Team

About Our Team

I think we have a number of young people – like yourself – who want to make a difference.

Former Senator Birch Bayh

Derek Camp
Lawrence, IN

Derek graduated from Purdue University in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and History and is currently attending I.U. McKinney School of Law. Originally from Northeast Indiana, he moved to Central Indiana where he has previously served as the 5th District Chair. Derek has worked and volunteered on state senate, state house, and congressional campaigns since 2008 and plans on increasing IYD’s activities in assisting the Democratic Party’s candidates in their elections.

Alexander Burton
Evansville, IN

Alex Burton was born and raised in Evansville, IN (where he currently resides). Alex is an alum of Indiana State University and Western Kentucky University. He is currently the IYD VP of Political Affairs.

Hard work, determination, listening, and creativity are the key things that continue to drive help Alex. He works at Old National Bank and is dedicated to making Evansville better for everyone.

Julian Winborn
Terre Haute, IN

Arielle Brandy
South Bend, IN

Arielle Brandy is 27 years old and was born and raised in South Bend, IN. She graduated from Indiana State University in 2012 with her BA in Political Science, concentration in Legal Studies and is currently getting her Masters in Public Administration at ISU. She has served on the IYD executive board since 2011 and is currently the Vice President of Equity and Inclusion. She works as a Regional Field Organizer for the Indiana Democratic Party, covering North Central Indiana. She also serves as Vice President to the newly organized St. Joseph County African American Democratic Caucus. Arielle is passionate about voter education, party building, voter registration/GOTV efforts, and getting communities engaged with the political process. She is a full time mother to two beautiful daughters, enjoys a good book and spending time with her family. Arielle believes the future is in our hands, we have the means to change and make a difference! It starts with YOU!

Brittany Solis
Indianapolis, IN

Brittany Solis is a lifelong Hoosier. With nearly a decade of experience working in and around politics, Brittany has worked for both Democratic caucuses in the Indiana General Assembly and the United States Congress. She’s served as the Director of Compliance and Operations for the Indiana Democratic Party from 2012-2017 and was recently named Executive Director.

Daqavise Winston
Indianapolis, IN

Matthew Kochevar
Indianapolis, IN

Matthew Kochevar has been a member of the Indiana Democratic Party since 2006 and the Indiana Young Democrats since 2009. In that time Matthew has served on the Indiana Young Democrats Executive Board as 1st District Chair (2009-2014); 1st District Vice Chair (2014); and since 2015 as National Committeeman. He also serves as the Parliamentarian for the Marion County Young Democrats and is a former executive board member of the Lake County Young Democrats. Born in Dalton, Georgia, Matthew was raised in the Northwest Indiana town of Merrillville. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History in 2011 and a Juris Doctor in 2014. Also in 2014, Matthew became a member of the Indiana Bar. He currently serves as Co-General Counsel at the Indiana Election Division of the Office of the Secretary of State and as minority counsel for the Indiana Recount Commission.

Ashley Gurvitz
Indianapolis, IN

Ashley Nicole Gurvitz, Internship Director and Senior Legislative Assistant for the Indiana House of Representatives, loves being a public servant. Currently she is completing her Master’s in Public Affairs at IUPUI through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs while working full-time for the Indiana House Democratic Caucus.

Outside of the Statehouse and classroom, Ashley has been involved with board service, volunteer hours and leadership of various projects and has given her time and talents to community groups such as the former President of the Indiana Young Democrats, the current President of the Marion County Young Democrats, IDAAC Indy, Board Member of the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative, and Co-Founder of the Indy YP Collective for Young Professionals, to name a few.

Ashley’s accomplishments are impressive as well, she was recognized as a finalist for Indy’s Best and Brightest in Government, IUPUI’s William M. Plater Service Award awardee, and 100 Black Men of Indianapolis’ Emerging Leader in Government.

Ashley is hardworking, a consensus builder and is an asset to everything she participates in. She strives to be a good Christian, student, and engaged citizen and provide teachings to equip others to feel empowered. She enjoys mentoring youth throughout Indianapolis and assist other community initiatives.
She is from Noblesville, Indiana and now a resident here in Indianapolis; she also attends one of Indiana’s biggest churches, Eastern Star Church, where Jesus is exalted and the world is explained.

Joe Torres
Munster, IN

Marcus Williams
Hammond, IN

Bryan Tanner
Mishawaka, IN

Bryan Tanner attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and is a civil engineering professional with over a decade of experience. He currently works at local engineering firm, Lawson-Fisher Associates, where he plans, designs and coordinates roadway and sewer infrastructure projects. Bryan has been married for seven years to his wife, Cari. They have a son Phillip, daughter Charlee, and are guardians of their nephew Anthony.

Mr. Tanner serves as At-Large Councilperson for the City of Mishawaka and is chair of the Public Health and Safety – Long Range Planning Committee. He had previously been a member of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission and Redevelopment Commission. Bryan is a precinct committee chair and has twice been a state convention delegate for the Indiana Democratic Party. He also directly helped Democrats in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District by volunteering for two congressional campaigns.

Bryan has been enveloped in the community his entire life starting with scouting during his early years and earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He continues those community efforts serving as the president-elect of the Mishawaka Lions Club, on the board of directors, and as chair of several committees. Bryan has been awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship and Lion of the Year as recognition for his contributions to the community through Lions.

As a director for United Way of St. Joseph County, and through the Community Impact Committee within it, Bryan endeavors to eliminate poverty in his community. He is also a member of the Mishawaka Business Association and very active with the South Bend Regional Chamber’s Young Professionals Network. Beyond formal involvement with the organizations previously mentioned, Bryan hosts monthly neighborhood meetings, is a regular blood donor, coaches youth sports, and volunteers for local events.

Bryan believes that through enthusiastic involvement with the community, while proudly representing the party, we elevate and build respect for our Democrat candidates and like-minded voters. He is excited to amplify these efforts as the newly elected IYD Chair of the 2nd Congressional District.

Amanda Qualls
Goshen, IN

Amanda Qualls is the Director of Human Resources for the Ballotpedia, the encyclopedia of American politics. Since March 2017, she has served as the Vice Chair of the Elkhart County Democratic Party. She received her Master of Library Science in July 2013 from Indiana University-Bloomington, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a minor in Russian and Eastern European studies from the University of Notre Dame. She has previously worked in libraries, museums, higher education, and the publishing industry.

Ben Schoch
Fort Wayne, IN

Brendan Betz
Lafayette, IN

I am a passionate Young Democrat from Tippecanoe County. I see my political efforts as a way to contribute to my community in  lasting, meaningful ways. This is why I believe not only in working on local, state, and national campaigns, for specific candidates but I strongly assert we, as a society, must spend as much time educating and learning in off years as we do arguing in campaign years. My worldview incorporates the belief that we should build a healthier, more vibrant society by weighing  the diverse perspectives and crafting a consensus born out of the merits offered by those varied viewpoints. I am excited to serve the underrepresented of our state. 

Dan Krouse
Indianapolis, IN

In addition to serving as the CD-5 chair for IYD, Daniel Krouse is the CD-5 treasurer for the Indiana Democratic Party, the president of the Marion County Young Democrats and part of the Emerging Leaders program.  A veteran who has been an active organizer for nearly a decade, Daniel has worked on campaigns in 3 states, won over 30 races, and served as the county intern for Representative Bill Foster (IL-14).  His particular skills are focused on neighborhood organizing, activist training, and data operations.

Michelle McGuire
Anderson, IN

Angie Lyon
Cumberland, IN

Alex Totten
Indianapolis, IN

Alex Totten is the District 7 Chair, and the current Political Director for Marion County Democratic Party. A native of Indianapolis, he’s a veteran of LGBT equality campaigns in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, working as a field organizer, director and communications associate. Most recently, he served as Field Director for Congressman Andre Carson. His dedication to building out Indianapolis’ grassroots infrastructure continues at IYD. Contact him at actotten13@gmail.com.

Mallory Utley
Indianapolis, IN

Mallory is a native of Princeton and a graduate of IU’s School of Public Health in Bloomington. She has a passion for social justice advocacy and empowering individuals to become engaged in the democratic process. Her political background involves various work with the Indiana Senate Democrats, a deep appreciation of organized labor and a holistic understanding of the policies that truly benefit Hoosier families.

Cory Ray
Solsberry, IN

I was born in Greene county and have spent most of my life in Bloomington. I attended School at the University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech University Bloomington.

I’ve served as President of the College Democrats of Indiana, Political Director for the College Democrats of America, as a Regional Field Director for the John Gregg for Governor Campaign, and currently as the Chair for the 8th District Young Democrats.

I aspire to continue to help train and inspire more people to become civically and politically involved, especially young adults. It’s long been a goal of mine to contribute to turning the 8th District blue again, as well as helping elect a democrat to the governorship.

Jessica Martlage
Ellettsville, IN

Chris Ratzburg
Nashville, IN

I am a sophomore/rising-junior at Brown County High School. In my freshman English class, we read the book Night, by Elie Wiesel, which opened my eyes to the importance of human rights and the global fight against injustice. I have worked on several local and state political campaigns; worked with Indiana University student Democrats to learn about campaign technology; traveled to the Women’s March on Washington; and started a Young Democrats student organization at my high school.

Priya Malik
West Lafayette, IN

Luke Robbins
Bloomington, IN

Noah Huber
Zionsville, IN

Logan Hanchett
Bloomington, IN

Brendan Haile
Indianapolis, IN

Brendan was born and raised in Indianapolis. He graduated from Trine University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He currently attends IU McKinney School of Law. He has most recently worked on State Representative Ed DeLaney’s re-election campaign and volunteered with other state house and state senate campaigns. Brendan is also active in the community volunteering with multiple agencies interacting with the homeless and less fortunate communities.

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