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Executive Board Bios

Maggie Sacra


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. She 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, as well as the Steering Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia. In 2011, she was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Caroline County Democratic Committee. In 2015, the Rural Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia awarded Maggie its Henry W. Tieleman Award for outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of rural Virginia Democrats.

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 as the treasurer of VA NOW. She was a founding member of the Hampton Roads Coalition for Voter Participation in 2000. She also served as the Treasurer on the Board of GLSEN Richmond, an advocacy group for LGBTQI students, for eight years. Maggie has received the local and the regional Community Service of the Year awards in 2007 and 2008 when she worked at Deloitte and Touche LLP’s Richmond office. Additionally, she was named Volunteer of the Year at the Gay Community Center of Richmond in 2009.

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

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.

Luke Priddy

Vice-Chair for Membership

Luke was a founding member of the Roanoke Young Democrats, an organization aimed at high school students and young professionals living within and around the Roanoke Valley. Prior to becoming Vice-Chair for Membership of the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia, Luke served as Vice-Chair of the LGBTQA+ Caucus of the Virginia Young Democrats. Other leadership positions he has held include Outreach Chair of the Roanoke County Democratic Committee and the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project aimed at documenting the stories of individuals and organizations within the region and developing a narrative for generations to come. Luke got his start in politics when urging voters to reject the Marshall-Newman Amendment to the Virginia Constitution in 2006. To this day, Luke works with his boss, State Senator John S. Edwards (D-Roanoke City) to remove obsolete and offensive language barring same-sex marriage within the Commonwealth. Throughout his advocacy, Luke has worked on addressing disparities in healthcare between heterosexual and LGBT individuals as well as discrimination in housing and employment.

James Lewis

Vice-Chair for Communications

James Lewis is the former president of the Virginia Young Democrats. He’s a communications professional with extensive experience in political industry, PAC, and campaign public relations. He holds a bachelor of science in biology and international relations from the College of William and Mary. He lives in Alexandria.

Crystal Suber

Vice-Chair for Development

Crystal has volunteered with several local and statewide campaigns. I work to register voters before election deadlines. Since serving with this caucus I have helped plan events and staff the organization’s table at community events. Crystal would like to continue to service with the Caucus and help raise money to get allies of our community in office.

Charley Conrad

Vice-Chair for Elections

Charley has been working on Virginia campaigns since he started with Gore 2000. He’s been involved with every campaign since then. He has not sat out any. He has helped elect Governor’s lieutenant governors members of Congress US senators members of the general assembly and president of United States. He wants to bring those skills that he has learned during all of those years to what we do as LGBT+ Democrats to help elect more and more Democrats. The next two years are very critical this year we want to make the General assembly completely blue and in 2020 we want to help elect a Democratic President.

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 is a member of the Spotsylvania County Democratic Committee, is a member and secretary of the 7th Congressional District Committee and is a delegate to the Virginia Democratic Party Central Committee. He has worked on Edd Houck’s 2011 state Senate campaign, Senator Tim Kaine’s 2012 and 2018 campaigns, the 2017 combined statewide campaign for Governor Northam, Lieutenant Governor Fairfax, and Attorney General Herring. He also participated in the recount of the Attorney General’s race in 2014 as a Democratic Party observer in Spotsylvania. In 2015 Bob ran for Supervisor of the Livingston District of Spotsylvania County and in 2017 worked as the campaign manager for the Democratic candidate in the 54th HD. Most recently, he has supported and worked on the Spanberger for Congress (7th CD) campaign of 2018, 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 and moderator of the United Church of Christ, Fredericksburg. He also serves as the State Legislation Chair of the Virginia Federation of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Bob and his husband reside in Spotsylvania.

Chuck Unger


  Chuck formerly served as Treasurer of the Caroline County Democratic Committee. He also served on Caroline’s Democratic Platform and Strategic Planning Committee, the Fundraising 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, Richmond Business Alliance, Equality Virginia, Diversity Richmond 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 32 years. They were married in 2010. He has served as Secretary of the LGBT+ Democratic Caucus since 2011.

Nicholas Benton

At-Large Member

Founder, owner, editor of the Falls Church News-Press since 1991. Member, Falls Church City Democratic Committee. Author, “Extraordinary Hearts: Reclaiming the Central Role of Gay Sensibility in the Progress of Civilization” (Lethe Press, 2013). Co-founder, Berkeley, Calif., chapter of the Gay Liberation Front, 1970.

Cindy Bray


 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 18+ years and 3 cats. 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 although that initiative is no longer active. 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 has been a volunteer for AARP and Senior Connections and as a trainer with the 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.

Brian Reach

At-Large Member

Brian was born and raised in Fairfax County and has been a lifelong Democrat. 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 Democrats 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 a 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 has held hundreds of regional events. He has orchestrated five Northern Virginia Pride Festivals and is working on the sixth this fall. Brian is the immediate Past President of VA Pride, having served as Vice President, President, Co-President and Marketing Director.

Abbi Easter

At-Large Member

Abbi has worked professionally in Virginia Democratic politics for over 30 years. She has managed statewide, coordinated, local elected, and constitutional officer races. With her consulting partners, they have consulted on races at every level, including some big upset victories. She has also served as a Chief of Staff in the US Congress, the State Senate and the House of Delegates. She is presently Senior Adviser to Congressman McEachin, In the Party. She has been a local chair (Chesterfield), the DPVA Treasurer and am now the Seventh Congressional District Democratic Chair.

Caryl Quinn

At-Large Member

 Caryl moved to Chesterfield County 27 years ago, from Carlisle Massachusetts. Her goal when she moved to Virginia was to help turn Virginia Blue and is pleased to see a blue hue over the Commonwealth. Caryl is a member of the 7th Congressional District committee and the Chesterfield Democratic Committee where she served as the fundraiser for four years. Caryl is an Emerge VA graduate. Caryl is a political fundraiser for Democratic candidates and for non-profits.

Deanna Bayer

At-Large Member

   Pronouns: she, her, hers. Deanna lives in Prince William County. She is from South Florida and a graduate of the University of Miami. Deanna is an Activist. She received the “John & Ernestine Jenkins Community Service Award” in 2018. She was named “One of the Outstanding Young Women in the USA” in 1982. As one of a group of only ten women, she started the First Rape Treatment Center” in the USA.

Deanna was Team Leader & Canvas Captain for Hillary for President in PWC. She was Canvas Captai for Elizabeth Guzman, the Combined Campaign of 2018 and the Jennifer Wexton Campaign for Congress. For the Dumfries City Council election of 2018, she was Field Coordinator for the Democrat Slate. (All wins.) She trains canvassers for various campaigns. Deanna is on the Board of Equality Prince William. Deanna volunteers with TIES (Transgender Information & Education Symposium) every year. She has worked in campaigns in Florida, Maryland, DC and of course Virginia, including the Wilder for Governor Campaign.

Deanna is a member of the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, Equality Virginia. She serves as an elected representative on the CD-1 District Committee to the VA Dems Central Committee.

Deanna believes in living up to your values. Her values are expressed in her often spoken words:

When one group’s rights are attached or abridged, no group’s rights are secure. You must show up, stand up, speak up and act. If you do not, you are the problem. Hate grows in silence.”

John Whitley

At-Large Member

 John grew up in eastern North Carolina and has been in Virginia since 1964, mostly. He has worked in NC and VA state governments under the leadership of Democratic governors. Mainly his focus was educational and employment equity guided by a total commitment to equality and justice demanding measurable outcomes. He served as the lead trainer for Title IX implementation in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the 1970s as Supervisor of School Desegregation Services with the Virginia Department of Education.

John serves proudly, boldly, visibly and vocally as a member of the LGBT Caucus as an At-Large Member. He holds academic degrees from Wake Forest, College of Williams and Mary, and Virginia Tech. He is a life-long educator and human and civil rights activist who is guided daily by James Baldwin’s thought: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

John has served as chairperson and member of several local Democratic Committees in NC and VA. As chairperson of the Williamsburg Democratic Committee in 2017, he lead the initiative to combine Williamsburg and James City County Democratic Committees

John is a lifelong Democrat and works tirelessly supporting our candidates as they seek office and after they are elected. He believes in the Democratic Party and our LGBT Caucus.

Isaac Amend

At-Large Member

Isaac Amend (he/him/his) is a graduate of Yale University and former campaigner to elect Obama in 2012 and Delegate Patrick Hope to Congress in 2014. In college, he lobbied the administration for new identification, bathroom, and classroom policies for trans and gender nonconforming students, and won the Elga Wasserman Aware for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies upon graduation. Isaac wants to bring more awareness to trans rights within the state Democratic party, and educate campaigns on how best to tackle trans issues and work with the trans electorate. He believes that education and personal interactions are the best antidote to discrimination.

He is proud to call northern Virginia his home.

Tyler J.D. Begley

At-Large Member

J.D. uses He/Him pronouns. He has a passion for public service and fighting for the blue-collar community he comes form. He started his career as an undergraduate by establishing a business that was a HUD Section 3 Government Contractor for providing renovation, construction, and landscaping services for low-income housing units.

After graduating from Ashland University, J.D.continued to give back to his community by becoming an AmeriCorps Member working in Toledo Public Schools.

Witnessing his home state of Ohio endure an addiction epidemic and a suicide epidemic, he refused rto be a bystander and took a position at a state-level nonprofit, Prevention Action Alliance. There, he served as the coordinator of the Ohio College Initiative to Enhance Student Wellness – a network of Ohio institutions of higher education. In this role he ensured that mental health, suicide prevention, and substance abuse prevention programming were funded and in compliance of state and federal regulations. He also worked as the coordinator of the G.A.P. Network (Grief to Advocacy for Prevention), which assists communities affected by overdose loss and addiction by advocating for an increase in mental health resources and providing volunteer training. He was also co-chair of Ohio Department of Health’s Policy Committee, chair of Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation’s Policy Committee, and other state and local government committees aimed at addressing the mental health and addiction crisis.

Currently, J.D. works in Washington D.C. as a Congressional Grant Officer of 17 million dollars for AmeriCorps programming. He is the CEO of Z2B Media. His current volunteerism consists of serving on the Steering Committee of Fairfax County Democratic Committee as Youth Affairs Chair, Braddock Democratic District Committee Communications Co-Chair, and serves this Executive Board as Instagram Manager, Website Designer, and established the first Youth Mobilization Committee of DPVA, LGBT+ Caucus.

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Join Us in Continuing the Fight for a Better Virginia.

We can't be pasive in our civil rights.