Board Position: ex-officio
Owner, Burnside and Associates
Sue Burnside’s expertise is in voter identification, targeting and contact, Vote-By-Mail, as well as coalition building, neighborhood organizing, direct mail and post-election voter canvasses.
Among the highlights of Burnside’s historic campaign wins: Janice Hahn’s Congressional race in 2011; in 2010 the 22 vote victory for State senator Juan Vargas; Senator John Kerry for President’s victory in the state of Oregon in 2004; an independent expenditure PAC that moved Colorado’s House and Senate back to the Democratic column; Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 victory in the state of New Mexico; Wendy Greuel for Los Angeles City Council 2001, a special election decided by a 225-vote win margin in a post-election canvass; Joe Baca for Congress 1999; Lois Capps for Congress in 1998; L.A. Unified’s Proposition BB in 1997, the second attempt by the School District to pass the largest local school bond in California history; Jane Harman for Congress 1994 — an election was so close that Harman’s opponent traveled to Washington expecting to be sworn in, only to return to the district two weeks later after Harman’s come-from-behind victory created by Burnside’s vote-by-mail program; and Tom Hayden for Senate 1992, with the underdog Hayden beating the better-funded incumbent Hirsch Rosenthal by 582 votes.
Sue Burnside grew up in Southern California and got her political start during Santa Monica’s acrimonious rent control battles. She lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. Sue is the Co-chair of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund’s Campaign Board, and sits on Equality California board. In her spare time Sue like sailing, DIY projects and land banking.