Department of Government Affairs

The Department of Government Affairs manages YDWA’s advocacy and lobbying efforts. The Advocacy director manages YDWA caucus leaders. Serving under Jeff Beaulac, Vice President of Government Affairs, the Government Affairs department also includes:

Akua Asare-Konadu, Advocacy Director

Senator Pramila Jayapal with staff

Akua Asare-Konadu was born and raised in Beaverton, Oregon and has lived in Tacoma, Washington since her collegiate years. She earned her bachelor’s in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from University of Washington Tacoma, and she enjoys performing in the theatre and playing tennis. Her passion for politics stems from her early college years as the Legislative Affairs Chair, and she aspires to work in public office one day. Akua has worked in multiple legislative offices, and most recently finished working for U.S. Senator Patty Murray’s reelection campaign. One interesting fact about her is the name Akua comes from Ghana and means “girl born on Wednesday”.

Amanda Van Wagenen, Policy Director

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