Jay Parmley - Executive Director
A native of Wyandotte, Oklahoma, Jay brings over a decade of experience in state Democratic party leadership. From 2001- 2005, Parmley was the Chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. At the time of his election, he was the nation’s youngest chairman of a State Democratic Party. During his chairmanship, he also served Oklahoma Democrats in the dual role as Executive Director. Jay has also served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina and South Carolina Democratic Parties. From 2005-2008, Parmley worked for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), first in Mississippi before moving to South Carolina as part of DNC Chair Howard Dean's 50 state strategy. From 1999-2001, he served as President of the Young Democrats of America. Parmley also served as an At-Large member of the DNC and a member of the DNC Budget and Finance Committee from 2005-2009. In 2016, Jay directed the Alaska Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign working with legislative candidates and campaign staff and is pleased the Alaska House of Representatives is now Democratic-led for the first time in over 20 years.
Katie Bruggeman - Communications Director
Originally from rural Northern Minnesota, received her undergraduate degree in political science and media from the Evergreen State College, and her JD in Health Law from the City University of New York School of Law. Her varied employment experience has included Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, satirical newspaper The Onion, and the Office of Senator Berta Gardner. In her spare time she likes volunteering, traveling, and watching cat videos on the internet.
Matt Greene - Data Director
Matt Greene joined the Alaska Democratic Party in 2014 and has extensive experience in field and data work. In 2008 and 2010 he was a regional field director for Idaho Democratic Congressman, Walt Minnick. In 2012 he served as political director for the Idaho Democratic Party. In 2013 he ran large field operations in Colorado. Prior to moving to Alaska Matt was the campaign manager for Idaho Representative John McCrostie.
Nathaniel Markowtiz - Finance Director
Born in Madison, Wisconsin and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Nathaniel brings years of fundraising experience to the Alaska Democratic Party. Most recently, Nathaniel was the finance director for Steve Lindbeck, who ran a strong campaign against Congressman Don Young. Prior to that, Nathaniel worked in fundraising for Democratic and progressive causes in a variety of capacities, including at the Center for American Progress. Nathaniel got his master’s degree in public and international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), and a dual bachelor’s in philosophy and religious studies.
Leighan Gonzales- Operations Coordinator
Born and raised in East Anchorage, Leighan is a graduate of East Anchorage High School and is majoring in Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage. A former intern in the office of Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz she became passionate about the plight of the homeless in Anchorage. Leighan served as a transition coordinator with the Homeless Coalition and participates and organizes homeless camp counts in the Municipality. In 2016, Leighan served as a field organizer for the Alaska Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign and is an active member of the Alaska Young Democrats.
Judy Jessen- Field Organizer
Jeffrey Eide- Field Organizer
A native of Minnesota, Jeffrey has spent a decade traveling and working around the world as an educator and in human rights development. After returning to the United States, he lived in North Dakota, and kept busy as a community organizer along with getting involved with campaigns. During the 2016 campaign season after serving as a national delegate from North Dakota, Jeffrey moved up to Alaska to manage a house campaign and subsequently worked for the Alaska House Majority Coalition as a Legislative Aide in Juneau. Currently living in Anchorage, he spends all of his free time building communities and organizing events.
Jacob Sears- Field Organizer
Born in Mississippi and raised in a military family, Jacob has lived all over Alaska for the last 15 years. Since 2012, he has made his home in Fairbanks and is working towards a bachelor's degree in Political Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. With a stint in DC for an internship and thesis work, Jacob worked on the Alaska Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaign in 2016.