Our Team

Wolfson

Evan Wolfson | President

Evan Wolfson is Founder and President of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide. In 1983, Evan wrote his Harvard Law School thesis on gay people and the freedom to marry. During the 1990s he served as co-counsel in the historic Hawaii marriage case that launched the ongoing global movement for the freedom to marry, and has participated in numerous gay rights and HIV/AIDS cases. He earned a B.A. in history from Yale College in 1978; served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a village in Togo, West Africa; and wrote the book, Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry, published by Simon & Schuster in July 2004. Citing his national leadership on marriage and his appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America v. James Dale, the National Law Journal in 2000 named Evan one of "the 100 most influential lawyers in America." Newsweek/The Daily Beast dubbed Evan "the godfather of gay marriage" and Time Magazine named him one of "the 100 most influential people in the world." In 2012, Evan received the Barnard Medal of Distinction alongside President Barack Obama. 
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Marc Solomon | National Campaign Director

Marc Solomon is a preeminent front-line leader in the movement to win and protect marriage for same-sex couples, having worked on the cause full-time since 2004. He is the author of Winning Marriage, scheduled for release in November 2014.

As National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry, Solomon directs all the organization’s programs to win marriage nationwide. In thirteen years of work on marriage, he has led the campaign to protect marriage in Massachusetts and played leading roles in New York, Illinois, California, Washington, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Maine, and elsewhere. He has initiated programs to make advances with both the Democratic and Republican parties and has led efforts to enlist elected officials and business leaders to the cause. He is a regular media spokesperson on local and national television, radio and in print, and is quoted frequently in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Associated Press, and elsewhere.
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Sara Ackerman  | Digital Organizer

Sara Ackerman is the Digital Organizer at Freedom to Marry. Previously, Sara worked at PowerThru Consulting where she managed email lists for progressive nonprofits and Democratic candidates with list sizes ranging from 20,000-500,000 subscribers. Additionally, she managed social media accounts for over 10 organizations with up to 50,000 supporters.
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Juan Barajas | Development Director

Juan Barajas oversees the campaign’s goal to raise and strategically invest millions of dollars into public education, state campaigns, and federal work. He brings nearly 15 years experience in fund development and nonprofit management dedicated to supporting the LGBT community. He recently served as the director of philanthropy for San Francisco AIDS Foundation and prior to that was the deputy director of development at GLAAD. During his tenure at GLAAD, Barajas secured more than $2 million in individual giving and developed GLAAD’s volunteer leadership program with over 100 members in 8 cities around the country focused on fundraising and community outreach. He also worked previously as executive director for the Pacific Center for Human Growth and director of the Outlet Program, which are San Francisco Bay Area-based centers that provide support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
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Jennifer Cabrera | Database Coordinator

Jennifer is the Database Coordinator for Freedom to Marry. Prior to joining Freedom to Marry, she worked in application support at Citigroup, helping to manage the global conference room database as well as the firm’s overtime meal program. She has also volunteered with the New York chapter of Room to Read, a San Francisco-based NGO, acting as chair of the auction committee for the chapter’s 2012 Spring Benefit.
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Richard Carlbom | Director of State Campaigns

Richard Carlbom is a seasoned marriage campaign veteran who in the course of two short years achieved a double win when as campaign manager of Minnesotans United for All Families, he first led the campaign to defeat a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban same-sex marriage and then 6 months later led the campaign in the Minnesota legislature to pass the bill bringing the freedom to marry to Minnesota.
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Michael Crawford | Director of Online Programs

Michael Crawford is Director of Online Programs at Freedom to Marry where he manages the organization’s websites, email program, online fundraising, and social media presence. He has a wide range of experience in political advocacy, new media, and grassroots organizing. He was a leading strategist for the successful campaign to win freedom to marry in Washington, D.C. with a focus on public education, community outreach, and communications strategy. He was co-founder and co-chair of D.C. for Marriage, a grassroots group that engaged in thousands of conversations with District residents about gay people and marriage with a particular focus on building support in the African-American community.
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Angela Dallara

Angela Dallara | Media Relations Manager

Angela Dallara is the Media Relations Manager at Freedom to Marry. She previously worked as the National News and Transgender Advocacy Fellow at GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), where she helped ensure fair and accurate portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the media.
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Scott Davenport | Chief Operating Officer

Scott's background is both as a corporate executive and as an activist for LGBT rights. Scott served as a Vice President for Oliver Wyman Consulting assisting Fortune 500 companies enhance their strategic direction. He also has worked for Capital One as Managing Vice President, Human Resources. At Capital One, he led the creation of its Enterprise Risk Management program. Scott is the father of two teenage children and has served as Co-Chair of the Board of the Family Equality Council. He is the co-founder of Family Week in Provincetown, MA., and previously served as the Board President for Equality Maryland.
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Tyler Deaton | Campaign Manager for Young Conservatives

Tyler Deaton is the Campaign Manager of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, an initiative he helped launch in the summer of 2012. The campaign highlights and builds support for the freedom to marry among young conservatives across America. Tyler is Secretary of the New Hampshire Young Republicans and a member of the Manchester delegation to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. He also is Managing Director of b-fresh consulting llc, a national, full-service project management and lobbying firm based in New Hampshire. In 2011-2012, Tyler led the successful effort to protect the freedom to marry in New Hampshire, working with Standing Up for New Hampshire Families and New Hampshire Republicans for Freedom and Equality PAC.
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Jo Deutsch | Federal Director

Jo Deutsch is the Federal Director for Freedom to Marry and oversees the campaign's Washington, D.C.-based work to overturn the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" and end federal marriage discrimination. Jo's political career and activism began at 13 when she joined the National Organization for Women in Miami, Florida. Since then, she has dedicated both her personal and professional life to fighting for equality and rights for women, the LGBT community and the labor movement. Combining all her passions, Jo fought for the rights of working women and men including LGBT members while leading the federal legislative and political campaigns at the Association of Flight Attendants, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
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DiNicola

Juliann DiNicola | Online Organizer

Juliann DiNicola is the Online Organizer at Freedom to Marry. Juliann works with state marriage campaigns by providing strategic and tactical support to their online organizing efforts. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at CUNY in New York City. Most recently, Juliann worked for GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) as the Student Engagement Associate. In her role there, she managed student focused digital campaigns, including the Day of Silence, and provided resources for student programs.
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DuBois

Michel DuBois | Operations Manager

Michel DuBois joins Freedom to Marry with over ten years of finance and operations experience in the LGBT not-for-profit arena. In 2003 he joined Mountain Pride Media as Operations Manager for Out in the Mountains, Vermont's state-wide newspaper for the LGBTQ community (published 1986-2007). He then served at Outright Vermont (2007-2013,) a queer youth advocacy organization and youth center as Director of Operations, then briefly as Interim Executive Director.
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Jorge Gutierrez | Digital Design Associate

Jorge Gutierrez is the Digital Designer at Freedom to Marry. He works along with our Web & Graphic Designer and the Manager of Digital Action to build digital campaigns, through Freedom to Marry’s Digital Action Center. He is a Los Angeles native currently residing in Brooklyn. He holds a BA in Communications from California State University, Northridge and a BFA in Graphic Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.
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Jelley

Blake Jelley | Media Relations Associate

Blake is the Media Relations Associate for the Freedom to Marry. He previously worked in Washington, D.C. as the first-ever fellow for the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus where he served as a resource for Congress and worked legislatively to extend rights, repeal discriminatory laws, and improve the lives of LGBT people in the US and around the world. He comes from a background in field organizing, working on a number of marriage and non-discrimination campaigns across the country, most recently with Mainers United for Marriage.
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Kirsten Lance | Federal Associate

Kirsten is the Federal Program Associate at Freedom to Marry. She previously worked as a fellow at Vox Global, a public affairs firm in Washington D.C., and as Deputy Scheduler for Secretary Chu at the Department of Energy. She has also had experience interning on Capitol Hill.
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Jake Loesch

Jake Loesch | Campaign Manager, Southerners for the Freedom to Marry

Jake Loesch works closely with state equality organizations to execute successful public education strategies. His work is focused on helping grow the majority for marriage nationwide, particularly in Southern states. Jake's work on marriage began in 2011 when he served as Deputy Communications Director for Minnesotans United for All Families, where he played a key role in developing and implementing the campaign's messaging. Following the historic defeat of the marriage amendment in Minnesota in 2012, Jake continued his work as Communications Director for Minnesotans United, the campaign that successfully won the freedom to marry for all Minnesotans. In that role, he served as the main spokesperson and oversaw all media relations and communications strategies statewide.
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Sergio Lopez

Sergio Lopez | Director of Latino Programming

Sergio Lopez is the Director of Latino Programming at Freedom to Marry and leads the organization’s partnership with national Latino-based organizations through the Familia es Familia public education program. Previously, as Political Coordinator at People For the American Way, Sergio spearheaded the Young Elected Progressives program, which endorsed 79 candidates on the local level and had a 79% win rate in the 2012 elections. In addition, Sergio worked closely on marriage campaigns in South Dakota and Wisconsin in 2006 with state coalitions.
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Amy Mello

Amy Mello | Field Director

Amy Mello is the Field Director at Freedom to Marry. She has served as Field Director for five statewide campaigns to win marriage for same-sex couples, including three years working to protect Massachusetts' first-in-the-nation marriage rights from legislative attempts to repeal the law or place it on the ballot for public referendum. In addition to Massachusetts, she has worked on marriage campaigns in Connecticut, California, Rhode Island and Maine, the country's first-ever popular vote win for marriage. Most recently, Amy served as Field consultant for the successful campaign to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act through the US Senate. Prior to her work on lgbt campaigns, Amy worked on pro-choice campaigns, including serving as Field Coordinator for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. She currently lives with her partner, Paul, in Bristol, RI.
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Sarah Moeller | Development Manager

Sarah is the Development Manager at Freedom to Marry. She works with staff, volunteers, and board members to produce all donor events and manages personal fundraising campaigns and strategic partnerships that benefit our important work. She is also the Development Coordinator on the Board of Directors at Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER), a national organization that fights sexual violence and rape culture by empowering student-led campaigns to reform college sexual assault policies.
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Jacqueline Ordoñez | Operations Associate

Jacqueline Ordoñez is the Operations Associate at Freedom to Marry. She joins the team with over five years of experience in New York City youth and community development programs, where she served in instructional, case management and program management capacities. Jacqueline hails from The Golden State, where she graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in History, but has been a proud New Yorker since 2005. She lives on the Upper East Side with her boyfriend.
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Kevin Nix | Communications Director

Kevin Nix is Freedom to Marry’s Communications Director, having previously served as campaign media director for the Human Rights Campaign and a key part of the team that Freedom to Marry led, along with HRC and litigation partners, to generate positive media coverage in the run-up to the 2013 Supreme Court marriage rulings. In his prior stint as strategist and spokesperson for Maryland’s winning ballot-measure campaign in 2012, Kevin’s work was recognized by The Baltimore Sun, which wrote, “Advocates ran a savvy and high-powered campaign."
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Jacqueline Ordoñez | Operations Associate

Jacqueline Ordoñez is the Operations Associate at Freedom to Marry. She joins the team with over five years of experience in New York City youth and community development programs, where she served in instructional, case management and program management capacities. Jacqueline hails from The Golden State, where she graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in History, but has been a proud New Yorker since 2005. She lives on the Upper East Side with her boyfriend.
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Adam Polaski | Online Content Manager

Adam is the Online Content Manager for Freedom to Marry. He brings a range of journalism and storytelling experience to the organization, including extensive reporting on LGBT issues, politics, and culture. Adam has previously worked as an editor for The Bilerico Project and a writer for The Good Men Project magazine.
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Amanda Snipes | Marriage Coordinator

Amanda M. Snipes is a seasoned political operative specializing in targeted public outreach programs. A jack of all trades but a master in field, Amanda helped to secure Democratic majorities in the Colorado General Assembly for the 2013 session, ensuring the votes to pass of the Colorado Civil Unions Act. She also fund raised over $15,000 in less than 6 months for Rocky Mountain PBS.
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Cameron Tolle | Manager of Digital Action

Cameron Tolle is the Manager of Digital Action for Freedom to Marry. As the Manager of Digital Action, Cameron leads the organization's state-based digital work nationwide and has played a leading role in numerous marriage victories across the country since 2010. Most recently, he served as Digital Director for the successful campaigns to secure and defend the freedom to marry in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Oregon and Rhode Island and the campaign keep an anti-gay constitutional amendment off the ballot in Indiana. He was also crucial in shaping and executing the digital programs for the first-ever marriage wins at the ballot box in Maine and Washington in 2012 and the historic New York victory in 2011. 

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Thomas Wheatley | Director of Organizing

Thomas Wheatley is the Director of Organizing at Freedom To Marry. His work focuses on setting up and providing strategic guidance to marriage campaigns in the western United States. In the last year he has served as an advisor to the Oregon United for Marriage campaign, guided the successful marriage campaign in Hawaii, and helped launch education campaigns in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. In 2012 he played a key role in the Washington United for Marriage campaign and managed public education advertising in the state. Prior to joining Freedom to Marry, Thomas worked at Basic Rights Oregon where he led media and field campaigns, securing a string of legislative victories for LGBT families and youth.
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Thalia Zepatos | Director of Research & Messaging

Thalia Zepatos has thirty years’ experience as a community organizer, campaign manager and political consultant, focusing on building political power for underrepresented communities. She began fighting anti-LGBT ballot measures in her home state of Oregon in 1988, and has subsequently been involved in fighting dozens of other anti-gay measures in communities across the United States. Her collaborative approach to message research led to the development of Why Marriage Matters – a public education partnership of 30 state and national organizations – and Familia es Familia, a national partnership of two-dozen Latino civil rights organizations.
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Evan Wolfson

Evan Wolfson is Founder and President of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide. In 1983, Evan wrote his Harvard Law School thesis on gay people and the freedom to marry.  During the 1990s he served as co-counsel in the historic Hawaii marriage case that launched the ongoing global movement for the freedom to marry, and has participated in numerous gay rights and HIV/AIDS cases. He earned a B.A. in history from Yale College in 1978; served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a village in Togo, West Africa; and wrote the book, Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry, published by Simon & Schuster in July 2004. Citing his national leadership on marriage and his appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America v. James Dale, the National Law Journal in 2000 named Evan one of "the 100 most influential lawyers in America."  Newsweek/The Daily Beast dubbed Evan "the godfather of gay marriage" and Time Magazine named him one of "the 100 most influential people in the world." In 2012, Evan received the Barnard Medal of Distinction alongside President Barack Obama. 

Email Evan Wolfson at evan [at] freedomtomarry.org.
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Sara Ackerman

Sara Ackerman is the Digital Organizer at Freedom to Marry. Previously, Sara worked at PowerThru Consulting where she managed email lists for progressive nonprofits and Democratic candidates with list sizes ranging from 20,000-500,000 subscribers. Additionally, she managed social media accounts for over 10 organizations with up to 50,000 supporters.

Notable accomplishments include raising $33,224 for a client's campaign to elect Ed Markey for Massachusetts Senate seat and assisting with the digital strategy for an animal rights group that played a pivotal role in electing Bill de Blasio as New York City's newest mayor.

Sara has also worked on a number of political and issue campaigns including a state senate race in southern California and a ballot initiative in Maryland. Additionally, she worked as the Project Coordinator of the Move Your Money Project, a campaign created by Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post that encourages individuals and institutions to divest from "Too Big To Fail" banks and move to small community banks and credit unions.

Email Sara Ackerman at sara [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Jennifer Cabrera

Jennifer is the Database Coordinator for Freedom to Marry. Prior to joining Freedom to Marry, she worked in application support at Citigroup, helping to manage the global conference room database as well as the firm’s overtime meal program. She has also volunteered with the New York chapter of Room to Read, a San Francisco-based NGO, acting as chair of the auction committee for the chapter’s 2012 Spring Benefit.

A proud Air Force brat, Jennifer graduated from Hendrix College in central Arkansas and now lives with her boyfriend and their adopted four-legged children in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Email Jennifer Cabrera at jennifer [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Richard Carlbom

Richard Carlbom is a seasoned marriage campaign veteran who in the course of two short years achieved a double win when as campaign manager of Minnesotans United for All Families, he first led the campaign to defeat a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban same-sex marriage and then 6 months later led the campaign in the Minnesota legislature to pass the bill bringing the freedom to marry to Minnesota.

Before joining the campaign, Richard was the communications director for Chris Coleman, the mayor of St. Paul. He also managed the successful 2010 reelection campaign of Rep. Tim Walz (DFL-Minn.). A 2004 graduate of Saint John’s, Carlbom served as the mayor of St. Joseph, Minn., from 2005 to 2007. He plans to marry his future husband in December 2013.

Email Richard Carlbom at richard [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Michael Crawford

Michael Crawford is Director of Online Programs at Freedom to Marry where he manages the organization’s websites, email program, online fundraising, and social media presence. He has a wide range of experience in political advocacy, new media, and grassroots organizing. He was a leading strategist for the successful campaign to win freedom to marry in Washington, D.C. with a focus on public education, community outreach, and communications strategy. He was co-founder and co-chair of D.C. for Marriage, a grassroots group that engaged in thousands of conversations with District residents about gay people and marriage with a particular focus on building support in the African-American community.

Michael served as Associate Field Director at Human Rights Campaign where he specialized in developing field and legislative strategies to advance pro-LGBT legislation at the state and federal levels and building support for endorsed candidates. As Communications Director at Energy Action Coalition, a coalition of youth and student organizations building a clean energy movement, Michael developed media strategies to tell the stories of young people against man-made global warming. He also served as Online Director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Michael was an organizer of the 2000 Millennium March on Washington for LGBT Equal Rights, which brought together more than 750,000 advocates for LGBT equality. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for http://www.bilerico.com/, one of the top sites covering LGBT politics and culture and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

Michael was named as one of The Advocate Magazine's 2009 People of the Year and one of The Washington Blade’s Ten People Who Make Us Proud. He was awarded the Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance Distinguished Service Award in 2010 for his work to win marriage in Washington, D.C.

Email Michael Crawford at michael [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Angela Dallara

Angela Dallara is the Media Relations Manager at Freedom to Marry. She previously worked as the National News and Transgender Advocacy Fellow at GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), where she helped ensure fair and accurate portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the media. She worked also as the Women's History Associate at Women's eNews, where she spearheaded a women's history walking tour in downtown Manhattan. In her current position, she works to increase Freedom to Marry's presence in print, online, and Spanish-language media outlets.

Angela graduated in 2010 from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a BA in Political Science and concentrations in Women's Studies and Africana Studies. She is originally from Queens, NY and now lives in Brooklyn.

Email Angela at angela [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Scott Davenport

Scott's background is both as a corporate executive and as an activist for LGBT rights. Scott served as a Vice President for Oliver Wyman Consulting assisting Fortune 500 companies enhance their strategic direction. He also has worked for Capital One as Managing Vice President, Human Resources. At Capital One, he led the creation of its Enterprise Risk Management program. Scott is the father of two teenage children and has served as Co-Chair of the Board of the Family Equality Council. He is the co-founder of Family Week in Provincetown, MA., and previously served as the Board President for Equality Maryland.

Email Scott Davenport at scott [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Tyler Deaton

Tyler Deaton is the Campaign Manager of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, an initiative he helped launch in the summer of 2012. The campaign highlights and builds support for the freedom to marry among young conservatives across America.

Tyler is Secretary of the New Hampshire Young Republicans and a member of the Manchester delegation to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. He also is Managing Director of b-fresh consulting llc, a national, full-service project management and lobbying firm based in New Hampshire. In 2011-2012, Tyler led the successful effort to protect the freedom to marry in New Hampshire, working with Standing Up for New Hampshire Families and New Hampshire Republicans for Freedom and Equality PAC.

Tyler grew up in Georgia and Alabama and studied political science at Wheaton College in Illinois. He and his partner James live in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Email Tyler at tyler [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Jo Deutsch

Jo Deutsch is the Federal Director for Freedom to Marry and oversees the campaign's Washington, D.C.-based work to overturn the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" and end federal marriage discrimination. Jo's political career and activism began at 13 when she joined the National Organization for Women in Miami, Florida. Since then, she has dedicated both her personal and professional life to fighting for equality and rights for women, the LGBT community and the labor movement. Combining all her passions, Jo fought for the rights of working women and men including LGBT members while leading the federal legislative and political campaigns at the Association of Flight Attendants, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

Jo lives in Maryland with her wife and their three children. One week before their 30th anniversary, Jo and Teresa got married on May 18th, 2013 in their home state of Maryland. She was picked as one of "100 Women We Love!" by Go! Magazine for its Class of 2012 in the Summer 2012 issue.

Email Jo Deutsch at jo [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Juliann DiNicola

Juliann DiNicola is the Online Organizer at Freedom to Marry. Juliann works with state marriage campaigns by providing strategic and tactical support to their online organizing efforts. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at CUNY in New York City.

As a Florida native, Juliann began her career as an organizer during her time as an undergrad at the University of Central Florida. She worked as a field organizer advocating for student rights on the university level. After earning her BA in History and BS in Social Science Education, Juliann continued her journey as an organizer by joining AmeriCorps. She went on to serve a year in Cincinnati, OH, as an educator and curriculum developer for Girls Inc.

Most recently, Juliann worked for GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) as the Student Engagement Associate. In her role there, she managed student focused digital campaigns, including the Day of Silence, and provided resources for student programs.

Email Juliann at juliann [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Michel DuBois

Michel DuBois joins Freedom to Marry with over ten years of finance and operations experience in the LGBT not-for-profit arena. In 2003 he joined Mountain Pride Media as Operations Manager for Out in the Mountains, Vermont's state-wide newspaper for the LGBTQ community (published 1986-2007). He then served at Outright Vermont (2007-2013,) a queer youth advocacy organization and youth center as Director of Operations, then briefly as Interim Executive Director.

Michel's undergraduate years were in Europe, studying languages, philosophy and religion, finally earning his bachelor's in Philosophy from the University of Leuven, Belgium. In his spare time, Michel applies his operations skills through volunteerism at the New York City Dhamma House and the Vipassana Meditation Center in Shelburne, Massachusetts while doing his best to maintain his daily meditation practice. He lives with his partner in New York City.

Email Michel DuBois at michel [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Jorge Gutierrez

Jorge Gutierrez is the Digital Designer at Freedom to Marry. He works along with our Web & Graphic Designer and the Manager of Digital Action to build digital campaigns, through Freedom to Marry’s Digital Action Center. He is a Los Angeles native currently residing in Brooklyn. He holds a BA in Communications from California State University, Northridge and a BFA in Graphic Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.

During his time in NYC, he has worked for a range of non-profit organizations both large and small. Most recently, he worked for 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East, focusing on new organizing, working to achieve affordable, quality healthcare for all non-union members, and provided them with the design support needed to win campaigns. Prior to 1199 SEIU, he was a Graphic Designer for United Way of New York City, where he provided print and web support to fight poverty throughout the five boroughs.

One of his passions in life is empowering communities to form and grow, and strongly believes in using his skills as a way to influence social change in our communities.

Email Jorge Gutierrez at jorge [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Blake Jelley

Blake is the Media Relations Associate for the Freedom to Marry. He previously worked in Washington, D.C. as the first-ever fellow for the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus where he served as a resource for Congress and worked legislatively to extend rights, repeal discriminatory laws, and improve the lives of LGBT people in the US and around the world. He comes from a background in field organizing, working on a number of marriage and non-discrimination campaigns across the country, most recently with Mainers United for Marriage.

Blake is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a BA in Sociology and concentrations in Political Science and Public Relations.

Email Blake at blake [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Kirsten Lance

Kirsten is the Federal Program Associate at Freedom to Marry. She previously worked as a fellow at Vox Global, a public affairs firm in Washington D.C., and as Deputy Scheduler for Secretary Chu at the Department of Energy. She has also had experience interning on Capitol Hill.

Kirsten recently received her MA in Political Communications from City University London. For her thesis she focused on the 2012 Maryland Question 6 campaigns which dealt with the legalization of same-sex marriage. She graduated from Dickinson College in 2011 with a BA in Political Science.

Kirsten grew up in Baltimore, MD and now lives in Washington D.C.

Email Kirsten at kirsten [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Jake Loesch

Jake Loesch is the Campaign Manager for Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, working closely with state equality organizations to execute successful public education strategies. His work is focused on helping grow the marriage majority nationwide, particularly in the Southern states. Jake's work on marriage began in 2011 when he served as Deputy Communications Director for Minnesotans United for All Families, where he played a key role in developing and implementing the campaign's messaging. He was also responsible for creating and executing all of Minnesotans United's digital and social media strategies. Following the historic defeat of the marriage amendment in Minnesota in 2012, Jake continued his work as Communications Director for Minnesotans United, the campaign that successfully won the freedom to marry for all Minnesotans. In that role, he served as the main spokesperson and oversaw all media relations and communications strategies statewide.

Jake has worked at nearly every level of state campaigns and politics, including time as a legislative aide in the Republican Caucus of the Minnesota State Senate and as a constitutional field staffer for the Republican Party of Minnesota. Jake also served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota College Republicans from 2009 - 2010. A graduate of the University of Minnesota - Duluth, Jake now lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Email Jake at jake [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Sergio Lopez

Sergio Lopez is the Director of Latino Programming at Freedom to Marry and leads the organization’s partnership with national Latino-based organizations through the Familia es Familia public education program. Previously, as Political Coordinator at People For the American Way, Sergio spearheaded the Young Elected Progressives program, which endorsed 79 candidates on the local level and had a 79% win rate in the 2012 elections. In addition, Sergio worked closely on marriage campaigns in South Dakota and Wisconsin in 2006 with state coalitions.

He authored a weekly blog column, El Chanclaso, for Voto Latino that was regularly featured in The Huffington Post through the November 2012 elections. He lives in Washington, DC where he currently serves on the boards of the Latino GLBT History Project and Pac+.

Sergio is a proud Texan having been born and raised in San Antonio. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

Email Sergio at sergio [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Amy Mello

Amy Mello is the Field Director at Freedom to Marry. She has served as Field Director for five statewide campaigns to win marriage for same-sex couples, including three years working to protect Massachusetts' first-in-the-nation marriage rights from legislative attempts to repeal the law or place it on the ballot for public referendum. In addition to Massachusetts, she has worked on marriage campaigns in Connecticut, California, Rhode Island and Maine, the country's first-ever popular vote win for marriage.

Most recently, Amy served as Field consultant for the successful campaign to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act through the US Senate. Prior to her work on lgbt campaigns, Amy worked on pro-choice campaigns, including serving as Field Coordinator for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington.

She currently lives with her partner, Paul, in Bristol, RI.

Email Amy Mello at amy [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Sarah Moeller

Sarah is the Development Manager at Freedom to Marry. She works with staff, volunteers, and board members to produce all donor events and manages personal fundraising campaigns and strategic partnerships that benefit our important work. Previously she worked at the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) both on college campuses training and empowering students to implement local and state-wide issue based campaigns; and running fundraising campaigns from Westchester through Suffolk County, New York. She is also the Development Coordinator on the Board of Directors at Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER), a national organization that fights sexual violence and rape culture by empowering student-led campaigns to reform college sexual assault policies.

Sarah received a Bachelor’s in History with a minor in Women’s Studies from Towson University. She is as an avid reader, pop-culture junkie, and craft beer enthusiast living with her fiancé on Long Island.

Email Sarah Moeller at sarah [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Kevin Nix

Kevin Nix is Freedom to Marry’s Communications Director, having previously served as campaign media director for the Human Rights Campaign and a key part of the team that Freedom to Marry led, along with HRC and litigation partners, to generate positive media coverage in the run-up to the 2013 Supreme Court marriage rulings. In his prior stint as strategist and spokesperson for Maryland’s winning ballot-measure campaign in 2012, Kevin’s work was recognized by The Baltimore Sun, which wrote, “Advocates ran a savvy and high-powered campaign."

Beyond his involvement with other freedom to marry campaigns around the country, Kevin served as lead communications specialist for the Americans for Workplace Opportunity coalition in its successful efforts to secure Senate passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Earlier in his career, Kevin was communications director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which led the work to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; a deputy at Media Matters for America; and an aide to two U.S. Senators from Texas. Kevin began his career at the consulting firm Public Strategies, Inc., in Austin, after receiving his MA from Johns Hopkins University in Government and BA from Tulane and now lives in Dallas where he lives with his dog, who patiently endures his binge-watching of House of Cards and obsession with Mexican food.

Email Kevin Nix at kevin [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Christian Oliveira

Christian serves as the Web and Graphic Designer for Freedom to Marry and focuses on supporting state-based organizations. Most recently, Christian contributed to the successful campaigns to win marriage in Rhode Island and Delaware, and he previously led the digital program for Garden State Equality. His background in online technologies is complemented by extensive offline campaign experience, organizing in the field for, most notably, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri in 2012 and the late Congressman John Adler of New Jersey in 2008.

Christian is a proud New Jerseyan committed to winning the freedom to marry in his home state and nationwide. He studied Political Science and Sociology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, where he organized for marriage in 2009. A year later, he rallied the campus into action following the loss of Tyler Clementi, creating pivotal momentum for what would soon become the strongest law in the nation to combat bullying: The New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights. Christian was a Founding Father of the Beta Sigma chapter of Delta Lambda Phi, a transgender-inclusive fraternity for gay, bisexual, and progressive men. He presently volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Newark. Born at the Jersey shore, Christian now lives in the Newark Ironbound with his dog Avner.

Email Christian Oliveira at christian [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Jacqueline Ordoñez

Jacqueline Ordoñez is the Operations Associate at Freedom to Marry. She joins the team with over five years of experience in New York City youth and community development programs, where she served in instructional, case management and program management capacities. Jacqueline hails from The Golden State, where she graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in History, but has been a proud New Yorker since 2005. She lives on the Upper East Side with her boyfriend.

Email Jacqueline Ordoñez at jacqueline [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Adam Polaski

Adam Polaski is the Online Content Manager for Freedom to Marry. He brings a wide range of journalism experience to the organization, including extensive reporting on LGBT issues, politics, and culture. Adam has previously worked as an editor for The Bilerico Project and a writer for The Good Men Project. In July 2012, his work in The Bilerico Project was recognized in the Excellence in Online Journalism category from the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association. He volunteers with the Ali Forney Center and New York Cares in New York City and publishes personal essays in Hello Mr., a magazine about men who date men. 

Adam is originally from Philadelphia. He graduated summa cum laude in May 2012 from Ithaca College, where he studied journalism and Spanish, co-edited the campus' alternative publication Buzzsaw, and served on the boards of the student United Way group and Habitat for Humanity.

Email Adam Polaski at adam [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Amanda Snipes

Amanda M. Snipes is a seasoned political operative specializing in targeted public outreach programs. A jack of all trades but a master in field, Amanda helped to secure Democratic majorities in the Colorado General Assembly for the 2013 session, ensuring the votes to pass of the Colorado Civil Unions Act. She also fund raised over $15,000 in less than 6 months for Rocky Mountain PBS.

In 2010, Amanda managed Brittany Novotny’s Oklahoma state House campaign against Rep. Sally Kern. In 2008, she worked on the Oklahoma 5th Congressional District Coordinated campaign, securing seats for 9 out of 11 Democrats. Amanda plans to marry her fiancé in the fall of 2015. Amanda recently moved back to her home state of Oklahoma from Denver in 2014.

Email Amanda Snipes at amanda [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Marc Solomon

Marc Solomon is a preeminent front-line leader in the movement to win and protect marriage for same-sex couples, having worked on the cause full-time since 2004. He is the author of Winning Marriage, scheduled for release in November 2014.

As National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry, Solomon directs all the organization’s programs to win marriage nationwide. In thirteen years of work on marriage, he has led the campaign to protect marriage in Massachusetts and played leading roles in New York, Illinois, California, Washington, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Maine, and elsewhere. He has initiated programs to make advances with both the Democratic and Republican parties and has led efforts to enlist elected officials and business leaders to the cause. He is a regular media spokesperson on local and national television, radio and in print, and is quoted frequently in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Associated Press, and elsewhere.

Prior to joining Freedom to Marry, Solomon served as executive director of MassEquality, where he led the campaign to defeat two constitutional amendments in the first freedom to marry state in the nation, beating back attacks by the Catholic Church, President George W. Bush, Gov. Mitt Romney, and the right-wing anti-gay industry. Following the victory in Massachusetts, Solomon consulted with state-wide equality organizations in Connecticut, Vermont, and Maine, and served as marriage director of Equality California following the passage of Proposition 8.

Solomon has extensive background in advocacy, public policy, and media, having served as a policy adviser to Senator Jack Danforth (R-MO) in Washington, D.C. and researcher for Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. Solomon has won multiple awards for his work on the cause. In May 2009, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick presented Solomon with the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s prestigious Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award, given yearly to an individual who espouses FDR’s ideals "with respect to democracy, justice, individual freedoms, and citizenship." In March of 2013, Boston-based Fenway Health presented Solomon with its Congressman Gerry E. Studds Visibility Award for service and leadership to the LGBT community. In 1999, the Rockefeller Foundation named Solomon one of 24 of America’s next generation leaders and invited him to participate in its prestigious two-year Next Generation Leadership fellowship program.Solomon is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Yale and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Email Marc Solomon at marc [at] freedomtomarry.org.

Cameron Tolle

Cameron Tolle is the Manager of Digital Action for Freedom to Marry. As the Manager of Digital Action, Cameron leads the organization's state-based digital work nationwide and has played a leading role in numerous marriage victories across the country since 2010. Most recently, he served as Digital Director for the successful campaigns to secure and defend the freedom to marry in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Oregon and Rhode Island and the campaign to keep an anti-gay constitutional amendment off the ballot in Indiana. He was also crucial in shaping and executing the digital programs for the first-ever marriage wins at the ballot box in Maine and Washington in 2012 and the historic New York victory in 2011.

Cameron is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated cum laude from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with an Honors BA in Philosophy, Politics, & the Public and an emphasis in Gender & Diversity studies.

Email Cameron Tolle at cameron [at] freedomtomarry.org. 

Thomas Wheatley

Thomas Wheatley is the Director of Organizing at Freedom To Marry. His work focuses on setting up and providing strategic guidance to marriage campaigns in the western United States. In the last year he has served as an advisor to the Oregon United for Marriage campaign, guided the successful marriage campaign in Hawaii, and helped launch education campaigns in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. In 2012 he played a key role in the Washington United for Marriage campaign and managed public education advertising in the state.

Prior to joining Freedom to Marry, Thomas worked at Basic Rights Oregon where he led media and field campaigns, securing a string of legislative victories for LGBT families and youth. He served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and has worked in the labor movement supporting low-wage and immigrant workers in California, the Midwest and New York City.

Email Thomas at thomas [at] freedomtomarry.org

Thalia Zepatos

Thalia Zepatos has thirty years’ experience as a community organizer, campaign manager and political consultant, focusing on building political power for underrepresented communities.

She has recruited and trained candidates across the West and played key roles in defeating anti-choice ballot measures in several states. She began fighting anti-LGBT ballot measures in her home state of Oregon in 1988, and has subsequently been involved in fighting dozens of other anti-gay measures in communities across the US.

Since 2004, when a wave of Constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage were placed on the ballots of states across the country, Thalia has focused on cracking the messaging code on marriage, resulting in four statewide ballot wins in November, 2012 – the first-ever victories at the ballot. Her collaborative approach to message research led to the development of Why Marriage Matters – a public education partnership of 30 state and national organizations – and Familia es Familia, a national partnership of two-dozen Latino civil rights organizations.

Zepatos is the co-author of Women for a Change: A Grassroots Guide to Activism and Politics and is the author of two travel books for women. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Mike.

Email Thalia at thalia [at] freedomtomarry.org