist community.
— KJ

I am so sorry to hear about Eitan. I know that the board will miss him–his energy, his sense of purpose and his undying support for the democratic (both d and D) cause. I got to know him in 2012 when I did the finances for the office. I screwed up something and when we fixed it we both laughed! Nice to have someone laugh at your mistakes rather than get angry. Rest In Peace Eitan.
— KC

We just lost a great man. I will miss Eitan’s gentle engagement, informed inclusion and passion for doing the right thing. He treated everyone with the same equanimity and grace, providing unwavering support and expectation of a positive result. He helped you feel heard, accepted and encouraged. I will miss his laugh, his intellect and his friendship.
— BL

I am profoundly sorry to read about Eitan’s death. I regarded Eitan as a man with great integrity, strong work ethic, wisdom and generosity. I am happy to have had a chance to meet him, and to work with him during the 2012 and 2016 campaigns. He would be thoroughly missed.
My sincere condolences to the family in this time of sorrow.
— BD

My condolences to his family, he was a very inspirational leader and was excited about my work at DVC. We will all miss him.
— TH

All of us who volunteered at the DVC owe a huge debt of gratitude to Eitan. Everytime I saw him, he was busy working on something and smiling.
I agree with Karen, “We must make Eitan proud in 2020, let’s win this!”
— BS

Thanks to Eitan for sharing his commitment as a political organizer, remaining an indelible inspiration for all who knew of his Silicon Valley leadership — getting President Obama elected; later with the Indivisible movement, the ISB, and again with the DVC.
— JT

Eitan called all Democrats from the DVC together after the election in 2016 where we had a storming session. Out of this emerged National Voter Corps. I would like to present our voting rights voter suppression slideshow in honor of Eitan at the next available opportunity. He was a wonderful friend.
— AS

So sad to hear this. He was a lovely, inspiring man. May his family be comforted by their sweet memories. May his memory be a blessing.
— WT

He was a kind hearted soul who represented the best in human beings. I feel blessed that our paths crossed within this lifetime. Rest in Peace Eitan Fenson.
— MH

I am so sad to hear Eitan has passed. He was an outstanding person. He had done so much for our Democratic party. He will be missed.
— IH

What sad news. Eitan was a shining light for us. My condolences to his family and close friends.
— JF

Besides being repeatedly bolstered by Eitan’s positive, enthusiastic messages, we especially enjoyed seeing Eitan at the Adam Schiff event last summer. We had a Danish exchange student with us, and that student drew inspiration from our collective enthusiasm, marshaled by Eitan, as it was, and he continues to pursue positive change in Denmark through political activism!
— LL

This is indeed sad news about Eitan. He was a very effective leader, incredibly hardworking and generous with his time. But it was his radiantly sweet personality that most stood out for me. Through two campaigns I never heard him utter a harsh or unkind word – except about those messing up our beloved democracy. May he rest in peace, knowing that he is sorely missed.
— BK

Eitan was a kind and enthusiastic leader at the DVC.
The DVC provided me a place to participate locally in our election and welcomed me right in. Eitan was always generous and patient with his time and helped me several times when I was able to come in and help.
I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet him and be a part of the DVC grass roots group. He started a great movement and I hope we can push forward, persist and drown out the swampy Republicans.
Condolences to his family he will be missed immensely by so many.
— TG

This is sad news. I have only helped there once, but Eitan made a lasting impression. I didn’t know quite what I was supposed to do, but Eitan made me feel safe, welcome, comfortable, and appreciated.
— DM

I was saddened to hear of Eitan’s passing. I remember him from the Obama campaigns, always there helping to figure out the tech aspect of our systems and we had a few! He was so dedicated and so involved in helping to make change in America. His steadfast approach to getting the DVC office up and running and more importantly keeping the office humming since 2016. He will always be remembered for his dedication and heart.
— TB

This is indeed a very painful loss. Eitan brought not only great energy, devotion, and capacity to the DVC and the reconstiting of the DVC, but also he brought a beautiful spirit and the humanity we all needed and continue to need.
I always felt that if Eitan was involved, things would be done well on all the important levels.
May his memory bring us together and inspire us to do what we all know is so important to make 2020 a year of celebration.
— LB

Eitan Fenson