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Jeni Atchley, Ladson

President

Chair, YDA Campaigns Committee

Jeni started in politics with the College Democrats at Charleston Southern University, got involved with the Dorchester County Dems, and never looked back. 

She has been a member of YDSC since 2013 and had been Chair of what's now the Lowcountry Young Democrats, Secretary, and Second Vice President before being elected President in 2018.

Jeni is now the CEO of JGS Strategies, helping people start campaigns all over the state. She also serves as Chair of the Dorchester County Democratic Party.

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Sam Grant, North Charleston

First Vice President

Sam is the First Vice President of the Young Democrats of South Carolina, first elected in a special election in September 2021. 

Sam is a rising star in YDSC, having also been Second Vice Chair of our Progressive Caucus & leading YDSC's efforts against gerrymandered maps in the winter of 2022.

He is a student at Charleston Southern University and a native of Columbia.

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Kevin Eckert, Sumter

Second Vice President

Kevin Eckert has served as Second Vice President since 2020. He has previously served as Outreach Director and Chair of the Santee-Lynches Young Democrats--a precursor to the current Sumter-Clarendon chapter.

Kevin also serves as First Vice Chair of the Sumter County Democratic Party and is a candidate for the U.S. House in the 5th Congressional District.

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Shadae Boakye-Yiadom, Greenville

Secretary

Vice Chair, YDA Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Shadae Boakye-Yiadom has served as YDSC's Secretary since 2020. She is also Secretary-Treasuer of the Young Democrats of Greenville County.

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Micah Jenkins, Anderson

Treasurer

Micah Jenkins has served as YDSC's Treasurer since 2020. He has also served as Communications Director and Chair of the Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Young Democrats.

Micah had been a candidate for a seat on Anderson County Council in 2021.

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Breanna Spaulding, Columbia

National Committee Member

Southeast Region Director

Bre Spaulding has served as a National Committee member for SC since 2020, and was elected Southeast Region Director in 2021.

She previously served as Chair of the Young Democrats of the Central Midlands (in the Columbia area) for three years, then vice chair before that.

Bre works as a political consultant for several candidates, and as a project manager for the University of South Carolina.

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Phillip Ford, Orangeburg

National Committee Member

Phil Ford has served as a National Committee member since 2020.

Phil is a principal at Ford and Ford Group, advising candidates and activists across the state.

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Bria Major, Goose Creek

Chief of Staff

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Leesa Danzek, Myrtle Beach

Deputy Chief of Staff

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Communications Director

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Whitney Taylor, Columbia

Deputy Communications Director

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Emily Mayer, Bluffton

Outreach Director

Emily is our Outreach Director, and has served in our leadership since 2020 in various roles including Deputy Outreach Director and even First Vice President briefly.

Emily serves as First Vice Chair of the Coastal Empire chapter in Beaufort and Jasper counties. She works for the Beaufort County School District and an advocate for students and educators everywhere.

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DaVita Foushee, Horry

Deputy Outreach Director

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Data Director

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Deputy Data Director

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Tonya Johnson, Sumter

Parliamentarian 

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Austin Jackson, Columbia

Deputy Parliamentarian

Second Vice Chair, YDA Disability Issues Caucus

Secretary-Treasurer, YDA Labor Caucus

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Amy Lauren Scott, Charleston

Endorsements Committee Chair

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Kirsten Pruitt, Greenville

Rules Committee Chair

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Jonah Simmons, Greenville

Platform Committee Chair

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Erica Sampson, Charleston

Judicial Council Chair

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