Frankfort local named Kentucky Democratic Party’s new executive director
Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe co-owner, progressive and former Democratic National Convention delegate Mary Nishimuta plans to build a bridge between experienced party faithfuls and energized newcomers from the last presidential election as the next executive director of the Kentucky Democratic Party.
Over the years, the cafe has hosted events for the exchange of ideas and discourse. Before the 2016 presidential election, Nishimuta worked within the groundswell of grassroots organizers and progressives in support of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. During the Democratic National Convention, she served as a delegate and on the rules committee, and after Election Night, Nishimuta organized OneFrankfort to bring unity to the capital community not based on partisan ideologies but everyday issues.
Nishimuta and her husband Walt Baldwin have owned the cafe for nine years. She’s an industrial and systems engineer graduate from Georgia Tech. Professionally, Nishimuta has more than 20 years of management experience with design and creation of supply chain management systems for Fortune 500 companies.
Staying issue-driven, Nishimuta plans to steer clear of the 24-hour news cycle partisan tit-for-tat noise and instead talk openly with Kentuckians in all 120 counties about the issues affecting them.