Board of Directors

Michael Beauregard, President

Michael Beauregard is an organizer and Rhode Island native. Born in Providence and raised in Cumberland, Michael has been civically engaged since returning to RI from college. Through his work on state-level advocacy campaigns, and volunteering for political candidates, Michael learned the immense value of being civically engaged, and the need for more young Rhode Islanders to represent the interests of our generation and those to come.

He attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, earning a B.A. in Psychology, and Minor in Computer Science. He was formerly a board member for the New Leaders Council of Rhode Island, and the Millennial Professional Group of Rhode Island. He is Principal and Owner of Perception Analysis Advisors, a Providence-based consulting firm specializing in public relations, project management, development, creative design, and government relations.

Laufton Ascencao, Vice-President

Laufton Ascencao is a longtime democratic activist and Rhode Island Native. Ascencao attended the University of Pittsburgh and worked on dozens of campaigns across the country including President Obama's 2012 campaign and Tom Wolf's successful bid for Governor of PA. Laufton is now the head of the environmental advocacy org, EnergizeRI. He cites the need for the state to retain and offer opportunities to it's younger residents as his primary reason for getting involved in YDRI.

Gabrielle Godino, Secretary-Treasurer

Gabrielle, a 2011 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, grew up in nearby Narragansett. A student of Political Science, Gabrielle spent time after graduation in Washington, D.C. at EMILY’s List – recruiting and training progressive, pro-choice women to run for state and local offices across the US. Interested in exploring political work outside of elections, she took a position with the Service Employees International Union organizing low-wage caregivers to form unions for dignity, respect, a voice at the workplace and perhaps most importantly, a binding contract. In 2014, she came to work for the New England Regional Council of Carpenters – supporting electoral, legislative and organizing efforts in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Additionally, Gabrielle serves on the boards of New Leaders Council Rhode Island, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice and Rhode Island Working Families. 

Gabrielle, believes that throughout history, collective action has been the most important catalyst for positive shifts towards a more just, equitable and tolerant society. Through Young Democrats of Rhode Island, she hopes to engage, educate and empower young people to take ownership of their communities and unite their voices so that serious change can soon be realized. Known for being an excellent hula-hooper and a karaoke rock star, she believes that a volunteer organization needs to bring fun and friendship into the space to be lasting and successful.

Jordan Seaberry, National Committeeman

Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Jordan first came to Providence to attend Rhode Island School of Design.  He became deeply involved in the Providence social justice community, working to organize the Behind the Walls Committee, a vibrant and diverse group of formerly incarcerated Rhode Islanders, family members of currently incarcerated individuals, as well as current inmates at the Adult Corrections Institution and elsewhere. Together, the committee fought for and passed multiple criminal justice reform milestones, including 32(f) Probation Violation Reform, the Unshackling Pregnant Prisoners Bill, as well as laying the groundwork for the “Ban the Box” movement here in Rhode Island.  Additionally, Jordan led large-scale campaigns around other criminal justice reforms, and organized protests, rallies, sit-ins, and other forms of direct action.  

Jordan currently as the Homicide Victim Advocate with the Nonviolence Institute, supporting Rhode Island’s victims of violent crime.  He also sits as Chairman of the Univocal Legislative Minority Advisory Commission, which helped usher in the passage of last year’s RI Comprehensive Community-Police Relations Act.  He still paints when he can.

Kavelle Christie, National Committeewoman

Judith Finn, Creative Director

Judith Finn was born in Rhode Island, and after twenty years moving from state to state she has finally returned. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Susquehanna University, Judith is a graphic designer working in both Boston and Providence. Looking to be both politically engaged and immersed in all that concerns young Rhode Islanders as a way of becoming a fully fledged member of the state once more, Judith has joined the YDRI board as a Creative Director.

Babaak Parcham, Advocacy Director