The Department of Government Affairs manages YDWA’s advocacy and lobbying efforts. The Advocacy director manages YDWA caucus leaders.
Josh Maasberg, Vice President of Government Affairs
Josh is from the Southern California city of Murrieta, an inland city in-between LA and San Diego. He chose to come to Washington State University for a change of scenery and adventure, along with its distinguished ROTC program and academic programs. First taking an interest in Politics and Government during High School, Josh founded and acted as President of his school’s Model United Nations team. He ran track in school and is an Eagle Scout. At WSU, Josh joined the Young Democrats of Washington State University (YDWSU) after realizing an inner drive and passion towards impactful, progressive legislative reform; and became the chapter’s Vice-President in late 2015. He also serves on the ASWSU Executive Council, an executive branch of the associated students’ body at WSU. Hobbies include running, Reddit, graphic design, writing, hiking, etc. Note: The –ua is silent.
Jeff Beaulac, Policy Director
Jeff was raised in Spokane Valley Washington, and will be graduating this year from The Evergreen State College with a focus on Political Economy and Social Justice. While at Evergreen he spent two years in the student government and served as the student Governmental liaison to the state capital. While the Governmental Liaison he found a lot of joy in showing students just how accessible the capital is to students, and that legislators will listen to them.
Jeff is a policy nerd who is really excited to work with YDWA and wants to see more people from the east side of the state represented at lobby day next year. In his spare time he enjoys gaming and doing dinner with friends. He also has a cat that hates everyone but him.
Genevieve Huard, Advocacy Director
Genevieve Huard was raised in Puyallup, Washington. She served as Director of Communication for the Young Democrats of Washington from 2013-2014, Marketing Specialist and Advocacy Directors of YDWA for part of 2015-2016. She is currently the Pierce County Young Democrats Director of Communication. She graduated in March 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Welfare with Honors and Spanish and a minor in Diversity from the University of Washington Seattle. Her research at UW focused on indigenous American women’s mental health. She currently works in behavioral health treatment in direct practice and while she loves working with clients directly, she also realizes that the current systems that they utilize are not adequately serving all who need them and that these systems perpetuate injustice. She uses a social justice model that works to empower individuals but ultimately, she wants to work on policies that promote social justice to reduce the inequities that social work only temporarily alleviates. She is excited to support caucuses make a different on the action items they are organized around which uphold Democratic party values.