Matthew Barry Kanter, Chair
Matthew Barry Kanter grew up in the suburbs just east of Seattle. It was a very normal childhood filled with normal childhood things (Like being a plus sized child model and once being invited to sing and dance for the Emperor of Japan) except for one thing, he has dyspraxia and ADHD. A lifelong special education student he was constantly frustrated by two things he saw. 1) Despite the school district having a high Caucasian majority, the Special Ed classes were minority majority and 2) All special education decisions were being made by his parents and teachers, who always seemed to disagree with each other, but never seemed to ask him for what he needed. So he dropped out and enrolled in Lake Washington Technical College where we would study Culinary Arts while finishing his High School Diploma. Matt’s main policies of interest include Social Justice, Special Education, Redistricting Reform, and more. He was very lucky in high school to receiver his leadership training from the B’nai B’rith Youth Organizing, starting in the 8th grade and holding many chapter, city, and regional offices including being City Aleph Godol (President) and Regional Aleph Moreh (Vice President of Membership and Education) before graduating. Outside of YDWA he is also involved with Friends of Historic Belltown (where he is the Treasurer), 36th District Democrats (where he is an acting PCO), 21 Progress, and Fare Start.
Within the Young Democrats he is the Political Director for the King County Young Democrats and was the founder of two caucuses this year, The Jewish Caucus (which he chairs), and the Americans with Disabilities Caucus (where he is the Vice Chair). His hobbies include cooking, learning, watching cartoons, traveling, and looking great in Purple.
Christopher Clayton Tufts, Vice Chair
Christopher Clayton Tufts grew up in the city limits of Baltimore, Maryland. He was home schooled up until high school, when he decided to to attend the Waldorf School of Baltimore. Christopher gained a great appreciation for interdisciplinary studies and community outreach at a very young age. He was very involved at his high school in the clean energy movement and played an avid role in pushing the Waldorf School of Baltimore towards being more environmentally friendly. As his schooling continued on his involvement in the community grew. During his senior year of high school Christopher hosted a radio show called “Tuft Talks” on 97.7 WBCR every friday morning from 8am9am, where he spoke about local and national politics. He also was a writer for “The Maroon Tribune” his senior year of high school, where he advocated for more community involvement in local politics. Christopher has also taken an active role in policy and community outreach at the Evergreen State College. He is currently a representative on the Government Student Union at the Evergreen State College, and is also the Vice President of the Evergreen State College Young Democrats chapter.