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This organization is open to King County residents under the age of 36 who declare themselves to be a Democrat. We aim to stimulate an active interest in governmental affairs and help young voters influence elections. We only endorse candidates who uphold the progressive social and economic policies our county values.

KCYD Meetings use Robert’s Rules of Order. Find an easy cheat sheet here.

Executive Board

Chair: Cecilia Jeong | KCYDChair@Gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA (Greenlake)
Hometown: Shoreline, WA
Legislative District: 43rd

Cecilia is a Korean-born and Washington-raised attorney with a local law firm called Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. She is a die-hard Husky, having attended UW for both her undergraduate and law degree. Cecilia first became involved with KCYD as the political director, then served as Vice Chair before taking on the role of Chair. This year, Cecilia aims to provide a space for passionate young people to turn their frustrations into effective action. She hopes to help members find engagement, leadership opportunities, and to find community in one another. In her free time, Cecilia loves to travel and explore the great PNW, thrift shop, and try new noms.

Vice Chair: Emily Krisher | kcydvice@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Belltown, Seattle
Hometown: Wallingford, Seattle
Legislative District: Washington’s Fightin’ 36th

After living and attending school in the Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia, Emily returned to her hometown of Seattle to practice law in 2015. As an attorney with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, she works primarily with small businesses, nonprofits, and government entities. Emily served last year as KCYD’s treasurer and took on the role of Vice Chair with the aim of pushing elected Democrats at the state, local, and federal levels to enact lasting progressive changes, particularly related to income inequality and the environment. In her free time, Emily likes to bake, eat, travel, eat, ski, and eat.

Treasurer: Sarah Dickmeyer | kcydtreasurer@gmail.com
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Communications Director: Rio Fernandes | kcydcommdirector@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Renton, WA
Hometown: Sammamish, WA
Legislative District: 45th

Rio Fernandes has spent the majority of his life in the Pacific Northwest, with a short stint on the east coast gaining valuable work experience and realizing that he belongs in Washington. After working as a journalist for a few years, Rio decided to move into the nonprofit sector, joining Full Life Care as a Communications and Development Associate. He got involved in politics after the 2016 Election and hopes to use his passion for storytelling to highlight the impact politics has on society and why remaining civically engaged is so important. When he’s not working, Rio is spending too much time obsessing about sports, with an emphasis on the Washington State Cougars and the Seattle Mariners, despite both routinely crushing his hopes and dreams.

Legislative Director: Tyler Mesman | KCYD.legdir@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Legislative District: 43rd

Tyler is a PNW transplant having been born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. A first-generation college student, Tyler graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with degrees in Political Science & Philosophy. After a post-graduation global backpacking trip, he returned to the US and made Seattle his new home. Tyler worked as a Field Organizer in the 2016 election and currently works at a political consulting firm specializing in fundraising for Democratic candidates and progressive ballot initiatives. He lives in the Roosevelt neighborhood with his fiancé, Tony, and their cat, Titus. When not politicking, Tyler enjoys cooking, camping, reading, playing video games and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Political Director: Alicia Bissonette | kcydpoliticaldirector@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Bellingham, WA
Legislative District: 43rd

Alicia Bissonnette is an organizer turned policy wonk, originally from a small town in New England. She currently works on coordinating Medicaid Transformation efforts at a Medicaid Managed Care Organization in Bothell, WA. Alicia got involved with KCYD when she moved to Seattle for graduate school [go Redhawks] and was looking for a way to get involved with the community and the local political scene. She hopes that she can bring some civic education, grassroots passion, and campaign strategy to KCYD through her role as Political Director. Other than politics and healthcare, Alicia enjoys watching and participating in improv comedy, jazz, hiking, and spending time with her partner and two cats.

Events Director: Josh Friedmann | kcyd.events@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Ballard, WA
Legislative District: 36th

Josh Friedmann is very happy to be back home in Seattle after ten years on the east coast for college, law school, and political work. As a lawyer in Davis Wright Tremaine’s real estate group, he works on transactional, land use, and leasing matters for clients ranging from large transit authorities and public pension funds to local nonprofits and startups. Josh is also a member of the board of the King County Bar Association’s environmental and land use section, as well as the government affairs working group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. He previously worked for two years as a political aide at the White House and on President Obama’s 2012 reelect. In Josh’s free time he enjoys camping, boating, live music and home improvement projects. He graduated from Tufts University and Harvard Law School.

Social Action Director: Morgan Steele |KCYD.action@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Greenlake, WA
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Legislative District: 36th

Morgan Steele is the Social Action Director and eternal optimist of KCYD. She hustles on the ground in King County to connect Young Dems to meaningful actions and facilitate community building among our members. She graduated from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC in 2013. After growing up with a mother and two grandmothers that worked as nurses, her passion for access to healthcare for all led her to complete more than 350 hours of community service and conduct an independent public health research project in the indigenous communities of Chile. Since college, her passion for organizing and community service has taken her around the United States and includes implementing the Affordable Care Act for Planned Parenthood, organizing for Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president, working for Fuse Washington, and now serving on the KCYD executive board. Morgan is a fluent Spanish speaker who miraculously survived being bit by a scorpion while walking barefoot (like the hippie she is) through the desert of La Paz on the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. When she’s not wishing she had the ability to make happy hour snacks and wine appear out of thin air, Morgan can be found planning her wedding, exploring the beautiful PNW wilderness, and getting down to old-school funk and soul music.

At-Large Director West: Patrick Burke | KCYD.alw@gmail.com
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At-Large Director East: Nathaniel Block | kcyd.ale@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Mercer Island, WA
Hometown: Goleta, CA
Legislative District: 41st

Nathaniel is in his second term serving as KCYD At-Large East Representative. Besides serving on the KCYD Board, he also serves as an At-Large Representative on the DNC’s Youth Advisory Committee, Washington State Democrats Central Committeeman for his LD, King County Democrats Party Affairs Co-Chair, and as the 41st Legislative District’s Endorsement Committee Chair. After graduating UW as an undergrad (Go DAWGS!) he worked in Las Vegas as a Middle School English Teacher and Basketball Coach in the inner city. Currently completing Law School at UW (Go DAWGS!) Nathaniel intends on working as a prosecutor upon graduation. In his spare time (if such a thing exists) he enjoys watching classic movies, playing sports, and hanging out with friends.

At-Large Director South: George Vadino | KCYD.als@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Federal Way, WA
Hometown: Federal Way, WA
Legislative District: 30th

George discovered his passion for politics and began working for political campaigns while attending Western Washington University. After graduating, he returned to his hometown of Federal Way looking for opportunities to engage in the community and quickly became involved with KCYD. One of George’s main goals for the year is to find new ways to recruit members from South King County. He is also looking to do whatever he can to help candidates and incumbent Democrats in the swing districts within the area. In addition to his involvement with KCYD, George serves on the Board of the 30th District Democrats as their official representative to KCYD.

KCDCC Rep. Female: Afton Larsen |kcydrep1@gmail.com
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KCDCC Rep. Male: Eleazar Loyo | Kcydrep2@gmail.com
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Legislative District: 43rd

Eleazar is a first-generation Venezuelan-American that is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Washington. Besides being a member of KCYD, he is also an active member of the 43rd District Democrats and YDUW. Eleazar has both the passion and the free time to attend political meetings. During this year, he will aim to increase the participation of young people by raising awareness of some of the constraints that have been overlooked in the past by our demographic. Additionally, he would like to increase the participation of college students at KCYD, particularly from colleges and universities that do not have YD chapters already.