Ethan became executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party in August 2017. A Kansas native, he is a proud graduate of Garden City Community College, where he played baseball for the Broncbusters and was an Academic All-American. He went on to earn law and bachelor’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2012, he served as the deputy voter protection director for President Barack Obama’s campaign in Wisconsin and played a critical role in the KDP’s 2014 election protection effort. Ethan was chief of staff in the International Trade Administration, an agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce, in addition to his efforts as a senior advisor to former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Prior to his work in government, he practiced law for seven years at one of the country’s top law firms, focusing his pro bono practice on voting rights litigation.
Deputy Executive & Coordinated Campaign Director
Brooklynne started as the Deputy Executive Director and Coordinated Campaign Director in January 2018. Prior to joining the KDP, she worked at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kansas City, Missouri, training and educating student veteran liaisons how to reach out to younger veterans. In 2013, Brooklynne separated from the United States Air Force to attend the University of Kansas and immediately got involved with Kansas politics. She was an Organizing for America Fall Fellow in Missouri and Northeast Kansas. In 2014, she worked her way up from volunteer to full time staff on the Davis for Kansas campaign. Later that year, she was elected Vice Chair of the Douglas County Democrats. Brooklynne was Kansas State Coordinator, Political Director, and Delegate Selection Director for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. She enjoys political podcasts, KU basketball, and spending time with her dog, Tupac. Brooklynne is an Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) veteran. She’s a VFW Life Member and belongs to VFW Post 7397 in Lenexa, Kansas.
Political & Data Director
Lauren started as Political and Data Director with the Kansas Democratic Party in February 2018. She got her start in politics as a KDP intern before being brought on as a field organizer for the 2010 Kansas Coordinated Campaign. She has since worked on municipal, state, and federal races in Kansas and spent two election cycles in Long Island, New York. More recently, Lauren served as campaign manager on Logan Heley’s successful 2017 Overland Park city council race. She also helped found the Johnson County Young Democrats, where she served as vice chair. She has also worked in the insurance industry. In addition to being a political junkie, Lauren enjoys reading, attempting to garden, and is a devotee of all things pop culture. She holds a degree in English from Kansas State University.
Josh became finance director of the Kansas Democratic Party in April 2018. Born and raised in Hays, Kansas, he attended Fort Hays State University, where he received his bachelor’s degrees in political science and philosophy, studying law, ethics, and political theory. Josh went on to obtain his Master of Business Administration in finance from FHSU. Previously, he served as the interim Ellis County Treasurer and helped establish the FHSU Honors College as an administrative associate. Since 2016, he has worked for various Kansas House and Senate campaigns, helped establish the Ellis County Young Democrats chapter, and joined the KDP Fellowship program. Josh enjoys live music, literature, and political discussion.
Operations & Deputy Finance Director
Dan started as the deputy director of finance and operations in September 2017. Prior to joining the KDP, he worked at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. In Lawrence, Dan helped start the Douglas County Young Democrats, where he served as treasurer. Before coming to Kansas, Dan was the director of operations for a Washington, D.C.-based startup, Quorum Analytics, which focused on legislative tracking. While in school, Dan was active in the advocacy space at the United Nations. There he represented a non-profit. Dan also interned in the U.N. Division for Sustainable Development. Dan received both an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering and a Master’s degree in environmental policy from Lehigh University.
Digital Media Director
Alex became director of digital media in January 2018. He first joined the Kansas Democratic Party as an intern in May 2017 before becoming a communications fellow that August. Alex managed communications and research operations for Adrienne Olejnik’s 2016 campaign for the Kansas House. Alex graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in mass communications with an emphasis in journalism and digital media, along with minors in music and political science. Raised in Manhattan, Alex is a news and political junkie, a freelance graphic designer, and a violinist.
Chief Technology Officer
Mo Azeem joined the Kansas Democratic Party in November 2017 as its first Chief Technology Officer. In this role he is responsible for the development of technology platforms in addition to maintaining the security and information technology infrastructure. Mo started his career with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab’s Deep Space Network, and transitioned into a successful career in telecommunications, holding key engineering and management positions with SBC (AT&T) and Sprint. He has also worked internationally for Hewlett Packard and served as GM, CTO, and CIO of several international telecom companies. Mo holds a degree in physics from Reed College, Steve Job’s alma mater; bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology; and an MBA in marketing from the University of Kansas.
Campus Organizing Director
Ananda became the Campus Organizing Director in June 2018 after interning with the Kansas Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign beginning in February. She has conducted field, finance, and policy work for several political campaigns, including Hillary Clinton for President and Tom Perriello for Virginia Governor. Ananda recently spent eight months interning at the Partnership for Public Service, a good government nonprofit in Washington, D.C., and is set to graduate in December from the University of Kansas with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. Ananda has lived in four states, visited seven countries, and is a distance runner in her free time.