Freedom for All Americans Education Fund Team
Kasey Suffredini (he/him)
Chief Executive Officer & National Campaign Director • EmailKasey Suffredini (he/him) in the Media
Kasey Suffredini is a nationally recognized campaign strategist and expert in LGBTQ issue advocacy. His campaign leadership has resulted in hundreds of local, state, and federal policy victories over the course of his 20-year career. He has deep experience in campaign management, policy development, strategic communications, and grassroots mobilization and a track record of designing campaigns that change narratives, pass legislation, win ballot measures, and drive momentum on seemingly intractable issues.
As CEO and National Campaign Director at Freedom for All Americans, Kasey has been the chief architect of bipartisan campaigns to successfully secure a number of national firsts. These wins include passing the country’s first standalone statewide transgender public accommodations law, passing comprehensive statewide transgender nondiscrimination protections for the first time in a Republican-controlled state, and passing comprehensive statewide LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections for the first time in the South. From 2016-2018, Kasey co-chaired the historic, award-winning Freedom for All Massachusetts / Yes on 3 ballot campaign, winning the first statewide popular vote on transgender rights in U.S. history by a landslide two-thirds margin (68-32%).
Kasey’s previous roles include Executive Director of MassEquality, Public Policy Director at Family Equality Council, and State Legislative Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force. He is a sought-after speaker on issue campaign strategy and LGBTQ advocacy and has been honored by the New Leaders Council, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Harvard Law School. A transgender attorney, Kasey served as President of the National LGBT Bar Association from 2004-2005 and was a member of its inaugural class of Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 in 2010. Kasey received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He resides in Long Beach, California with his wife, Kristina Bigdeli, and their two pugs, Tini and Stella.
Saurabh Bajaj (he/him)
Chief Development Officer • Email
Saurabh has been a fundraiser and advocate for LGBTQ equality since he came out at UC Berkeley nearly 25 years ago, volunteering and then working at HIV, LGBTQ health, and queer South Asian organizations in San Francisco for many years before his most recent role as Chief Development Officer at the National LGBTQ Task Force.
He believes that fundraising is social justice, not only as a transfer of wealth but also as a way for people of all means to have their values recognized through their dollars. He is proud to have helped raise millions for the LGBTQ movement over the past two decades and also proud to financially support many LGBTQ organizations himself.
He currently lives in West Hollywood with his husband Jason and dog Porsche.
Brandie Balken (she/her)
Executive Director • Email
Brandie Balken has over 15 years of experience working to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. Prior to coming on board as Freedom For All Americans’ Executive Director, Brandie served as the Executive Director of Equality Utah, the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy and policy organization, where she was instrumental in helping successfully implement more than 35 individual pieces of LGBTQ-affirmative policies in Utah, and helped lay the groundwork for passage of statewide protections for LGBTQ Utahns in housing and employment.
Brandie is highly skilled at bringing together the diverse partners we need to secure nondiscrimination protections, including conservatives. She helped form and lead Utah’s America Votes affiliate round table which worked to align labor, education, conservation, women’s organizations, and the LGBTQ community in their endorsement and advocacy goals.
Brandie additionally served as a senior program officer for the Gill Foundation, one of the nation’s leading funders of efforts to secure full equality for LGBTQ people, and as Deputy Director of The Impact Project, a ten state initiative advocating for passage of economic security and access to democracy policies. She has deep experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, and has worked with organizations including Food Not Bombs, the Western Shoshone Defense Project, and the Inclusion Center for Community and Justice. She has served on the boards of One Colorado, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Seeds of Peace, Envision Utah, the Utah Pride Center, and served as co-chair of the Equality Federation board and the Utah Votes board. She has also appeared on KRCL, Utah progressive public radio, as a volunteer radio host.
Originally from rural Utah, Brandie graduated cum laude from Weber State University. Post graduation, she traveled throughout the West, working for environmental justice and indigenous people’s rights before coming out and returning to Utah to serve the LGBTQ community. She is thrilled to continue her passion for equity and equality with the FFAA team. When she’s not working, she happily shares her life with her wife and dog in Denver, CO.
Daniel Ball (he/him)
Chief of Staff • Email
Daniel Ball has over 10 years experience working as a political campaign organizer for the LGBTQ community. Prior to joining Freedom for All Americans, Daniel was on the Human Rights Campaign's "Project One America" team where he organized on behalf of local, state, and federal protections for LGBTQ people. During his time at HRC, Daniel led coalitions which achieved the adoption of four fully comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinances in his home state of Mississippi.
Daniel has been a Board Member of CNAC: Advocates for Black Gay Men, a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and is a past president of the University of Mississippi LGBTQA Alumni Association. Daniel was recognized by the Mississippi Business Journal in its 2018 class of "Top 50 Under 40" Business Leaders. Prior to dedicating his career to LGBTQ advocacy, Daniel served as a human resources manager for Nissan North America, where he worked on organizational development, talent acquisition, and political and community organizing. As Chief of Staff for Freedom for All Americans, Daniel will be a core member of the organization's executive team and a partner to all departments and leaders.
Angela Dallara (any pronouns)
Vice President of External Communications • Email
Angela Dallara is the vice president of external communications at Freedom for All Americans, where she manages the organization’s day-to-day communications operations and media presence. She has more than five years’ experience cultivating relationships with reporters and securing media coverage in prestigious outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, NPR, MSNBC, and more.
Angela has ghostwritten op-eds for leading LGBTQ advocates in diverse outlets such as Reuters, CNN.com, USA Today, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, Huffington Post, and more. She has hosted press conferences on key legislative votes, judicial hearings, and town halls on LGBTQ issues. She provides messaging guidance and media training for FFAA's spokespeople and diverse network of supporters for LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections.
As part of her role, for nearly two years she drove media strategy for the Freedom Massachusetts campaign which in 2016 successfully updated the state's nondiscrimination law to include explicit protections for transgender people in public places. Prior to her current position, she served as deputy communications director at Freedom to Marry, the campaign that won marriage for same-sex couples.
Jacob McClain (any pronouns)
Chief Financial Officer • Email
Jacob McClain has many years of experience working on campaigns across the country in the areas of field and operations, as well as some finance and fundraising support, to help advance LGBTQ rights. Jacob has worked to pass inclusive non-discrimination laws and marriage for same-sex couples through state legislatures and city councils, worked to defend victories for both, and to proactively win marriage at the ballot box in Maine. He has a strong history of working with broad coalitions and constituency groups to build supportive communities and achieve success. Jacob brings his years of experience to Freedom for All Americans and support campaigns across the country to win nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans.
Amy Mello (she/her)
Senior Vice President of Campaigns • Email
Amy Mello is the senior vice president of campaigns for Freedom for All Americans. Previously, she worked as the Field Director at Freedom to Marry from 2013 through 2015. She has served as Field Director for five statewide campaigns to win marriage for same-sex couples, including three years working to protect Massachusetts’ first-in-the-nation marriage rights from legislative attempts to repeal the law or place it on the ballot for public referendum. In addition to Massachusetts, she has worked on marriage campaigns in Connecticut, California, Rhode Island and Maine, the country’s first-ever popular vote victory for marriage.
Felix Nguyen-Dalton (xe/they/he)
Associate Director of Donor Engagement • Email
Felix Nguyen-Dalton (xe/they/he) is the Associate Director of Donor Engagement for Freedom for All Americans. His work focuses on enhancing donor experiences, supporting ambassadors of FFAA/EF's development work, and building new relationships that will help carry out the organization's mission. Prior to working for FFAA, Felix worked with local governments, universities, and both for and nonprofit businesses in marketing, communications, public relations, and growth strategy.
With a background in a decade of LGBTQ work, including board positions with regional diversity centers and his alma mater, Felix continues to be a leader and learner in the LGBTQ community. Felix is especially proud of their founding of a Speakers' Bureau which, the first of its kind in the region, and his work with children in foster families.
Xe currently lives with their wife and veritable zoo of six pets and nurtures passions surrounding LGBTQ youth, intersectionality of LGBTQ and multicultural conversations, and mental health support.
Omolola Olateju (she/her)
Director of Digital Strategies • Email
Omolola Olateju (she/her) is a Minnesota-raised, NY-based digital strategist. She focuses on rapid response social media and content to build advocacy and awareness for LGBTQ equality. She comes to Freedom for All Americans with nearly a decade of marketing experience, having begun her career in advertising. Lola uses content and storytelling as tools to advance justice and fight for marginalized communities.
Before FFAA, she built a successful freelance practice helping small- to medium-sized businesses tell brand-authentic stories. Lola holds a MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from Medill, Northwestern University and a BA in Communications from Wheaton College.
Outside of work, Lola spends her time building Black Girls Drink, a platform dedicated to peeling back traditional beverage narratives.
Radha Rodriguez (she/her)
Vice President of Information Systems • Email
Radha Rodriguez is the vice president of information systems at Freedom for All Americans. She brings over 15 years experience in nonprofit operations, philanthropic development, and database administration, including 8 years working for LGBTQ equality. Prior to joining FFAA, she worked at Transgender Law Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Jessica Shortall (she/her)
Vice President of Corporate Engagement • Email
Jessica Shortall is the director of corporate engagement for Freedom for All Americans, where she heads up America Competes, the national business coalition making the economic case for LGBTQ equality. In 2014, Jessica founded Texas Competes, one of the first and largest state business coalitions in the country and a leading voice in Texas on the risks that discrimination poses to talent, tourism, corporate investment — as well as the economic opportunities that full inclusion would create. Jessica is a data devotee, tracking popular opinion, business, and economic trends nationwide and ensuring that business and economic development leaders are equipped with the clear, data-backed case that full inclusion of LGBTQ people makes for more vibrant communities, business environments, and state and federal economies. Jessica was honored for her work with the Out for Work OUTstanding Individual Award in 2015, and the GALA North Texas Ally award in 2017. She keynoted SXSW in 2016 on her journey of bridge-building, empathy, and the Texas fight for the rights of LGBTQ people. Jessica holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University, and an MBA from the University of Oxford, where she was a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship. Jessica is raising two hilarious kids with her husband, Clay.
Caitlin Smith (she/her)
Senior Manager of Policy and Outreach • Email
Caitlin Smith is the constituency organizing manager for Freedom for All Americans. She specializes in building supporters across many of Freedom for All American’s initiatives and calling them to action. Before joining FFAA, she directed voter outreach on several candidate and issue-based campaigns throughout the Midwest.
Caitlin helped elect Sharice Davids to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 and Jared Polis to Governor of Colorado the same year. Additionally, Caitlin has worked with local groups in Kansas and Colorado to help remove barriers to political participation for women and people of color. She has done this through coalition building, assisting in organizing rallies and voter registration drives, and even Arabic and sign language translating for voters.
Caitlin earned a bachelor’s degree in African and African-American Studies with concentrations in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Kansas. She currently resides in Denver, Colorado.
Shane M. Stahl (he/him)
Digital Communications Manager • Email
Shane M. Stahl is the digital communications manager for Freedom for All Americans, and is thrilled to bring his experience to the digital team. He has worked as a freelance journalist since 2004, writing op-eds and conducting interviews with high profile individuals including politicians and entertainers. Prior to Freedom for All Americans, Shane had over ten years experience working in electoral politics.
Shane has worked closely with state partner Equality Ohio to help pass nondiscrimination ordinances in Cleveland, Akron, and Cuyahoga County and has been active with several social service organizations, including Equitas Health of Ohio, Akron Pride Initiative, and Preterm Cleveland.
Outside his work in the LGBTQ nondiscrimination movement, he has found success as a community theater actor and technician, and been the recipient of several local critics awards. He lives in Akron, OH.
Sarah Vaughan (she/her)
Senior Advisor, State Campaigns • Email
Sarah Vaughan is a political operative with extensive experience in campaigns, elections, lobbying, and issue advocacy. Her focus is on legislative strategy and passing state laws that protect everyone under the law from discrimination, regardless of where they live, their sexual orientation or gender identity. Most recently, she was the policy director at Gill Action, an organization dedicated to advancing LGBTQ equality at the state level. In this role, she managed Gill Action’s legislative strategy to pass pro-LGBTQ policy in multiple states controlled by both Republicans and Democrats.
Before joining Gill Action, Sarah served as political director at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, working to retain and win democratic majorities in state legislatures throughout the country. Sarah also worked as caucus director in the Colorado senate for the first female president of the Colorado Senate, Joan Fitz-Gerald.
Sarah completed her undergraduate degree and Master’s of Public Administration at the University of Colorado. She is originally from North Carolina and currently resides with her husband, son, and dog in Denver.
Hannah Willard (she/her)
Vice President of Government Affairs • Email
Hannah Willard is a campaign strategist specializing in legislative advocacy, crafting persuasive messages, and building winning coalitions. As Vice President of Government Affairs for Freedom for All Americans, Hannah partners with state-based LGBTQ advocacy organizations and allies across the country to advance state and federal nondiscrimination laws to protect LGBTQ people and their families. Hannah's work brings together people from all walks of life who support freedom and fairness for LGBTQ people, including conservatives, business leaders, and people of faith. She most recently led Freedom for All Americans' work in Virginia as a member of the Virginia Values Coalition, successfully securing passage of the first LGBTQ nondiscrimination law in a Southern state.
Prior to joining the team at Freedom For All Americans, Hannah was Senior Policy Director for Equality Florida, the state's largest advocacy organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's LGBTQ community. Hannah was Equality Florida's full-time lobbyist in the Florida Capitol, helping the state maintain its 20-year record of defeating or neutralizing every single anti-LGBTQ filed in Florida. She also managed the launch of Equality Florida’s Honor Them With Action campaign in the wake of the Pulse massacre in Orlando. Hannah previously led Equality Florida’s marriage campaign in partnership with Freedom to Marry during Florida’s victory and through the Supreme Court ruling.
Hannah graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida with degrees in Economics and Women’s Studies. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida.
Addison Woodrum (she/her)
Administrative Specialist • Email
Addison Woodrum is the Administrative Specialist for Freedom for All Americans. In this role, she supports the organization’s chief executives and can be found analyzing data in Excel, tracking expenses, and scheduling meetings for 20+ people across 4 time zones.
As a queer woman, Addison is thrilled to use her professional skills to advance LGBTQ equality. Prior to joining FFAA, Addison enjoyed a decade-long career in finance, most recently at Colorado Public Employee’s Retirement Association (PERA).
Originally from South Carolina, Addison graduated from Clemson University. She currently lives in Westminster, CO with her spouse, kiddo, and dog.