Tina Podlodowski is the daughter of two naturalized U.S. citizens who fled post-WWII Europe as refugees. As a first generation American, “union kid”, and lifelong Democrat, Tina has spent her life fighting for equity and equality and gained prominence as a visible leader in both the Democratic party nationally, and the LGBTQ community nationally and internationally.
Tina’s thirty plus years of leadership in technology, government and management has saved taxpayers millions of dollars to invest in social services, improved public safety and health for diverse populations, and revolutionized technology. She has been an integral part of over 200 different initiative, candidate, and coordinated campaigns.
After a career as an executive at Microsoft, Tina won an at-large seat on the Seattle City Council with 65% of the popular vote. On council, she championed new civil rights legislation including the inclusion of gender identity into all city ordinances, created the first civilian oversight body of the Seattle police department, and pioneered in-neighborhood council meetings to engage a more diverse group of constituents in decision-making.
From there she revitalized and grew two regional non-profit organizations – Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Puget Sound and the Lifelong AIDS Alliance – via marketing and re-branding, multi-million-dollar fundraising campaigns, and the training, utilization and appreciation of thousands of volunteers to successfully achieve the mission and goals of both.
As a senior vice-president at Porter Novelli, a global strategy and communications firm, Tina led national efforts to improve public health and safety, with a focus on environmental justice, women’s health, HIV/AIDS, ALS, and childhood immunizations. Her clients included the Centers for Disease Control, Office of Women’s Health, Medicare, ASTHO and NACCHO – leaving her a strong advocate of free universal healthcare for all.
After the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Tina was one of three founders of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, dedicated to keeping all of us and our children safe from gun violence. WAGR successfully enacted sensible gun background check legislation with the passage of I-594 in 2014, Extreme Risk protection orders in 2016, and just recently with Initiative 1639, passed with 60% of the vote statewide.
Tina won her first term as State Party Chair in 2017, after a year-long and sadly unsuccessful bid for Washington’s Secretary of State advocating for more access to voting. During that year, she traveled to and worked with all 39 Washington counties and 49 Legislative Districts and saw firsthand the decline of the grassroots democratic infrastructure in the state over the last decade.
Nationally, Tina is the Vice-Chair of the DNC Western States Caucus, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of State Democratic Party Chairs. Tina has held leadership roles with Washington Citizens for Fairness, the Pride Foundation, The Human Rights Campaign, The Victory Fund, The Task Force and LPAC. She is a former lecturer and member of the Visiting Committee at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She was the first LGBTQ member of the DNC Platform Committee in 2000, adding “planks” on civil rights and social justice.
She was awarded the “Spirit Award” from the Urban League for her accomplishments in engaging diverse communities. And her political and philanthropic work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post, People, and Vanity Fair, as well as on German Public Radio and CanelPlus in France.
Tina, her wife and three children live in Seattle, with a lovable sheepdog named Hank.
David is a certified public accountant with over 36 years of experience and owns his own tax practice in Spokane’s University District.
After moving to Spokane in 2005, he participated in the 2008 presidential caucus process and was first elected a precinct committee officer in 2010. He has served as Treasurer of the 3rd and 6th legislative districts and is in his third term as Chair of The Third Legislative District Democrats. In 2018 he served as a Co-Chair of the State Democratic Convention Rules Committee.
Active in the Spokane community, David is a past officer/trustee of the Spokane Symphony Society, the Fox Theater Spokane organization, the Eastern Washington State Historical Society (the Museum of Arts & Culture), and the Spokane Estate Planning Council. He sits on the board of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.
Rob grew-up in the Chicagoland area attended public schools. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Illinois where he was active in the College Democrats and served as a precinct captain and member of the county Democratic executive committee. He moved to Seattle in 2001 to work in the technology industry and currently works on interoperability, open source, and open standards for Microsoft.
Upon arrival in Seattle, Rob immediately applied to be a PCO, joined the 36th District Democrats, and joined the King County Young Democrats. Within local Democratic organizations he has served in officer roles responsible for communications, elections, endorsements, finance, fundraising, membership, political action, recruitment, retention, social media, technology, treasury, and web presence; including caucus coordinator for the 43rd District Democrats in 2008 where over 20,000 people attended precinct caucuses. Prior to his election as state party Secretary, Rob served as First Vice-Chair for Communications for the King County Democrats and as national Secretary for the Young Democrats of America.
Rob volunteers as an instructor of computer science in the Seattle Public Schools through the TEALS program and has previously served on the boards of the Northwest Progressive Institute, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest Anti-Defamation League. Rob and his wife, Hillary, live in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle with their newborn son and rescued black lab mix.
Hillary Moralez was born and raised in the Upper Pacific Northwest to two proud Democrats and Union activists. In highschool she led her classmates in voter registration drives and then went on to graduate from Western Washington University with a Bachelors of Arts in Critical Literature. She returned home to help assist her parents in running their local legislative district and has been heavily involved ever since. She works locally in Information Technology. She serves as the State Committee Member from the First Legislative District, as well as the chair of the Snohomish County Democrats and First Vice Chair of the Washington State Democratic Chairs Organization. In 2016 she was a national delegate for Bernie Sanders and in 2016 won the Snohomish County Henry M. Jackson award for Empowerment.
Ian first got involved in politics in 2015 as a volunteer for Bernie Sanders and later became PCO Coordinator in the 18th LD. He served as Chair of the 18th LD Democrats from 2016-2018, and is now serving his first term as a State Committee Member for the 18th LD. In 2018, Ian served as Deputy Field Director/Data Manager for Carolyn Long’s campaign for Congress, organizing and training volunteers across the 3rd Congressional District.
Ian earned a B.S. in Sociology from Texas A&M University in 2007 and later managed IT systems for the university's Political Science Department. He relocated to Washington in 2013 and now resides on a small hobby farm in Battle Ground with his wife Ali, their two beagles, and a rotating array of pigs, chickens and ducks.
Involved in the Democratic Party since 1988 when he attended his precinct caucus as a high school senior, Javier served as Chair of the 43rd District Democrats from 1997 to 2002 and Chair of the 46th District Democrats from 2007 to 2009. He has been a member of the State Committee since 2001 and the Executive Board since 2003. Javier was Treasurer of the Institute for a Democratic Future from 1997 to 2008. Javier has helped countless candidates and campaigns throughout Seattle, King County, and the state in his 20+ years of Democratic involvement. A former boardmember of the Washington State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and former President of Hispanic Seafair, he remains active in his Latino community.
Born and raised in Moses Lake, Javier resides in Seattle and is a Seattle City Light employee, managing the utility's Historically Underutilized Business program. Javier is a proud University of Washington School of Business alum and received his Masters in Public Administration degree from Baruch College, the City University of New York, as a member of the National Urban Fellows.
Joshua Trupin is in his second term as a state committee member from the 5th Legislative District in east King County. His first experience in politics was in third grade, when he protested against education cuts in his Connecticut hometown. After graduating from Yale with a degree in psychology, he has worked as a software developer, consultant, writer, and editor. He has been involved in politics in both New York and Washington, and served as a national delegate for Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016. In 2018, he co-founded the Economic Justice Caucus. He currently resides in North Bend.
Bryan Kesterson is in his second term as the state committeeman from the 47th legislative district in south King County. Prior to that he spent three terms as the district chair. He has been involved in politics off and on since working to pass HJR-6 in 1970 which lowered the voting age to 19. Bryan became formally involved with the Democratic party in 2003 with the Howard Dean campaign. He acted as Legislative District Coordinator and discovered a talent for grassroots organizing which lead him to run for chair in 2005.
Bryan holds a Ph.D. in psychology and works in the field human factors engineering. He lives in Kent with his wife, and has a son (26) and daughter (24).
Tanisha Harris is a lifelong resident of Vancouver. She comes from a Labor and Civil Rights family, as her Father’s family was one of the first African American families in Vancouver. She is a graduate of Washington State University. Tanisha is a CASA Program Specialist for the YWCA Clark County, advocating for children in Foster Care. Tanisha serves as a member of LICWAC (Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee) and is Co-Chair of Evergreen Citizens for Schools. Tanisha has been involved with the Clark County Democrats and 17th LD Democrats for over 10 years, serving as a former Clark County Democrats State Committeewoman, 17th LD Chair, 2012 National Delegate and is the current State Committeewoman for the 17th LD. She most recently ran for 17th LD State Representative in 2018.
Julie Johnson (Enrolled Lummi) is the Chair of the Native American Caucus,(NAC) and Committeewomem of Clallam County Democrats. She also holds the position of Co-Chair of the "Native Vote Committee" for the Affiliated Tribes of NW Indians (58 Tribes) which meets 3 times a year in the NW like the WA.State Democrats meet in WA State. Julie has been volunteering for 24 years to organize the National Indian Women's "Supporting Each Other" Honoring Lunch in WA DC to recognize the leadership and services of Native Women in the USA. Another goal Julie supports is the organization & development of a NAC in every State.
Susan Swanson is WSDCC’s 2017 Maggie Award Winner as Eastern Washington‘s Candidate of the Year. Susan answered the call to run in the 7th LD’s Special Election, the 1st Democratic candidate to do so in 28 years. Dedication and courage is in her blood as she is also a 4-year Navy Veteran. Susan arrived to Washington State in the Summer of 2010 and since Spring of 2011 has participated non-stop in her County and LD Democratic organizations, holding numerous executive positions. Let’s put Susan and her Eastern Washington voice and talents on our WSDCC Executive Committee.
Chris Porter has served on the Affirmative Action Committee for the past 8 years. Chris lives in Seattle and is engaged with local and county politics through his legislative and county organizations. He has served as an elector during the last presidential election and continues to advocate for LGBTQ+, disabled, and other underrepresented groups.
Santiago Ramos is the Current State committee member from the 11th LD, He had been the State committee member from the 48th for the past 3 terms. He ran against Dave Reichert in the 8th Congressional District in 2016. Santiago has been a past LD Chair, Board member of the King County Young Democrats, Vice chair of the Latino Caucus, 2012 National Delegate for President Obama and an he also interned for Sen. Maria Cantwell while earning his MBA.
Yvette Joseph (Colville/Cayuse Tribes) is working to make a difference in advancing health care reform policy to expand dental access and to elect Democratic candidates across the state and throughout Indian Country. First elected to Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) in 1980, Ms. Joseph has served the Democratic Party in Washington, Colorado and Washington, DC. In 1993, while working for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs under Senator Dan Inouye (D. – HI), Ms. Joseph served on President Clinton’s Health Care Reform Task Force. In 2004, Ms. Joseph served as a National Delegate for John Kerry and was recruited to run for State Representative in Washington’s 7th Legislative District. Yvette Joseph won the Democratic primary election and lost in the general election. In 2016 and 2018, Ms. Joseph was elected as State Committee Person for the 6th Legislative District, also serving on the Spokane County Democrats Executive Committee. Ms. Joseph retains a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Washington State University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver.
Jesse moved to Washington almost 10 years ago to attend CWU, and, having fallen in love with this great state, never quite left. Originally intending to study languages, he became activated in politics while watching the 2012 Republican presidential candidates stumble their way through non-answers about contraception at one of the debates--this somewhat frustrating to the strong feminist values instilled in him by his mother. He graduated with a degree in political science, studied abroad twice (in Mexico and China), and wrote an honors thesis about the politics of college affordability in the 21st century. When he's not working as a paralegal or engages in political activism, Jesse enjoys reading fantasy novels and baking delicious pies and sourdough bread. He lives in Ellensburg with his boyfriend David and their pet spider plants
David has been a Democratic PCO since 1974. David was 46th District Democratic Party Chair from 1981 to 1984 and King County Democratic Party Chair from 1984 to 1992. He has chaired three State Democratic Conventions and been the State Party's Parliamentarian since 1981. David was the Recount Manager for Washington's historic Manual Recount in the 2004 Governor's election and the Election Contest Manager for the subsequent litigation. He has served on the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee since 2001. David has been a Trustee of Harborview Medical Center since 1998. He lives with his wife, Dr. Pam McDonald, in Seattle.
Nancy is a California transplant, having lived and raised her five children in Whatcom County prior to moving east of the mountains in 1996. She has spent her career working with manufacturers, the past 25 years as a software developer and consultant to that market. A Democrat since her first election, Nancy became more active with her local Democratic community after giving up the life of a road warrior. She has served as PCO, LD state committeewoman, county treasurer, booth worker, door-knocker, phone banker, volunteer wrangler, caucus organizer, spokesperson and all-around gofer for the Walla Walla County and 16th LD Democrats. She is also deeply involved with issues of homelessness and mental health. Nancy and her husband, Richard, live in Walla Walla with Bob the dog, Gonta the cat, their seven horses and a revolving door of extended family.
Ed was born and raised in Aberdeen and attended Grays Harbor Community College and later Washington State University. He eventually went on to earn his Masters in Social Work from Portland State University and then spent 31 years with the Department of Social and Health Services. He retired from DSHS in 2001 and has served as Director of Professional Services for Lutheran Community Services Northwest since then. Ed has been involved in Democratic politics and very active since 1968. He managed his first campaign in Grays Harbor County in 1970 and has been a precinct committee officer in Clark County. He was State Committeeman for Clark County from 1985 until 1993. Ed is married to Kasey Cote and has two adult daughters.
Carin Chase, of a seven-generation Washington family, lives on the shores of Puget Sound. She is a Director of the Edmonds School Board, Chair of the Snohomish County Commission on Human Rights, served on the Snohomish County Charter Review Commission and is a State Committee member of the 32nd District Democrats. She is a board member of the May Arkwright Hutton Chapter of the WSFDW, and in 2017, elected President of the WSFDW. She received the Snohomish County Democrats’ Henry M Jackson Progress Award in 2014 and the Warren G. Magnuson, Washington State Democrats’ Chair of the Year in 2012.
She managed her family’s small business for 25 years and is an advocate for strong public policy with justice and fairness. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle, earned a BS in Zoology at the UW, and an MPA from the UW’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.
Payton Swinford is serving his second term on the State Committee representing Kitsap County, and his first term as the Young Democrats of Washington’s executive board representative. Payton has done a little bit of a lot of things for the Democratic Party including working as a Congressional race Regional Field Director, a legislative race Campaign Manager, and he has led a successful Young Democrats chapter.
For his efforts Payton was recognized as the 2018 Washington Democrats Warren G. Magnuson “Rising Star” award winner. Payton is currently studying to be a social studies teacher.