Department of Government Affairs

The Department of Government Affairs manages YDWA’s advocacy and lobbying efforts. The Advocacy director manages YDWA caucus leaders.

Jeff Beaulac, Vice President of Government Affairs

Jeff Beaulac

Jeff was raised in Spokane Valley Washington, and will be graduating this year from The Evergreen State College with a focus on Political Economy and Social Justice. While at Evergreen he spent two years in the student government and served as the student Governmental liaison to the state capital. While the Governmental Liaison he found a lot of joy in showing students just how accessible the capital is to students, and that legislators will listen to them.

Jeff is a policy nerd who is really excited to work with YDWA and wants to see more people from the east side of the state represented at lobby day next year. In his spare time he enjoys gaming and doing dinner with friends. He also has a cat that hates everyone but him.

Amanda Van Wagenen, Policy Director

Akua Asare-Konadu, Advocacy Director

Senator Pramila Jayapal with staff

Akua Asare-Konadu was born and raised in Beaverton, Oregon and has lived in Tacoma, Washington since her collegiate years. She earned her bachelor’s in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from University of Washington Tacoma, and she enjoys performing in the theatre and playing tennis. Her passion for politics stems from her early college years as the Legislative Affairs Chair, and she aspires to work in public office one day. Akua has worked in multiple legislative offices, and most recently finished working for U.S. Senator Patty Murray’s reelection campaign. One interesting fact about her is the name Akua comes from Ghana and means “girl born on Wednesday.

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