About

Victory Campaign Board

The Victory Campaign Board is a national group of community leaders who are actively engaged in helping to elect more openly LGBTQ voices to public office. Elected by their peers to renewable two-year terms, VCB members promote the work of Victory Fund, help recruit qualified openly LGBTQ candidates to run for office, endorse Victory Fund’s candidates, and provide the financial resources to help them win.

Members of the VCB:

  • Endorse Candidates: VCB members vote to approve all candidates endorsed by Victory Fund.
  • Identify Political Talent: As Victory Fund’s eyes and ears in their communities, VCB members help identify qualified openly LGBTQ individuals to run for public office.
  • Promote Victory Fund’s Mission: VCB members act as Victory Fund’s ambassadors in their communities and engage others in the organization’s political and fundraising work.
  • Raise Critical Funds: The VCB is the engine behind Victory Fund’s political success. VCB members raise crucial campaign funds that help Victory Fund’s candidates win races across the country. VCB members raise or give $5,000 to Victory Fund endorsed candidates each year and contribute $1,200 annually to the organization so that we can help our candidates win.

Victory Campaign Board Members

Leadership

Sue Burnside, (Co-Chair) Los Angeles, CA
Samuel Garrett-Pate, (Co-Chair) Los Angeles, CA
Jim Schmidt, (Endorsement Chair) Nashville, TN

David Reid, Washington, DCEastern Caucus Chair
Oren Adam, Washington, DC
Sasha Ahuja, Brooklyn, NY
Matthew Albert, Brooklyn, NY
Sam Alleman, Washington, DC
Nick Autiello, Providence, RI
Khelan Bhatia, Washington, DC
Tom Blake, Brooklyn, NY
Jason Burns, Alexandria, VA
David Catania, Washington, DC
Kelly Cross, Baltimore, DC
Mark Dann, Washington, DC
Hosseh Enad, Washington, DC
Kyle Ferari-Muñoz, New York City, NY
Nellie Fitzpatrick, Philadelphia, PA
Joe Forte, Bound Brook, NJ
Jacob George, Pittsburgh, PA
Christine Hallquist
, Hyde Park, VT
Ed Harnaga, New York City, NY
Michael Heenan, Washington, DC
Adali Hernandez, Washington, DC
Sara Jacobson, Philadelphia, PA
Matt Kaczmarek, New York City, NY
John Klenert, Washington, DC
Joel Kopperud, Washington, DC

Lisa Kohn, Washington, DC
Alex Levy, New York City, NY
Kevin Mack, North Potomac, MD
Brian Maloney, Washington, DC
Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman, Arlington, VA
Rich Martino, Southampton, NY
Chris Massicotte, Washington, DC
Matthew McClellan, Washington, DC
Matt McDermott, New York City, NY
Jason Melton, Washington, DC
Ted Miller, Washington, DC
Sam Nitz, Washington, DC
Greg Noonan, Boston, MA
Jill Normington, Washington, DC
Kagen Parks, Washington, DC
Valerie Ploumpis, Washington, DC
Aaron Ridings, Washington, DC
Brandon Roman, Washington, DC
Tyler Sadonis, New York, NY
Christopher Semenas, Washington, DC
Allyn Shaw, New York City, NY
Stephen Skinner, Shenandoah Junction, WV
Brett Smiley, Providence, RI
Ethan Smith, Washington, DC
Tom Strong-Grinsell, New York, NY
Dan Ward, Barnegat, NJ
Kevin Wei, New York City, NY
Scott Zumwalt, Washington, DC

Erik Wilkerson, Chicago, IL, Midwestern Caucus Chair
Jackie Anderson, Chicago, IL
Joshua Crosson, Minneapolis, MN
Justin DeJong, Chicago, IL
Ashley Kendrick, Leawood, KS
John LoPorto, Chicago, IL
Laura Luisi, Chicago, IL
Rick Neal, Columbus, OH

 

Clark Pellett, Chicago, IL
Chris Pfauser, New Buffalo, MI
Greg Reed, Madison, WI
Hal Shipman, Chicago, IL
Travis Worl, Chicago, IL

Colin Wright, Atlanta, GA, Southern Caucus Chair
Nelvin Adriatico, Houston, TX
Mark Alvarez
, Memphis, TN
John Angle
, Fort Worth, TX
Lauren Baer, Palm Beach, FL
Liliana Bakhtiari, Atlanta, GA
Evan Bergeron, New Orleans, LA
Tina Cannon, Austin, TX
Wendi Clifton, Atlanta, GA
Dennis Collard, Atlanta, GA
Bryan Cotton, Houston, TX
Jeremy Davis, Nashville, TN
Madeline Eden, Austin, TX
Glen Paul Freedman, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer Gordon
, Gulfport, FL
Michael Grover, Atlanta, GA
Melodia Gutierrez, Irving, TX
Nick Hellyar, Houston, TX
Bryan Hlavinka
, Houston, TX
Eric Johnson, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Shawn Kinsey, Winter Haven, FL
Erin Moore, Dallas, TX
Laurie Morrison, Spring, TX

Christopher Morter, Atlanta, GA
Amanda Nelson, Austin, TX
Tom Perrault, New Orleans, LA
Greg Pizarro, Dallas, TX
Jerred Price, Memphis, TN
David Prophitt, Atlanta, GA
Ray Purser, Houston, TX
Robbie Rikard, Raleigh, NC
Jim Schmidt, Nashville, TN
Rob Sikorski, Nashville, TN
Carlton Smith, Holly Springs, MS
Chuck Smith, Austin, TX
David Taylor, Nashville, TN
Heather J. Taylor, Houston, TX
Justin Wood, Austin, TX
Lynn Yeldell, Austin, TX

Mona Smith, Seattle, WA, Western Caucus Chair
Ashley Brown, Seattle, WA
Chris Brown, Seattle, WA
Sue Burnside, Los Angeles, CA
Clifford Davidson, Portland, OR
Linda di Lello Morton, Seattle, WA
Ritchard Engelhardt, Salt Lake City, UT
Richard Fuentes, Oakland, CA
Samuel Garrett-Pate, Los Angeles, CA
Kevin Geiger, Seattle, WA
Rebekah Hook-Held, San Diego, CA

Leslie Katz, San Francisco, CA
Kate Maeder, San Francisco, CA
Michael Mattmiller, Seattle, WA
Shawna Mcknight, West Sacramento, CA
Blake Oshiro, Aiea, HI
Jonathan Patterson, Milwaukie, OR
Neil Penick, San Francisco, CA
Skip Perry, San Francisco, CA
Abe Rakov, Santa Monica, CA
Ethan Scott, Los Angeles, CA
Mona Smith, Seattle, WA
Oliver Truong, San Francsico, CA
Brianna Westbrook, Phoenix, AZ
Thomas Zimmerman, Los Angeles, CA

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The Victory Campaign Board is critical to electing LGBTQ leaders across the country. Become a member to help advance equality!