Leadership

President - Damien Gilbert

A native of Wichita and a graduate of KU, Damien has served as the President of the Kansas Young Democrats since August 2016. He has worked on Democratic campaigns for state and national offices since 2010, and was elected as a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Kansas Democratic Party and on the National Committee of the Young Democrats of America.


He can be reached at (316) 347-3886, or at damiengilbert13@gmail.com.

1st Vice President - Katie Sullivan

A Kansas City native, Katie is a junior at Kansas State University majoring in Social Work. She also serves as the president of KSU Young Democrats, as well as an active member of the Social Work Organization. Due to her experience with political organizing at K-State, Katie believes she can bring a unique perspective to KYD. She is thrilled to be apart of the change that will inevitably be brought this coming year. 


She can be reached at kpsullivan7@gmail.com or at (913) 620-9995.

2nd Vice President - Gary Enrique Bradley-Lopez

Gary is from Kansas City, Kansas, where he graduated in Theatre from Kansas City Kansas Community College and serves as the Chair of the Wyandotte County Young Democrats. At KCKCC, he served as the President of the Student Senate, as well as the President of the College Dems. He also serves as a Democratic precinct committeeman and is currently learning the nuances of political organizing as a fellow for both the DCCC and Swing Left. Gary now plans on working on campaigns and getting out the youth vote in Wyandotte County. 


He can be reached at 913-250-7330, or at bradleyenrique@gmail.com.

Treasurer - Christian Ramirez

Christian is a second-generation Kansan, where he was born and raised in Kansas City. In addition to being its co-founder, he served as the Chair of the Wyandotte County Young Democrats until 2018. Christian also serves as the Midwest Representative to the Committee on Chapter-Building for the Young Democrats of America, and has also volunteered on numerous campaigns from local to federal level. Christian currently attends the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he is majoring in Political Science. 


 He can be reached at (913) 231-0537, or at chrram13@gmail.com.

Secretary - Lindsay Vaughn

Lindsay is a Johnson County native and graduate of the University of North Carolina, where she received a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology with a minor in Social and Economic Justice. After college, Lindsay moved back home and currently lives in Mission, where she serves as a precinct committeewoman. Lindsay had been active in the Johnson County Young Democrats since January 2017, serving as Secretary before being elected to the position of Chair. Lindsay joined the KYD Executive Board in March 2018. 


She can be reached at (913)-523-6280, or at lcvaughn94@outlook.com

KDP State Committeewoman - Ananda Bhatia

Ananda is a junior at the University of Kansas from Overland Park. She has conducted field, finance and policy work for several political campaigns, including Hillary Clinton for President and Tom Perriello for Virginia Governor, and recently spent seven months interning at the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Executive Director of the KU Young Democrats and is working on the Coordinated Campaign of the Kansas Democratic Party. 

 

She can be reached at 703-728-4293 or anandabhatia48@gmail.com

KDP State Committeeman - Ben Cohen

Ben grew up in Topeka, and is a graduate of the University of Kansas and the Washburn University School of Law. He has been active in Democratic politics since 2006, and was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He has previously served as President of the Kansas Young Democrats, and Second Vice-President of the Young Democrats of America. Currently he is chair of the YDA Judicial Council and President of the Democratic Law Students of America.


He can be reached at  785-554-3458, or at bdcohen87@gmail.com.

YDA National Committeewoman - Autumn Nance

Autumn is a proud Wichitan. She graduated as a pre-med major from Wichita State University and is graduating this Spring from The George Washington University with an M.A. in Public Health with an emphasis in Healthcare Policy and Management. She has been involved with multiple Democratic campaigns since she found her interest in politics in high school. Autumn is glad to be back in Kansas and excited to serve the Kansas Young Democrats in 2018.


She can be reached at (316)-218-2458 or at autumnmonica@gmail.com.

YDA National Committeeman - Ethan Spurling

Ethan is a current student at Pittsburg State University pursuing a double major in political science and international studies. He has previously served as Vice-Chair of the Crawford County Democrats, and Secretary of the Second Congressional District for the Kansas Democratic Party. Ethan has worked on numerous state and local races, and in 2015 was elected to the Frontenac City Council. He also serves as the Kansas State Director for the Young Elected Officials Network.


He can be reached at (620) 249-7325, or at ethanspurling2012@gmail.com.

1st Congressional District Chair - Kaytee Wisley

Kaytee is originally from Wichita but attends Fort Hays State University. She is currently vice president of the FHSU Young Democrats. She is also a 2018 session legislative intern for State Senator Lynn Rogers and has assisted in several local elections in Ellis County. 


She can be reached at (316) 300-6360 or kcwisley@mail.fhsu.edu 

2nd Congressional District Chair - James Cox

James is from Fort Scott, Kansas and is a current Political Science major at Pittsburg State University. While always having an interest in politics, it wasn’t until he was inspired by Bernie Sanders that he decided to get involved. Since then he has become heavily involved in local and state politics; including interning for House Democratic Leader Jim Ward, serving as Treasurer of PSU’s Campus Democrats, and being a founding member of the Bourbon County Young Democrats.  


He can be reached at 620-215-4590 or at jcox2010@gmail.com 

3rd Congressional District Chair - Aliyah Shaw

Aliyah Shaw is a 3rd District native. After growing up in Wyandotte County, she began to attend Kansas City Kansas Community College in the Fall of 2017. Aliyah is majoring in Political Science, and hopes to minor in Spanish. She is currently the Student Senate Vice President at KCKCC, and works to emphasize student and community success. 


She can be reached at  913-337-8634, or at aliyahshaw2017@gmail.com.

4th Congressional District Chair - Gentry Thiesen

Gentry is a student at Wichita State studying Anthropology and Political Science and anticipates graduation in Spring 2019. Her interests include public health policy, leadership studies, and community development. She has volunteered with and served on multiple state and local campaigns from an early age and strives to create opportunities for others to be civically engaged, regardless of political affiliation.


She can be reached at 620-877-7372, or at gentry.thiesen@gmail.com