2017 Board of Directors
Senator Nancy Todd (CO)
Senator Todd was elected to Colorado District 28 in 2012 after serving 8 years in the House of Representatives. She serves as a member of Education Committee and the following Colorado commissions: Cool Channel Authority Board, Colorado Commission of Higher Education, Commission of Early Childhood and School Readiness, and the Workforce Development Council.
Representative Stacey Guerin (ME)
Representative Guerin has served in the Maine House of Representatives since 2010 and represents District 22. She is a member of the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee and the Judiciary Committee (Ranking Minority Member).
Representative Cindy Ryu (WA)
Rep. Cindy Ryu is serving her 4th term in the Washington State House. While a Shoreline City Councilmember, she served as Mayor, becoming the first Korean American woman mayor in USA. Cindy chairs the Community Development, Housing &Tribal Affairs Committee, with jurisdiction over Tourism, Veterans, and Community Resilience and Emergency Preparedness. Cindy co-chairs the Members of Color Caucus and also serves on Commerce & Gaming and Capital Budget committees.
Representative Deborah Hudson (DE)
Deborah Hudson made a successful bid for the 12th Representative District seat in 1994. She was elected in December 2012 to serve as House Minority Whip of her House caucus. Rep. Hudson serves on the following House committees: Rules; Administration; Ethics; Veterans Affairs; and Telecommunications, Internet and Technology.
Representative Helen Miller (IA)
Representative Helen Miller has been in the Iowa State House since 2003 representing House District 9. This term she is an Assistant Minority Leader and also serves on the Administration and Rules, Agriculture, Economic Growth, Natural Resources, and Veteran Affairs committees. She has previously served as an Assistant Minority Leader and an Assistant Majority Leader, Chair of the Ethics and International Relations Committees, and Ranking Member of the Agriculture Committee in addition to other committees. She is the founder of the Urban Ag Academy and the Iowa Criminal Justice Reform Summit.
Members At Large
Representative Jennifer Benson (MA)
Representative Benson was elected to represent the Massachusetts 37th Middlesex District on November 4th, 2008. She took office on January 7th, 2009. She was first elected to public office as a member of the Lunenburg School Committee in 2003. She served for over five years on the committee and became the elected Chair. As a state representative, Rep. Benson has served as the only freshman member on the Joint Committee on Education and the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. Rep. Benson is currently the chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
Representative Phyllis Henderson (SC)
Representative Phyllis Henderson has served as a state representative since 2010. She represents the 21st district. She serves as a member of the Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee as well as the Legislative Oversight Committee.
Representative Erin Davis (KS)
Representative Erin Davis was first elected to the Kansas State Legislature in 2014, representating the 15th district. Representative Davis currently serves on the Local Government Committee, Judiciary Committee, Elections Committee, and the Federal and State Affairs Committee.
Representative Geran Tarr (AK)
Representative Geran Tarr was first elected to the Alaska State Legislature in 2012, representing the 19th district. Representative Tarr currently serves as the Co-Chair of the House Resources Committee, Member of the House Health & Social Services Committee, Fisheries Committee, and the Joint Armed Services Committee.
Western Regional Director
Representative Lauren Matsumoto (HI)
Representative Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto serves as State Representative for Hawai‘i's 45th District. Rep. Matsumoto was elected to the Hawai‘i State Legislature in 2012. She sits on six House committees: Agriculture, Economic Development, Education, Higher Education, Tourism, and Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts.
Eastern Regional Director
Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes (MD)
Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes was elected to the Maryland General Assembly in January 2015, representing District 37A. In the House of Delegates she serves on the Health & Government Operations Committee, Treasurer for the Eastern Shore Delegation and a member of four house caucuses: Veterans, Women’s, Waterman’s and the Legislative Black Caucuses.
Southern Regional Director
Representative Janet Cruz (FL)
Representative Cruz was elected to office in February 2010 by special election. In February of 2015, Representative Cruz was unanimously elected as the Leader Designate of the House Democratic Caucus for the 2016-2018 term. She currently serves as the Democratic Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee as well as a member of the Health & Human Services Committee.
Midwestern Regional Director
Representative Lois Delmore (ND)
Representative Lois Delmore was first elected to the North Dakota State Legislature in 1994 and serves the 43rd district. Representative Delmore serves on the Judiciary Committee and Transportation Committee during session and the Higher Education Funding Interim Committee, and the Judiciary Interim Committee.