Freedom for All Americans Education Fund Team
Chief Executive Officer • EmailMasen Davis in the Media
Masen Davis is the Chief Executive Officer at Freedom for All Americans. Masen is a seasoned strategist who has spent the last two decades leading efforts to advance equality for LGBTQ Americans at the state, national, and global levels.
Masen served as the Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center (TLC) for nearly a decade, and under his leadership TLC became the nation’s largest transgender advocacy organization. His work was critical to the elimination of discriminatory insurance exclusions in California, creating a pathway for transgender Americans to access transition-related care. He was also an integral part of the coalition that helped pass California’s School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), ensuring transgender students have access to facilities and activities that match their gender identity.
Prior to joining FFAA, Masen was Senior Director of Special Projects at the Gill Foundation, where he worked to strengthen and diversify funding efforts that would advance equal treatment and opportunities for transgender Americans. He also has served as co-director at Global Action for Trans* Equality. Masen also worked as a Community Investment Officer, later Development Director, for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
Masen is a published author, and his writings have been published in various books and journals, including Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Social Work Practice and New Directors in Student Services. Masen received his Masters of Social Welfare from UCLA, and Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.
President of Strategy • EmailKasey Suffredini in the Media
Kasey Suffredini is President of Strategy at Freedom for All Americans. A transgender attorney with nearly two decades of experience managing nonprofits, developing policy, and leading advocacy campaigns on LGBTQ issues, he’s participated in efforts to secure over 100 policy reforms in nearly every state and at the federal level and has helped to elect hundreds of pro-LGBTQ candidates to office, including the nation’s first openly gay state attorney general, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Immediately prior to joining Freedom for All Americans, Kasey was Executive Director of MassEquality, where he developed and led successful campaigns to secure adoption of comprehensive transgender nondiscrimination protections, transgender-inclusive health insurance, LGBTQ-inclusive anti-bullying protections, and the nation’s first statewide commissions to address LGBTQ youth homelessness and LGBTQ aging. In his current role at FFAA, he serves as co-chair of Freedom Massachusetts, the coalition that won statewide public accommodations protections for transgender people in the only state to pass statewide LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections in 2016. He now co-chairs that campaign’s effort to protect the law at the ballot in 2018.
President of Partnerships & Operations • Email
Katie Belanger is the President of Partnerships & Operations at Freedom for All Americans. With over fifteen years of experience working with nonprofits and for profits, boards and staff teams, and coalitions and political and advocacy campaigns, Katie has a passion for aligning groups around their vision, building robust implementation plans, engaging and developing leaders, and delivering real successes to the LGBTQ community. Prior to joining Freedom for All Americans, Katie was the President & CEO of Fair Wisconsin, the Badger state’s LGBTQ advocacy organization, where she ran the successful campaign to pass the Wisconsin’s first pro-LGBTQ legislation in over 30 years and helped pass numerous local relationship and nondiscrimination ordinances. She is a Past Co-Chair of the Equality Federation Board of Directors, as well as former Finance and PAC Director for Senator Tammy Baldwin and Scheduling Director for Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle. In her current role, Katie oversees FFAA’s operational and financial management and leads efforts to build a team of advocates and influencers advancing nondiscrimination protections, including LGBT University’s training programs.
Digital Campaign Manager • Email
As the Digital Campaign Manager for Freedom for All Americans, Megan Clayton helps manage and create online strategies and content for a range of state-based movements promoting LGBTQ non-discrimination. Currently, this portfolio includes legislative work in Georgia, Texas and New Hampshire as well as history-making ballot campaigns in Massachusetts, Washington and Alaska.
Before coming to work at FFAA, Megan was as an independent digital communications consultant for electoral campaigns and advocacy-oriented nonprofits, with a special focus on organizations promoting women’s participation in business, politics and government.
Megan currently lives in Western Massachusetts but originally hails from Indiana, where she received her bachelor’s in journalism and Master of Public Administration from Indiana
Director of External Communications • Email
Angela Dallara is the director of external communications at Freedom for All Americans, where she manages the organization’s day-to-day communications operations and media presence. She has more than five years’ experience cultivating relationships with reporters and securing media coverage in prestigious outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, NPR, MSNBC, and more. She has ghostwritten op-eds for leading LGBTQ advocates in diverse outlets such as Reuters, CNN.com, USA Today, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, Huffington Post, and more. She has hosted press conferences on key legislative votes, judicial hearings, and town halls on LGBTQ issues. She provides messaging guidance and media training for FFAA's spokespeople and diverse network of supporters for LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. As part of her role, for nearly two years she has driven media strategy for the Freedom Massachusetts campaign which in 2016 successfully updated the state's nondiscrimination law to include explicit protections for transgender people in public places. Prior to her current position, she served as deputy communications director at Freedom to Marry, the campaign that won marriage for same-sex couples.
Director of Rapid Response • Email
James Gherardi is the Director of Rapid Response for Freedom for All Americans, where he is responsible for handling breaking LGBT news and coordinating messaging within the movement. Prior to joining the FFAA team, for seven years, James worked as a local television news reporter. James has reported on-air for ABC, CBS and FOX affiliates in Cleveland, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana and Lynchburg, Virginia. As a reporter, James was recognized by the Associated Press and the Virginia Broadcasters' Association and was nominated for an Emmy. He appeared on Fox News and other major national news outlets to provide political commentary during the 2016 election. It was the stories James did however about LGBT discrimination, including the 2015 "religious freedom" fallout in Indiana, that made him want to pursue a career that would help advance LGBT rights and win national non-discrimination. During his time in news, James shared the stories of many LGBT individuals and their families, who were fighting for equal protections under the law. James grew up in the suburbs of New York City. In May 2011, he graduated with a degree in journalism from Penn State University. He currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Associate Director of Web Development and Graphic Design • Email
Jorge Gutierrez is the Associate Director of Web Development and Graphic Design at Freedom for All Americans, where he is the lead on all print and web design related projects. At FFAA, he provides design support for over a dozen state campaigns. This includes graphics for all social media platforms, print materials, and web support. Most notably, he was part of the team that secured nondiscrimination protections in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was in charge of conceptualizing and executing graphics that promoted the campaign’s messaging and mobilization of thousands of supporters. In addition, his graphics have been featured by various media outlets, including local state TV stations and Buzzfeed. He brings more than 8 years of experience in the non-profit sector. He believes in empowering communities to form and grow, and strongly believes in using his skills as a way to influence social change in our communities.
Prior to joining FFAA, he provided print and web support for the Freedom to Marry digital action team, which helped secure marriage equality nationwide. There, he worked in over 15 state campaigns, where his designs helped win marriage in more states.
Jorge believes in the importance of community involvement, inspiring others and giving back. When he is not designing, he is volunteering at various AIGA events. He believes in empowering communities to form and grow, and strongly believes in using his skills as a way to influence social change in our communities.
C. Nathan Harris
Vice President of Development • Email
C. Nathan Harris is Vice President of Development at Freedom for All Americans. In this role, Nathan helps craft winning partnerships with philanthropic stakeholders to advance FFAA's campaign. He believes in the power of philanthropy to affect positive change and achieve transformational outcomes for our diverse communities.
Nathan has been an LGBT and social justice leader for 18 years with a 14-year career in philanthropic development. Prior to joining Freedom for All, Nathan served as Director of Leadership Gifts & Centennial Campaign at ACLU Foundation of Northern California, leading an historic campaign for the largest affiliate in the ACLU's nationwide enterprise. He also served as Director of Advancement at Transgender Law Center where he partnered with supporters to shatter the glass ceiling on individual-donor philanthropy to trans-led, trans-specific non-profits.
Nathan has also directed individual giving programs at Center on Halsted - Chicago's LGBT Community Center, as well as Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders in New York, NY. He began his career expanding access to higher education via philanthropic development at Central Washington University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Business Administration.
Senior Director of Research and Training • EmailRodrigo Heng-Lehtinen in the Media
Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen is an LGBTQ policy, advocacy, and messaging expert. As a transgender man, his wide-ranging experience in the LGBTQ movement has covered field organizing, leadership development, fundraising, and media advocacy. He previously worked with GLAAD, the Transgender Law Center, Gender Justice LA, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. In past roles, he trained thousands of volunteers to canvass and phone bank on groundbreaking nondiscrimination and marriage equality campaigns, and organized leadership development programs in transgender communities and LGBTQ communities of color, honing new strategies for social change.
Over the course of his career, he has conducted international Spanish-language interviews, including on Univision, Telemundo, and MiraTV, as well as English-language interviews with outlets such as The New York Times, MSNBC, Politico, and CNN. In 2015, he was honored as a Champion of Equality by the grassroots advocacy organization SAVE for increasing transgender visibility.
Rodrigo graduated from Brown University and lives in Miami, Florida.
Vice President of Finance & Administration • Email
Jacob McClain has many years of experience working on campaigns across the country in the areas of field and operations, as well as some finance and fundraising support, to help advance LGBTQ rights. Jacob has worked to pass inclusive non-discrimination laws and marriage for same-sex couples through state legislatures and city councils, worked to defend victories for both, and to proactively win marriage at the ballot box in Maine. He has a strong history of working with broad coalitions and constituency groups to build supportive communities and achieve success. Jacob brings his years of experience to Freedom for All Americans and support campaigns across the country to win nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans.
Vice President of Public Engagement • Email
Amy Mello is the VP of Public Engagement for Freedom for All Americans. Previously, she worked as the Field Director at Freedom to Marry from 2013 through 2015. 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 victory for marriage.
Director of Online Programs & Partnerships • Email
As the Senior Director of Online Programs & Partnerships for Freedom for All Americans, Adam Polaski writes and highlights stories of LGBTQ Americans who need non-discrimination protections, manages national social media outlets, and supports the digital work for FFAA's programs and partnerships across the LGBTQ movement. Previously, Adam served as the Deputy Digital Director of Freedom to Marry. In his more than three years there, he built a network of hundreds of same-sex couples, developed a powerfully engaged social media audience, and built a national resource tracking marriage litigation.
Adam is originally from Philadelphia. He graduated summa cum laude in May 2012 from Ithaca College, where he studied journalism and Spanish. He has been recognized for Excellence in Online Journalism by the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association for his work as a writer and editor for The Bilerico Project. He now lives in Brooklyn, where he additionally consults on digital strategy and graphic design for political and social organizations.
Chief Public Affairs Officer • Email
Dan Rafter is the Chief Public Affairs Officer at Freedom for All Americans, where he manages the organization’s communications efforts and works to implement results-driven media strategies for state campaigns. Dan brings a decade’s worth of experience in political and advocacy communications, and has worked on issues including LGBTQ equality, health care reform, trade, the environment, government transparency and efforts to improve secondary education.
Prior to joining FFAA, Dan worked as a Communications Director on Capitol Hill and as the Associate Director of Communications at the Human Rights Campaign. While at HRC, Dan supported and led communication campaigns on efforts ranging from repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ to successfully passing the Employment Nondiscrimination Act through the U.S. Senate; as well as efforts to secure the freedom to marry and call out opponents of LGBTQ equality. While at strategic consulting firms including Spitfire Strategies and GMMB, Dan supported issue advocacy campaigns and provided strategic counsel to a number of foundations and non-profits.
Dan graduated from Fordham University in New York with degrees in history and political science. While in New York, Dan worked as a political reporter for NPR-affiliate WFUV News. Dan now lives in Washington, D.C.
Administrative and Development Manager • Email
Radha Rodriguez is the Administrative and Development Manager at Freedom for All Americans. She brings over 15 years experience in nonprofit operations, philanthropic development, and database administration, including 8 years working for LGBTQ equality. Prior to joining FFAA, she worked at Transgender Law Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Digital Specialist • Email
Shane M. Stahl has worked on electoral campaigns for over 8 years, and is happy to bring his experience to work on the digital team for Freedom For All Americans, helping to support campaigns across the country to win comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. Shane is proud to have a 100% election success rate, including a key win in San Francisco in 2016 that put Scott Weiner in Region 3's State Senate seat, continuing the tradition of an openly LGBTQ person in the role for over 30 years. Shane has also worked with Equality Ohio to pass non-discrimination ordinances in Cleveland and Akron, and has been active with local social service organizations, including Equitas Health of Ohio, Preterm, and Planned Parenthood.
Vice President of State Digital Campaigns • Email
Cameron Tolle is the Chief Digital Engagement Officer for Freedom for All Americans, where he leads the organization’s digital program and strategies for state campaigns across the country. He brings more than eight years of experience building and winning grassroots and digital campaigns. At FFAA, Cameron has led digital programs in more than a dozen states and helped secure many of the LGBTQ movement's most notable recent victories at the local level, including the passage of a transgender-inclusive non-discrimination bill in Massachusetts, a comprehensive non-discrimination ordinance in Jacksonville, FL and the defeat of an anti-transgender ballot initiative in Washington.
Before joining the FFAA team, Cameron spent six years as the Director of Digital Action for Freedom to Marry, where he led the organization’s state-based digital work nationwide. Over five years, he directed digital programs in more than 25 states, including several key marriage victories in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island. 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.
Cameron is a native of Kansas City, Missouri and 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. He now lives in Brooklyn, NY with his husband Alfie.
Vice President of State Campaigns • Email
Sarah Vaughan is a political operative with extensive experience in campaigns, elections, lobbying, and issue advocacy. Her focus is on legislative strategy and passing state laws that protect everyone under the law from discrimination, regardless of where they live, their sexual orientation or gender identity. Most recently, she was the policy director at Gill Action, an organization dedicated to advancing LGBTQ equality at the state level. In this role, she managed Gill Action’s legislative strategy to pass pro-LGBTQ policy in multiple states controlled by both Republicans and Democrats.
Before joining Gill Action, Sarah served as political director at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, working to retain and win democratic majorities in state legislatures throughout the country. Sarah also worked as caucus director in the Colorado senate for the first female president of the Colorado Senate, Joan Fitz-Gerald.
Sarah completed her undergraduate degree and Master’s of Public Administration at the University of Colorado. She is originally from North Carolina and currently resides with her husband, son, and dog in Denver.
Associate Director of Campaign Communications • Email
Hannah Willard is the Associate Director of Campaign Communications for Freedom for All Americans. In this role, Hannah acts as a communications consultant to key state-based nondiscrimination campaigns, developing and implementing earned media strategies that drive a compelling narrative about the need for nondiscrimination protections for all Americans.
Prior to joining the team at Freedom For All Americans, Hannah was Senior Policy Director for Equality Florida, the state's largest advocacy organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's LGBTQ community. Hannah was Equality Florida's full-time lobbyist in the Florida Capitol, helping the state maintain its 20-year record of defeating or neutralizing every single anti-LGBTQ filed in Florida. She also managed the launch of Equality Florida’s Honor Them With Action campaign in the wake of the Pulse massacre in Orlando. Hannah previously led Equality Florida’s marriage campaign in partnership with Freedom to Marry during Florida’s victory and through the Supreme Court ruling.
Hannah graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida with degrees in Economics and Women’s Studies. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida.