The Department of Operations manages day to day operations for the organization. Serving under Josh Cole, Vice President of Operations, the Operations team includes:
Kento Azegami, Development Director
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.
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. 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 Democratic 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.
Matt Sackman, Finance Director