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Sasha Luks-Morgan, President

Sasha Luks-Morgan is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Utah. She moved to Utah in 2013 after completing her BA in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She currently serves as a Society for Neuroscience Early Career Policy Fellows and thinks that more scientists should get involved in policy and politics. 

 

Tyrell Aagard, Vice President

Tyrell holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Utah. Prior to being elected as Vice President of YDU, he was the Chair of the Salt Lake County Young Democrats Caucus. He also serves simultaneously as Parliamentarian for the Salt Lake County Democratic Party. He has previously worked as campaign staff for the Utah Democratic Party.

Tyrell grew up in rural Juab County, and has called Salt Lake County home since he moved there at 18 to attend the U.  His professional career has been in fundraising and grants management for multiple Utah nonprofits.

 


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Kevin Huang, Treasurer

A New Jersey native, Kevin received a Bachelors in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Rutgers University before moving to Salt Lake City to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Utah. He ran the fundraising committee for the 2017 Salt Lake City March for Science and cares deeply about informing public policy through evidence based science.

 

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Isaac Reese, Communications Director

Isaac became active in politics his sophomore year of high school, during the 2016 primaries. Realizing the impact that committed individuals can have on both the local and national levels, he got involved with the Utah Democratic Party by interning at the state office. He is the founder and President of Brighton High School Young Democrats. Isaac believes grassroots activism is essential for any meaningful and lasting advancement. He was a student organizer for March for Our Lives SLC.

 

Brad Townley, National Committeeman

Brad is a University of Utah alumnus who studied Political Science and Economics. Our resident pedant, he also serves as our state party Parliamentarian. He has previously served as the Political Director for the Salt Lake County Young Democrats, as a board member for the Utah Stonewall Democrats, and as a member of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party Executive Committee.

 

Nikki Cunard, National Committeewoman

The daughter of a social worker and an American Sign Language interpreter, Nikki Cunard moved to Utah when she was 8 years old, and grew up right here in Sandy, Utah. After moving away for college, Nikki came home to Sandy once she had started her own family. 

Nikki studied Early Childhood Education at Santa Barbara City College. It was then that she discovered her passion for advocating for the health, safety and quality education for all children. Nikki is currently the President of the Board of Directors for Safe Kids Utah. The focus of her work there is preventing avoidable childhood injuries. She is also the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Young Democrats of America.

When she isn’t spending time with her boys, or working hard to serve her community, Nikki trains in mixed martial arts specializing in Muay Thai.

 

 

Kason Kendall, Young Professionals Caucus Chair

Kason got involved in politics through internships at Weber State University. These internships gave him the desire to get involved and provided him with great experiences. He's enjoyed all of the great people that he has been able to meet in YDU.

 

 

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Ermiya Fanaeian, College Democrats of Utah Chair

I am an executive organizer for March For Our Lives SLC. For the past three years I have worked closely with the Utah Pride Center and ACLU of Utah to help students become engrossed in political activism. I have worked closely with over 100 student political clubs, and have facilitated multiple trainings with the ACLU to help students learn their rights in schools and during protest. Voter registration has been an insatiable goal of mine. I have set up multiple voter registration drives in high schools across the state. I’ve have successfully achieved getting 700+ students registered to vote. Working with the ACLU I have also actively advocated and worked on transgender students gaining equal experiences within school environments. I’ve met with multiple school boards to propose quintessential written policy, and have successful advocated for gender free restrooms in schools.

 

Justice Forshee, College Democrats of Utah Vice Chair


Nick Jacobs, Events Coordinator


Nick Cockrell, Salt Lake County Caucus Chair

Nick is a student of history and political science at the University of Utah hoping to make his voice heard in local politics. At the U, he devotes most of his time to the Hinckley Institute of Politics, through which promotes and encourages civic engagement. He has also had multiple internship experiences where he worked on participatory democracy related issues. He currently serves as the Chair of the Young Democrats of Salt Lake County Caucus, having previously served as their outreach director.