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)
Brenna Caudill, Vice President of Programming (bio)
Julian Roberts Robinson, Vice President of Recruitment & Expansion (bio)
Lauren Tussey, National Committee Person (bio)
Seth Woods, National Committee Person (bio)
Ellen Cartmell, Secretary (bio)
Zac Losey, Treasurer (bio)

Ex-Officio Members

Coming Soon


Executive Committee Biographies

Clayton Brown, President

Clayton Brown has lived all over Kentucky from Fayette, Oldham, Estill, but currently lives 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.



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