Department of Operations

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

Melissa Boles, Vice President of Operations


Melissa Boles was born and raised in Vancouver, WA, and is proud to be a resident of Southwest Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from WSU-Vancouver in 2011, and a Master of Education in College Student Personnel from Western Carolina University in 2014, after which she returned to Southwest Washington to take on a position as an Academic Advisor at a community college. Melissa is currently the Secretary for the Young Democrats of Clark County; the Editor of “The Democrat,” the Clark County Democratic Party’s monthly newsletter; and is the Secretary for the Clark County Democratic Central Committee. When she’s not politicking, Melissa can be found reading, writing both fiction and non-fiction, and scrolling through Twitter (@_mboles).

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.

Greg Haffner, Finance Director

Holland-59Greg was born in Renton, raised in Hobart, and went to school at the University of Washington. He has been active in Democratic politics since he attended his first precinct caucus in 2004 as an underage observer. Since then, he’s spent time on campaigns and in Washington DC, and is now Party Affairs Director for the Washington State Democratic Central Committee. In that role, he directs caucuses, conventions, local party activity, and the Party’s platform and resolutions process. Greg’s been active in the Young Democrats since 2008. This is his third year on the YDWA Executive Board, after serving as Campaign Director in 2014 and Vice President of Operations in 2015. When he drags himself away from politics, Greg loves movies, watches way too much TV, and is perennially disappointed by the Mariners.

Kerry Layne Jeffrey, Technology Director

KerryKerry is the Tech Director for YDWA. When he’s not directing tech, he is teaching secondary English Language Arts in Vancouver, Washington. Kerry also takes pictures, plays guitar/bass/ukulele/mandolin/drums, and frequently engages in wanton tomfoolery.

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