Meet Our Management Team

The Young Democrats of Washington is led by the President, with several Vice Presidents who each lead a Department. They all serve on the Executive Board, along with our National Committee representatives, and WSDCC Representative.


Josie Ellison

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You can reach Josie here.

Vice Presidents

Arne Nelson, Executive Vice President

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You can reach Arne here.

Sarah Dickmeyer, Vice President of Operations

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You can reach Sarah here.

Spencer Lively, Vice President of Membership Engagement

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You can reach Spencer here.

Sorana Nance, Vice President of Government Affairs

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You can reach Sorana here.

Melissa Boles, Vice President of Communications

Melissa Boles

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).

You can reach Melissa here.

Party Affairs

The Party Affairs Department is lead by the Executive Vice President, who manages the relationships with the Democratic Party at all levels. All members of this department serve on the YDWA Executive Board.

Capri Holden, National Committeeperson

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You can reach Capri here.

Tyler Mesman, National Committeeperson

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You can reach Tyler here.

Sarah Kohout, WSDCC Representative

Sarah Kohout

Sarah Kohout is a recent graduate from Western Washington University, when she was there she studied Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Since graduation, Sarah has been the Campaign Manager for City Councilor Anders Ibsen’s reelection campaign to the Tacoma City Council and has been the Washington State Labor Council Legislative Intern for the 2016 legislative session. This is her fourth year on the YDWA board and her favorite part of the experience so far is meeting young democrats from across the state and working with the wonderful YDWA Party Affairs Department. In her spare time, Sarah registers people to vote, watches Netflix (currently watching The Office for the 4th time), pets her adorable rabbit, and reads political feminist books.

You can reach Sarah here.


    Max Coddington

    (November 14, 2016 - 6:45 pm)

    I am interested in being involved. I’m a 11th grader at Center School and want to be involved any way I can. There are no contact information for anyone. How can help if I can’t teach anyone? Please let me know how I can get involved!

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