Monday, August 16, 2010

Brody's Notes & Scribbles... Linsey's Got A New Gig & The Bil Brownings Are Headed For DC

Linsey Pecikonis  Photo Courtesy of The Stonewall Democrats
By Brody Levesque (Washington DC) AUG 16 | It's with no small amount of pleasure that I am able to cover this particular story as Linsey Pecikonis is a dear friend and has been a vital part for directing the marketing strategy of this blogsite- Brody's Notes & Scribbles, since its inception a year and a half ago.
Now, although I have never dealt with The Bilerico Project's Editor-In-Chief, Bil Browning's better half, Jerame Davis, I have had nothing but the utmost respect both personally & professionally for Bil and have had several back & forth communications that have left me not only impressed with Bil, but gave me a perspective that qualifies me to say that the Stonewall Democrats have just gained an extremely bright & valuable asset to their political arsenal with the addition of Jerame to their staff. 
Here's their [Stonewall Democrats] press release, written of course by Linsey: 
Today, National Stonewall Democrats (NSD) announced that Jerame Davis and Linsey Pecikonis have accepted positions at the national affiliate to bring about a strong new direction for the organization through the midterm election and beyond.  NSD is the nation's only organization of LGBT and allied Democrats. Stonewall Democrats works to elect pro-equality Democrats to public office and hold them accountable to advance the pro-equality policies and legislation important to pro-equality Americans.
Michael Mitchell, Executive Director of the National Stonewall Democrats, said:
“I’m very excited to be adding Jerame and Linsey to the National Stonewall staff."
Jerame is the National Stonewall Democrats’ Affiliate Services Coordinator. He is a longtime LGBT activist with a background in grassroots organizing, campaign management and new media campaigns. Originally from Indiana, Jerame spent over 10 years helping to organize the LGBT community in a red state while also building bridges with the state Democratic party.
While Jerame lived in Indiana, he served in a leadership role in many Hoosier LGBT organizations including Pride At Work, Columbus GSA, Indiana Action Network, Indiana Equality, and Indiana Stonewall Democrats. Before joining NSD’s staff, Jerame was vice president of the Indiana affiliate.
Jerame has worked closely with his local and state Democratic Party, serving as an Indianapolis precinct committeeman and a delegate to the state convention; he was also appointed to the 2008 Democratic National Convention Rules Committee.
Before joining NSD staff, Jerame co-founded an internet and new media consulting firm that focuses on strategies to leverage technology for better fundraising, organizing and messaging for non-profit organizations and political campaigns. One of the most successful ventures from the partnership is The Bilerico Project, an award-winning and widely read LGBT blog independently ranked as one of the top political blogs in the nation. He has a degree from Purdue University in Computer Information Technology and is a member of Tau Alpha Pi honor society.
Linsey is  the Director of Communications and Online Organizing for the National Stonewall Democrats. Before joining NSD, she worked as a campaign and communications consultant, advising leading Immigration organizations on messaging, online strategy, and youth turnout.
Her previous experience includes serving as the Communications Director at Lambda Rising, Washington DC’s historic LGBT bookstore, and as a Marketing Director and Conference Planner for a leading DC Immigration Law Firm. Currently, Linsey runs her own marketing consulting firm for non-profits, volunteers for the Presidential Correspondence Office at the White House, and is a member of Burgundy Crescent Volunteers- the leading source of LGBT volunteers for gay and gay-friendly non-profit organizations in DC.  She has organized for a number of Democratic candidates, progressive organizations, and pro-equality ballot measures.
Linsey graduated from Ohio University, where she received a degree in Public Policy and Administration and minor in Communications and Marketing. While serving on the Student Government as the Women’s Affairs Commissioner, she organized the Take Back the Night March on campus and was integral in establishing the Women’s Center at OU.
Mitchell added:
“We’ve added two brilliant staff members with strategic minds, fresh ideas and a passion for electing pro-equality Democrats on a path towards our full equality. The two will be instrumental in NSD’s newly unveiled ElectEquality campaign where NSD will work alongside local affiliates in organizing for 12 pro-equality candidates in congress.  Coming on staff right before this fall’s midterm election will strengthen the core of the NSD team."
 A HUGE Congratulations to Linsey & Jerame and of course- welcome to DC Bil & Jerame!