Freedom for All Americans Board
Tyler Deaton is the Chairman and a founding member of the Freedom for All Americans Board. Tyler is President of Allegiance Strategies, a D.C.-based public affairs consulting firm helping clients build a freer, safer, and stronger world. Tyler oversees center-right strategy on behalf of several non-profit organizations, and he serves as the Senior Advisor to several Allegiance clients including American Unity Fund, American Unity PAC, and Freedom to Believe. Tyler has worked on bipartisan issue advocacy campaigns in the areas of LGBTQ rights, religious freedom, immigration, criminal justice, and education. Tyler and his husband James live in Washington, D.C.
Jen is a founding partner of Medina Orthwein LLP, a small queer-owned civil rights law firm specializing in plaintiff-side employment and public accommodation discrimination, wage and hour, prisoner rights, conditions of confinement and other civil rights claims. Jen also helped launch and served as pro bono Senior Counsel for the Detention Project at Transgender Law Center. They previously maintained a successful legal and psychological consulting practice providing expert witness services to attorneys. Their work focused on assisting attorneys representing transgender people involved in civil and criminal cases.
Jen has co-authored publications related to practitioner liability in cases of suicide, both in the community and in prison, as well as gender bias in the California criminal justice system. They were also a co-principal investigator for the Transgender Research Consortium, which aimed to provide empirical evidence on the impact of discrimination on transgender people's physical and mental health.
Jen received a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University. They also served as a Law Clerk at the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Steph Perkins is the executive director of PROMO, Missouri's statewide organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing, and community education. Prior to serving in this role, Perkins was the interim director of PROMO and was Deputy Director for nearly five years. Perkins first joined PROMO as a volunteer in 2006 and became a Southwest Missouri Field Organizer, based in Springfield, beginning in 2008.
During his more than eight years with PROMO, Perkins has been involved with a number of vital initiatives, including working for more than six years to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance in Springfield; coordinating with the One Springfield NO Repeal Campaign, which attempted to secure a nondiscrimination ordinance, losing by only an incredibly small margin in a conservative stronghold in the state; working with the PROMO field team to secure wins and progress across Missouri in passing nondiscrimination ordinances, health equity and statewide education; and leading cultural competency trainings for university staff, business leaders, and health providers. Steph is based in St. Louis.
Steve Rudner is the chair of Equality Texas and the former chair of the Equality Texas Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of Texas Competes, and a member of the Board of the Personal Stories Project. Steve is the founder and Managing Partner of Rudner Law Offices, a Dallas-based law firm that represents hotel companies throughout the world. He is Past President and a founding member of the Academy of Hospitality Attorneys. Steve is a member of the Bars of the States of Texas, New York, Arizona, Colorado and the District of Columbia.
He and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter and two sons. Steve has served on and chaired the boards of multiple additional non-profit organizations, including the Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Greenhill School, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Dallas, and more.
Amy Waggoner is the Director of Midwest State & Local Government Affairs for Salesforce, the fastest growing top 10 software company in the world and one of the world’s most innovative companies as ranked by Forbes for seven years in a row. She advocates on behalf of Salesforce to elected officials across the country on various matters such as cloud computing policy, economic development opportunities and equality for all.
Previously, Amy served Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard for five years as Deputy Chief of Staff where she was the liaison between the Mayor’s Office and multiple internal agencies and external organizations, focusing on public safety, transit and election matters. Amy managed the Mayor’s Office $5 million budget and oversaw all staffing, hiring and office operations. Additionally, she managed the ethics and lobbying activity for the City of Indianapolis.
Prior to her role with the City of Indianapolis, Amy worked for the Marion County Prosecutor, the Indiana Republican Party and the Indiana House of Representatives Republican Caucus. Amy has been involved in government and politics since moving to Indianapolis in 2002. In her spare time, Amy has worked on many different campaigns at the local, state and national levels.
Amy serves on the Board of Directors for both the Indiana Repertory Theater and the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series. She is also a gubernatorial appointee to the Indiana School for the Deaf Board. She lives in downtown Indianapolis and her son attends Purdue University.