Institute Board

Victory Institute Board of Directors

Click the names below for bios and pictures.
Mike Holloman, Houston, TX, chair
John Arrowood, Charlotte, NC, vice-chair
Louis Vega, New York, NY, treasurer
Brandon Hernandez, San Francisco, CA
Paul Horning, Atlanta, GA
Kim Coco Iwamoto, Honolulu, HI
Linda Kaboolian, Boston, MA
Stephen Lewis, Los Angeles, CA
Joyce Newstat, San Francisco, CA
John Tedstrom, San Diego, CA


Business Broker / Intermediary at Murphy Business

Chair: 2014-present

Mike Holloman is passionate about exceeding his clients’ expectations. With a strong work ethic and commitment to delivering maximum benefit, he achieves this with his extensive experience with financial analytics, strong networks and proven negotiating skills.

Mike joined Murphy Business & Financial Corporation after 17 years in the investment management, oil and gas and real estate industries. Working with investment firms managing assets in excess of USD $700 billion, he succeeded in various roles focused on performance measurement, investment analytics and quantitative modeling. Additional areas of expertise are with information management, process improvement, product management, competitive analysis and strategic development, along with proven negotiating skills. He is a nationally networked professional through his financial and real estate affiliations, enjoys connecting qualified buyers and sellers and helping them achieve mutually beneficial deals.

Partner, James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A.

Vice-chair: 2014-present

John Arrowood is a partner with the law firm of James, McElroy & Diehl in Charlotte. He practices in the area of complex commercial litigation in Federal and State Courts, representing both individual and business interests.

John has also served as a Superior Court and North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge. When he served on the Court of Appeals, from 2007 to 2009, John was the first and only openly LGBT state-wide office holder in North Carolina.

John has been active in Democratic politics, having served as a delegate to the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Democratic National Conventions. He has also served as a gubernatorial appointee to the North Carolina Banking Commission, the North Carolina Arts Council and as a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Railroad. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Mint Museum of Art, the Charlotte Center for Urban Ministries and as a member of the Vestry of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Charlotte.

Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO and Vice President, Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions, The Dow Chemical Company

Treasurer: 2016-present

Louis Vega is Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman & CEO and Vice President, Olympic & Sports Solutions at The Dow Chemical Company (Dow). 

As Chief of Staff, Vega manages strategic initiatives that require cross-functional, business and geographic coordination, provides oversight of executive projects, and leads the team that supports the Office of the Chairman & CEO and Executive Communications for appearances and actions that require the engagement of the CEO and other corporate executives.

In his role as Vice President of Olympic & Sports Solutions, Vega is responsible for extracting the full business and brand value of Dow’s partnerships with the Olympic Games, Richard Childress Racing, the PGA and more to drive revenue growth for Dow. Vega has established a business structure uniquely positioned harness the combined power of the Dow brand, the Olympic Movement and Dow’s sports partnerships to enable opportunities for Dow businesses across the world or sport and to deliver value for Dow stakeholders. In this role, Vega serves as the primary focal point to the International Olympic Committee and engages Host Committees for upcoming Games through 2020.

Vega joined Dow in 1998 as a global business communications leader, assuming the role of Dow’s global media relations leader specifically for the Company’s merger with Union Carbide.  Since then, he has advanced through a variety of roles in the public & government affairs function around the world including Horgen, Switzerland; Washington D.C.; Dubai, UAE; Midland, MI and New York. 

Vega is a passionate advocate for workforce equality and represents Gays, Lesbians and Allies at Dow (GLAD) employee network as management sponsor. He is also a member of the board of directors of GLAAD and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute and partners with Out & Equal, in both a personal and a professional capacity.  In 2014, he was named one of the Top 100 most influential LGBT leaders by OUTstanding, a key not-for-profit professional network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender executives and allies.

In 2015, Vega was named to the Financial Times’ Top 100 LGBT Leaders list in recognition of his efforts to champion lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in the workplace. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from New Mexico State University.

Prior to joining Dow, Vega’s early career was a progressive series of roles on Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch over the span of 12 years.  He has a degree in Government & Public Relations from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and currently resides in New York City.

Director, Corporate Affairs, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Vice-chair: 2009-2010, 2014
Chair: 2010-2011

As Director of Corporate Affairs for Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Northern California region, Brandon manages relationships with civic and community leaders, and provides strategic direction to help PG&E become the leading utility company in the United States. Brandon spearheaded PG&E's green efforts in San Francisco, including PG&E's award winning multicultural environmental campaigns. He's also responsible for helping to bring solar to prominent San Francisco institutions like the LGBT Center, Project Open Hand, San Francisco Food Bank, and the San Francisco Giant's AT&T Park—the first park in Major League Baseball to go solar! He's been recognized by San Francisco's 7x7 magazine as one of the "Hot 20 Under 40." Brandon also serves as executive liaison between PG&E and various environmental, LGBT, and Latino organizations.

SVP & Senior Investment Management Consultant, The Horning-Link Group of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (MSWM), Atlanta

Paul W. Horning II is a senior vice president and a senior investment management consultant at The Horning-Link Group of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (MSWM), Atlanta. As a strong leader and advocate in Atlanta’s LGBT community, Horning is the past Board Chair of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an active member of Project Open Hand’s Atlanta advisory board, and was a founding member of the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Georgia. Founding member and past co-chair of the LGBT Leadership Council of the Democratic National Committee.

Additionally, Horning is a member of the University of Illinois Foundation and member of the University of Illinois Springfield Roundtable. He has previously served on the board of governors of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and in 2008 served as a member of President Obama’s LGBT Policy and Finance Committees.

Horning is a graduate of University of Illinois Springfield where he earned a B.A. in Management and a M.A. in Business Administration and held numerous collegiate leadership positions. He also attended the Illinois Executive Graduate School of Banking at the University of Illinois Urbana. He completed the Financial Advisor Program at the Wharton School of Business. He currently resides in Atlanta, Ga with his beloved Akita, Mieko and Shiba Inu, Rocky.

Commissioner / Hawaii Civil Rights Commission

Kim Coco Iwamoto is a commissioner on the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie to serve the four year term until 2016.

Iwamoto previously served two terms with the Hawaii Board of Education. Having first been elected in November of 2006, she was the highest ranking openly transgender elected official in the United States and the first openly transgender official to win statewide office. With a 25% higher vote total than the 2006 election, Iwamoto cruised to her second term in 2010. During her tenure, Iwamoto also served on the Career & Technical Education Coordinating Advisory Council, the Hawai’i Teachers Standard Board, the Safe School Community Advisory Committee, and the Hawai’i 3-5 Transition Task Force.

Prior to her election, Iwamoto was Managing Attorney at Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii and a volunteer at Legal Aid Society of Hawaii. Before becoming an attorney, Iwamoto interned at the Hawai`i Intermediate Court of Appeals, the New Mexico Supreme Court, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the Hawai`i Civil Rights Commission.

Iwamoto has won many awards for her work in social justice, including the White House’s Harvey Milk: Champion of Change Award and the Hawai’I Friends of Civil Rights’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award.

Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Secretary: 2012-2014

Linda Kaboolian, a sociologist specializing in organizational behavior, negotiations, conflict resolution and educational policy, is a lecturer at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government where she has been on the faculty for 29 years.

She was the faculty chair of the Kennedy School's Senior Executive Program for State and Local Elected Government and the National Hispana Leadership Institute. She also chaired the School's Labor-Management Program. She was the Principal Investigator and Faculty Chair of the Wallace Foundation funded Superintendents Leadership Program which assisted urban school districts to design better management systems, coaches principals and boards to make better educational decisions, and designs solutions to union and non-union employee conflicts with school system management.

She has done extensive and successful negotiations on public policy issues, including the concern by federally employed long haul drivers carrying nuclear materials for the federal government that they were exposed to unsafe levels of radiation.

Linda Kaboolian is the Co-Principal Investigator of The Concord Project, a co-author with Barbara J. Nelson and Mandy Carver of UCLA of all the products, and co-designer of The Concord Leadership Education Curriculum and the Concord Handbook which outlines practices to create organizations that bridge ethnic, racial and class divisions.

She is the author of Win-Win Labor-Management Collaboration in Education and co-author of Working Better Together: A Practical Guide or Union Leaders, Elected Officials and Managers.

Among other activities she is a trustee of Landmark College, Putney Vermont and serves on the board of Sojourner House, a family shelter and developer of affordable housing in Boston.

Dr. Kaboolian received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


General Manager for Diversity and Inclusion, Toyota Financial Services


Stephen Lewis is General Manager for Diversity and Inclusion at Toyota Financial Services.  He is responsible for developing and executing strategy to drive diversity thinking deep into the organization using tools such as scorecards, education programs, Business Partnering Groups, and diversity communications.  Under his leadership, TFS was recently named Financial Services Company of the Year for Diversity by a consortium of women and minority business advocacy groups.

Lewis has worked in a wide variety of roles in the auto industry, ranging from engineering and product development to strategic planning and research.  In his current role, Lewis has the opportunity to combine his deep knowledge of Toyota with his passion for driving a corporate culture that values, respects, and leverages the talent of all employees.  Lewis also serves as a key advisor to Toyota on all LGBT related issues.

Lewis is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering.  He also attended Georgia State University and earned an MBA in Marketing.  He lives with his husband in Los Angeles.

Founder and CEO of Rocket Science Associates

Joyce Newstat is the Founder and CEO of Rocket Science Associates, a consulting firm with expertise in public policy, communications and media relations. She is former Vice President of Communications and Public Policy at the Event & Walter Haas, Jr, Fund.

Joyce spent most of the last 20 years working in public policy and on national, statewide and local political campaigns. As Director of Public Policy, Joyce led the development of Mayor Gavin Newsom's public policy agenda during his first mayoral campaign and first year in office-including same-sex marriage and developing assets for low-income families. Joyce volunteered on the No on 8 campaign where she helped raise money from the business community.

Joyce holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Golden Gate University. She lives in San Francisco with her spouse Susan Lowenberg with whom she has a 21-year-old daughter Ruthie.

Founder & CEO, Tedstrom and Associates


John Tedstrom is a leader at senior levels in government, academia and business, integrating issues of national security, economics and development, and social justice. He served in the White House where he advised President Clinton on Russia and Ukraine, founded and led major international organizations fighting AIDS and other global maladies, and directed research and taught economics and national security policy at RAND and Columbia University.

From 2003-2012 Dr. Tedstrom helped advance the global fight against HIV/AIDS by founding Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS (TPAA), a unique US-Russian-Ukrainian joint venture whose board included leaders in politics, business, journalism and civil society from all three countries. TPAA’s path-breaking programs raised over a quarter billion dollars between 2003-2006 alone to combat AIDS and promote the human rights of people infected and affected by HIV.

In 2006 TPAA merged with The Global Business Coalition and Tedstrom joined his friend and mentor Richard Holbrooke in the fight against AIDS globally. Under Tedstrom’s leadership the organization doubled in size and expanded its mandate to fight TB, Malaria and other diseases. Tedstrom partnered closely with CEOs around the world, as well as the leaders of the UN, The Global Fund, and governments throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as the U.S. and Europe.

From 1992-2002, Dr. Tedstrom was a senior economist at RAND where he participated in and directed studies on U.S. foreign and economic policy toward the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union. From 1995-1999 he was deputy director of RAND’s National Defense Research Institute (NDRI) where he had responsibility for international economics and the former Soviet region. In 1996 he was appointed to lead the research effort of the Pentagon’s initial Quadrennial Defense Review, which was the first high-level strategy effort to focus on asymmetric (terrorist) threats.

From 1999-2000, Dr. Tedstrom took leave from RAND to serve as a Director on the National Security Council staff at the White House. He coordinated U.S. economic and commercial policy for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia and oversaw policy on Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. He also represented the Administration publicly including to the media.

Dr. Tedstrom serves on the Boards of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS-US), Scouts for Equality, and the Global Business Coalition for Education. He is active in Democratic politics and served on the Foreign Policy Committee, LGBT Policy Committee and National Finance Committee for the Obama for President campaign in 2008. He has lived in Munich, Moscow, and Kyiv and earned a Ph.D. in international economics and Russian studies from the University of Birmingham, England. He is the author of dozens of articles; his book, Socialism Perestroika and the Dilemmas of Soviet Economic Reform, was published in 1990. He is certified to teach Primordial Sound Meditation.