Department of Operations

The Department of Operations manages day to day operations for the organization.

Josh Cole, Vice President of Operations

Josh HeadshotJosh is a lifelong resident of Washington State. Raised in Olympia, he went to Capital High School where he excelled at the Speech part of Speech and Debate and once captained the B-Team for Knowledge Bowl. He received his B.A. in Politics and Government from the University of Puget Sound and his MPA from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Previously, he has worked on and volunteered for a variety of campaigns and non-profits.



Kento Azegami, Development Director

Kento Azegami is a senior at The Evergreen State College, studying for a degree in Liberal ArtsKento 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.

Matt Sackman, Finance Director

Jessica Soderman, Technology Director

Jessica was born in Redmond, and raised as the sixth generation of her family to live in Preston, Washington, in East King County. She currently works as a Program Manager in Windows PC Sales & Marketing at Microsoft, and has a 17-year career with various wireless and technology companies in the Pacific Northwest. Though she has been an active voter since 2000, she was moved to get involved after the 2016 caucus, and was elected PCO for her home precinct. Then, after the horrifying election results, she became even more involved: with the 5th Legislative District Democrats, where she is the Young Democrats liaison. As the Director of Technology for Young Democrats of Washington, she looks forward to helping drive technological operations and solutions, and work to support the great work and future leaders of the party. When she’s not busy talking politics, she can often be found in nature, either hiking or camping, or searching for the city’s best waffles at brunch on the weekends.

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