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
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).
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.
Young Democrats of Clark County – Gwen White, Chair
Gwen was elected to chair the Young Democrats of Clark County in December of 2016. She is transferring to be a junior at (probably) WSUV in the fall to finally finish her degree, and is considering attending law school after graduation. She currently lives in Vancouver with her absurdly charming two year old and endlessly energetic dog, and works at Council for the Homeless to connect currently homeless individuals with the resources they need.
Young Democrats of Thurston County – Kento Azegami, Chair
Kento Azegami is a senior at The Evergreen State College, studying for a degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on American History and Culture. He also currently serves as the Chair of the Thurston County Young Democrats. A lifelong Democrat, Kento has worked on political campaigns in Oregon, Florida, and Washington, most recently working as a field organizer for Gov. Jay Inslee’s successful re-election campaign. Kento has served in many roles in the Democratic Party including President of the College Democrats of Portland State University, President of the Oregon Federation of College Democrats, and board member of the Stonewall DFL in Minnesota. A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Kento lives in Olympia with his partner.
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.
Kalani Tissot is a junior, studying political science at the University of Washington. As chair of the UWYDs, he is focused on increasing student engagement both on and off campus. Previously, Kalani worked as an intern on the Brady Walkinshaw congressional campaign and for Rep. DelBene’s office in Bothell.
Young Democrats of Eastern Washington University – Emily Provencio, Chair
Emily was born, raised, and currently resides in Spokane Valley and attends EWU as a Running Start student through East Valley High School. She first became involved in politics during the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2015. After Bernie conceded, she switched gears to focus on local politics in Spokane, realizing this is where she could make the most difference. She took an internship opportunity with Raise Up Washington, and volunteered on various other campaigns in Spokane County and the 5th Congressional District.
Upon finding out a Young Democrats group had not been active since 2012, she chartered the group and she currently serves as the organization’s president. Emily has found the Young Democrats of Washington to not only be a great provider of networking, experience, and opportunities for its members, but also a strong support system for adversities she has faced when working with Democrats at the county, LD, and state level.
In December of 2016, she was elected Vice Chair of the 4th Legislative District Democrats, making her the youngest Vice Chair in Washington State Democratic Party history. Most recently, she began working on the Sutherland for Congress campaign as the Executive Spokane Field Director.
In all of her political involvement, her core values are: fighting for underrepresented groups, inspiring others to run for office, reforming the Democratic Party to make it more inclusive and transparent, and turning Eastern Washington blue.
Pierce County Young Democrats – Lillian Cecilia Ferraz, Chair
Spokane County Young Democrats – Jeremiah Johnson, Chair
Young Democrats of Snohomish County – Zack Turner, Chair
Young Democrats of Tri-Cities – Ansley Gerhard, Chair
Young Democrats of the Evergreen State College – Waylon Robert, Chair
Young Democrats of Gonzaga University – Ryan McAfee, Chair
Jefferson Young Democrats – Ryan McCallister, Chair
Whatcom County Young Democrats – Kurt Price, Chair
Yakima County Young Democrats – Luis Alfaro, Chair