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.

  • Pitu Sim

    Secretary

  • Pitu Sim

    Secretary

    Pitu Sim is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, with a B.S. in Applied Economics and B.A. in Political Science. Pitu immigrated to Rhode Island from Cambodia and is a recent transplant to Nashville. He is passionate about social justice, particularly around education, housing and immigration; he currently works as an Analyst in the Education sector. He is serving his second term as Secretary for DCYD.

  • Lindsey Smith

    At-Large

  • Lindsey Smith

    At-Large

    Lindsey is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Strategic Communication and a Certificate of Global Studies. She has experience handling communications and marketing for HIV/AIDS outreach clinics, a Nashville law firm, and the Tennessee Democratic Party. Lindsey is a newly elected member of DCYD and the GOP’s worst nightmare.

  • Kate Prince

    At-Large

  • Kate Prince

    At-Large

    Kate Prince is an event planning and volunteer management professional currently serving as the Leadership Development & Innovations Coordinator for the Tennessee Bar Association. Kate graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2012 with degrees in electronic media journalism and criminal justice. She previously served as regional field director for a 4th District congressional campaign. Originally from Normandy, Tennessee, Kate has been a Nashville resident since 2013.