The Idaho Young Democrats organization is lead by an experienced team of elected or appointed 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 short biographies below:
Anne Zabala | President: Anne grew up in the Treasure Valley eventually landing in Middleton, ID. She recently graduated from the University of Idaho where she studied English and Organizational Science. Anne is currently managing Senator Dan Schmidt’s reelection campaign and Laurene Sorensen’s campaign for District 5 House Seat B in Moscow, ID.
Growing up in a fairly apolitical household that leaned to the right, Anne began volunteering during the 2012 election cycle to fight the Luna Laws. At this time, she helped reform the University of Idaho Young Democrats before leaving the country to study Arabic in Morocco for a year. Upon returning, Anne has worked as a field organizer for the Idaho Democratic Party and as a lobbyist on behalf of her student body.
Catherine Yenne | Vice President: Catherine grew up in the Boise area, but is currently based out of Moscow, Idaho where she is a junior at the University of Idaho studying Political Science, French, and International Studies. Her involvement in politics began with an internship at the Idaho Democratic Party. Since then she has been active in the UI Young Dems chapter as well as the Latah County operation before studying abroad in France last year. In her free time, Catherine is an avid reader and loves to spend time outside hiking, biking, camping, and exploring all that Idaho has to offer. She is committed to promoting democratic politics in Idaho and is very excited to be a part of the incredible IDYD team.
Elle Casner | Treasurer: Elle earned a B.B.A. in Accountancy and Finance from Boise State University in 2013. Shortly after graduating Elle spent some time as an intern in Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s office. In 2014 Elle joined A.J. Balukoff’s campaign for Governor as Call Time Manager and eventually becoming Deputy Finance Director. She also was the fundraiser for Bert Marley’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor. Elle is currently the Finance Director for the Idaho Democratic Party and she is working hard to help get Boise Mayor Dave Bieter re-elected and serves as Precinct Captain in District 19. Outside of politics Elle’s has experience in childcare, working for a local rafting outfitter and the financial services industry. Personal notes: Elle is a 4th generation Idahoan. She enjoys hiking, yoga and spending time with her family in McCall.
Casey Mattoon | Communications Director: Casey Mattoon graduated from the College of Idaho in 2012 with majors in Political Economy and Environmental Studies. After graduating, he served as the Boise River Intern with Idaho Rivers United before departing to serve as an Environmental Volunteer with Peace Corps Nicaragua. Currently, Casey is the Conservation Program Coordinator at the Idaho Chapter Sierra Club. A native to Idaho, Casey loves exploring the state doing every activity possible – hiking, biking, rafting, swimming, drinking, eating, and driving. #I’mWithHer
Open Position | Field Director:
Prascilla Upadhaya | Events Coordinator: Prascilla began her political career as an intern at the Idaho Democratic Party headquarters during her junior year of college. After helping run caucus operations around the state she became the event coordinator for the 2016 Idaho Democratic Party Convention, where she helped run delegate operations and facilitated communication. Prascilla still works at the IDP where she works on fundraising and other types of events, and is a communication assistant at CaptionCall where she translates calls for the hard of hearing. She will graduate this December with a B.S. in political science from Boise State and hopes to one day serve as Idaho’s first female governor.
Tom Hamilton | National Committee Representative: 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. He is currently the Political Director for the Idaho Democratic Party.
Jessi Boyer | National Committee Representative: Jessi lives in Twin Falls, Idaho with her daughter, Joss. She has a backyard garden every year and loves yoga, sewing, paddle boarding, and hot spring hunting.Jessi has worked as an organizer for Planned Parenthood, Conservation Voters for Idaho, and the Idaho Democratic Party and currently works as an advocate for a women’s shelter in Twin Falls. She began working in politics in 2015 and currently serves as the National Committeewoman for the Idaho Young Democrats, the Vice-Chair of the Twin Falls County Democrats, and chaired the 2017 IDP Strategic Plan Review Committee. Jessi is pursuing her Political Science degree at the College of Southern Idaho. She is committed to work that aligns with her ideals and advances feminism, social justice, and strong community through progressive policy.
Hannah Davis | Parliamentarian: Hannah graduated from the university of Idaho in 2014 with her bachelors in International Studies, and political science and a minor in Spanish. Originally from Boise she found herself headed to San Antonio Texas right after earning her degree to serve as a corps member for Teach For America. Hannah was involved in ASUI from 2011-14, serving as senator and president. During those years she gained immense knowledge of parliamentary procedure. She’s been a registered democrat since she was 18.
Brooke Erickson | Chair, IDYD Local Presidents Association: Brooke is a North Idaho native who has kept her love and passion for politics with her everywhere she goes. An Eastern Washington University graduate, Brooke has been involved in university political organizations as well as local campaigns in her area. She currently interns for the Idaho Democratic Party in an effort to learn more about our political system and get more involved in state politics. She has been involved with the IDYD in the past, and looks forward to continuing her involvement.
Dharma Koffer | Chair, IDYD High School Caucus: Dharma is a senior at Renaissance High School, where she is part of the Concurrent Credit Program. She hopes to complete her Associate’s of Arts from Idaho State University by the time she graduates highschool. After wanting to become involved in Idaho politics, she helped to create Young Democrats clubs in high schools across the Treasure Valley. She currently serves as the Chair of the High School Caucus, and volunteers her time door-to-door canvassing for important issues such as the Boise Clean Water and Open Space levy. Outside of politics, Dharma also competes in Speech & Debate where she earned first place in the entire state of Idaho for Panel Discussion. She enjoys volunteering at local animal shelters and helps to foster baby kittens until they are old enough to be adopted.