Executive Board

The LGBT Democrats of Virginia Executive Board is composed of elected officers to the board. The board governs the affairs of the organization and has the authority to make policy for the organization and to oversee managerial matters. Board members are elected in March on odd-numbered years.

Board for the 2017 – 2019 Term

Maggie Sacra

Chair

Maggie Sacra

Chair

Maggie is a founding member of the LGBT Democrats of VA. From 2009 to 2012, she served as the organization’s first Treasurer before being elected as chairperson. Maggie served as the 1st Vice Chair and then the Chair of the Caroline County Democratic Committee, and is very proud of the committee being named a Committee of the Year by the Democratic Party of Virginia during her time as chair. She is now a member of the Chesterfield County Democratic Committee and serves on their Executive Board. Maggie has served as a member of the 1st Congressional District Committee, and now serves on the 7th Congressional District Committee and the Steering Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

In addition to her service in the Democratic Party, Maggie has served on many non-profit and advocacy group boards. This includes serving as president of Tidewater NOW and treasurer of VA NOW, and as a founding member of the Hampton Roads Coalition for Voter Participation. She has also been named Volunteer of the Year at the Gay Community Center of Richmond and has received a regional Community Service of the Year award when she worked at Deloitte and Touche LLP. Currently she serves as the Treasurer on the Board of GLSEN Richmond, an advocacy group for LGBTQI students.

Professionally, Maggie has been an educator and is now a Certified Public Accountant. She lives with her amazingly wonderful partner of fourteen years in Chesterfield County. They were married in April 2013 in Maryland.

Victoria Kidd

Executive Vice-Chair

Victoria Kidd

Executive Vice-Chair

Victoria Kidd is a long-time LGBTQ activist, as well as the owner of a safe space coffee house and gathering hall in Winchester. She holds an undergraduate degree in sociology and a graduate degree in business.

She is also engaged in the political process, and was an active volunteer with Obama’s headquarters during his reelection. (She authored training manuals used by data entry volunteers.) She was a member of a local candidate’s campaign committee in 2013, and she was actively engaged in a number of events and fundraisers for the democratic candidates running for statewide offices. She holds membership in the Winchester-Frederick County Democratic Committee, the Blue Ridge Democratic Women, and the LGBT Democrats of Virginia.

Equality is a value she holds dear. Working to elect officials at a local and a national level who believe in the promise of equality upon which this country was founded is very important to her. As one of the four plaintiffs in the ACLU’s case for marriage equality, She had numerous opportunities to hear first-hand how LGBT families are impacted by discriminatory laws. She wants to use the power of the written word to share our stories and to help others understand the impact discriminatory laws have on our families.

Victoria is a wife and mother happily living in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

Donald Davenport

Vice-Chair for Outreach and Membership

Donald Davenport

Vice-Chair for Outreach and Membership

Don’s activism began after his involvement in the 1969 Stonewall police raid, which became the inspiration for the modern day LGBTQ movement. The riots that followed, and the raid on the Snake Pit Club, where he worked, set in motion his lifelong quest for equality. He was also inspired by Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. Don is the former Fundraising Chair of the Caroline County Democratic Committee, which received the Committee of the Year award, by the Democratic Party of Virginia. Don is a lifelong Democratic activist, a Precinct Captain, and a Community Organizer. He is also a member of Richmond Business Alliance, Equality Virginia, and the ACLU. Don and his wonderful partner of 30 years own a home and construction business in Caroline County. They were married in Provincetown, Massachusetts in January of 2010, and have been fighting to make all LGBTQ Marriages equal in Virginia ever since.

Joel McDonald

Vice-Chair for Technology and Communications

Joel McDonald

Vice-Chair for Technology and Communications

Joel served as the first Vice-Chair for Technology & Communications of LGBT Democrats of Virginia from 2009 to early 2014. He returned later in 2014 to fill the role again as it was vacant.

Joel began his political activism in 2008, volunteering for Barack Obama's primary campaign. His experience led him to continue working on behalf of Democrats. He is a former Technology Chair, Treasurer, and Precinct and Elections Director of the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee. He was the founding Treasurer of Hampton Roads Young Democrats, where he also served as Vice President, Finance Director, and Virginia Beach Chair.

In 2012, Joel ran successfully for a seat on the Virginia Beach School Board, becoming the youngest and first openly gay person elected to office in Hampton Roads. He was re-elected in 2016. He is the current Chair of the Virginia Beach School Board Legislative Committee, the School Board's representative to both the Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association and the Virginia Beach Broadband Task Force.

Joel earned an Associate of Arts in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Old Dominion University. He is the owner of Comit Strategies, a micro-agency providing web design, development, managed WordPress hosting, and communications services to small businesses, non-profit organizations, and political campaigns and committees.

Crystal Suber

Vice-Chair for Development

Crystal Suber

Vice-Chair for Development

I envision greater success as Fund Development Co-chair in 2017. I would like to continue the Equality Breakfast and relaunch the Shades of Blue fundraiser, this time in Tidewater and Northern VA. I realize we must touch all areas of our state to increase awareness and raise money to support the candidates that support us.

Charley Conrad

Vice-Chair for Elections

Charley Conrad

Vice-Chair for Elections

I am Grandpa Charley to Marie.

I consider myself as an Obama Democrat, and a grassroots field and canvassing organizer. Elections are won by canvassing.

I am member of the Arlington County Democratic Committee since 2004. Serving as Secretary since 2010 and as a precinct Captain in my Four Mile Run Precinct since 2005.

I am a retired 20 year Navy Veteran and a retired Federal employee. Since 2010 I have been substitute teaching in Arlington and Fairfax County Public Schools.


I am an elected member of the DPVA Central Committee representing the Eighth Congressional District.

Robert Martin

Vice-Chair for Candidate Endorsement

Robert Martin

Vice-Chair for Candidate Endorsement

Bob Martin (preferred pronouns: “he”, “him”, “his”) has been an active member of the LGBT Democrats of Virginia Board since January 2012. He currently serves as vice-chair of the Spotsylvania County Democratic Committee, as a member of the 7th Congressional District Committee and delegate to the Virginia Democratic Party Central Committee. He has worked on Edd Houck’s 2011 state Senate campaign, President Obama’s and Senator Tim Kaine’s 2012 campaigns, the 2013 combined statewide campaign for Governor McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Northam, and Attorney General Herring. He also participated in the recount of the Attorney General’s race as a Democratic Party observer in Spotsylvania. Most recently, he worked on the Bedell for Congress (7th CD) campaign of 2016, sponsoring and participating in several events. Bob was also a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention at Philadelphia. He also serves as the president of PFLAG Fredericksburg and is a member of the United Church of Christ, Fredericksburg. Bob and his husband reside in Spotsylvania.

Chuck Unger

Secretary

Chuck Unger

Secretary

Chuck formerly served as Treasurer of the Caroline County Democratic Committee. He also served on Caroline’s Democratic Platform and Strategic Planning Committee, the Fund Raising Committee, and the GOTV Committee. Chuck was instrumental in shaping the Caroline County Democratic Committee, which received the 2010 Committee of the Year Award. He is an avid grassroots activist, a precinct captain, a member of the ACLU, Equality Virginia, and serves as a valuable community organizer in Caroline County and throughout the Commonwealth. Chuck owns a home and construction business in Caroline County, where he lives with his partner of 30 years. They were married in 2010. He has served as Secretary of the LGBT Democratic Caucus since 2011.

Cindy Bray

Treasurer

Cindy Bray

Treasurer

Cindy grew up in South Boston, VA and came to Richmond via the College of William and Mary and Virginia Beach. She lives in Chesterfield County with her wife and partner of 14 years, her mother-in-law, and 4 cats. She helped start the Central Virginia Rainbow Partnership, a collaborative effort by LGBT organizations in Central Virginia which seeks to provide a consistent voice for the LGBT community. She has been a member of the LGBT Democrats of VA since it was organized.

One of her proudest achievements was helping organize & launch SAGE Central Virginia while Program Director at the GCCR in May 2011. SAGE is Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders and she believes that it is vital that the Aging Services are aware of LGBT Older Adults in our communities and provide open and affirming services. She is a volunteer for AARP and Senior Connections and continue to volunteer as a trainer with National SAGE & National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. She was honored when her project on LGBTQ History won second place in a national contest.

One of her strongest attributes is that she is a strong advocate for EQUALITY for ALL people. She has participated in many equality minded organizations, fought to elect equality minded candidates both and been a speaker/educator on LGBT issues. Several years ago she completed a 9 month Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program to help strengthen my skills in advocacy. She has been honored to present at the Creating Change : The NGLTF conference.

Michael Armstead

At-Large Member

Michael Armstead

At-Large Member

Michael is a lifelong Virginia resident with a strong commitment to inclusion,diversity, and the spirit of public service. He received his BA in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014, and is currently a 2L at the University of Richmond School of Law, where he participates in the Family Law Clinic, Carrico Pro Bono No-Fault Divorce Clinic, and Lawyers Helping Lawyers. Additionally, Michael is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and the Virginia Equality Bar Association. This year, Michael will be participating in events with VEBA to assist members of Virginia's transgender community with name and gender marker changes.

Nicholas Benton

At-Large Member

Nicholas Benton

At-Large Member

A California native, I am an honor graduate of the Pacific School of Religion (M.Div. 1969) in Berkeley, Calif., and a "gay pioneer" activist in the post-Stonewall era. I moved to Falls Church, Virginia, in 1985, and founded the weekly Falls Church News-Press in 1991. U.S. Rep. Don Beyer penned a column in my very first edition (being from Falls Church and lieutenant governor of Va. at the time). I have been an ardent supporter of quality public education and equal rights in my weekly editorials, as well as an enthusiastic backer of Democratic candidates at the local, state and national levels. I have participated in LGBT Democrats' organizing events in my area and proudly touted my involvement in the group in all my political organizing activities.

Abbi Easter

At-Large Member

Abbi Easter

At-Large Member

Abbi has been a Democratic grassroots activist in Virginia for over 25 years. In addition to always being active in Democratic campaigns, she also served as a magisterial chair, local chair, the Treasurer of the Democratic Party of Virginia, and now serves as the Chair of the 7th Democratic Congressional District as well as the Steering Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia. Abbi has served as an at-large member of the Caucus board almost since its inception, as well as being the appointed Parliamentarian. Abbi is the Chief of Staff for Virginia Congressman Donald McEachin. She and her husband have six grown children and three grandchildren.

Brian Reach

At-Large Member

Brian Reach

At-Large Member

Brian was born and raised in Fairfax County, currently residing in Tysons with his husband Manuel. He has been an active Democratic since High School. He was a founding Chair of the LGBTQA Standing Committee for Fairfax County Democrats, and sat on the FCDC Steering Committee. He is a Past Chair of the VA Young Dems LGBTQA Committee.

Brian has volunteered for campaigns since his youth, ranging from small state Delegate campaigns to higher-profile campaigns such as those of Congressman Gerry Connolly, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama; and has strong connection with local & statewide electeds, from Town Councils to the Governor's Mansion.

Brian is the President and Executive Director of NOVA Pride, a 501c3 nonprofit he founded in 2011 and grew into the largest LGBTQ organization in Northern VA, has thousands of active participants and held over 400 events. He has orchestrated three Northern Virginia Pride Festivals, and is working on the fourth this fall. Brian is on the board of VA Pride, having served as Vice President, President, Co-President and now Marketing Director.

Brian is a member of POFEV (People of Faith for Equality in Virginia), HRC , Equality Virginia, Dulles Triangles, Equality Prince William, AGLA, Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Roads Pride, and is actively engaged with Capital Pride and all prides across the Commonwealth. By day, he works for MCI USA in Association Management and Consulting in McLean, VA.

John Whitley

At-Large Member

John Whitley

At-Large Member

I serve as an At-Large Member with Pride and Resolve with our LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia. I have participated in Pride Events and have been a voice speaking to VA General Assembly members, within my Congressional District and throughout my many communities. I am the Vice Chairperson of the Williamsburg Democratic Committee and lead the efforts toward Inclusion and Empowerment of LGBTQ+. I follow the Platform of the Democratic Party and share its meaning and purposes with individuals and groups on a regular basis. I am qualified to continuing my service and I am committed to be held accountable for my words and deeds. I am a graduate of Wake Forest University, the College of William and Mary, Virginia Tech, Southeastern Seminary. I served in the administration of Gov. James B Hunt Jr, [NC]. I am a good friend and supporter of the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II [NC]. In 2014 I initiated MORAL MONDAYS ON DOG ST in Merchants Square in Williamsburg to have a continuous and constant voice for human and civil rights and for social justice issues. I am a Unitarian Universalists and I STAND ON THE SIDE OF LOVE.