Meet Our Staff
Jaxon Ravens, Chair
Jaxon Ravens grew up in Missoula, MT. He has a bachelors degree in politics and economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MBA from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management. He was the Executive Director of the King County Democrats for a couple of years at the turn of the century and has been working for the Washington State Democrats since 2004. He served as President of the Washington State Young Democrats from 2000 to 2001 and as President of the National Association of State Democratic Executive Directors from 2009 to 2013.
In each of these roles, Ravens has lead and worked with Democrats across the state, national party organizations, local party organizations, various constituency groups, allies, candidates, and elected officials, to help elect Democrats and build the Democratic community in order to promote the values expressed in the State Democratic Party Charter and Platform.
He spent the 1990s traveling overseas and in 2003 biked solo across the US following the Lewis and Clark Trail. Jaxon is actively involved in several local non-profit organizations including the School for Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA), where he serves as Board President, Seattle Works and the Red Cross. In 2011 he was presented with a Washington State Volunteer Service Award from the Governor. He also serves as a member of the Washington State Arts Commission.
Patrick Mead, Technology Director
Patrick Mead has had interest in politics from a young age, but had not considered politics as a career until he served as president of the Washington State University Young Democrats during the 2004 election. Since graduating from WSU he has tried his hand at many different sides of political work and worked on many projects with the Washington State Democratic Party. As the Grassroots Mobilization Manager he currently works with the website, the data program, and the rest of the office's IT needs.
Misty Shock Rule, Digital Media Director
Misty Shock Rule has worked as the Digital Media Director at the Washington State Democrats for eight years, where she is proud to have built their digital media program from the ground up – to include website, mass email, social media, and video. At the Democrats, Misty uses digital media to raise money, promote Democratic candidates, engage supporters, and recruit volunteers. Misty grew up in Port Orchard before attending the University of Washington. After graduating, she worked at Microsoft as a Technical Editor before becoming a full-time volunteer - and later a staff member - at the Washington State Democrats in 2004. Misty likes traveling, reading, laughing, and watching reality competition shows. She is thrilled to be the mom to daughter Penny.
Heather Hess, Finance Director
Heather Hess grew up in Missoula, MT. She spent her college years in San Francisco and moved to Seattle in 1994. She has worked as a bookkeeper/office manager for a few small local businesses in the Seattle area. She started working for the Washington State Democrats in 2011. She enjoys writing fiction, live music, hockey (Go B's!), politics and photography.
Mackenzie Fuentes, Events Manager
MacKenzie grew up in Boise, ID. She has a bachelors degree in comparative sociology with a minor in gender studies from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. MacKenzie discovered her interest in politics through her involvement in her university's chapter of Voices for Planned Parenthood and several years of volunteer work for Planned Parenthood Votes! Northwest. After finishing her undergraduate studies, she moved to Seattle to look for opportunities with local political non-profits. MacKenzie first worked for the Washington State Democrats as the 2012 State Convention Coordinator. She also attended the 2012 National Democratic Convention as a Page. Most recently, she started as the Events Manager in 2013. MacKenzie enjoys spending time playing with her pet cat, Mochi, and her pet hedgehog, Skookum.
Ken Taylor, Office Manager
Ken Taylor is an accomplished philanthropist, involved collaborator, servant leader and community advocate. Ken is committed to bringing the new perspectives and fresh ideas to building and empowering our communities. During his collegiate career, Kenneth was proud to serve all of the students of Tennessee as the Governor of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) where he received two Resolutions celebrating his work as both Lt. Governor and Governor from the Tennessee General Assembly. Kenneth’s resume boast a host of campaign victories, including record turnout In Philadelphia, PA in 2010, hosting two presidential visits in home turf, and several local and coordinated campaigns including Congressman Steve Cohen and Congressman Chaka Fattah. Here in Washington State Ken continues to empower his community as a member of the Community Building Committee in SeaTac and as 2nd Vice Chair of the King County Democrats, member of the Sea Tac Community Building Committee, SeaTac Back to School Fair Committee and as a Trustee of the Highline Schools Foundation. Ken lives in Des Moines with his Siberian Husky Bella.