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.

2017-2018 KYD Executive Committee

Elected Officers

Travis Scott, President (bio)
Ellen Cartmell, Vice President of Programming (bio)
Julian Roberts Robinson, Vice President of Recruitment & Expansion (bio)
Laken Gilbert-Albrink, National Committewoman (bio)
Christian Motley, National Committeeman (bio)
Amber Roberts, Secretary (bio)
John Mays, Treasurer (bio)

Ex-Officio Members

Courtney Daniel, Political Director

Chloe Atwater, Women's Issues Director

Josh Estep, Communications Director
Clint Morris, Rules & Charter Chair
Liles Taylor, Labor Director
Kolt Boddy, 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.

Facebook: Travis Scott

Twitter: @TravisScottKY



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.

Despite having setbacks with his condition, Julian is still pursuing his education at Western Kentucky Community & Technical College and WKU as well as making his voice heard through involvement in local and state politics. Julian has had the opportunity to work on campaigns for State Representatives Gerald Watkins and Jeff Taylor, Attorneys General Jack Conway and Andy Beshear, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless.






Laken Gilbert-Albrink, 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. 

Facebook: Laken Gilbert

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.

Facebook: Christian Motley

Twitter: @cmotedu

Amber Roberts, Secretary

Amber Roberts is a native of Drift in Floyd County, but now resides in Louisville. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Sociology from Western Kentucky University where she graduated cum laude and a member of Alpha Kappa Delta. Her undergraduate focus was in criminology and race and ethic relations; and her graduate research study examined return Appalachian migration in Central Appalachia. 

Young Dems is her first foray into the political scene.

Facebook: Amber Roberts

Twitter: @ambycole