Michael Lewis, Co-Chair
Michael Lewis is the Head of Customer Insights at Dropbox. He started his career in the consumer packaged goods industry in marketing over a decade ago at Procter & Gamble and has also worked in marketing for PepsiCo and Teach For America. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University where he served on the Board of Trustees. He also obtained a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University. Michael is also on the Board of Trustees of the Haverford School in Pennsylvania. Michael resides in San Francisco with his fiancé, David.
Monica Meyer, Co-Chair
Monica Meyer became the Executive Director of OutFront Minnesota in 2010, after serving as Public Policy Director since 2001. Under Monica’s leadership, OutFront Minnesota and Project 515 co-founded Minnesotans United for All Families, the campaign which defeated the proposed constitutional amendment to limit the freedom to marry in 2012 and won marriage equality just seven months later. The Minnesota Safe Schools for All Coalition was also founded under Monica’s leadership and successfully advocated for the passage of a comprehensive bullying prevention bill which was signed into law on April 9, 2014. Monica received her master’s degree in public policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, and her undergraduate degree from Hamline University. She lives in South Minneapolis with her wife Michele Steinwald and their dogs Miette and Roux.
Kellan Baker, Treasurer
Kellan Baker is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he works on LGBT health policy with a focus on nondiscrimination, data collection, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at the state and federal levels. Kellan is also currently the Centennial Scholar in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is pursuing a PhD in health services research and policy. He holds a BA with high honors from Swarthmore College and an MPH and MA from George Washington University.
Aaron Welo, Secretary
Aaron Welo is an at-large director and the Treasurer for the Equality Federation. He is an Associate at Burns & Levinson LLP in Boston, MA where he represents primarily plaintiffs in employment disputes as well as various business litigation matters. Aaron previously worked at White & Case LLP in Washington, D.C., Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis, Missouri, and in the legal department at the Human Rights Campaign. Prior to law school, Aaron was on staff for Fair Wisconsin doing fundraising during its campaign against the Wisconsin marriage amendment in 2006. He successfully represented an LGBT asylum seeker in gaining permanent status in the U.S. and has represented LGBT and various other clients in employment discrimination matters. Aaron attended law school at the University of Minnesota and undergrad at Wesleyan University. He lives in Somerville, MA with his partner, Jon, and their cat, Kathmandu.
Chris Hartman is the first director of Kentucky’s two-decades-old Fairness Campaign and a steering committee member of the Fairness Coalition. In the past two years, he has helped nearly triple the number of Kentucky cities with anti-discrimination LGBT Fairness ordinances from three to eight, including the state capital Frankfort and Appalachian coal town of Vicco, formerly the smallest city in America with LGBT protections. Chris served as Congressman John Yarmuth’s 2008 campaign press secretary, an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) in St. Louis, and Philadelphia director of the Democratic National Committee’s open-air grassroots fundraising arm for the 2004 presidential election. He founded and produced long-form improv troupes in Louisville and St. Louis, and holds an M.A. in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis.
Tony Hoang is the Deputy Director at Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBT organization. In that role, he oversees EQCA’s political, legislative, programmatic and communications activities. Prior to joining the Equality California staff, Tony worked at the Pacific Council of International Policy and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Tony graduated from the University of Southern California with a Major in International Relations and Minors in Political Science and Biology.
Alana Jochum is an attorney and Executive Director of Equality Ohio. She received her B.A. in English and B.S. in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University in 2005. She has been passionately engaged in the fight for LGBTQ equality at the local, state, national, and international level for more than a decade. After college, Alana traveled to Mumbai, India to volunteer with the Humsafar Trust, a nongovernmental organization working to advance LGBTQ equality in India. After returning home, she worked at United Way of Greater Cleveland and continued her LGBTQ volunteer work through the Human Rights Campaign. In 2007, Alana attended Cleveland Marshall College of Law where she served as Editor in Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review. She became an Associate at Squire Patton Boggs, LLP in 2010 where she focused her legal practice on complex civil litigation, international law, product liability disputes and other commercial litigation. She also represented clients in habeas proceedings before the Sixth Circuit and at the District court level. Alana left Squire in 2014 to work with Equality Ohio full time where she has the privilege of advocating for LGBTQ equality statewide full time.
Ashland Johnson is Director of Public Education and Research at Human Rights Campaign. Previously, Ashland worked at Athlete Ally as the Director of Policy and Campaigns and for the National Center for Lesbian Rights as Policy Counsel. She clerked for Lambda Legal and was a Holley Law Fellow at the LGBTQ Task Force. Ashland is a graduate of Furman University and graduated with a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law as a National Point Scholar and a Bill and Anne Shepherd Equal Rights Scholar. In 2016, she was named as one of the best LGBTQ lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. Ashland currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Equality Federation and the Point Foundation’s Selections Committee.
Ronald Moore retired February 1, 2016 as the Vice President of Human Resources for Safe Horizon where he worked for seven years. Mr. Moore joined Safe Horizon after 26 years of employment in Human Resources at Hewlett Packard. He lived in 5 cities during the 26 years in predominately the Human Resources function. In 2006 Ronald became the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Kimberly-Clark Company based in Atlanta. He decided to return to New York City in 2008. Mr. Moore has been involved in many nonprofit organizations over the years, serving as a member of the board of directors for over 10 nonprofit organizations, including Atlanta Executive Network, Georgia Equality, Out and Equal, Empire State Pride Agenda, and Riverside Church of New York City. Mr. Moore received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, a Master of Arts in Counseling, and a Master’s in Labor and Industrial Relations all from Michigan State University. A native of Detroit, he returned to live there on June 1, 2016. He currently serves on the board of Equality Michigan.
Sam Nitz serves as the Targeting & Analytics Director at EMILY’s list, where he leverages data & analytics to better understand voter values and works with candidates & allies to make sure EMILY’s List stays at the cutting edge of campaign technology. In 2016, Sam also served as Deputy WOMEN VOTE! Director for EMILY’s List, managing a $10 million program to mobilize and turnout millennial women for Hillary Clinton. A native of Janesville, Wisconsin, he studied Forest Ecology and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and political management at George Washington University.
Julia Rosen is Digital Strategy and Analytics Director at GPS Impact where she oversees the firm’s team of digital communicators, fundraisers and organizers. Previously, Julia served as Director of Marketing at ActBlue. Her leadership contributed to a dramatic increase in ActBlue’s email fundraising program, which doubled cycle over cycle. Prior to that, Julia served as a Campaign Director for MoveOn.org. Earlier in her career she held digital leadership positions at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and a number of California-based advocacy and nonprofit organizations including the Courage Campaign, California’s largest online progressive organization. She and her wife, a rabbi, live in Brooklyn, New York, with their dog Charlie and cats Izzy and Louie, who make regular appearances on video calls.
Troy Stevenson is the Executive Director of Freedom Oklahoma, the statewide organization focused on public education and advocacy on behalf of Oklahoma’s LGBT Community. Troy is a nationally recognized civil rights advocate and the former executive director of Garden State Equality, in New Jersey, and a veteran of 2 presidential campaigns. Troy earned a degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma, and a degree in international law from the University of Westminster in London.
Ian Tzeng, a Managing Director and Partner in L.E.K.’s Boston office, has more than 17 years of consulting experience in growth strategy, regulated markets, innovation, pricing, and mergers and acquisitions.He directs projects in our Biopharmaceuticals & Life Sciences and MedTech practices, with emphasis in pricing & market access, orphan / rare diseases, and pharma services, among others. Additionally, Ian has extensive consulting and board experience with non-profit organizations in education, arts, advocacy, and public service. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Chemistry from Harvard College and is a George F. Baker Scholar, Master of Business Administration with high distinction from Harvard Business School.