Rouse previously served as National Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign
Washington, DC – Today LGBTQ Victory Fund – the only national LGBTQ organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ people to public office – announced longtime political and community organizer Marty Rouse will lead its political team as it readies itself for the 2022 election cycle. Rouse – who currently works to advance global LGBTQ political inclusion as an Equal Voices Advisory Council Member with the National Democratic Institute – will serve at Victory Fund on a six-month contract. From 2004 to 2020, Rouse served as National Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign.
“Marty has dedicated his career to building LGBTQ political power through community and political organizing and that experience will prove invaluable for the hundreds of LGBTQ candidates we endorse in 2022,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “Marty will lead our experienced existing political team during a crucial moment for candidates, when the early implementation of their campaign and fundraising plans have an outsized impact on their success at the ballot box. Few people are as prepared as Marty to take on this role and I am thrilled for him to get started.”
Rouse will serve as Victory Fund’s Senior Director of Political Programs beginning Wednesday, December 1. He takes on the role as Sean Meloy, Victory Fund’s Vice President of Political Programs, moves into a part-time Senior Advisor role with Victory Fund while he runs for a seat in the U.S. Congress. As head of the political team, Rouse will lead the organization’s endorsement process and efforts to support candidates through campaign consulting and fundraising.
During his tenure at the Human Rights Campaign, Rouse and his team of field organizers were on the ground mobilizing support for marriage equality and nondiscrimination protections – building and executing strategic campaigns to achieve those goals. Before joining HRC, Marty led MassEquality, the statewide group in Massachusetts that successfully defended marriage equality, making Massachusetts the first marriage equality state in the country.
LGBTQ Victory Fund
LGBTQ Victory Fund works to achieve and sustain equality by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government while ensuring they reflect the diversity of those they serve.