The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Congressional Staff Association (CSA) elects a board of directors each year in February in accordance with our by-laws. The board consists of a president, a vice president, four directors and two at-large directors. Below are the names, positions and short bios of our board members.
(top row, left to right: M.A. Keifer, Yesenia Chavez, Chris Cunningham, Robert Edmonson; bottom row: Ross Arnett, Todd Sloves, Michael Wong, Sarah Jackson)
Todd is a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley of New York, the current Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and handles a broad portfolio of policy issues including education, labor, housing, and transportation. Todd has worked for Rep. Crowley for four and a half years and previously served as Staff Assistant to Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and as Senior District Representative to former Representative Anthony Weiner of New York.
Todd is excited to work with his fellow board members to develop a rich array of opportunities for the association's membership. An avid cook, voracious reader and enthusiastic polyglot, Todd is a proud Brooklynite and received his B.A. from New York University.
Yesenia serves as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva and advises the congressman on policy matters pertaining to judiciary, voting rights, gun violence, drug policy, human rights, LGBT, women’s rights, military and defense, veteran’s affairs, transportation, science, and technology issues. She got her start on the Hill through the Victory Fund & Institute’s congressional internship program.
Chavez received a Bachelor’s in Political Science & Liberal Studies from the University of Houston. Prior to the Hill, she worked at the Harris County Democratic Party and was an organizer in her role as VP of the Houston Stonewall Young Democrats that successfully passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance through city council.
Yesenia is entering her 3rd year on the board and has increased the organization's outreach towards women and people of color to create a more inclusive work environment on Capitol Hill. Named “Best Hill Staffer” in the Washington Blade’s 2015 “Best of Gay D.C.” poll, and a 2017 New Leaders Council fellow, she is committed to the development of a pipeline of diverse queer leaders that grow from interns to Chiefs of Staff. A Texas native, Chavez enjoys hiking, barbecue, and is a self-proclaimed craft beer connoisseur.
Ross serves as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, covering a number of issues including natural resources, Native American affairs, transportation, telecomm, financial services, and defense.
Born and raised in Maryland, Ross graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Maryland. He worked in the financial services industry for two years prior to coming to the Hill in April 2013 as an intern for U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján. Ross joined Rep. Ruiz’s team in July 2013.
Every day, LGBT staffers on the Hill are fighting for their values and the values of the communities around the country they serve. Ross looks forward to leveraging their achievements and accomplishments to demonstrate equality and acceptance through example.
Michael works as a Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, who represents Arizona’s 9th District and is a Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. He advises the Congresswoman on policy matters pertaining to education, natural resources, public lands and water, agriculture, science and technology, space exploration, and the LGBT community.
Wong got his start in politics when he won a fiercely contested election to serve as student body vice president at Arizona State University. As VP, he fought to expand voting access, streamline credit transfers between community colleges and universities, and protect funding for public education. Before coming to Capitol Hill, Wong also worked with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and American Bridge PAC.
Keifer serves as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representative Barbara Lee of California, covering a number of issues including global health, HIV/AIDS, immigration, family planning and reproductive health, and LGBTQ rights.
Keifer received her Bachelor’s degree in International Development and Africana Studies at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Keifer moved to D.C. for graduate school in 2010, and received her Master’s in Public Health at George Washington University.
Born and raised in Tennessee, Keifer enjoys spending time on her family’s farm, hiking, camping, and playing sports. She lives in DC with her partner and two beautiful dogs. Through her role on the Board as Social Events Director, Keifer aims to encourage diversity in the LGBT CSA and promote LGBTQ inclusiveness on Capitol Hill.
Sarah serves as the Legislative Correspondent in the Congressional Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. She handles constituent outreach, in addition to covering arts/culture, foreign affairs, homeland security and women's issues for California's 12th District.
Sarah received her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University. Prior to the Hill, she interned with Earthjustice and Storefront Political Media and worked on several state and local Democratic campaigns.
A proud Californian, Sarah enjoys live music, playing basketball and exploring DC’s art scene. As Membership Director, Sarah is committed to broadening the organization’s membership to include everyone from the LGBTQ community.
Chris works as a Staff Assistant for Congressman Mike Thompson, who represents California’s 5th District. The CSA and its leadership provided him with a tremendous support network that helped Chris get his career started on the Hill, and he’s excited to be a part of the organization’s future success.
Chris grew up in Meridian, Idaho and earned his B.S. in Economics and Finance from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah before moving to D.C. Prior to joining Congressman Thompson’s office, Chris worked with the Partnership for Responsible Growth in Washington, D.C. and on local Democratic campaigns and initiatives in Utah.
Robert has served as Chief of Staff in the Congressional Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California since May, 2013. In that role, he manages a staff of 17 in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, acting as the chief adviser to the congresswoman on all matters regarding her San Francisco congressional district and the State of California. In addition, he also serves as the Leader’s primary adviser on appropriations, infrastructure and disaster response, serving as her liaison to the House Appropriations and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.
Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, he was Legislative Director and has been with Leader Pelosi since 2007. Edmonson is a native of Harker Heights, TX and holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Texas A&M University in Political Science.