Board of Directors
JOHN S. ARROWOOD
Partner, James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A.
John Arrowood is a partner with the law firm of James, McElroy & Diehl in Charlotte. He practices in the area of complex commercial litigation in Federal and State Courts, representing both individual and business interests.
John has also served as a Superior Court and North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge. When he served on the Court of Appeals, from 2007 to 2009, John was the first and only openly LGBT state-wide office holder in North Carolina.
John has been active in Democratic politics, having served as a delegate to the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Democratic National Conventions. He has also served as a gubernatorial appointee to the North Carolina Banking Commission, the North Carolina Arts Council and as a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Railroad. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Mint Museum of Art, the Charlotte Center for Urban Ministries and as a member of the Vestry of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Charlotte.
Assembly Majority Leader, 76th District, San Diego, CA
Elected to the State Assembly in November 2010, Assemblymember Atkins represents the central area of San Diego. She came to the Assembly after serving 8 years on the San Diego City Council. In 2005, Toni was chosen by her Council colleagues to serve as Acting Mayor of San Diego during a vacancy in the Mayor's office, making her the city's first openly LGBT mayor.
Toni was widely viewed as the region's leader in the fight for affordable housing and led the charge to enact the nation's first Housing State of Emergency. She also led the City Council in the adoption of a Living Wage Ordinance.
Toni serves on the Housing and Community Development Committee, of which she is vice-chair; as well as the Health, Judiciary, Veterans and Government Organization Committees. She has also been appointed by the Assembly Speaker as the Assembly Majority Whip and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Homelessness.
She is originally from southwestern Virginia and graduated from Emory & Henry College with a degree in political science with a focus on community organizing. In 2004, she completed the senior executive program at the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Atkins lives in the South Park/Golden Hill community of San Diego with her spouse, Jennifer LeSar, and their standard poodle, Haley.
Director, Corporate Affairs, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
As Director of Corporate Affairs for Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Northern California region, Brandon manages relationships with civic and community leaders, and provides strategic direction to help PG&E become the leading utility company in the United States. Brandon spearheaded PG&E's green efforts in San Francisco, including PG&E's award winning multicultural environmental campaigns. He's also responsible for helping to bring solar to prominent San Francisco institutions like the LGBT Center, Project Open Hand, San Francisco Food Bank, and the San Francisco Giant's AT&T Park—the first park in Major League Baseball to go solar! He's been recognized by San Francisco's 7x7 magazine as one of the "Hot 20 Under 40." Brandon also serves as executive liaison between PG&E and various environmental, LGBT, and Latino organizations.
Business Broker / Intermediary at Murphy Business
Mike Holloman is passionate about exceeding his clients’ expectations. With a strong work ethic and commitment to delivering maximum benefit, he achieves this with his extensive experience with financial analytics, strong networks and proven negotiating skills.
Mike joined Murphy Business & Financial Corporation after 17 years in the investment management, oil and gas and real estate industries. Working with investment firms managing assets in excess of USD $700 billion, he succeeded in various roles focused on performance measurement, investment analytics and quantitative modeling. Additional areas of expertise are with information management, process improvement, product management, competitive analysis and strategic development, along with proven negotiating skills. He is a nationally networked professional through his financial and real estate affiliations, enjoys connecting qualified buyers and sellers and helping them achieve mutually beneficial deals.
Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Linda Kaboolian, a sociologist specializing in organizational behavior, negotiations, conflict resolution and educational policy, is a lecturer at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government where she has been on the faculty for 29 years.
She was the faculty chair of the Kennedy School's Senior Executive Program for State and Local Elected Government and the National Hispana Leadership Institute. She also chaired the School's Labor-Management Program. She was the Principal Investigator and Faculty Chair of the Wallace Foundation funded Superintendents Leadership Program which assisted urban school districts to design better management systems, coaches principals and boards to make better educational decisions, and designs solutions to union and non-union employee conflicts with school system management.
She has done extensive and successful negotiations on public policy issues, including the concern by federally employed long haul drivers carrying nuclear materials for the federal government that they were exposed to unsafe levels of radiation.
Linda Kaboolian is the Co-Principal Investigator of The Concord Project, a co-author with Barbara J. Nelson and Mandy Carver of UCLA of all the products, and co-designer of The Concord Leadership Education Curriculum and the Concord Handbook which outlines practices to create organizations that bridge ethnic, racial and class divisions.
She is the author of Win-Win Labor-Management Collaboration in Education and co-author of Working Better Together: A Practical Guide or Union Leaders, Elected Officials and Managers.
Among other activities she is a trustee of Landmark College, Putney Vermont and serves on the board of Sojourner House, a family shelter and developer of affordable housing in Boston.
Dr. Kaboolian received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Global Head of Free Expression and International Rights, Google
Ross LaJeunesse is Global Head of Free Expression and International Relations at Google, and leads the team responsible for advancing the company’s work on free expression and open Internet issues, as well as Google’s relationships with international policymakers and organizations. He previously served as Google's Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Asia Pacific.
Before joining Google, LaJeunesse was Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. There, he developed and executed the Governor’s ambitious policy agenda, overseeing a broad range of issues from education reform to economic development. Prior to his appointment in the Schwarzenegger administration, LaJeunesse was Chief of Staff to California Controller Steve Westly, the state’s chief financial officer. He began his career as an assistant to U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell and later served as Senator Edward Kennedy’s chief advisor for reinventing government, as well as national and community service issues.
LaJeunesse completed undergraduate studies magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa at Dartmouth College and received his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School.
Mayor, Campbell, Calif.
Campbell Mayor Evan Low has worked tirelessly for over a decade to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing Silicon Valley. In 2010, the Silicon Valley Metro Newspaper named him one of the "Top 25 People who will change Silicon Valley." Evan attended local public schools and earned degrees from De Anza Community College and San Jose State before going on to graduate from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently serves as President of the National League of Cities Asian Municipal Officials and as a member of the Democratic National Committee. In 2010, Evan made history by becoming the youngest openly gay mayor as well as the youngest Asian-American mayor in the nation.
Founder & CEO, Rocket Science Associates
Joyce Newstat is the Founder and CEO of Rocket Science Associates, a consulting firm with expertise in public policy, communications and media relations. She is the former Vice President of Communications and Public Policy at the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Joyce spent most of the last 20 years working in public policy and on national, statewide and local political campaigns. As Director of Public Policy, Joyce led the development of Mayor Gavin Newsom's public policy agenda during his first mayoral campaign and first year in office‐‐including same‐sex marriage and developing assets for low‐income families. Most recently, Joyce volunteered on the No on 8 campaign where she helped raise money from the business community.
Joyce holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Golden Gate University.
She currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute and as a member of the Board of Camp Tawonga. She lives in San Francisco with her spouse Susan Lowenberg and their 14‐year‐old daughter Ruthie.
Senior Executive Vice President, United States Telecom Association
Alan Roth is Senior Executive Vice President of the United States Telecom Association, where he has directed government affairs since 2008. For more than a decade before that, Alan worked in private practice as a government relations professional and was cited by The Hill newspaper during that time as one of “the best in the business.” Before entering the private sector, he served on the staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, rising to the position of Staff Director and Chief Counsel under its then-Chairman, Rep. John D. Dingell (D-MI). A graduate of American University and New York University School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Law Review, Alan is admitted to the DC and Connecticut Bars.
Alan was elected in November 2000 to the first of three two-year terms representing approximately 2,000 constituents as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the District of Columbia’s Adams Morgan neighborhood, and was selected by his ANC colleagues to chair the Commission from 2003 to 2006. In early 2007, he was nominated by Mayor Adrian Fenty and confirmed by the District of Columbia Council to fill an unexpired term on the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority’s Board of Directors. He was renominated and reconfirmed in 2008 to a full four-year term.
WILLIAM J. ROUSE
General Manager, Administrative Services Cooperative, Inc.
As the fourth generation of his family in the taxicab business, William J. Rouse was appointed General Manager of Administrative Services Cooperative (ASC) in February of 2004. ASC manages five taxicab fleets in the greater Los Angeles area, including Yellow Cab of Los Angeles, Long Beach Yellow Cab, United Checker Cab, South Bay Yellow Cab and Fiesta Taxi. ASC is the largest taxicab organization in the Western United States with almost 1200 vehicles in its combined fleet.
Mr. Rouse is also affiliated with the management of San Diego Yellow Cab, with 330 vehicles in service, and California Yellow Cab, in Orange County, California, with over 200 vehicles.
Mr. Rouse graduated from the University of Southern California in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance and Business Economics. He received his law degree from the University of Southern California and was admitted to the bar in 1992.
Mr. Rouse served for almost five years on the City of Los Angeles Board of Building and Safety Commissioners, serving two years as President and one year as Vice President. Prior to that, he served two years on the Board of Commissioners of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, the commission that oversees Olvera Street and its surroundings.
Mr. Rouse currently serves on the boards of directors of both the international and statewide taxicab trade associations, the Taxicab Limousine Paratransit Association (TLPA), where he is Vice President, and the Taxicab Paratransit Association of California (TPAC), where he is a past president. He is also Vice Chair of the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Mr. Rouse is an attorney whose practice has ranged from employment law and civil rights (including LGBT rights) to general corporate, transactional and unfair competition.
A lifelong resident of the Los Angeles area, Mr. Rouse and his partner, Stephane Vachon, have been together for 15 years.
Commissioner, Board of Police Commissioners, Los Angeles, CA
Victory Fund Board: 2001-2005
Rob Saltzman is associate dean at the USC Law School where he is responsible for academic support, and where he teaches legal and professional ethics, and statutory interpretation. From 2005-2007, he served as L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's appointee on the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission which is responsible for enforcement of the Los Angeles campaign finance and disclosure regulations. He was elected Vice President of the Ethics Commission in July of 2007. In October of 2007, Mayor Villaraigosa appointed Saltzman to the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners. Saltzman is one of five Police Commissioners responsible for setting policy and overseeing the operations of the Los Angeles Police Department. In 2011, President Obama appointed Saltzman to the Commission on Presidential Scholars. Saltzman also serves on the Board of Advisors of the David Bohnett Foundation.
Paula Schauwecker's practice is focused on complex litigation in which she represents major industrial manufacturing and refining companies in toxic torts and product liability suits, as well as suits brought under federal and state environmental statutes.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Schauwecker served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nina Gershon, United States District Judge in the Eastern District of New York. She received her law degree from Pace University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2002) and earned a certificate in environmental law. While in law school, Paula was a research and writing editor on the Pace Environmental Law Review and a research assistant and the community liaison at the Land Use Law Center. She was awarded the New York State Bar Association Student Legal Ethics Award in 2000 and the White Plains Bar Association Environmental Law Scholar Award in 2002.
Ms. Schauwecker received her undergraduate degree in business and environmental studies from the State University of New York, Empire State College and a certificate of environmental management from Purchase College. She earned a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where her research focused on wetland analysis and restoration and its relationship to land use.
Paula participated in, and acted as a facilitator for, the Pace Law School Community Leadership Alliance Training Program, which trains local elected officials and volunteer leaders in methods of land use regulation and environmental conservation. She also co-developed and co-taught, along with John R. Nolon of Pace Law School, a graduate course on local environmental law and land use practices in Connecticut, at Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Ms. Schauwecker is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace Law School.
Ms. Schauwecker is a member of the New York and Connecticut State Bars and is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. She the Firm's Diversity Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee. Ms. Schauwecker is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources where she serves on the Board of Editors for Natural Resources and Environment.
Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Debra Shore is a Commissioner on the Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Elected to a six-year term in 2006, Debra was the first openly gay non-judicial candidate elected countywide in Cook County. She was re-elected in November 2012 with more than a million votes.
Debra chairs committees on Public Information & Education and Municipalities and has been working to "green" the agency. Shortly after joining the board, Debra and her colleagues unanimously approved extending domestic partner health benefits to same sex and opposite sex partners of District employees. Debra was a delegate for Barack Obama at the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions. She was the founding editor of Chicago Wilderness Magazine and is an ardent conservation advocate. Debra graduated from Goucher College (MD) in 1974 with a degree in Philosophy & Visual Arts (Phi Beta Kappa). She earned Master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Columbia College (Chicago). Debra serves on the boards of the Great Lakes Protection Fund, Congregation Sukkat Shalom (Wilmette), and the Women's Board of the University of Chicago. She lives with her partner, Kathleen Gillespie, in Evanston, IL.
Advisor, Latin America - Covington and Burling
Paula Uribe is a non-lawyer, provides strategic consulting, risk management and other advisory services to clients in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. She brings to her work the deep cultural sensitivity and a wealth of knowledge and experience working with corporations, governments and civil society organizations she gained as the Senior Advisor for Social Policy, where she reported directly to the Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the United States Department of State and provided advice and strategic direction in dealing with matters of high priority for the administration.
Paula developed enduring relationships with ministers and other government officials in the Americas, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and others. She worked closely with Secretary Hillary Clinton’s staff on a range of issues. During her time at the U.S. Department of State, Paula gained particular experience developing, managing and delivering Latin American related messages and positions for conferences, printed media, radio and television.
Chief of Staff at Dow Chemical
Louis Vega is the Chief of Staff, and Global Director, Office of the Chairman & CEO at The Dow Chemical Company. He provides oversight of executive projects, manages strategic initiatives that typically require cross functional, business and geographic solutions; and directs the programs, appearances, speeches, interviews and actions that could require the engagement of the CEO. Acting on the authority of the Chairman & CEO, Vega serves as an “Ambassador” and representative for the Office for greater accessibility.
Vega joined Dow in 1998 as a Global Business Communications Leader, assuming the role of Dow’s Global Media Relations Leader specifically as related to the Dow merger with Union Carbide. In July 2000, he was named Business Public Affairs Director for Dow Styrenics & Engineered Products business group and relocated to Horgen, Switzerland.
Returning to the U.S. in 2003, Vega took responsibility for the strategic planning and deployment of Dow's political activities in the United States. Based in Washington D.C., his role included coordinating Dow's State Government Affairs nationally and lobbying federally on behalf of Dow's businesses, along with corporate issues such as Security, Transportation and Product Safety.
In 2006, Vega moved to the Middle East to manage Dow's public affairs operations across its India, Middle East and Africa region. From a base in Dubai, Louis built a multi-region/multi-cultural team while driving Dow’s strategy in each of the 65+ countries of the region. He also served as the senior public affairs executive in the management of current, and in the development of proposed, joint ventures in the region.
Before taking his current role, Louis relocated to Dow’s corporate headquarters in Midland, Michigan in 2009 to provide global functional management, strategic management of Dow's reputation messaging platforms.
Prior to joining Dow, Louis served in a variety of roles on Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch over the span of 12 years while residing in Washington, DC. He has a degree in Government & Public Relations from the New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
PATRICK VON BARGEN
Co-Founder, 38 North Solutions
In July of 2012, Patrick cofounded 38 North Solutions, a leading public affairs practice focusing on clean energy and innovation policy and advocacy in the Washington, D.C., sphere. The firm represents a wide spectrum of prominent clean energy and innovation companies both large and small, trade associations, and NGOs from around the world. Before co-founding 38 North Solutions, Patrick served as leader of the energy practice and as Managing Director of QGA Public Affairs. For three and a half years, he provided strategic counsel to a wide variety of QGA's energy clients, primarily in the clean technology space, including solar, wind, recycling, and biomass. He also represented startup firms using venture capital to develop clean energy technology.
Prior to his leadership roles at QGA, Patrick served in major public policy roles for over 17 years in Washington, D.C., including as Chief of Staff to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) from 1987 to 1999 and Managing Executive for Policy & Staff for Chairman William H. Donaldson (R-NY) at the Securities & Exchange Commission from 2003 to 2005. He also headed the National Commission on Entrepreneurship and served as Vice President of the Council on Competitiveness, the only national organization whose membership is comprised exclusively of CEOs, university presidents, and labor leaders focused on American economic competitiveness issues. He had a distinguished career in law representing start-up technology companies and venture capital firms, and served three years as CEO of the Center for Venture Education's Kauffman Fellows Program in Silicon Valley — the premier education and networking institute for new junior and senior venture capitalists around the world.
Patrick earned a B.A. in history with Honors in humanities, graduating summa cum laude from Stanford University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is a member of the bar in the states of California and Colorado.
President & CEO, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
Chuck Wolfe is the president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute, a nonpartisan organization that helps outstanding LGBT leaders win elections and serve effectively. He served on the Victory Fund's Board of Directors for four years prior to joining the staff. During his tenure as CEO, hundreds of openly LGBT candidates have been elected to public office, and the list of states with no out elected officials has dropped from 13 to none.
Mr. Wolfe has an extensive background in politics, issue advocacy and organizational development. He previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the American Legacy Foundation, which was created as a result of the 46-state settlement with the tobacco industry. Mr. Wolfe was the Foundation's first employee and initiated national tobacco control programs such as the groundbreaking "truth" advertising campaign.
Mr. Wolfe entered the public sector as an appointee to the late Florida Governor Lawton Chiles. In addition to serving on the governor's 1994 reelection campaign as operations manager, he served the governor for seven years in such capacities as director of external affairs, director of tobacco control and executive director of the Miami Financial Oversight Board. During his tenure, among numerous other achievements, Mr. Wolfe developed and implemented programs that aided the relief efforts of Hurricane Andrew, the City of Miami's financial emergency and the Florida Tobacco Pilot Program.
Mr. Wolfe, an Eagle Scout, has a long history of leadership within the Boy Scouts of America, including a two-year term on the National Executive Board. For more than ten years he was active and outspoken in the effort to rid scouting of its discriminatory policies towards gays and lesbians. His efforts were profiled in a report on CBS News' 60 Minutes.
Mr. Wolfe is a 1985 graduate of Stetson University in Florida and completed the Negotiating Skills Seminar at the J.F.K. School of Government of Harvard University in 1997. A native of Florida, he has resided in Washington, D.C. since 1999.