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

  • Lindsey Smith

    President

  • Lindsey Smith

    President

    Lindsey is a young professional and dedicated community organizer that was born and raised in Nashville, TN.

    She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2016 with her Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Strategic Communication where she studied Public Relations and Marketing.

    During her undergraduate career, Lindsey wanted to enhance her college experience abroad in the United Kingdom by studying International Media and Communication at Kings College London. While there, she visited the British Parliament—which initially sparked her interest in the political process. After graduating, she returned to Nashville where she became a legal assistant at the law firm Butler Snow LLP. As a legal assistant, Lindsey was inspired by the government relations department and decided to pursue her political curiosities. In 2017, she was strongly influenced by the Women’s March on Washington to get more involved in her community. Later that year, she became a member of the Davidson County Young Democrats. She wanted to influence her peers to become politically engaged and now serves on the board as President. She also interned at the Tennessee Democratic Party where she spent most of her weekends volunteering and learning about grassroots efforts to fight for progressive values in Tennessee.

    Recently, Lindsey worked as a Field Organizer on the Karl Dean for Governor campaign for the 2018 midterm election. On the campaign, she recruited, trained, and organized interns and volunteers to advocate for healthcare, education, and economic prosperity to raise awareness about the problems Tennesseans face every day. Lindsey is continuing her career in politics and recently accepted a position as a Campaign Manager for the Bob Mendes Council-At-Large campaign for the 2019 cycle. Through her enthusiasm and energy, Lindsey is the blue wave that Tennessee needs.

  • April Caldwell Scholten

    Vice President

  • April Caldwell Scholten

    Vice President

    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.

  • Lorina Aboulmouna

    Secretary

  • Lorina Aboulmouna

    Secretary

  • Andrew Vanderford

    Treasurer

  • Andrew Vanderford

    Treasurer

  • Katharine Heriges

    Immediate Past President

  • Katharine Heriges

    Immediate Past 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.

  • 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.

  • Nick Cavin

    At-Large

  • Nick Cavin

    At-Large

    Nick Cavin is a native Middle Tennessean and works as a Healthcare Analyst with naviHealth, improving patient care through complex data analysis, visualization, and modeling. As a community advocate, Nick focuses on issues of racial justice and equity through grassroots organizing, and more recently, electoral politics. He graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis with a B.A. in Economics, where he began his activism organizing students to protest against aggressive racial profiling by the campus police. After graduating in 2016, Nick moved back to Nashville and joined SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Nashville as a member of the Steering Committee.

    Nick’s work with SURJ focuses on educating, training, and empowering white folks to dismantle white supremacy in their own communities. During his tenure with SURJ Nashville, Nick has organized dozens of educational meetings and direct actions while serving as the primary point of contact between SURJ and other local grassroots groups. Through relationships built and experiences gained while with SURJ, he was asked to join the Community Oversight Now coalition as a Core Organizer. After leading a successful ballot initiative campaign, Nick and the coalition are currently campaigning for a slate of candidates to be selected for the board.

    While working on the Community Oversight Now campaign, Nick recognized the need for collaboration between the Democratic Party and grassroots groups and was appointed to serve on the Executive Committee of the Davidson County Democratic Party. He plans to continue to work with both the Democratic party and grassroots groups to foster collaboration and closer ties between the party and the Nashville community.

  • Josh Gray

    At-Large

  • Josh Gray

    At-Large