Who We Are

The Davidson County Young Democrats is a group of progressives under 36 dedicated to electing Democrats to state and local offices, registering new voters and connecting young people to our community’s leaders. We work to educate our peers about civic engagement with local government, to increase the role of underrepresented people in our Party, and to provide outlets for other progressives to meet and socialize.

We are students and young professionals who volunteer our time because we believe in a Tennessee that is more just and equal for all, and because we want to leave our community better than the way we found it.

Executive Board

  • Katharine Heriges

    President

  • Katharine Heriges

    President

    A Nashville native and University of Tennessee graduate, Katharine is a communications professional, and has worked on many local political races, from State Senate to Metro School Board. She is also currently on the board of the New Leaders Council, a fellowship for future progressive leaders, of which she was a 2015 graduate. She was elected president of DCYD in December 2015.

  • Elizabeth Henderson

    Vice President

  • Elizabeth Henderson

    Vice President

    Elizabeth is the Project Manager for Tennessee Action. She began her career in 2013 with Organizing For Action and then became a field organizer during the 2014 midterm elections. Today she works to develop new strategies to win issue campaigns, bring talented new organizers into the progressive movement, and nurture the skills of leaders here in the state.

  • April Caldwell Scholten

    Treasurer

  • April Caldwell Scholten

    Treasurer

    April Caldwell Scholten grew up in Shelbyville, Tenn. but has been a proud Nashvillian since 2009, where she worked as an operative on local political campaigns. April is passionately motivated to turn her home state blue. She is dedicated to the improvement of Tennessee, and to inspiring a new generation of local progressive activists.

  • Dustin Evans

    Secretary

  • Dustin Evans

    Secretary

    Dustin Evans is the Secretary for the Davidson County Young Democrats and the chairman of the Communications Committee. He is a corporate recruiter with IQTalent Partners. Dustin was the regional lead following his fellowship with Organizing for Action and was a fellows manager for OFA during its coalition with the Tennessee Healthcare Campaign. He truly believes in bringing together a community and uniting them in their need to take action.

  • Anne Havard

    At-Large Member

  • Anne Havard

    At-Large Member

    Anne Havard currently serves as the Policy Assistant in the Office of Mayor Megan Barry, specifically housed in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity and Empowerment. In her current role, Anne is responsible for policy research and planning, grant writing and foundation relationships, and civic innovation initiatives that promote data-driven government practices. She previously served as Special Assistant for Policy on Mayor Megan Barry’s mayoral campaign. Prior to coming to local government, Anne worked in the non-profit sector, where she gained experience in grant writing, non-profit management, homelessness outreach, and effective permanent supportive housing models. A native of Atlanta, GA, Anne graduated from Vanderbilt University, where she studied the intersections of cognitive psychology, religion, and social justice. She is passionate about urban policy, economic inclusion, and the emerging role of cities in spurring social innovation.