Nancy Polikoff

About that Obama transition team meeting with the LGBTs

Filed By Nancy Polikoff | December 18, 2008 2:30 PM | comments

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Tags: LGBT leaders, Obama transition team

Until this post on the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) blog, I hadn't seen a list of all those in attendance at last Wednesday's (Dec 10) LGBT meeting with the Obama transition team. Thanks to Greg Varnum for also posting a report of what happened at the meeting.

Here's the list of attendees:

Leaders Joining in Person
in alphabetical order

1. U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin)
2. Elizabeth Birch, Former President of the Human Rights Campaign
3. Jeremy Bishop, AFL-CIO Pride at Work
4. Brian Bond, Former National Constituency Director at Obama for America
5. Mark Bromley, Council for Global Equality
6. Rea Carey, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)
7. Mandy Carter, Co-Chair of Obama PRIDE
8. Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal
9. Jamie Citron, Former Deputy LGBT Vote Director at Obama for America
10. Ben DeGuzman, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
11. U.S. Representative Barney Frank (Massachusetts)
12. Joan Garry, Co-Chair of Obama for America LGBT National Finance Council
13. Rebecca Haag, AIDS Action Council
14. Leonard Hirsch, Federal GLOBE
15. Jon Hoadley, National Stonewall Democrats (NSD)
16. Jody Huckaby, Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
17. Mara Keisling, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
18. Justin Nelson, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
19. Dave Noble, Former LGBT Vote Director at Obama for America
20. Matt Nosanchuk, Convener of the LGBT Policy Committee, Obama for America
21. Mark Perriello, Presidential Appointments Project (coalition of 12 national LGBT groups)
22. U.S. Representative-Elect Jared Polis (Colorado)
23. H. Alexander Robinson, National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)
24. Aubrey Sarvis, Service Members Legal Defense Network (SLDN)
25. Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
26. Campbell Spencer, Co-Chair of Obama PRIDE
27. Winnie Stachelberg, Senior Vice President a the Center for American Progress
28. Greg Varnum, National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC)
29. Chuck Wolfe, Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Institute


Leaders Joining By Phone
in alphabetical order

1. Marsha Botzer, Co-Chair of Obama PRIDE
2. Dr. Eliza Byard, Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
3. Jorge Cestou, Unid@s
4. Jennifer Chrisler, Family Equality Council
5. Matt Coles, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and AIDS Project
6. Earl Fowlkes, International Federation of Black Prides (IFBP)
7. Rebecca Fox, National Coalition for LGBT Health
8. Jesse Garcia, Co-Chair of Obama PRIDE
9. Kate Kendell, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
10. Carolyn Laub, Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSAN)
11. Rick Stafford, Chair of the DNC Gay and Lesbian Caucus
12. Eric Stern, Co-Chair of Obama PRIDE
13. Lee Swislow, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)
14. Andy Tobias, Treasurer of the DNC
15. Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry


Presidential Transition Team
in speaking order

1. Fred Hochberg, Agency Review Team Lead
2. Mike Strautmanis, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison
3. Dana Singiser, Director of Public Liaison
4. John Podesta, Co-Chair
5. Parag Mehta, Public Liaison
6. Jim Messina, Director of Personnel
7. Elaine Kaplan, Agency Review Team Lead
8. Heather Higginbottom
9. Melody Barnes, Co-Director of Agency Review
10. Roberta Achtenberg, Agency Review Team Lead

also attending from the PTT

11. Tom Perez, Agency Review Team Lead
12. Brad Kiley, Director of Operations
13. John Michael Gonzales, Congressional Affairs
14. Chris Chan, Volunteer
15. Pepin Tuma, Volunteer
16. Alex Wagner, Volunteer


Additional Guests

1. Rufus Gifford
2. Jeremy Bernard
3. Karine Jean Pierre

Considering the size of this group, what do you think it means that we haven't heard more about what happened at the meeting?


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Judging from the size of that list and basic group dynamics, I hope that the real work was already done before the meeting (as it sounds like it was, with a "policy binder") - It's a shame we can be so quickly ignored now with this Rick Warren thing.