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.