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 a nationally recognized campaign strategist with 20 years of experience in campaign management, policy development, strategic communications, and grassroots mobilization. Kasey has a track record of designing campaigns that change narratives, pass legislation, win ballot measures, and drive momentum on seemingly intractable issues.
Kasey’s campaign leadership has resulted in over 100 policy reforms in nearly every U.S. state and at the federal level, including a number of national firsts. These include leading the first statewide popular vote on transgender rights in U.S. history to victory by a landslide two-thirds margin (68-32%), partnering with the White House and federal Departments of Labor, State, and Education to make Family and Medical Leave, U.S. Passport, and FAFSA programs inclusive of same-sex couples, winning legislation to create the nation’s first statewide commissions on youth homelessness and LGBTQ aging, and passing comprehensive statewide transgender nondiscrimination protections in a Republican-controlled state for the first time.
Kasey is a sought after speaker and trainer on lessons from LGBTQ movement advocacy and their applicability to other social justice issues, and he is frequently quoted in TV, radio, podcast, and print outlets on political trends and LGBTQ issues. He has been honored for his advocacy by the New Leaders Council, the American Civil Liberties Union, Harvard Law School, and the National LGBT Bar Association.
Kasey received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. After two decades up and down the East Coast, he now resides in California with his fiancé, Kristina Bigdeli, and their pug, Tini.
Deputy Director of Digital Strategies • 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
Senior 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.
Chief Counsel • EmailJon Davidson in the Media
Jon W. Davidson has been one of the nation’s leading lawyers fighting for LGBTQ civil rights for more than 30 years. He was the national Legal Director of Lambda Legal, the largest and oldest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ people and those living with HIV, for 12 years, and worked there from 1995-2017. As the organization’s Legal Director, he was the architect of the organization’s national legal strategy and supervised its 31 attorneys and 16 policy advocates, trainers, Help Desk analysts, and legal assistants, in all six of its offices across the country.
Davidson has worked on a broad range of LGBT and HIV-related legal and policy matters throughout his career, including being co-counsel in the cases that brought marriage equality to California, Nevada, Virginia and then the entire nation and that increased anti-discrimination protections for employees, students, consumers, families, prisoners, and immigrants. He was honored with the National LGBT Bar Association’s highest award in 2010.
A graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, Davidson previously was a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella and a senior staff attorney at the ACLU Foundation of Southern California. He also has taught courses on LGBT rights, constitutional law, youth law, and pretrial civil litigation at UCLA Law School, the USC Law Center, Loyola Law School, and the former Whittier Law School.
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, James worked for seven years 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.
Chief Operations Officer • 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 Campaigns • 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.
Development Manager • Email
Felix Nguyen-Dalton is the development manager for Freedom for All Americans, where their work focuses on supporting the entire FFAA staff in acting as ambassadors for the organization’s development goals. Prior to working for FFAA, Felix worked with local governments, universities, and both for and nonprofit businesses as a marketing and communications coordinator through a growth strategy consulting agency.
With a background of nine years in LGBTQ work in Virginia, including board positions with the Roanoke Diversity Center and the University of Virginia Serpentine Society, Felix has been and continues to be a learner and leader in the LGBTQ community. Felix is especially proud of the LGBTQ Speakers’ Bureau they founded while working with the Roanoke Diversity Center. It remains the only such speakers’ bureau in the area and Felix continues to provide workshops, panels, and discussions to businesses, universities, churches, and other organizations across southwest Virginia.
After earning a bachelor’s in studio art and arts administration from the University of Virginia, Felix moved to Roanoke, Virginia with their wife, where they have grown their family by seven (pets).
Senior Operations & Database 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.
Director of Corporate Engagement • Email
Jessica Shortall is the Director of Corporate Engagement for Freedom for All Americans, where she heads up America Competes, the national business coalition making the economic case for LGBTQ equality. In 2014, Jessica founded Texas Competes, one of the first and largest state business coalitions in the country and a leading voice in Texas on the risks that discrimination poses to talent, tourism, corporate investment — as well as the economic opportunities that full inclusion would create. Jessica is a data devotee, tracking popular opinion, business, and economic trends nationwide and ensuring that business and economic development leaders are equipped with the clear, data-backed case that full inclusion of LGBTQ people makes for more vibrant communities, business environments, and state and federal economies. Jessica was honored for her work with the Out for Work OUTstanding Individual Award in 2015, and the GALA North Texas Ally award in 2017. She keynoted SXSW in 2016 on her journey of bridge-building, empathy, and the Texas fight for the rights of LGBTQ people. Jessica holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University, and an MBA from the University of Oxford, where she was a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship. Jessica is raising two hilarious kids with her husband, Clay.
Shane M. Stahl
Digital Campaign Specialist • Email
Shane M. Stahl is the Digital Campaign Specialist for Freedom for All Americans, and is thrilled to bring his experience to the digital team. He has worked as a freelance journalist since 2004, writing op-eds and conducting interviews with high profile individuals including politicians and entertainers. Shane also has over ten years' experience working in electoral politics, and boasts a 100% election success rate.
Shane has worked with Equality Ohio to help pass nondiscrimination ordinances in Cleveland, Akron, and Cuyahoga County and has been active with several social service organizations, including Equitas Health of Ohio, Akron Pride Initiative, Preterm, and Planned Parenthood. Outside his work in the LGBTQ nondiscrimination movement, he has found success as a community theater actor and technician, and has been nominated for several critics awards. He lives in Akron, OH.
Senior Advisor, 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.