About Us

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: Yuan Tao | KCYDChair@gmail.com

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Currently Resides: Seattle
Hometown: Plano, Texas
Legislative District: 37th LD

Yuan Tao used to tell people she had no roots because she was born in Belgium, raised in Canada, lived in Texas, and is of Chinese ethnicity. She has since also naturalized as a US citizen and gone to college in Chicago. Now, she hopes to put down roots in Seattle.

She has previously been on the board of the 37th LD Democrats and was the Communications Director for the King County Young Democrats before being elected as Chair in 2021. In every position, her passion has been making politics as accessible and easy to understand as possible for your average non-political person. Currently, she works as a data analyst at Harborview Medical Center.

Vice Chair: Nicole Palczewski | kcydvice@gmail.com

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Currently Resides: Seattle
Hometown: Ballard and Woodinville, WA
Legislative District: 36th LD

Nicole has been a part of KCYD since 2019 and is proud to be the new Vice Chair, helping everyone else on the board get their projects off the ground and being a perpetual hype man for every member’s great ideas. Born in Ballard, she grew up in King County and attended Oregon State University for a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology before returning to her home district (Go Thundering 36th!!) to try to better represent the interests of younger, more progressive Democrats in city, district, and county politics. If you need someone to boost your mood with a bad dad joke, get drenched with your thoughts in a brainstorm, or make you cookies for no reason in particular, this is the person to reach out to!

Treasurer: Viral Shah | kcydtreasurer@gmail.com

Currently Resides: Redmond
Legislative District: 48th LD

Communications Director: Geoff Long | kcydcommdirector@gmail.com

Currently Resides: Renton
Legislative District: 11th LD

Geoff Long is excited to be serving in the role of Communications Director for the King County Young Democrats. Geoff who is originally from Baltimore, Maryland is a proud alum of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI has served in various roles within the organization. His previous stops include President of the Baltimore County Young Democrats and Treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic Region. He has a passion for being part of the solution and not the problem when it comes to the various issues that impact his community hence his passion for being part of the political process. He has spent considerable amount of time over the years mentoring the inner-city youth under the umbrella of his fraternity Phi Beta Sigma. Geoff is excited to be working with a team full of passionate individuals who share the same vision for a better King County.

Legislative Director: Matthew Lang | kcyd.legdir@gmail.com

Pronouns: he/him/his
Currently Resides: Seattle
Legislative District: 37th LD

Political Director: Dan Tran | kcydpoliticaldirector@gmail.com

Pronouns: he/him/his
Currently Resides: Bellevue
Hometown: Olympia, WA
Legislative District: 48th LD

Dan Tran was born in the great state capital of Olympia and lived in the Pudget Sound all his life. A proud UW alum, he was active in advocating on a range of student issues including campus accessibility, housing affordability, and public transportation. Since then, he has been involved in numerous political organizations, including the 48th District Democrats and as KCYD’s representative to the King County Democrats Central Committee last year. He hopes to be able to engage with many young voters to become passionate about civic engagement. Dan currently works as a software development engineer at Microsoft as part of its Linux Systems Group. Other than politics, Dan enjoys reading, playing video games, and playing the clarinet which he has played since 5th grade!

Events Director: Janie Bube | kcyd.events@gmail.com

At-Large Director West: MaryKylie Cranford | KCYD.alw@gmail.com

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Currently Resides: Seattle
Legislative District: 36th LD

Raised in North Carolina, MaryKylie Cranford graduated from North Carolina State University and moved to Seattle in 2017. MaryKylie works in communications for King County Metro and strongly believes that mobility is a human right. MaryKylie is passionate about inclusion and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Best Buddies of Washington, a nonprofit focused on ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of people with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD). She is the event chair for Best Buddies and is the event coordinator for the 36th Democrats since 2020. She has worked as a volunteer for many local campaigns and is a PCO for the 36th Democrats. She currently lives in Ballard and enjoys playing trivia with friends, board games, and going to see live music (when we aren’t in the middle of a global pandemic). MaryKylie is honored to serve on the King County Young Democrats board and hopes to represent West King County and encourage strong political engagement in young democrats across the county.

At-Large Director East: Mike DeVine | kcyd.ale@gmail.com

Pronouns: he/him/his
Currently Resides: Kirkland
Hometown: South Setauket, NY
Legislative District: 45th LD

KCDCC Rep: Niko Battle | Kcydrep2@gmail.com

Pronouns: they/them/theirs
Currently Resides: Seattle
Legislative District: 43rd LD