The Executive Leadership Team

IDYD 2013

The Idaho Young Democrats organization is lead by an experienced team of elected or appointed  Executive Leadership board members.  Each person on this executive board serves a two-year term and carries with them a variety of different responsibilities that help fulfill the mission set forth by IDYD members.  To learn more about the people leading this organization, please take a look at their bios below:

 

Kathy GriesmyerKathy Griesmyer | President:  Kathy Griesmyer currently serves as the Community Outreach Manager with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Idaho. In her position at the ACLU, Kathy works to defend the civil liberties of all Idahoans through public education and community outreach. As a graduate of the 2012 Western States Center Western Institute for Leadership Development, Kathy gathered with fellow community organizers over the course of a year to develop her skills to effectively analyze political movements while also increasing her proficiency in base-building, member and leadership development. Before joining the ACLU of Idaho, Kathy worked on a civic engagement campaign to organize Idahoans to exercise their right to vote and educate them on Idaho’s election systems with the local non-profit organization the Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN).  Kathy graduated from the University of Oregon in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and International Studies with a focus in Diplomacy and Law. During her time as a university student, Kathy also interned for the Idaho Human Rights Education Center and the City of Eugene’s Equity and Human Rights Center. When not organizing volunteers or giving Know Your Rights presentations, Kathy can be found running many of Boise’s beautiful trails and cheering on her mighty Oregon Ducks.

 

Alysha PrisbreyAlysha Prisbrey | Vice President:  Born and raised in Idaho, is a current Political Science student at Boise State University. She originally got involved in Idaho politics when she interned for Representative Wendy Jaquet from Ketchum. She is in her third year at the Idaho State Legislature now interning for Representative Janie Ward-Engelking. In 2012 Alysha also managed the successful comeback legislative campaign for Representative Ward-Engelking in District 18. She is currently active in trying to reestablish the Boise State College Democrats as a more involved organization. Her main goal is trying to get more young people involved in politics by instilling the same passion she feels. She hopes to one day see Idaho turn blue.

 

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Jennifer Martínez | Treasurer: Jennifer Martinez, an Idaho native, first became involved in politics by becoming the Secretary for the Spokane County Democrats while attending Gonzaga University. Upon graduation, Jennifer started working for United States Senator Patty Murray as the Eastern Washington Representative and did so until December 2011, when she decided to make the move back to Idaho to work as an Attaché for the Idaho House Minority Caucus.  Jennifer went on to manage the successful Erpelding for District 19 Primary campaign in 2012, and followed up by becoming a Field Organizer on the Vote No on Propositions 1, 2, 3 campaign.  She is currently serving as the Chief of Staff for the Idaho House Minority Caucus and remains passionate in her goal to grow Democratic, Latino, & Youth politics in Idaho.

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Christopher Cooke | National Committee Representative 1: Christopher Cooke, originally born in Kennewick Washington, and raised in Salt Lake City, is a student at Boise State University. He has been an active in community service and politics since middle school, where he ran for Rowland Hall’s 6th Grand Student Council. In high school he joined up with the Progressive Student Alliance and was part of a team that fought to protect Gay Straight Alliances across the state of Utah. Upon Graduating from high school he received the Senior Community Service award for having done more than 1,500 hours of community service, and organizing multiple student groups across the state. He was also recognized by the University of Utah and was a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Award.Chris attended college at Idaho State University where he brought his community organizing skills to full force. He was heavily involved in the College Democrats, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Student Alliance(LGBTSA), The Political Science Honor Society(Pi Sigma Alpha), Law Club, The Frank Church International Student Symposium, The Idaho Student Progressive Alliance, and many more. Chris is a mover and a shaker, he is recognized as a founding member of the organization 2great4hate out of Pocatello, a group dedicated to combating racism, and other prejudices. He was part of the President’s Diversity Council at ISU and collaborated with others to find ways to advocate for diversity on campus. He was featured by the New York Times and local media as a student activist organizing their college campus with the National Occupy Movement, which landed him as a guest panelist regarding Youth Organizing and Activism, for The 8th National LGBTQ Health Equity Summit.

Currently Chris resides in Boise Idaho. In addition to his role as National Committee Person for the Idaho Young Democrats, he also  volunteers as a member of the Pride Foundation’s Leadership Action Team. He is also a trainer and advisory board member for the Idaho Suicide Hotline where he covers the special topics of LGBTQ Youth, and Diversity. He is also a board member of the Interfaith Alliance, a group dedicated to social justice. He served as an intern at the State Legislature under D19 Rep. Brian Cronin, and was also the District 18 Campaign Manager for Sen. Branden Durst in the summer of 2012. When not working he enjoys rock climbing, wine tasting, poetry slams, chess nights, dancing, and long walks on the beach.
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“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde
Shelby Scott | National Committee Representative 2: Shelby Scott, born in Las Vegas, Nevada, graduated cum laude from Boise State University in the spring of 2012 with a BA in Political Science. While at Boise State, she was involved with the Boise State College Democrats and continues to foster their growth. Her life as an Idaho Democrat started when she interned with the Idaho Democratic Party as the Fall Event Coordinator in 2011 and played a major role in the Holiday Buy Blue Auction. Continuing down the blue path, she interned with the Idaho House of Representatives Minority Caucus in the spring of 2012 and never looked back. She managed five successful state legislative races simultaneously during the 2012 election cycle and returned to the Capitol as an Attaché for the House Minority Caucus this spring. In her “spare” time, she likes to read, listen to music, camp and ski.

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Tom HamiltonTom Hamilton | Field Director: Tom began his political career as a staffer on the Obama campaign in the state of Nevada. Tom moved to Boise in the summer of 2012 when he became the Field Director on the Nicole LeFavour for Congress campaign in Congressional District 2.  He then went on to the Greater Boise Auditorium District races in the spring where he helped to win 2 out of 3 seats that were up for election. He also started The Activate Idaho Initiative to engage activists between traditional election cycles and to train our volunteers into future leaders and staffers.

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TonyAnthony Shallat | Parliamentarian: Tony’s experience in both law and politics makes him a great fit for the position of Parliamentarian. The past two years he has been earning his Juris Doctorate at the University of Idaho College of Law. In addition to his legal experience, Tony has been heavily involved in the Democratic Party both locally and nationally. As an undergraduate student at the University of San Diego, he interned with Senator Barbara Boxer. After college, he worked on the Walt Minnick for Congress Campaign and then at the Washington D.C. political consulting firm, Winning Connections. Currently, he has been serving as the President of the Idaho Law Democrats and recently worked as a Campaign Manager for the  state legislative campaign, Drews for Idaho. Tony’s success in law school, as demonstrated through Dean’s List Honors and work on the Idaho Law Review, will allow him to excel in the position of Parliamentarian.

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