Stephanie Sandberg brings a diverse set of business, political and organizing experience to LPAC. Most recently she was managing director at Out Leadership, the first global business providing companies ‘Return on Equality’ by helping them optimize their strategic LGBTQ inclusion efforts. As director of Out Leadership’s OutWOMEN initiative — which connects and promotes LGBTQ women executives globally — Stephanie facilitated networking, research and communications designed to champion and spotlight this under-recognized community. Prior to her work with Out Leadership Stephanie served in a variety of executive leadership roles in media and consulting, from the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and the New Yorker to The New Republic, where she served as president and publisher.
National Political Director
Lisa Turner is a former White House political appointee. She served in the Obama Administration as the Associate Commissioner for External Affairs for the Food and Drug Administration and as the Chief Communications Officer at USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. In 2018, Turner became LPAC’s national political director, where she has built the committee’s electoral structure and the award-winning independent expenditure operation that has helped elect US Senators Tammy Baldwin and Kyrsten Sinema as well as Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot. This cycle she has led the creation and launch of Project LPAC as the senior director of research and political engagement.
Lisa’s career has focused on improving people’s lives through her work in politics. For over 25 years, she has been the president of the The Turner Group, Ltd. a campaign-consulting firm where her portfolio has spanned political innovation, strategy and media advising to candidates, community leaders, philanthropists and national committees.
Turner earned her degree in Political Science from Old Dominion University, is a former UVA Sorensen Institute Political Fellow and has attended Tidewater Community College to learn American Sign Language.
Political Operations Manager
Matt Fouracre joins LPAC from Out Leadership, where he was Manager, Client Relations & Public Policy. His portfolio included overseeing client relationships globally with the firm’s cohort of almost 70 member companies in the financial services, technology, and legal and professional services sectors. Matt also led the firm’s public policy work, including developing guidelines for corporate engagement around external LGBTQ issues and recommendations for LGBTQ inclusion on corporate boards. Prior to joining Out Leadership, Matt worked as a Staff Assistant and Constituent Service Advocate in former U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s Denver office and taught 6th grade writing. In college he interned with the U.S. Embassy in London, the LGBTQ advocacy group One Colorado, and Organizing for America. He holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a BA in International Studies from the University of Denver.
Chair of the Board
Laura Ricketts is a Director of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball Club and Board Chair of Chicago Cubs Charities. Much of her work with the Cubs is focused on community relations, government relations and philanthropy. A former corporate attorney and entrepreneur, Ms. Ricketts is a full-time mother of two. She currently sits on the board of directors for Hickory Street Capital, EMILY’s List and Opportunity Education, serves on the Inclusion Council of the Obama Foundation, and is a Trustee of the Kennedy Center. Ms. Ricketts earned an A.B. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She lives in the Chicago area with her wife and two children.
Vice Chair of the Board
Dawn Laguens, former Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Action Fund (PPAF), brings decades of experience in campaign strategy and message integration to the LPAC Board. She is a CLIO award-winning writer and director and has been one of the leading ballot measure consultants in America. She led the successful campaign to defeat the Pence amendment, a congressional effort to eliminate Planned Parenthood’s access to federal funding. Since then she has shaped PPFA’s message and strategy to keep a century-old brand relevant for the next generation. Prior to PPFA, as the founder and president of LKK Partners, her clients included governors, members of the U.S. Senate and House, EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood and Freedom to Marry, to mention just a few. She is the mother of triplets, an avid sportswoman, a native of New Orleans, and a fan of the printed word (but also of her iPad).
Diane is the Chief Operating Officer at Community Catalyst, a national health care consumer advocacy non-profit organization. Diane serves as a key partner and second-in-command to the CEO and is responsible for making sure that Community Catalyst is proactively and boldly exceeding its goals and advancing its mission of quality, affordable health care for all, especially those who are most vulnerable and marginalized. Diane is also a social psychologist (Ph.D., UVM) and mediator.
Prior to her work as COO she was a faculty member in psychology and feminist studies. She co- wrote one of the first articles written about lesbian couples formally divorcing/separating: “Beyond the Dominant Narrative: Intimacy and Conflict in Lesbian Relationships,” (Mediation Quarterly, 2001). Among other volunteer activities, she serves as an advisory board member of the Equality Fund at The Boston Foundation. She lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts with her spouse—writer, artist, and educator, Jan Donley.
Hilary Rosen, Managing Director, SKD Knickerbocker and Political Analyst on CNN, is a well-known Democratic strategist who navigates the intersection of communications, media and politics. She is an advisor to several elected officials and the DNC. Hilary is the former Chairman and chief executive officer of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the trade group representing the U.S. sound recording industry where she served for 17 years before retiring in June 2003. At RIAA, Hilary was a guiding force in the entertainment industry. Hilary is a founder of Rock the Vote, the organization that promotes youth political involvement and currently serves on several non-profit boards including Business Forward and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. She is a sought-after advisor to many Democratic candidates for federal and local offices.
Ana Cruz currently manages Ballard Partners’ Tampa practice. Ms. Cruz brings over 20 years of experience in lobbying, strategic communications and political consulting. During her career, Ms. Cruz has represented a wide array of clients throughout Central Florida in both the private and the public sectors and has successfully advocated for several high profile clients, including HMS Host, Avis Budget Group, Verizon, Motorola, UBER, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority and the Orlando Magic. Ms. Cruz has extensive legislative knowledge having worked in the Florida House of Representatives and the United States Senate. For the past decade she has focused on building a strong Central Florida practice representing clients in the development, sports, and technology arenas. Ms. Cruz stays active in local, state and federal politics and is often quoted in state and national publications and currently serves as a political correspondent for Bay News 9, Florida This Week and as a spokesperson for corporate clients.
Maureen Guthman is the Senior Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions for BET Networks. She is responsible for 80% of the networks’ schedule through acquired content and co- production deals. Her responsibilities also include the planning, packaging and scheduling of all programming. Previously, Ms. Guthman was SVP of Programming Strategy and Acquisitions for TV One, LLC, a network devoted to serving the African American community. She was also VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for multiple networks within Viacom, including Vh1, Vh1 Classic, Vh1 Soul, CMT, Logo, and Palladia. She conceived, developed and executive-produced Say It Loud, a ground-breaking documentary mini-series celebrating Black American music, co-produced with Quincy Jones and featuring Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight. Ms. Guthman was also a key member of the 12-person executive team selected to launch the Logo network and design its brand strategy.
Chastity Lord serves as Chief Operations Officer at Color of Change (COC), an online racial justice organization with over one million members. She is an executive leader with over 20 years of experience specializing in organizational health, education, nonprofit management, fundraising, and youth development. Prior to COC, Chastity was the Chief External Officer for Achievement First, a non-profit network of 30 high performing K-12 public charter schools in the northeast. She was also a Regional VP for The Posse Foundation, Inc., a youth leadership development program. Chastity holds a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. She is a 2012 Pahara-Aspen Fellow with the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and serves on the board of directors for Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty and Law. Chastity is the creator of National #proofpointday, a social awareness campaign for first-generation college graduates.
Joyce Newstat is the Founder and CEO of Rocket Science Associates, a consulting firm with expertise in public policy, media relations and fundraising. She is former VP of Communications and Public Policy at the Event & Walter Haas, Jr, Fund. She was also the Director of Public Policy for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom during his first mayoral campaign and first year in office, where she developed policies on same-sex marriage and financial empowerment for low-income families. In 2012, Ms. Newstat was the Director of Attorney General Kamala Harris’ transition team. She served for 10 years on the Board of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute and currently serves as Chair of the Council of the Holocaust Center of San Francisco and on the Advisory Board of the Horizons Foundation. Joyce holds a B.S. of Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany and a J.D. from Golden Gate University. She lives in San Francisco with her spouse Susan Lowenberg with whom she has a daughter, Ruthie.
Alix Ritchie is an independent media strategy consultant, a self-described agitator and an activist who is passionate about the principle of stewardship: the long-term commitment to leaving this world a better place than you found it. She is a political leader in the women’s and LGBTQ equality movements. Alix is the founder and, until recently, also the owner and publisher of the Provincetown Banner, a community newspaper covering the outer arm of Cape Cod, which was recipient of the New England Press Association Newspaper of the Year Award. She has long been a feminist activist and is a member of the advisory board of Ms. Magazine, was a board member of GLAD and an advisory board member of the Stonewall National Museum and Library. Ms. Ritchie and her spouse, Marty Davis, have been in a committed relationship for 39 years and were married in Massachusetts in 2009. They are residents of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Rennae Stubbs is a former professional tennis player who was ranked #1 in the world in doubles and has six Grand Slam titles, 60 WTA Tour titles, and four Olympic appearances under her belt. After her retirement from the WTA, Stubbs transitioned to TV sports broadcasting. She is currently a contributing broadcaster at ESPN Tennis, The Tennis Channel, and Channel 7 Australia Tennis, and has previously been a lead analyst for NBC at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. She also works with life skills educational program Train Up First.
Shari Weiner is passionate about getting women elected to political office. To that end, she is a past president of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey and a current board member and serves on the contribution committee of Tri-State Maxed-Out Women’s PAC. She regularly appears on the annual NJ Women’s Power List. Shari is a former elected official herself, having served as Mayor of the Township of Livingston, New Jersey, where she currently serves as Township Attorney. Now residing in New York City, Shari was appointed by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to serve on Community Board 8, representing the Upper East Side. Shari is a partner in the law firm of Murphy McKeon P.C. and a licensed real estate broker with Stribling & Associates in New York City.
Founder & Board Member Emeritus
Urvashi Vaid is President of The Vaid Group LLC, a mission driven consulting and social innovation firm advising nonprofits, foundations, businesses and individuals working for equity and justice, and executive director of Justice Work, a social justice incubator and think tank. Among the current initiatives of the Vaid Group and Justice Work are: the LGBTQ Poverty Initiative, the National LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice Working Group, and the Donors of Color Network. Vaid has held leadership roles in philanthropic, advocacy, community, and academic organizations, including as: Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation; Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Unit at the Ford Foundation; Senior Fellow at the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School; Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force; and Staff Attorney at the National Prison Project, ACLU. She is author of Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and The Assumptions of LGBT Politics (2012); Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation (1996); a co-edited anthology titled Creating Change: Public Policy, Sexuality and Civil Rights (2000); and is author of many reports. She is Board alumnus of the Gill Foundation, LPAC, and Roadwork Center. She is a Board member of the National Board of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Provincetown Commons, and the American Museum of LGBTQ History & Culture. Vaid is a graduate of Vassar College and Northeastern University School of Law.