Executive Board

The Idaho Young Democrats organization is led 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 look at their short biographies below. To email a board member, click on their name.

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Matt Kilburn | President: Matt was born in Boise, ID and lived in multiple states growing up. He claims Idaho as home, however, and lives in Rexburg, ID. He is currently a senior at Brigham Young University – Idaho, where he will earn his BA in Political Science in April, 2018 with an emphasis on American Government.

Matt grew up in a very conservative household, but chose his own path as a Democrat in his teen years. He got his foot in the door to Idaho politics by volunteering for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign of 2016, where he volunteered to help run his local caucus. He went on to be a delegate to the 2016 Idaho Democratic State Convention, representing Madison County for Bernie. He then went on to work for the Idaho Democratic Party as a field organizer. He was then presented the “Youth Activist of the Year” award from the IDP at their 2017 annual Frank Church Gala. He was later elected to serve IDYD as National Committeeman, during which time he represented Idaho to the 2017 Young Democrats of America National Convention in Dallas, TX. This inspired him to run for the position of President, which he now serves as.

Henry Shafer-Coffey | Vice President: Henry is a junior at Boise State University. He became interested in politics during the absurd primary elections of 2016. He interned for the Idaho Democrats in the fall of 2016, and for the State Legislature in the spring of 2017. He is passionate about discussing politics in a fair, engaging, and inspiring way. He enjoys cooking, writing and watching sports.

 

IMG_3434Jessi Boyer | National Committee Representative: Jessi is a single mom from Twin Falls, Idaho who started her political work with the Idaho Institute for Organizing and Action in 2015 as a field fellow for Planned Parenthood. She worked for Conservation Voters for Idaho on the successful Clean Water and Open Spaces Levy, and for Idaho Democratic Party as the District 24 Field Organizer in 2016. Currently she is the chair of the Twin Falls County Democrats, National Committeewoman for Idaho Young Democrats, and the chair of the Idaho Democratic Party Strategic Plan Review Committee. Jessi plans to continue her work championing women, reproductive rights, people of color, and LGBTQ communities by working to elect Democrats and influence legislation in Idaho.

Kelsey Dillon | Treasurer: Kelsey received her BA in Political Science in May 2016 from Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. During her time in Oregon, she worked field on a State Senate campaign, where they ran a successful race against a Republican incumbent. After graduation, she interned under the Finance Director of Future PAC, the coordinated campaign for the Oregon House Democrats. After moving to Idaho in 2016, she participated in field for the Idaho Democratic Party, and worked as a Senate Attache for the Assistant Minority Leader and Caucus Chair in the 2017 legislative session. She is 28 years old and currently works as the Finance and Development Director for the Idaho Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (IDLCC). Kelsey is thrilled to be a part of the Idaho Young Democrats. 

Joe Goode | Chair, IDYD Local Presidents Association: Joe is a from San Jose, California, but moved to Boise in 2015 to start his path as a political science major at Boise State. It was Joe’s adoration of the Idaho State Capitol, and his passion for politics that brought him to Boise. Immediately he knew he wanted to get involved, so decided to join the Boise State Young Democrats. After just one semester, Joe was elected president of the club, and has been serving for 4 semesters since. Joe’s experience with his schools Young Democrats club helps him in his role as local presidents chair, because he is able to connect with other chapters in similar ways, and help other chapters in other states thrive and grow.

Joe has experience with canvassing for state campaigns, and has put his nose in the dirt for anything the Idaho Democratic Party or other local Democrats need help with. He was also an intern for the House Minority during the 2017 legislative session. In 2018, Joe has plans to help out with the Jim Vandermaas campaign for US Congress, along with being a district 17 co-captain for the Medicaid for Idaho campaign.

Egzona Rexhepi | Communications; Chair, IDYD High School Caucus: Egzona is a senior at Centennial High School in Boise, ID. She heads the Young Democrats clubs at Centennial and Capital High School during the school year and volunteers for local legislators and other political leaders over the summer. In addition to her political interests, Egzona dedicates herself to STEM subjects, primarily computer science and physics; she tutors at Mathnasium and leads the Girls in STEM club at Centennial. Egzona also enjoys playing tennis, listening to the Hamilton musical, and spending time with friends and family.

Matthew Wolfe | Parliamentarian: Matt is an East-Coast Transplant who has been living in Boise for about 4 years. He earned his BA in Business Administration from the American Military University, his J.D. from Concordia University School of Law, and his LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University. Joining the Idaho Young Democrats is Matt’s first foray into the political world. His goal is to get more young people involved in politics since Millennials are now the largest voting group in the United States. You can follow Matt on Twitter @aWolfeinIdaho.

Carter Jones | Events Coordinator: Carter Jones is a Boise State political science student and a lifetime Idahoan. Growing up in a politically active family, he began forming progressive opinions at a young age. While he was a liberal from birth, it wasn’t until his sophomore year, when he joined the Timberline Student Council, that he started event coordination. In his years at Timberline, he learned how to lead, be creative, and do a lot with a little. It wasn’t until October of 2016 that Carter left the title of slacktivist behind to volunteer for the Clinton campaign. He believes that political activism is among the most important ways to use one’s voice; serving on the IDYD Executive Board is his way of doing that. Carter is always in need of new innovative ideas, and event suggestions please feel free to contact him via email.

Crispin Gravatt | Field Director: Crispin was born in Pocatello, and grew up in various places along the Snake River. He graduated from Boise State University with degrees in Sociology, French, Gender Studies, and Economics. In 2014, Crispin was selected to represent ten states and various US territories as a human rights delegate, discussing the ways technology changes education around the world. Crispin also volunteers in his community to foster stronger relationships between business, nonprofit, neighborhood, and educational organizations, and assists in efforts to expand support services for LGBT survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse. Most recently, Crispin was a candidate for Boise City Council.

Luke Henken | Development Director: Luke was born and raised in Idaho. After going to school in Washington state, Luke came home because he loves our state and is excited about helping to create positive change.

With experience on campaigns in both Washington state and Idaho, he is ready to help move Idaho forward by engaging the next generation of Idaho leaders.

Dylan Simpson | National Committeeman: Lan is originally from Hailey, Idaho and the Blaine County area. Following his recent graduation from Boise State University with a bachelors degree in political science, he immediately got involved and traveled the state of during the summer of 2017 as a field organizer for the Idaho Democratic Party’s Summer of Resistance program. He has been involved in Idaho politics since before the 2016 elections, when he was an intern in the state senate, a fellow for the Hillary Clinton campaign, and an intern for the state party. Lan is passionate about issues that impact millennials and is looking forward to getting involved and getting more young people involved.