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.

President- Josie Ellison

Josie grew up in Mead, WA where they got into a lot of political arguments, then moved across the mountains to Bellingham, and now Olympia, where they still get in a lot of political arguments. They got their start in politics doing student organizing work, and have been involved with the Young Democrats for over 5 years. They currently work for the state legislature, and state politics holds a special place in their heart. They like democratic majorities, poetry, cats, Star Trek, and snapping their fingers for things they agree with.

You can reach Josie here.


Vice Presidents

Arne Nelson, Executive Vice President

You can reach Arne here.

Sarah Dickmeyer, Vice President of Operations

You can reach Sarah here.

Spencer Lively, Vice President of Membership Engagement

You can reach Spencer here.

Sorana Nance, Vice President of Government Affairs

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 Committee Representative

You can reach Capri here.

Tyler Mesman, National Committee Representative

You can reach Tyler here.

Sarah Kohout, WSDCC Representative

You can reach Sarah at


    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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