S_8 jpg (426x640)Washington, D.C., political strategist Steve Elmendorf was elected chair of the board of directors of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund at the group’s board meeting in Long Beach, Calif., last weekend.

Elmendorf, a longtime political insider and connected power-player, is president of the firm Elmendorf | Ryan.  Before launching his firm he served as chief of staff to House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, and as a senior adviser to John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign and Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

“I am honored to chair this organization as the community of leaders we serve reaches new heights of political power and opportunity.  Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans have much to offer their country as elected and appointed officials, and we will work hard to make sure many more of them are able to serve at all levels of government,” said Elmendorf.  ”It’s become exceedingly clear how important it is to be in the room when key decisions about LGBT issues are made, so getting more out leaders in those rooms is our priority and our focus.”

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi applauded Elmendorf’s election.

“As a former top House Leadership staffer and a fixture in our nation’s capital, Steve Elmendorf brings critical experience and political know-how to the work of electing more LGBT leaders to Congress,” Pelosi said.  ”With a record number of LGBT Members set to serve in the next Congress, Steve’s leadership at the Victory Fund will be critical in advancing an agenda of civil rights and equality under the law.  I congratulate him on his election as chair of the Victory Fund board.”

Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., also congratulated Elmendorf.

“The important work the Victory Fund has done and will continue to do moving our country forward will be well served by Steve’s experience and skills bringing people together and creating coalitions to achieve big things. I look forward to working with Steve and the entire Victory Fund team to continue the progress we have made in both the policy and electoral arenas to build a stronger America where everybody has a seat at the table and everyone has a voice,” Baldwin said.

Frank Selvaggi of New York City, a CPA and founding partner at Altman, Greenfield & Selvaggi, was elected vice-chair of the Victory Fund board.  Kim Hoover, a Washington, D.C, attorney and real estate developer, was elected treasurer.  Joe Falk of Miami was elected board secretary.  He is a consultant at the firm Akerman Senterfitt.