Local Chapters can be charted by geographical location or educational institution. Traditionally, they are charted by county and college. We also accept high school chapters. Local chapters are managed by the Eastern and Western Washington Directors, who’s role is to provide guidance and resources from YDWA.
To charter a chapter you need:
- 5 members
- A record of a meeting where members voted to create your local chapter
- A governing document (constitution and bylaws) approved at a past meeting. Contact us for samples.
Send these materials to David Barragan if you are located east of the mountains, Josh Cole if you are located west of the mountains. We’re in transition now, but their email addresses will be posted soon.
Current local chapters charted with YDWA
Jefferson Young Democrats
Ryan McCallister, Chair
King County Young Democrats
Matt Kanter, Chair
Matthew Barry Kanter (Matt Kanter or Matty as the cool kids call him) was elected chair of the King County Young Democrats on February 26th 2017 after a previous term as KCYD’s Political Director. In addition to his experience with KCYD he founded YDWA’s Jewish Caucus and American’s with Disabilities Caucus (which he chaired and Vice-Chaired respectively.) he is also serving on the City of Seattle’s Commission for People with Disabilities, and was a 2016 Fellow with the Institute for a Democratic Future as well as a 2016-2017 Fellow with City of Seattle/Accelerator YMCA’s Get Engaged program. He’s had a passion for civics and bringing power to the people since a lack of input over his own education made him decide to drop out of high school (he later completed his diploma as well as receiving a certificate and classic training in Culinary Arts).
Professionally Matt left Culinary School to Sell knives, then recruit and train others to sell knives. After which he went to be a Sales Representative at Zillow, before a stint as a Digital Strategy and Communications Consultant with John Paul Comerford’s Campaign for State Treasurer, he now works as a Marketing Specialist at Microsoft on their Enterprise Services team. Outside of Politics, Civics, and work Matty enjoys cooking, traveling, and just enjoying life living in the heart of Seattle (Belltown in the 36th Legislative District).
Kitsap County Young Democrats
Jess currently studies graduate sociology and social work, with focus on mental health. The son of a Navy veteran, his passion lies in the mental well-being and rights of all veterans. Jess was a founding member of the Kitsap County Young Democrats and is highly involved with Kitsap Democratic politics. Having been raised conservative, Jess has worked in both the Republican and Democrat parties. He has a passion for sensible, innovative politics and a moving forward of the Democratic party.
Professionally, Jess works in the superior court system as a custody investigator and works closely with Guardian ad litems. His career goal is to earn his doctorates in clinical psychology and volunteer his time to provide mental health services to those who are unable to access traditional services. He also volunteers his time as a CASA in Kitsap County.
Pierce County Young Democrats
Natalie was elected chair of the Pierce County Young Democrats in September of 2016. She served on the boards of multiple political organizations in high school and in college. She first got involved in politics at 14 when her friends invited her to Clinic Defense for Planned Parenthood. Since then, she’s organized young people around issues involving rights for LGBTQ & immigrant youth. This year, she was elected as a National Delegate to the DNC, being one of the youngest women of color from Washington State. In addition to her volunteer work for Hillary Clinton, she also manages a critical race for Pierce County Council in District 6. She lives in Tacoma with her 5 month Australian Shepherd, Oliver. As newly elected Chair, her goal is to increase awareness for issues that directly affect young people in Pierce County and engage young people in the political process. She’s returning to school in January at The University of Washington Tacoma and plans on building partnerships with students interested in policy and campaign work.
Spokane County Young Democrats
Jeremiah Johnson, Chair
Whatcom County Young Democrats
Kurt Price, Chair
Yakima County Young Democrats
Felisa Gonzalez, Chair
Felisa Gonzalez currently studies Psychology and Social Sciences at Heritage University. She hopes to go onto graduate school to research politics in social services settings. In the summer of 2015, Felisa rechartered the Yakima chapter during the excitement of the ACLU ruling that led to the election of three Latina city councilwomen for the first time in Yakima’s history. Her enthusiasm for social justice issues was fueled by the great office staff of the State Senator Pramila Jayapal, while interning in 2015.It sparked her wish to work with others to restructure current societal systems to be more effective and equitable towards all people. Felisa loves to crochet, lead guided-meditation sessions and organize community service projects.
Young Democrats of Clark County
Gwen White, Chair
Young Democrats of Eastern Washington University
Emily Provencio, Chair
Young Democrats of the Evergreen State College
Waylon Robert, Chair
Young Democrats of Gonzaga University
Ryan McAfee, Chair
Young Democrats of Skagit County
Mat Wend, Chair
Young Democrats of Snohomish County
Michael Russell, Chair
Young Democrats of Thurston County
Kento Azegami, Chair
Young Democrats of Tri-Cities
Ansley Gerhard, Chair
Young Democrats of the University of Washington
Noah An, Chair
Noah An was raised in Woodinville, Washington, and currently calls Seattle home. He is a junior at the University of Washington, where he is double majoring in political science and economics, and he serves as the President of the Young Democrats at UW.
Noah’s interest in government and politics stems from the potential for progress and justice that he sees in the political system, and from the importance of preserving a democracy that is responsive to the people. In his free time, Noah is an avid soccer fan, skier, and expert on The Office.
Young Democrats of Washington State University
Gavin Pielow, Chair
Gavin Pielow is a Political Science and Philosophy Double-Degree Undergraduate at WSU minoring in History and Communications. Currently serving as President of the Pre-Law Society, the Founding Father of Sigma Alpha Mu, a Radio Show Talk Host on KUGR, Gavin was elected to his university’s school government as a Senator in March 2017. He also writes legislative drafts as Chair of Initiatives & Resolutions for the Whitman County Democrats. A former intern for the 2016 Pakootas for Congress campaign in the 5th CD, he now works as the Campaign Manager for the Sutherland for Congress Campaign. Gavin’s passions include electric guitar, creative writing, and his deep concerns for families suffering food insecurity which has collected him dozens of hours of community service in raising food donations through the Volunteers of America, the Salvation Army, and the J-K Good Samaritan Food Bank.
Young Democrats of Washington State University–Vancouver
Michael Williams, President
He grew up in a staunch conservative household and spent my childhood among loggers, millers and evangelical preachers. He held fast to my right wing roots as I came of age, but after a move to Texas in 7th grade he noticed something was off with the worldview he had been brought up with. The classrooms and bus lines at the school he attended were segregated, and he had trouble understanding how this could be happening in the U.S.–and in 1995! After moving back to Kelso, he became content with pessimistic observation of political goings on. He remained so for many years.
After the recession hit in 2009, however, he lost three, well-paying jobs in rapid succession. he had done (just about) everything right, and was in the unemployment line. He was angry. He took a chance and enrolled in community college for worker retraining. It was there that I met others who had been equally burned by the economic downturn. People whispered “Wall Street,” and some shouted “Occupy!”
He had found my tribe, and he was hungry to get involved.
He graduated from Lower Columbia College in 2012 and decided to transfer to Washington State University Vancouver. He earned a BA in English last spring and had the opportunity to become much more involved in local politics after meeting the wonderful, passionate YDCC.
I am currently chasing down an MPA at WSU Vancouver and now have the privilege of working with dedicated, intelligent people as chair of YDWSUV. It is his hope that future Cougs will find a valuable resource in YDWSUV and will have the opportunity to discover and advance Democratic values on campus and in their community.