LPAC Announces First Endorsements In Critical 2018 Midterm Election Year

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LPAC Announces First Endorsements In Critical 2018 Midterm Election Year

Posted on: January 22nd, 2018 by teamlpac

LPAC Announces First Endorsements In Critical 2018 Midterm Election Year

Candidates In Minnesota, Michigan, California and Oregon
Garner Financial, Campaign Support from Lesbian Political Action Committee

Washington, DC (January 22, 2018) — LPAC, the national lesbian political organization and political action committee (PAC), today announced its first 2018 endorsement and support of the following candidates: Angie Craig, US Representative – Minnesota District 2, Kate Brown, Governor – Oregon, Dana Nessel, Attorney General – Michigan and Joy Silver, State Senate – California District 28. LPAC will provide technical support and financial support to campaigns as appropriate.

“We are thrilled to support these candidates as this critical midterm election year begins. Starting now, we must organize to elect as many progressive candidates as we can to resist the Trump Administration’s hostile, anti-woman, racist, and anti-LGBTQ agenda. All of these candidates merit our support and LPAC will do all it can to make a difference in their races,” said Urvashi Vaid, Interim Executive Director of LPAC.

LPAC supports Dana Nessel because she is a champion of women’s rights, LGBT equality, civil rights and social justice. Michigan needs more statewide leaders who are willing to represent all their constituents and we believe that Nessel will be an open, inclusive, fair and effective advocate for the people of this great state.

Nessel has been endorsed by a diverse cross-section of community leaders and organizations including the Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon, Young Democrats of Michigan, the Progressive Democratic the Women’s Caucus of Muskegon County, The Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, and Detroit Crime Commission Deputy Director Ellis Stafford.

LPAC is also proud to join other organizations that have endorsed Angie Craig, including Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, End Citizens United, Equality PAC, EMILY’s List, Ironworkers Local 512, International Association of Machinists District 77, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 82, League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and United Steel Workers. Craig is a strong contender against her pro-Trump rival. With a community coalition effort, she will prevail.

Kate Brown is running for re-election as Governor of Oregon, is an out bisexual woman and is the only openly LGBTQ governor in the country. Brown has strong support from a diverse coalition in her state, including Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon, Human Rights Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Emily’s List, Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon Building and Construction Trades Council, Oregon School Employees Association, Oregon AFSCME and Oregon League of Conservation Voters have endorsed Brown. Gov. Brown is running unopposed as the incumbent and is well positioned to win the general election.

Finally, LPAC is thrilled to endorse Joy Silver, a successful small business owner and out lesbian living in Palm Springs and challenging incumbent Jeff Stone for California State Senate, District 28. Silver has the strong support of a diverse coalition in her state district including US Representative Raul Ruiz, former US Senator Barbara Boxer, California Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus, Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO of San Bernardino/Riverside Counties, Democratic Women of the Desert and many more.

About LPAC
LPAC builds the political power of lesbians and queer women by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice.
LPAC achieves its mission by increasing the political power and engagement of LGBTQ women and their allies, and building a network of lesbians and queer women who take political action.

For more information go to www.teamlpac.com.



Posted on: January 16th, 2018 by teamlpac


Washington, DC (JANUARY 16, 2018) — LPAC today formally launched a nationwide search for its next Executive Director. LPAC is a political action community for LGBTQ women and our allies and works to elect candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s and gender equality, and social justice.

The search will be conducted by Gumbs + Partners, an executive search firm specializing in diversity recruitment in the non-profit arena, with a specialty in social justice organizations. A Board search committee chaired by LPAC Board Member Joyce Newstat, a long-time political activist and leader in the LGBT movement, will manage and guide the search and hiring process.

“LPAC is seeking a dynamic, inclusive, motivated leader with significant fundraising and political experience to serve as its Executive Director,” said Newstat. “LPAC is poised for growth, and is looking for a leader who can expand our political, fundraising, and advocacy reach, and can firmly establish the organization as a political home for LGBTQ women and their allies.”

Founded in 2012 as the first lesbian Super PAC (Political Action Committee), LPAC has transformed into a political power PAC supporting candidates in all major and local races.

“Our new Executive Director will take the helm at LPAC at a critically important political time,” said Laura Ricketts, LPAC Board Chair. “As we approach the 2018 mid-term elections and an uncertain, often hostile political climate for our communities, LPAC must focus on increasing our ability to support progressive candidates who champion our core values of LGBTQ equality, women’s rights, and gender, social and racial justice.”

To learn more about LPAC please visit: www.teamlpac.com. For Executive Director Job Announcement please click here. To apply for the position, please submit a substantive cover letter and current resume to: Lauren I. Gumbs, Senior Partner, Gumbs + Partners, applications@gumbspartners.com

About LPAC
LPAC is the national lesbian political organization fighting for LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and gender, racial and economic justice. LPAC builds political action community for LGBTQ women and our allies and works to elect candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s and gender equality, and social justice.

For more information go to www.teamlpac.com.


Join the Team as LPAC’s next Executive Director

Posted on: January 16th, 2018 by teamlpac

January 2018

LPAC, the nation’s only lesbian political action committee (PAC), seeks a dynamic, inclusive, motivated leader with significant fundraising and political experience to serve as its Executive Director. The successful candidate will have led and/or built an enterprise through programmatic and organizational growth and have attracted the financial and human resources necessary to achieve impact. LPAC seeks a leader who can expand its political, fundraising, and advocacy reach, and can firmly establish it as the political home for LGBTQ women and their allies.



LPAC is a political movement working to ignite the political energies of lesbians and queer women. And LPAC is a political action community – bolstered by many.

LPAC was formed in July 2012 by a group of committed activists and donors who saw the need for LGBTQ women to have a more prominent role in influencing the political and social landscape. LPAC was founded as a values-based Super PAC that endorses candidates who champion LGBTQ equality, women’s rights, and social justice. Now, five years strong, our mission remains: to politically activate lesbians and queer women to elect candidates who champion women’s and LGBTQ equality and gender, racial and economic justice.

Since its launch, LPAC has raised $4.4 million dollars, from more than 4,100 individuals, directly given away $1.5 million dollars to campaigns that advance equality and justice, and spent an equal amount on education and media to promote those campaigns. LPAC receives donations at many levels, a majority of these come from grassroots donors contributing less than $100 dollars.

LPAC has endorsed and supported more than 90 candidates, organized lesbians and queer women to participate politically, and contributed in significant ways to key political campaigns. Among the critical campaigns which LPAC has supported are the following: Senator Tammy Baldwin’s first run for Senate (to which LPAC contributed $225,000); key ballot initiatives to defend reproductive freedom and win marriage equality; Hillary Clinton’s presidential race (LPAC helped raise more than $650,000); and, in 2017, the mayoral race in Seattle (won by Jenny Durkan), the gubernatorial election in New Jersey (won by Phil Murphy), and six state delegate races in Virginia (won by exciting, diverse candidates).



LPAC’s Executive Director will lead the charge to grow LPAC as a political movement and a political action community. Our next leader will develop political and organizing strategies that inspire LGBTQ women and our allies to get involved politically, and that help to elect candidates who champion women’s and LGBTQ equality, and gender, racial, economic and social justice. The Executive Director will design innovative strategies to engage and motivate LGBTQ women and our allies, raise funds for LPAC’s work, grow LPAC’s capacity as a political organization and expand LPAC’s brand.

LPAC is at pivotal moment. With a committed board of directors, a database of more than 22,000 supporters, a history of successful events, and a track record of effective political endorsements, LPAC has tremendous potential to be THE political vehicle for lesbians and queer women interested in winning change through electoral movement building, especially for those who have not yet found a political home for their values, beliefs, principles, and politics.

The Executive Director will join an organization with this strong foundation in place, and with great aspirations. LPAC wants to grow in size . We want to draw supporters from across the country where we know there are many thousands of LGBTQ women and our allies who have yet to come to know LPAC, much less understand its unique value proposition and mission. The successful candidate will be energized by this challenge and driven to create a truly broad-based and powerful Lesbian Political Action Community.

Engaging communities alienated from mainstream politics requires passion and vision. Inspiring people to participate and give in the context of hostile policies, and callous political leadership requires imagination and courage. Raising funds for political candidates and campaigns when money corrupts so much of politics, and for an organization that believes strongly in campaign finance reform, requires perseverance and creativity. LPAC’s next leader embodies these qualities and is emboldened by the possibilities.

LPAC’s Executive Director will engage in the following duties:

  • • Devise political, organizing, educational and community building strategies to advance LPAC’s vision of increased political activation of lesbian and queer women.
  • Lead all programmatic, development, marketing, administrative and fiscal operations.
  • Write, develop, and implement political strategies and operationalize these plans to advance LPAC’s engagement in national, state, local elections in which LPAC has endorsed candidates or campaigns.
  • Design and lead all fundraising efforts, including development of winning messages to secure contributions; identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors from across the giving spectrum; creation and management of public events; and development of new strategies for revenue generation.
  • Oversee new and traditional media strategies to communicate LPAC’s political objectives in each election cycle, and to increase awareness of the organization and its mission.
  • Design and implement marketing strategies to significantly grow LPAC’s reach, grow its list and database of supporters; strengthen marketing and movement building through social media; and increase awareness of LPAC’s mission and objectives among our target audiences of LGBTQ women and our allies.
  • Integrate and utilize communications strategies to advance the community-building objectives of LPAC to activate and engage more lesbians and queer women into political participation.
  • Represent LPAC’s publicly as media spokesperson.
  • Represent LPAC at key tables, in coalitions and meetings with allied organizations.
  • Develop and strengthen LPAC’s political program by continuously engaging candidates, allied organizations, elected officials, and political parties.
  • Work with LPAC Board chair and governance committee to implement strategic and high-profile Board recruitment and management.
  • Work with Board on strategic planning, fundraising, political strategy, marketing, budgeting, and financial management.
  • Lead hiring of all professional and administrative positions for LPAC with input from Board.
  • Supervise, mentor, and provide leadership for LPAC staff, including consultants and contractors.
  • Oversee legal PAC compliance.

Recognizing that no one candidate will bring all the qualifications listed here, these are some of the key factors the search committee will consider as part of the interview and decision-making process.



  • A proven strategic innovator with a record of success in a leadership and managerial position – in social movements, politics, labor, government, business, academia, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector.
  • Deep familiarity with and passion for lesbian communities, LGBTQ rights and realities, women’s rights and gender, social, racial and economic justice.
  • Demonstrated record of fundraising at/exceeding $1M– including identifying and soliciting major donors, planning and executing events, and developing and executing fundraising campaigns, as well as an appetite and aptitude for political fundraising strategy and implementation.
  • Knowledgeable about and/or experienced in designing political and electoral strategies, working with political action committees (PACs), leading or engaging in political campaigns and election-related organizing
  • Ability to enlist people into an aspirational vision for the organization.
  • Relationship builder with relationship centered leadership.
  • Effective communicator and dynamic speaker, with experience in digital and traditional media, and comfort with public presentations
  • Financial management, compliance, and budgeting experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and an ability to articulate a vision that compels and inspires the public, donors, coalition partners, and government policymakers.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices required for the effective leadership and management of a nonprofit advocacy organization or PAC.
  • Experience and facility with Board leadership, development, management and recruitment.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and multitask with poise, a positive attitude, and sense of humor.

LPAC’s goal is to engage and activate all parts of our diverse, inclusive, LGBTQ women’s communities. To that end, we encourage and welcome candidates of all backgrounds who have the drive and qualifications to lead LPAC. LPAC provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental ability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Salary is based on experience, with benefits package. Position location is flexible.

To learn more about LPAC, please visit: www.teamlpac.com

To apply for the position, please submit a substantive cover letter describing your interest in the position and your fit with its qualification, as well as a current resume to: Lauren I. Gumbs, Senior Partner, Gumbs + Partners, via e-mail: applications@gumbspartners.com