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

 
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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).

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, President

Robert has served as Chief of Staff in the Congressional Office of Speaker 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 Speaker’s advisor on appropriations, infrastructure and disaster response, serving as her liaison to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. 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.

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Chris Cunningham, Vice President

Chris works as a Legislative Assistant for Representative Ben McAdams of Utah, advising the Congressman on health care, transportation, and other domestic policy matters before the House. The CSA and it leaders provided Chris with a tremendous support network that helped him get his career started on the Hill, and he’s excited to help continue the organization’s success. Chris grew up in Meridian, Idaho and earned his B.S. in Economic and Finance from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to moving to D.C., Chris also worked on local Democratic campaigns in Utah.

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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.

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Jayson Schimmenti, Professional Development Director

Jayson serves as Legislative Director for Congressman John Moolenaar of Michigan and is responsible for a diverse legislative portfolio. Jayson previously served on the staff of Congressman Tom MacArthur of New Jersey as Legislative Correspondent, Legislative Assistant, and finally Legislative Director.

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 since 2015 and as a member of the Board of Directors he’s excited to help expand the organization's professional development initiatives.

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Hector Colón, Social Events Director

Hector serves as Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representative Max Rose of New York. Aside from LGBTQ+ issues, he handles financial services, tax, immigration, campaign finance reform, and other issues for New York’s 11th District. He previously worked for former House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley. Hector has been on the Hill for almost three 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 strives to continue 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 Terrace House with his partner.

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Sarah Jackson, Membership Director

Sarah serves as the Legislative Assistant in the Congressional Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She handles financial services, taxes, trade, housing, energy and foreign affairs for California's 12th District. Sarah received her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University.

A proud Californian, Sarah enjoys live music 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.

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Christofer Horta, At-Large Director

Christofer is a Legislative Assistant for Florida Congresswoman Donna Shalala. He handles defense, homeland security, appropriations, trade, and education among other issues. He previously worked for the House Democratic Caucus under both Chairman Joe Crowley, and Xavier Becerra.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Christofer 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 in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science and while a senior in college, interned for Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.

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 reading biographies.

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Matthew Ramirez, At-Large Director

Matthew works as an Outreach Advisor for Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 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 is a son of a Marine veteran father.