Anchorage - After a month’s long national search, the Alaska Democratic Party today announced Jay Parmley as the Party’s new Executive Director effective February 1, 2017.

Parmley brings over a decade of experience working with state party organizations.  He served as Chair and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party from 2001-2005, and Executive Director of the South Carolina and North Carolina Democratic Parties.  He led the Democratic National Committee’s efforts for two years on the ground with the Mississippi Democratic Party at the inception of the national committee’s 50 state strategy.  

During the 2016 election cycle, he directed the Alaska Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign working with legislative candidates and campaigns.  Previously he served as director of a political action committee focused on building the Democratic bench in the South.

“We are excited Jay Parmley will join our team.  Jay’s long time commitment to building stronger state parties and working with party activists, donors, candidates, and community leaders is exactly what we need as the Alaska Democratic Party prepares for the 2018 election,” said Alaska Democratic Party Chair Casey Steinau.  “As we have worked with Jay over the last year, we have seen first-hand his commitment to building a more vibrant grassroots activist base and working with our candidates to run quality campaigns across our state.”

He got his start in Democratic politics in the 1990’s through active participation in the Young Democrats eventually serving as President of the Young Democrats of America. 

Parmley holds a Master of Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma as well as an Associates of Arts in Business Administration from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

Parmley will replace Kay Brown, who has been serving as the party’s Executive Director since 2011.



What others say about Jay Parmley


“Jay Parmley was one of the best Chairs and Executive Directors Oklahoma Democrats have ever had.  Personable, smart, strategic and successful.”

Governor David Walters

State of Oklahoma, 1991-1995


“Jay Parmley engaged Alaskans across the state and was instrumental in Democratic victories across Alaska.  His experience and passion for moving Alaska Democrats forward is what we need to continue our momentum.”

Representative David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks

Alaska House of Representatives


"In Jay Parmley, Alaska gets a tough, tactical and strategic professional with a national network, but also with a personality for in-state team-building."

David Parker, Chair

North Carolina Democratic Party, 2011-2013


“Without Jay Parmley as Executive Director, I wouldn't have made it through 4 years as SC Democratic Party Chair. He is truly the best party staffer in the country.”

Carol Fowler, Chair

South Carolina Democratic Party, 2007-2011