2019 Board of Directors

Executive Committee


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).

Vice Chair

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 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 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.

Immediate Past Chair

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.

Regional Directors

Western Regional Director

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

Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner

Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner has elected to the Nevada General Assembly in 2016 and serves the 26th District which includes part of Washoe. Assemblywoman Krasner serves on the Corrections, Parole, and Probation; Education; Judiciary; Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining Committees. 

Midwestern Regional Director

Senator Mattie Hunter (IL)

State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-IL) represents the 3rd Senate District that includes Chicago, Illinois. She serves as the Majority Caucus Chair and Vice Chair of the Energy & Public Utilities Committee. She is also a member of the Executive, Human Services, Public Health, and Appropriations I Committees.

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.

Eastern Regional Director

Representative Christie Carpino (CT)

State Representative Christie Carpino (R-CT) represents 32nd House District that includes parts of Cromwell and Portland, Connecticut. She serves as the Co-Chair of the Legislative Regulation Review Committee and as a member of the Judiciary and Public Health Committees.

Southern Regional Director

Representative Patricia Willis (MS)

State Representative Patricia H. Willis (R-MS) represents the 95th House District that includes parts of Hancock and Harrison Counties, Mississippi. She serves as the Chair of the Drug Policy Committee and as a member of the Corrections, Gaming, Judiciary B, Judiciary En Banc, Marine Resources, Military Affairs, Ports Harbors and Airports, and Tourism Committees.

Southern Regional Director

Senator Gloria Butler (GA)

State Senator Gloria Butler (D-GA) represents the 55th Senate District that includes parts of DeKalb County, Georgia. She serves as the Secretary of the Ethics and Urban Affairs Committees and as a member of the Health and Human Services, MARTOC, Rules, State and Local Governmental Operations, and Transportation Committees.