lucindaguinnThe Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced Lucinda Guinn has joined the organization as its political director. Guinn will be responsible for overseeing Victory’s political team and endorsement process, which ensures that viable openly LGBT political candidates receive top-notch support and technical expertise during their campaigns. She will also oversee Victory’s well-regarded Candidate and Campaign Training, a first stop on the career tracks of many LGBT political leaders.

Guinn joins Victory as the national political action committee works to build on its 2012 successes, when 124 of 180 endorsed openly LGBT candidates won election, including U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and six members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I’m excited to welcome such an experienced and talented political professional to Victory,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.  “Lucinda’s reputation is sterling and her winning track record speaks for itself.  I know she shares my vision that there’s nothing the LGBT community can’t achieve in electoral politics if we’re willing to work hard to win.”

Prior to joining the Victory Fund, Guinn was the western political director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where she helped 11 new candidates get elected to the U.S House and lost no incumbent seats in the last election cycle.

“Lucinda has the skill set to dig into campaigns and help them improve from the inside out.  With years of campaign experience, she is battle tested and knows how to win tough campaigns.  She’ll be able to expand the playing field and help more LGBT candidates get elected to office, which is what makes the Victory Fund such a crucial organization in the fight for equality,” said Robby Mook, DCCC’s former executive director.

Lisa Grove of the polling firm Anzalone Liszt Grove, who worked with Guinn on Arizona Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema’s groundbreaking campaign last year, said, “Lucinda is a great pick for the Victory Fund.  She is smart, strategic, collaborative and knows how to get the win.  I’ve watched her gently move numerous candidates to where they needed to be in terms of message, fundraising and field.  We can count on seeing more LGBT elected officials with Lucinda on the job.”