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Expertise: LGBT policy, poverty, gun violence prevention policy, progressive movement, politics

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.

By Winnie Stachelberg
The Equality Act and the End of Incrementalism on Progressive GoalsRealClearPolicyMarch 15, 2019
On the Ground in Puerto RicoCenter for American ProgressJuly 11, 2018
Trump will learn that undoing progress won’t be easyWashington BladeJanuary 13, 2017
Turning Shock and Grief for Orlando into ActionMediumJune 15, 2016
Op-ed: How Discrimination Affects Our HealthThe AdvocateJanuary 13, 2015
Obama executive orders fight discriminationThe HillJuly 23, 2014
ENDA: Next step forward in march for equalityReutersNovember 7, 2013
Business Support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act—Fact Not FictionCenter for American ProgressNovember 5, 2013
Preventing Domestic Abusers and Stalkers from Accessing GunsCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2013
10 Things to Know About the Employment Non-Discrimination ActCenter for American ProgressApril 24, 2013
Blindfolded, and with One Hand Tied Behind the BackCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2013
A New Phase for U.S. Policy on SyriaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 28, 2013
Constitutionality of Proposed Firearms LegislationCenter for American ProgressFebruary 12, 2013
Preventing Gun Violence in Our NationCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2013
President Obama’s Announcement and What’s Next for Marriage EqualityCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2012
U.S. Senate Should Pursue Other Options to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”Center for American ProgressDecember 9, 2010
What’s Congress’s Agenda for the Lame Duck Session?Center for American ProgressNovember 22, 2010
Two Big VictoriesCenter for American ProgressMay 28, 2010
Dorothy Height’s Legacy: Stand TogetherCenter for American ProgressApril 29, 2010
The First Pro-Equality Bill in Over a DecadeCenter for American ProgressJuly 16, 2009
Moving Toward Equality for Federal EmployeesCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2009
California Supreme Court Upholds Proposition 8Center for American ProgressMay 26, 2009
Standing Together Against HateCenter for American ProgressApril 28, 2009
Steps Toward EqualityCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2009
One Simple Step for EqualityCenter for American ProgressSeptember 23, 2008
Help When It’s Needed: Economic Downturn Requires Targeted ActionCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2008
Taking on Hate CrimesCenter for American ProgressDecember 3, 2007
One Inch at a TimeCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2007
Standing Up Against Hate CrimesCenter for American ProgressApril 12, 2007