KYD Statewide Leadership

The Kentucky Young Democrats Executive Committee consists of elected officers and ex-officio members.  The KYD Executive Committee assists local chapters and sets policy and programming for our organization.

2018-2019 KYD Executive Committee

Elected Officers

Clayton Brown, President (bio)
Logan Gatti, Vice President of Programming (bio)
Julian Roberts Robinson, Vice President of Recruitment & Expansion (bio)
Lauren Tussey, National Committee Member (bio)
Seth Woods, National Committee Member (bio)
Ellen Cartmell, Secretary (bio)
Zac Losey, Treasurer (bio)

Ex-Officio Members

Sharon Murphy, Minority Affairs Director

Richard Becker, Labor Relations Director

Gracie Lagadinos, Women's Issues Director

Ashanti Scott, Deputy Women's Issues Director

Greg Welch, Community Service Director


Daniel Hurt, Political Affairs Chair

Sarah Thomas, Finance Chair

Austin Redmon, Rules & Charter Chair


Oscar Heithaus, College Democrats of Kentucky President

Kevin Short, High School Democrats of Kentucky President

Executive Committee Biographies

Clayton Brown, President

Clayton Brown has lived all over Kentucky, from Fayette, Oldham, Estill, and currently in Shelby County. He is a 2014 graduate from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a member of Honor Societies Omicron Delta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha.

While Clayton has always had an interest in politics, he first got involved when he interned in Frankfort for State Representative Susan Westrom. He has worked on several State House and local races and works as a freelance web developer for campaigns and non-profits.

Clayton serves as President of the Shelby County Young Democrats and previously was the 4th Congressional District Director and Rules Chair for the Kentucky Young Democrats.

Twitter: @ClaytonBrownKY


Julian Roberts Robinson, Vice President of Recruitment & Expansion

Hailing from Paducah, Julian was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of three months old, and stayed in and out of hospitals during his youth  especially at the Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville.  Julian had many difficulties adapting to his illness as a child but through hard work and perseverance he managed to overcome his illness not be defined by it. Throughout his high school career Julian maintained a 4.0 GPA, and  graduated in the top of his class. Julian has been nominated twice for National Student Ambassador as well as has had the opportunity to  intern at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Cancer Research Center for two weeks.

Julian is a member of the McCracken County Democratic Executive Committee, an Honorary member of the Western Kentucky AFL-CIO, and the West Kentucky Young Democrats.

Julian has volunteered on several campaigns, such as Ky. State Representative Gerald Watkins, Mayor Brandi Harless, former Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, Former Ky. State Representative Jeff Taylor, Ky. State Representative Will Coursey and Ky. Attorney General Andy Beshear. Julian Roberts Robinson is also a Kentucky Colonel and Duke of Paducah Award recipient due to his humanitarian actions and political contributions.


Lauren Tussey, National Committee Member

Lauren Audrey Tussey was born and raised in Ashland, Kentucky. She received her Masters Degree in English from Marshall University in December 2015 where she graduated with distinction, taught for the university, and published several works of literature.  

Upon finishing graduate school, Tussey became the president of the Boyd County Young Democrats, a position she feels has allowed her to take a hands-on role in her community and further ignite a political spark within her. She has served as a Regional Director of the Kentucky Young Democrats and is a proud 2017 Emerge Kentucky graduate. 

Tussey currently serves as the National Committee Woman of the Kentucky Young Democrats and looks forward to continue her service of the Commonwealth on a national level. She also serves as the Vice Chairwoman of the Young Democrats of America Labor Caucus and as the Chairwoman of the YDA South East Region Membership Committee. 

Currently, Tussey lives in Catlettsburg, Kentucky where she works as a financial planner providing life insurance and retirement options to her community-- while still making time to run campaigns to elect strong, labor focused democratic candidates to public office.


Seth Woods, National Committee Member

Seth Woods has been an engaged and devoted young Democrat for years. While serving as an officer for 3 years in the Centre College Democrats, Seth started as a canvass leader for Governor Steve Beshear's campaign in 2007. After graduating, Seth was a field organizer for the Obama campaign in North Dakota and Wisconsin before returning to Kentucky as a special election field director in 2009. After working several years for a DC-based non-profit, he helped establish a local KYD chapter in the Buffalo Trace region in 2016, serving as chapter president when it was awarded the Ned Breathitt "Chapter of the Year" in 2017. As Kentucky's delegate to the YDA Rules Committee in Dallas, Seth developed an interest in promoting Young Democrat initiatives and reforms, and at the 2018 KYD convention was elected as a National Committee Member. He also serves on the YDA Southeast Region Communications Team.

Serving a two-year term the KYD executive committee, Seth's agenda focuses on making KYD and YDA a more inclusive environment that brings more young people into leadership roles in party politics. One of his most recent achievements was the passage of an amendment opening YD national committee positions to people of all gender identities, which was passed by acclamation at the 2018 KYD convention.

A resident of Minerva, Seth is also a member of the Mason County Democratic Executive Committee and was honored as a "Rising Star" by the Northern Kentucky Democratic Party in 2017. He is currently enrolled as a student at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Facebook: Seth Woods


Ellen Cartmell, Secretary

Ellen Cartmell is a native of Maysville, Kentucky and is a past-president and co-founder of the Buffalo Trace Young Democrats, a young Democrats club that spans five counties. While chartering the Buffalo Trace Young Democrats, Ellen simultaneously co-founded and became Chair of the Maysville Young Professionals Network. Ellen is a 2012 graduate of Centre College and has a Master's of Public Administration from Morehead State University with a concentration in Community Development and Nonprofit Management. She is the Executive Director of the United Way of Mason County. Ellen is also an member of the Mason County Democratic Party Executive Committee and the Tri-County Democratic Woman's Club, and an alumna of the Emerge Kentucky Class of 2017.

Facebook: Ellen Cartmell

Twitter: @ellencartmell


Zac Losey, Treasurer

Zac Losey is the Legislative Aide for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council’s 12th District. In this role, he manages the council member’s legislative portfolio, advises on matters of policy and procedure, handles constituent services and works with the district’s 26 neighborhood associations to address their needs and concerns. Originally from Independence, KY, Zac attended Georgetown College where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology in 2014. He was involved in a variety of honors organizations and activities which included the campus LGBTQ+ rights organization, various philanthropic events, and social justice advocacy. His passion for science literacy and education were the main focus of his extracurricular efforts, which led him to help organize and lead a student fellowship program which organized over 40 on-campus events focused on increasing understanding and appreciation of science.

Zac has been involved in many political campaigns and is an active member of the Fayette County Democratic Party. His recent efforts have focused on helping elect local progressives to office, and bringing attention to local issues and candidates. He currently resides in Lexington, where you’re likely to find him hiking, enjoying some great Kentucky craft beer, or frantically chasing after his dog, Tonks.

Facebook: Zac Losey