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LPAC ENDORSES MIKIE SHERRILL (D) FOR US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, NJ-11

Posted on: October 25th, 2018 by Team LPAC

LPAC ENDORSES MIKIE SHERRILL (D) FOR US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, NJ-11

Washington, DC (October 25, 2018) — With fewer than two weeks until the midterm elections, LPAC is excited to endorse Mikie Sherrill, the Democratic nominee for the US House in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District.

“Mikie is running on a platform that completely meshes with LPAC’s progressive values,” said Executive Director Stephanie Sandberg. “She would be a great asset to New Jersey’s congressional delegation, and we look forward to supporting her in the final push to the polls.”

Find the rest of our endorsements at TeamLPAC.com.

Mikie Sherril for US House of Representatives (NJ-11)

Sherrill, former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor and a mother of four, is running on a platform that prioritizes quality and affordable healthcare, fighting for a tax system that supports New Jersey residents by preserving state and local deductions on federal taxes, and improving infrastructure.

 

About LPAC:

LPAC builds the political power of LGBTQ 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.

For more information or to get involved with LPAC visit: www.teamlpac.com/get-involved.

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LPAC ENDORSES ONE MORE CANDIDATE IN ADVANCE OF NOVEMBER ELECTIONS

Posted on: September 27th, 2018 by Team LPAC

LPAC ENDORSES ONE MORE CANDIDATE IN ADVANCE OF NOVEMBER ELECTIONS

Washington, DC (September 27, 2018) — LPAC, the only organization devoted to building the political power of LGBTQ women, today announces its endorsement of another candidate in the run up to the November elections. This latest endorsement – for local office in New Jersey – represents another move in LPAC’s efforts to elevate our values of LGBTQ and women’s rights, and social justice, at all levels of elected office.

“The elections are fewer than 50 days away,” said LPAC executive director Stephanie Sandberg. “While attention will be focused on federal and state-wide office, it’s equally important that we elect candidates who champion our values at the local level. Julia will be an outstanding public servant, and we are excited to support her.”

Find the rest of our endorsements at TeamLPAC.com.

Julia Fahl for Mayor of Lambertville, New Jersey

Fahl, a fundraiser, shook up the local establishment when she defeated a 27-year incumbent in Lambertville’s June mayoral primary. Fahl, who is openly LGBTQ, is running a campaign focused on issues that closely impact the residents of Lambertville, including city-to-citizen communications, professionalization of public boards and commissions, and city beautification. LPAC is proud to add her to our roster of endorsed candidates.

 

About LPAC:

LPAC builds the political power of LGBTQ 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.

For more information or to get involved with LPAC visit: www.teamlpac.com/get-involved.

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LPAC ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Posted on: May 11th, 2018 by teamlpac

LPAC ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
STEPHANIE SANDBERG TAKES HELM OF ONLY NATIONAL SUPERPAC THAT BUILDS POLITICAL POWER FOR LGBTQ WOMEN

WASHINGTON, DC (May 11, 2018) — LPAC, the country’s only political action committee empowering and engaging LGBTQ women politically, today announced that Stephanie Sandberg has taken the helm as Executive Director, as the organization completes its 6th year of operation, launches its political program for the 2018 midterm election endorsements and prepares for its largest fundraiser, Levity and Justice for ALL, in New York City June 20, 2018.

“We are so excited to have Stephanie Sandberg lead LPAC as our Executive Director at this critical time for the organization and our political work in 2018,” said Laura Ricketts, Board chair of LPAC. “Stephanie brings deep and diverse experience that LPAC needs to grow the organization and lead us in an election cycle in which so much is at stake for our country and the communities that LPAC serves.”

“It is the thrill of a lifetime to take the reins at LPAC and lead this important institution, which gives voice to LGBTQ women and the complex and multi-faceted lives we lead,” said Sandberg. “LPAC is uniquely suited to galvanize LGBTQ women, our families and allies politically, especially in these hostile times, and I look forward to engaging the broadest possible support to help elect candidates that can best advance our values: LGBTQ and women’s rights, racial and social justice.”

You can see an introductory video from Sandberg here.

Stephanie Sandberg brings a diverse set of business, political, leadership and organizing experience to LPAC. Most recently she was Managing Director of OUT Leadership, the premier global network for LGBTQ leaders – helping companies with talent, tools and innovations to enable them to optimize their businesses to achieve a ‘Return on Equality.’ Sandberg helped develop and launch “OL-iQ,” a unique assessment tool that provides a comprehensive diagnosis and recommendations for businesses to achieve impact through LGBT inclusion. Her work as Out Leadership’s Director of OutWOMEN connects and promotes women executives who identify as LGBTQ – the first such initiative globally.

Sandberg has served in a variety of executive leadership roles in media and consulting companies, including as President & Publisher of The New Republic, Executive Publisher at Columbia Journalism Review, Communications Director at Disruptive LA, and SVP Communications at Rosemark Capital Group. She has worked as a consultant with Planet Out, Hearst Communications and other global firms. She is a past board member of the Women’s Venture Fund, and the Communications Committee of Human Rights Watch. Sandberg is a graduate of Stanford University.

To book an interview or for more information contact cathy@targetcue.com or press@teamlpac.com

About LPAC:
LPAC builds the political power of LGBTQ 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.

For more information or to get involved with LPAC visit: www.teamlpac.com

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Join the Team as LPAC’s next Executive Director

Posted on: January 16th, 2018 by teamlpac
 

JOB DESCRIPTION
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 OVERVIEW

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).

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

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.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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

 


LPAC Endorses Gina Ortiz Jones, US Congress in Texas District 23

Posted on: November 20th, 2017 by teamlpac

LPAC ENDORSES GINA ORTIZ JONES
U.S. CONGRESS IN TEXAS DISTRICT 23

Washington, DC (November 17, 2017) — LPAC, the country’s first and only lesbian political action committee, today announces its endorsement of Gina Ortiz Jones (D), who is running for a seat in the U.S. Congress in Texas District 23.

“LPAC is thrilled to endorse Gina Ortiz Jones and urges all our supporters to invest in this important and competitive race,” said Urvashi Vaid, Interim Executive director of LPAC. “Jones represents the fresh leadership that this country leads and is challenging a two-term incumbent who has consistently opposed the rights and concerns of diverse, communities,” continued Vaid.

“Representation matters now more than ever, as this administration works to erase the hard-fought civil rights wins of the LGBTQ community,” said Gina Ortiz Jones. “We will not be unseen, and I will fight everyday in Congress to ensure my community is treated with the respect and dignity that every American deserves. I’m honored to receive LPAC’s endorsement.”

“We support Jones’ priorities, which include healthcare and economic justice,” continued Vaid, “Jones will be a strong advocate for women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and will provide the strong, balanced and effective leadership that Texas and our country needs.”

About LPAC
LPAC is a national lesbian political action committee that supports candidates who champion LGBTQ equality, women’s rights and social justice. Founded in 2012, LPAC strives to engage LGBTQ women to be involved in electoral politics at every level, and to have a real and meaningful seat at political tables.

For more information go to www.teamlpac.com.

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LPAC CONGRATULATES JENNY DURKAN, MAKING HISTORY IN SEATTLE

Posted on: November 8th, 2017 by teamlpac

LPAC CONGRATULATES JENNY DURKAN,
MAKING HISTORY AS SEATTLE’S FIRST WOMAN MAYOR SINCE THE 1920’S AND FIRST LESBIAN MAYOR

Washington, DC (November 9, 2017) — LPAC, the country’s first and only lesbian political action committee, watched history made as out lesbian Jenny Durkan decisively won her bid for Mayor of Seattle. Durkan joins other LPAC endorsed candidates in this cycle’s election who were victorious in New Jersey and Virginia as leaders committed to advancing LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice.

“In this election, lesbian, transgender, people of color and progressive candidates won huge victories, and LPAC salutes all our partners in progressive organizations across the country and the local activists who made these gains possible,” said Urvashi Vaid, Interim Executive Director of LPAC. “Durkan is the first female mayor in Seattle since 1926 and one of few out lesbian mayors of a major American city. Her historic win, and the election of many other great leaders across the country, will transform the character and content of political leadership.”

“These victories happened because of organizing, coalition work, grassroots volunteers, turnout by voters of color, the engagement of young voters and a united effort by diverse progressive voters to repudiate the divisive, reactionary politics of the Trump administration and those who espoused them,” concluded Vaid.

“LPAC is thrilled that candidates we endorsed, will now be in a leadership positions across this country. More than ever, with the current political climate and challenges to the rights of the LGBTQ community, women and other marginalized groups, we need diverse, progressive and fair-minded politicians fighting for us,” said LPAC Political Strategy Chair Ana Cruz. “These candidates will be our advocates and champions when we need them most, especially as we approach another critical election cycle in 2018,” concluded Cruz.

Other LPAC endorsed candidates who won their election include:

About LPAC
LPAC is a national lesbian political action committee that supports candidates who champion LGBTQ equality, women’s rights and social justice. Founded in 2012, LPAC strives to engage LGBTQ women to be involved in electoral politics at every level, and to have a real and meaningful seat at political tables.

For more information go to www.teamlpac.com.

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LPAC REACTION TO RESULTS IN NEW JERSEY, VIRGINIA MIDTERM ELECTIONS

Posted on: November 8th, 2017 by teamlpac

LPAC REACTION TO RESULTS IN NEW JERSEY, VIRGINIA MIDTERM ELECTIONS
ENDORSED CANDIDATES MURPHY, ROEM, FOY, GUZMAN, FOWLER, ADAMS AND TANNER ALL EMERGE VICTORIOUS

Washington, DC (November 8, 2017) — LPAC, the country’s first and only lesbian political action committee, endorsed several victorious candidates in New Jersey and Virginia, all committed to advancing the causes of LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice as they take office at state and local levels.

“LPAC is thrilled that several candidates we endorsed, including Phil Murphy, Danica Roem, Jennifer Carroll Foy, Kelly Fowler and Elizabeth Guzman, will now be in leadership positions in New Jersey and Virginia. More than ever, with the current political climate and challenges to the rights of the LGBTQ community, women and other marginalized groups, we need progressive and fair-minded politicians fighting for us,” said LPAC Political Strategy Chair Ana Cruz. “These candidates will be our advocates and champions when we need them most, especially as we approach another critical election cycle in 2018,” concluded Cruz.

LPAC endorsed candidates who won their election include:

About LPAC
LPAC is a national lesbian political action committee that supports candidates who champion LGBTQ equality, women’s rights and social justice. Founded in 2012, LPAC strives to engage LGBTQ women to be involved in electoral politics at every level, and to have a real and meaningful seat at political tables.

For more information go to www.teamlpac.com.

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LPAC Announces Slate of 2017 Endorsements

Posted on: October 25th, 2017 by teamlpac

LPAC ANNOUCES SLATE OF 2017 ENDORSEMENTS
CANDIDATES IN VA, AND NJ
INCLUDE PHIL MURPHY, DANICA ROEM

Washington, DC (October 24, 2017) — LPAC, the country’s first and only lesbian political action committee, today announced its endorsement of seven candidates running for office this November. These women and men, several of them openly LGBTQ, are committed to advancing the causes of LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice in a climate fraught with immense challenges. These endorsements were unanimously approved by the LPAC Board of Directors.

“Across Virginia and New Jersey, these seven candidates are standing up for women and LGBTQ constituents,” said Urvashi Vaid, Interim Executive Director of LPAC. “We are proud to endorse these candidates, whose victories would be a vital step towards advancing leadership at the state level that is willing to champion equal rights for women and LGBTQ people.”

The candidates include:

About LPAC
LPAC is a national lesbian political action committee that supports candidates who champion LGBTQ equality, women’s rights and social justice. Founded in 2012, LPAC strives to engage LGBTQ women to be involved in electoral politics at every level, and to have a real and meaningful seat at political tables.

For more information go to www.teamlpac.com.

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LPAC Names Urvashi Vaid as Interim Executive Director, Search Initiated for New Executive Director

Posted on: October 13th, 2017 by teamlpac

LPAC NAMES URVASHI VAID AS INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
SEARCH INITIATED FOR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Washington, DC (October 11, 2017) — LPAC, founded in 2012 as the first lesbian Political Action Committee, announced today that Urvashi Vaid, longtime attorney and organizer in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and social justice movements, will serve as the organization’s Interim Executive Director as the search for a permanent Executive Director begins.

Vaid has held senior executive positions at the Arcus Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. She is CEO of The Vaid Group a social innovation firm focused on strategies to advance equity and justice, and is a founder of LPAC. Vaid began her part-time duties on September 5 and joins LPAC Political and Operations Associate Erica Benjamin on the LPAC staff.

“We are very pleased to have Urvashi as our interim leader, with all her expertise, insuring continuity for LPAC over the next few months, while we search for and find our new leader,” said Laura Ricketts, LPAC Board Chair.

A Board search committee has been formed and is chaired by LPAC San Francisco based Board member Joyce Newstat, a long-time political activist and leader in the LGBT movement. The search process and timeline will be announced later this year.

“Our new Executive Director will lead LPAC at a critically important time for the LGBT community, women and all those impacted by the hostile political climate in Washington, D.C. and across the nation,” said Joyce Newstat. “As we approach the 2018 mid-term elections and beyond, LPAC must grow and be even more engaged in supporting progressive candidates who advance our core values of LGBT equality, women’s rights, and gender, social and racial justice.”

More:
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.

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LPAC Endorses Jenny Durkan for Mayor of Seattle

Posted on: July 17th, 2017 by teamlpac

LPAC ENDORSES JENNY DURKAN FOR MAYOR OF SEATTLE

Nation’s grassroots PAC for LGBTQ women announces support for vanguard attorney in her race for Mayor of Seattle


Washington, DC (July 17, 2017) — LPAC, the country’s first and only lesbian political action committee, announced its endorsement of Jenny Durkan for Mayor of Seattle. Previously a U.S. Attorney in Seattle, Durkan made history as the first openly LGBT U.S. Attorney in the nation.  Her endorsement was unanimously approved by the LPAC Board of Directors.

“Not only would Jenny’s election be historic, as the first lesbian mayor of Seattle, her proven work fighting for justice for all makes her a truly exciting candidate,” said LPAC Executive Director, Beth Shipp. “Jenny’s work has meant so much for the LGBTQ community and for the issues we care about. We are thrilled to support her groundbreaking candidacy.”

Durkan previously served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington under President Obama from 2009 to 2014. She was the first openly gay U.S. Attorney in the country. While U.S. Attorney, she created a civil rights department, and she worked extensively on police reform efforts in the Seattle Police Department.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of LPAC, an organization that has worked so hard to advance LGBTQ issues across the country,” said Durkan. “I have spent my career working on civil rights issues and advocating on behalf of LGBTQ rights, from prosecuting hate crimes as US Attorney to being on the front lines fighting for equality in Washington state. I know how important it is to have representation in government. Until President Barack Obama nominated me in 2009, no openly gay person had ever served as US Attorney. I was honored and proud to break that barrier. The support of the LGBTQ community means a lot to me as I seek to become the first female mayor in Seattle in almost 100 years and the first lesbian ever to hold this office.”

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