Executive Vice President, External Affairs



Winnie Stachelberg

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Winnie Stachelberg is the executive vice president for External Affairs at American Progress.  As a member of the American Progress Executive Committee, Stachelberg plays an integral role in developing and driving the strategic direction of American Progress’ multi-issue progressive agenda among elected officials, advocacy groups, and other vital stakeholders. Since joining American Progress in 2006, she has also helped launch a variety of initiatives—including the organization’s immigration policy program, LGBT Research and Communications Project, gun violence prevention work, the Half in Ten antipoverty campaign, and the Puerto Rico Relief and Economic Policy Initiative.

As a lifelong champion for LBGTQ rights, Stachelberg has been instrumental in shaping policy victories such as the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the passage of the Equality Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to beginning her tenure at American Progress, Stachelberg spent 11 years with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. As the first vice president of the HRC Foundation, Stachelberg’s early priorities included building a think tank, launching a religion and faith program, and rebuilding the National Coming Out Project. Previously, she was the HRC’s political director, initiating and leading the expansion of the HRC’s legislative and political strategies. Stachelberg joined the HRC in 1994 as senior health policy advocate and helped to establish the organization as a key advocate in health care issues affecting the LGBTQ community.

Before her time with HRC, Stachelberg worked at the Office of Management and Budget, formulating and reviewing health care policies and budgets for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A native New Yorker, Stachelberg taught English at George Washington High School after graduating Georgetown University. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University.

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Turning Shock and Grief for Orlando into Action In the News

Turning Shock and Grief for Orlando into Action

If nationwide marriage equality was ever seen as the end of the fight for full equality for this community, that idea was shattered along with the 49 lives lost in the Pulse Nightclub.

Winnie Stachelberg, Chelsea Parsons, Laura E. Durso

Obama executive orders fight discrimination In the News

Obama executive orders fight discrimination

Winnie Stachelberg writes about the effects of ending decades of taxpayer-funded discrimination, which President Barack Obama did on Monday by signing a pair of executive orders.

Winnie Stachelberg

Business Support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act—Fact Not Fiction Article
The U.S. Capitol Building is seen in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Business Support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act—Fact Not Fiction

Yesterday, with bipartisan support, the Senate opened debate on a bill to protect LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace, while the House stated its opposition claiming that these protections are bad for business. Here are five fast facts about business support for LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination policies.

Laura E. Durso, Winnie Stachelberg

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