Board of Directors

2016-2017 YDG Elected Officers


Luke Boggs


Executive Vice President

Michelle Sanchez Jones



Vice President of Membership

Gabriel Shippy


Vice President of Finance

Jennifer Young


Vice President of Programs

Elizabeth Kringer




Sharece Naomi Thomas



Maria Elliot




National Committee Man

Mathew Plott

Mathew Plott grew up in Young Harris, GA but attended high school and college in Chattanooga, TN. While there, he took on a number of leadership rules within Democratic politics, including serving as College Democrats of Tennessee president and Tennessee Young Democrats national committeeman. Mathew has worked on a number of political races at the local, state, and federal level and managed two campaigns in 2014.

Plott returned to Georgia in 2015 to pursue a JD at Emory University School of Law. In addition to serving as Georgia Young Democrats national committeeman, Mathew is the current chair of Young Democrats of America’s Chapter Building Committee. Mathew is deeply committed to ensuring that local chapters, particularly here in Georgia, feel connected to Young Democrats of America.



National Committee Woman

Deja Frederick

deja2Deja Frederick is an avid Atlanta, GA transplant with neighboring South Carolina roots. Her passion for business and culture led her to the capital and heart of Georgia upon finishing college 2 years ago.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from Winthrop University. She studied abroad in Paris, France and Barcelona, Spain while earning her MBA and was President of the university’s international business program, Enactus for 3 years.

Deja is currently the Commercial Effectiveness Sr. Coordinator for international hospitality company, IHG. With an affinity for brand consumer strategy, she focuses on creating compelling consumer experiences through integrated marketing approaches and operational programming all driven by the brand’s positioning and strategic vision.

Passionate about the intersection of business & politics, she began her political career in 2010 by interning for the South Carolina House of Representatives’ Democratic Caucus where she leveraged her PR and marketing background to write proposals, press releases & press kits, editorials, and web content for the Caucus. She is now the President of Cobb County Young Democrats of Georgia and working to launch her own strategic PR firm consulting on sociopolitical, business, and disruptive technology issues through an informed millennial lens.

College Democrats of Georgia

Tamelonie Thomas


Tamelonie grew up in Adel, Georgia and graduated from Cook High School.  She attended Valdosta State University and will receive a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Business, Spanish and Journalism in May of 2017.

She is passionate about education, economic development and women’s rights. She is a member of the American Association of University Women and served as a delegate to the 2016 United State of Women conference in Washington DC. She serves on the board of Code Blue, a progressive grassroots organization, whose goal is to rebuild a progressive majority at the federal, state and local levels. She will be attending graduate school in the fall at Georgia Southern University.

High School Democrats of Georgia

Patrick Chappel


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