KYD Leadership

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.

2016-2017 KYD Executive Committee

Elected Officers

Travis Scott, President (bio)
Liz Fossett, Vice President of Programming (bio)
Alex Caudill, Vice President of Recruitment & Expansion (bio)
Laken Gilbert, National Committewoman & Past President (bio)
Christian Motley, National Committeeman (bio)
Thaddeus Walls, Secretary (bio)
Ashley Adkins, Treasurer (bio)

Ex-Officio Members

Courtney Daniel, Political Director

Drew Scaggs, Chief of Staff

Chloe Atwater, Women's Issues Director

Josh Estep, Communications Director
Clint Morris, Rules & Charter Chair
Liles Taylor, Labor Director
Griffin Gillis, College Democrats of Kentucky President


Executive Committee Biographies

Travis Scott, President

Travis Scott, of Denver, is a proud Eastern Kentuckian and two time (2010-2011, 2014-2016) former Vice President of Recruitment and Expansion of Kentucky Young Democrats.

From 2011-2013 Travis served as Chairman of the Rural Caucus of Young Democrats of America. As chairman, he organized campaigns invasions in crucial swing districts in North Carolina and Nebraska, as well as promoted rural issues across the country.

Travis worked from 2007-2011 for Governor Steven L. Beshear, both in capacities of his election and reelection campaigns and in the Office of the Governor: Department for Local Government, where he specialized in helping county governments with Federal Grants for Flood Control and Land and Water Conservation.

Travis is a 2004 graduate of Morehead State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Communications (Journalism). While in college, Travis served as Vice President of the MSU Student Government Association and State Secretary of Kentucky 4-H. He has worked as an AmeriCorps with Lexington Habitat for Humanity and was also a member of the Morehead Area Habitat for Humanity board of directors.

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Twitter: @TravisScottKY



Liz Fossett, Vice President of Programming

Liz Fossett, of Covington, holds her MBA from the University of Kentucky and is a 2008 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she was President of the school’s College Democrats chapter. Liz has been active in Kentucky Politics for some time, serving as Kentucky Young Democrats President from 2011-2014 and National Committeewoman from 2014-2016, and previously served as a Constituent Services Representative for Congressman Ben Chandler and Communications Director for the Fayette County, KY PVA office. She is an alumni of the Front Line Leaders Academy, as well as several campaigns in Kentucky, including Bruce Lunsford for U.S. Senate and Ken Lucas for U.S. House of Representatives. 

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Twitter: @lizfossett



Alex Caudill, Vice President of Recruitment & Expansion

Alex Caudill, of Henderson, is a graduate of Georgetown College where he is majored in Political Science with a minor in Theatre. Alex has been involved in politics across the state for over five years and looks forward to continue building and empowering College and Young Democrat chapters across the Commonwealth. Alex served as President of the College Democrats of Kentucky from 2013-2014.

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Twitter: @AlexCaudill923





Laken Gilbert, National Committeewoman

Laken Gilbert is an attorney in Maysville, KY, where she joined the law offices of Royse, Zweigart, Kirk, Brammer & Caudill after graduating from UK College of Law. While in law school, Laken was active in moot court and law journal. Laken is passionate about ending power-based violence and has a published article on sexual assault in the agriculture industry.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Women's Crisis Center, and has been appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to serve on the Child Abuse & Exploitation Prevention Board and Commission on Women. 
Laken has worked hard to move the Democratic Party forward. She has held numerous positions over the years in the Kentucky Young Democrats, and currently serves as Vice President of Programming. She has worked and volunteered for many campaigns and looks forward to helping candidates again this election cycle. In 2012, Laken graduated from Emerge KY, a candidate training program for Democratic women, was a delegate to the DNC,  and was  honored as the Kentucky Young Democrat of the Year. 

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Twitter: @LakenGilbert



Christian Motley, National Committeeman

Christian Motley is a proud advocate for students and educators as the Government Relations Director for the Kentucky Education Association. He previously served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, and was a presidential appointee in the Office of the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, in Washington, D.C., which took a leadership role in building President Obama’s initiative to expand opportunity for young men of color – My Brother’s Keeper.

Christian got his start as a student organizer registering new voters on his college campus, and has since gone on to organize campaigns on every level of government, including the 2012 presidential election in Pennsylvania. His true passion is engaging young people. This deep commitment has led him to service as a past advisory board member with Democratic GAIN, holding career counseling office hours with emerging professionals around the country, and as an executive board member for the group, New Leaders Council – Kentucky, working to recruit and empower a new generation of millennials leaders across the Commonwealth. In 2014, he was recognized among emPower Magazine’s national list of “Rising Young Political Leaders.”

Christian lives in Lexington, Kentucky, just up the road from his beloved alma mater, Berea College.

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Twitter: @cmotedu

Thaddeus Walls, Secretary

Thaddeus Walls, from Campbell County Kentucky is currently serving as Secretary of Kentucky Young Democrats. Thaddeus is the President of the Northern Kentucky Young Democrats, representing Kenton, Campbell and Boone Counties and serves as a community health educator for Humana and served as a voter empowerment organizer for Kentuckians For The Commonwealth in 2014, and for Organizing For America  in 2012.   

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Ashley Adkins, Treasurer

Ashley L. Adkins is a member of the Kentucky bar and 2014 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. Ashley’s leadership is demonstrated through her active civic and professional association involvement. She serves as assistant coach for the Ashland Paul Blazer High School Mock Trial Team, a board member ofthe Ashland Young Professional Association, a liaison to the Eastern Kentucky Young Professionals, Kentucky Defense Counsel Young Lawyers Section Member,and assistant advisor to Delta Gamma Sorority at Morehead State University. In law school, Ashley served as Treasurer of the Women’s Law Caucus, Vice President of the Trial Advocacy Board, and was a member of Moot Court. She was selected as a top oral advocate for the Reed Club and was runner-up at the 2012 Kentucky Intrastate Trial Competition.

Ashley is from Morehead, Kentucky and graduated from Morehead State University, magna cum laude, in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government. While an undergraduate, Ms. Adkins presented her research on prison population growth factors at three national and one international conference. She served as Vice President of the National Society of Collegiate Honors, was a KIIS study abroad participant in Segovia, Spain, Intern for the Legislative Research Commission, and Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Foundation, and Director of Scholarship for Delta Gamma Sorority. She was selected as Greek Woman of the Year in 2009.

Facebook: Ashley L. Adkins

Twitter: @ashleyadkinsky