Meet our Board of Directors

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.

Left to right: Matthew Ramirez, Chris Cunningham, and Robert Edmonson (back row); Jayson Schimmenti, Pablo A. Sierra-Carmona, Christofer Horta, Sarah Jackson, and Hector Colón (front row).

Robert Edmonson

Robert has served as Chief of Staff in the Congressional Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 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 advisor on appropriations, infrastructure and disaster response, serving as her liaison to the House Appropriations and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. In his work, he has substantial policy experience in HIV/AIDS, transportation, and water infrastructure, former military installation conversion, disaster response, affordable housing, and national parks. He has worked for Representative Pelosi since 2007. Edmonson is a native of Harker Heights, Texas, and holds a Bachelors of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University in Political Science.

Chris Cunningham
Vice President

Chris works as a Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut and previously served as Staff Assistant for Congressman Mike Thompson of California. 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.

Pablo A. Sierra-Carmona
Communications Director

Pablo serves as Press Assistant for U.S. Representative Linda T. Sánchez, Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and handles the Congresswoman’s social media. He also works with the Democratic Caucus in producing translations for the Caucus’ Spanish Twitter, @DemsEspañol. Pablo has worked for Congresswoman Sánchez since April 2017, getting his first start on Capitol Hill in 2015 as a Press Intern in the House Judiciary Committee, and later as a Staff Assistant in 2016 for U.S. Representative Don Beyer of Virginia.

Pablo is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Assumption College. As an undergraduate, he was Editor-in-Chief of his college's student newspaper, Le Provocateur, served in the Senate of the Student Government Association, and successfully defended his senior honors thesis on Chief Justice John Marshall.

Jayson Schimmenti
Professional Development Director

Jayson serves as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Tom MacArthur of New Jersey and is responsible for a diverse legislative portfolio including education, labor, government oversight, regulations, immigration, criminal justice, defense, homeland security, intelligence, and veterans’ affairs. He is also responsible for Mr. MacArthur’s work as Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force. Jayson began his career on the hill as Mr. MacArthur’s Legislative Correspondent in January, 2015.

Jayson received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seton Hall University. While earning his degree, he completed several internships including those with the New Jersey Governor’s Office and the New Jersey Republican State Committee. Before coming to the hill, Jayson worked as a Legislative Aide in the New Jersey Legislature and as a Regional Field Director for Mr. MacArthur’s first campaign for Congress in 2014.

He has been an active member for the LGBT CSA for three years and as a member of the Board of Directors he’s excited to help expand the organization's professional development initiatives.

Hector Colón
Social Events Director

Hector serves as Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley of New York, the current Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. He handles energy, environmental policy, campaign finance reform, and other issues for New York’s 14th District. Hector has worked with Rep. Crowley for two years, and is a proud alumnus of The City College of New York.

From Queens, New York, Hector is passionate about racial and economic justice. He plans to advance diversity in the CSA, and build equity for minority members.  

Hector is a certified LSAT Instructor, and his favorite section of the test is Logical Reasoning. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and watching Frasier with his partner.

Sarah Jackson
Membership Director

Sarah serves as the Legislative Assistant 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.

Christofer Horta
At-Large Director

Christofer serves as a Policy Assistant for the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives. He assists in organizing all official Caucus meetings, leadership elections and is tasked with keeping members updated on policy updates and other relevant events.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Chris immigrated to the United States at the age of five with his parents and settled in Miami with his extended family. He graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science and previously worked for Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson and former Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra.

Christofer has strong ties to his Spanish roots, enjoys listening to Latin music and speaking Spanish with his grandparents. He loves tennis, congressional elections, learning facts about other countries and watching The Great British Bake Off on PBS.

As a junior hill staffer, Christofer is ecstatic to add some fresh new ideas and work hand-in-hand with his fellow board members in making the LGBT CSA the best staff association on the hill.

Matthew Ramirez
At-Large Director

Matthew works as a Legislative Correspondent for the Congressional Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. He handles immigration, gun violence prevention, judiciary, telecommunications, technology and other issues for California's 12th District.

Matthew received his Bachelor's degree in Political Economy from Evergreen State College. Prior to his current role, Matthew interned for Senator Patty Murray, Congressman Ted Lieu, and in the Washington State Legislature. Matthew has also worked on several state and local Democratic campaigns.

Born and raised in Northern California, Matthew grew up with his Marine veteran father, mother, identical twin and older brother. He enjoys traveling, photography, and podcasts.

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