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Executive Board

  • Joe Pakootas, Vice Chair

  • Rob Dolin, Secretary

    Rob grew-up in the Chicagoland area attended public schools. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Illinois where he was active in the College Democrats and served as a precinct captain and member of the county Democratic executive committee. He moved to Seattle in 2001 to work in the technology industry and currently works on interoperability, open source, and open standards for Microsoft.

    Upon arrival in Seattle, Rob immediately applied to be a PCO, joined the 36th District Democrats, and joined the King County Young Democrats. Within local Democratic organizations he has served in officer roles responsible for communications, elections, endorsements, finance, fundraising, membership, political action, recruitment, retention, social media, technology, treasury, and web presence; including caucus coordinator for the 43rd District Democrats in 2008 where over 20,000 people attended precinct caucuses. Prior to his election as state party Secretary, Rob served as First Vice-Chair for Communications for the King County Democrats and as national Secretary for the Young Democrats of America.

    Rob volunteers as an instructor of computer science in the Seattle Public Schools through the TEALS program and has previously served on the boards of the Northwest Progressive Institute, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest Anti-Defamation League. Rob and his wife, Hillary, live in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle with their newborn son and rescued black lab mix.

  • Habib Habib, Treasurer

  • David McDonald, DNC Member

    David is firm-wide co-Leader of the Intellectual Property Practice Area at the international law firm of K&L Gates LLP. He has been a Democratic PCO since 1974. David was 46th District Democratic Party Chair from 1981 to 1984 and King County Democratic Party Chair from 1984 to 1992. He has chaired three State Democratic Conventions and been the State Party's Parliamentarian since 1981. David was the Recount Manager for Washington's historic Manual Recount in the 2004 Governor's election and the Election Contest Manager for the subsequent litigation. He has served on the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee since 2001. David has been a Trustee of Harborview Medical Center since 1998. He lives with his wife, Dr. Pam McDonald, in Seattle.

  • Ed Cote, DNC Member

    Ed was born and raised in Aberdeen and attended Grays Harbor Community College and later Washington State University. He eventually went on to earn his Masters in Social Work from Portland State University and then spent 31 years with the Department of Social and Health Services. He retired from DSHS in 2001 and has served as Director of Professional Services for Lutheran Community Services Northwest since then. Ed has been involved in Democratic politics and very active since 1968. He managed his first campaign in Grays Harbor County in 1970 and has been a precinct committee officer in Clark County. He was State Committeeman for Clark County from 1985 until 1993. Ed is married to Kasey Cote and has two adult daughters.

  • Sharon Mast, DNC Member

  • Nancy Monacelli, DNC Member

    Nancy is a California transplant, having lived and raised her five children in Whatcom County prior to moving east of the mountains in 1996. She has spent her career working with manufacturers, the past 25 years as a software developer and consultant to that market. A Democrat since her first election, Nancy became more active with her local Democratic community after giving up the life of a road warrior. She has served as PCO, LD state committeewoman, county treasurer, booth worker, door-knocker, phone banker, volunteer wrangler, caucus organizer, spokesperson and all-around gofer for the Walla Walla County and 16th LD Democrats. She is also deeply involved with issues of homelessness and mental health. Nancy and her husband, Richard, live in Walla Walla with Bob the dog, Gonta the cat, their seven horses and a revolving door of extended family.

  • Rick DeWitt, 1st Congressional District

    Rick grew up in Tigard, Oregon and moved to Seattle in 1984.  After being a Microsoft kernel developer on OS/2, CD-ROM, and DVD, he earned a BA in Math from UW and became an independent mad scientist.  Rick enjoys astrophotography, seismology, physics, music, and personal empowerment.  A former technology committee chair, Rick shows up to help brilliant leaders grow by helping them innovate new ways to empower our community.  He lives in Mill Creek with his wife Jean, son Derrick, and dog Plo Koon.

  • Lona Wilbur, 2nd Congressional District

  • Justin Oberg, 3rd Congressional District

  • Jay Clough, 4th Congressional District

    Jay Clough was born and raised in the Tri-city area of Eastern Washington.  After high school Jay joined the US Marine Corps as a Light Armored Reconnaissance Infantryman.  After being honorably discharged, Jay attended CWU where he studied abroad in Beijing, China and later in Seoul, South Korea.  After graduating with degrees in Chinese language and Pacific Asian Studies, Jay moved to Akashi, Japan to be closer to his wife, Erika.  There he taught English for 3 years.

    Jay first stepped into the political arena in the 2009-2010 election cycle when he ran for US Congress in the 4th CD against Doc Hastings, and not one to give up, ran for the State Legislature in the 8th LD the next election cycle.  Since his runs for office Jay has spent his free time traveling the state assisting local organizations with party building, mentoring new candidates for office, and helping to promote our democratic values.

    Jay has been the Chair of the Benton County Democrats, the Washington State Democratic Chairs organization, the Veterans and Military Families Caucus, and is currently serving in his first term as State Committee Man of the 8th LD.

  • Don Schwerin, 5th Congressional District

    Don was raised on a dry land wheat-pea-cattle operation in Walla Walla County.  He did his undergraduate work at Whitman College and graduate work at the University of Minnesota in political science.  Following an academic career doing political economy in Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, he returend in 1985 to a second career as a farmer and manufacturer in Walla Walla.  A failed attempt in 1992 to win the 16th LD senate seat led him to work for Congressman Tom Foley as his agricultural specialist in the 5th CD.  After the 1994 election he re-tolled to do the accounting for Seneca Foods in Dayton and eventually manage the plant, in time to close down the plant and ship it to Peru.  He retired as CFO from the Walla Walla Housing Authority.

    Don has been PCO with the Walla Walla Democrats since 1985 and has served two terms as state committeeman.  He was elected to the Executive Board in 2015.

    Since 1996 Don has been commissioner for Walla Walla County Fire District 8.  Don and his wife Anne-Marie, executive director of the Walla Walla YWCA, live on a wheat farm in the hills outside Dixie.

  • Robbie Myers, 6th Congressional District

  • Javier Valdez, 7th Congressional District

    Involved in the Democratic Party since 1988 when he attended his precinct caucus as a high school senior, Javier served as Chair of the 43rd District Democrats from 1997 to 2002 and Chair of the 46th District Democrats from 2007 to 2009. He has been a member of the State Committee since 2001 and the Executive Board since 2003. Javier was Treasurer of the Institute for a Democratic Future from 1997 to 2008. Javier has helped countless candidates and campaigns throughout Seattle, King County, and the state in his 20+ years of Democratic involvement. A former boardmember of the Washington State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and former President of Hispanic Seafair, he remains active in his Latino community.

    Born and raised in Moses Lake, Javier resides in Seattle and is a Seattle City Light employee, managing the utility's Historically Underutilized Business program. Javier is a proud University of Washington School of Business alum and received his Masters in Public Administration degree from Baruch College, the City University of New York, as a member of the National Urban Fellows.

  • Josh Trupin, 8th Congressional District

    Joshua Trupin is in his first term as the state committee member (male identifying) from the 5th legislative district in east King County. His first experience in politics was in third grade, when he protested against education cuts in his Connecticut hometown. After graduating from Yale with a degree in psychology, he has worked as a software developer, consultant, writer, and editor. He has been involved in politics in both New York and Washington, and served as a national delegate for Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016. He currently resides in North Bend.

     

  • Bryan Kesterson, 9th Congressional District

    Bryan Kesterson is in his second term as the state committeeman from the 47th legislative district in south King County. Prior to that he spent three terms as the district chair. He has been involved in politics off and on since working to pass HJR-6 in 1970 which lowered the voting age to 19. Bryan became formally involved with the Democratic party in 2003 with the Howard Dean campaign. He acted as Legislative District Coordinator and discovered a talent for grassroots organizing which lead him to run for chair in 2005.

    Bryan holds a Ph.D. in psychology and works in the field human factors engineering. He lives in Kent with his wife, and has a son (26) and daughter (24).

  • Patrick McLaughlin, 10th Congressional District

  • Donna McLain, President of the Washington State Federation of Democratic Women

    Donna is in her second term as WA State Committeewoman for Cowlitz County.  She served as a Precinct Committee Officer (PCO), formerly in Kelso and now in Longview, for over eight years, doing her share of walking and door-belling.  She was First Vice Chair for Cowlitz County Central Committee for two years and has been an officer in every position (except Treasurer) of Cowlitz County Democratic Women since 2011, most recently President.  In 2015, she received the Julia Butler Hansen Award for a lifetime of service to the Democratic Party, awarded by the Democratic Club of Cowlitz County.  Her most recent project was gathering signatures for WAmend I-1329 and the following year, I-735 against Citizens United.  She is beginning a two-year term as President of the Washington State Federation of Democratic Women.  She is active in the League of Women Voters, doing voter registration and candidate forums.
     

    Donna has a B.A. from Mills College, Oakland, CA; an M.S. in Business from Antioch University, Seattle, WA; and a K-12 Teaching Credential from WSU Vancouver, WA.  Retired from the Boeing Company after 27 years, she substitute teaches and tutors, and works “Opening Board” during elections.  She’s AAUW (Amer. Assoc. of Univ. Women) Newsletter Editor, and a published writer. She loves a good book discussion, a romp with her dog, or travel with her hubby Paul.