12 Young LGBTQ Leaders to Serve on Capitol Hill Through 2018 Victory Congressional Internship Program

Program includes a summer internship with an LGBTQ or allied member of Congress

Washington, DC – Today Victory Institute announced the 12 young LGBTQ leaders it selected for the 2018 class of the Victory Congressional Internship program. The program includes a full-time summer internship with a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus in addition to mentoring and a rigorous leadership development course. The internship aims to support the professional development of young out LGBTQ leaders and serves as a stepping stone to careers in government and advocacy.

The 2018 Victory Congressional Interns will be hosted in the offices of U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Catherine Cortez Masto, Doug Jones, and Robert Menendez; and U.S. Representatives Joseph Crowley, Jimmy Gomez, Hakeem Jeffries, Sean Patrick Maloney, Gwen Moore, Linda Sánchez and Mark Takano.

“Developing the next generation of LGBTQ public leaders is critical to advancing equality for our community,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute. “Our investment in these 12 college students helps them accrue the skills, experience and insights necessary to become public leaders and continue the fight of those who came before them. Our 2018 class has already proven themselves to be leaders at their colleges and universities, and we are thrilled to provide them with this unique opportunity to jumpstart their careers in public service.”

The 2018 class of the Victory Congressional Internship program is listed below. Profiles for each intern are available on Victory Institute’s OutPower blog.


2018 Victory Congressional Interns

Vanessa Alva

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

School: Mercer University

Placement: Congressman Jimmy Gomez


Lena Dreves

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

School: University of Michigan

Placement: Congressman Joe Crowley


Donna Gary

Hometown: Chicago, IL

School: New York University

Placement: Congressman Hakeem Jeffries


Elias Hakim

Hometown: Vienna, VA

School: Virginia Commonwealth University

Placement: Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney


Jack Hoda

Hometown: Petal, MS

School: University of Southern Mississippi

Placement: Congressman Mark Takano


Juan Martinez Guevara

Hometown: Dallas, TX

School: Georgetown University

Placement: Senator Tammy Baldwin


Sydney Mudd

Hometown: Gurnee, IL

College/University: College of Lake County

Placement: Congresswoman Linda Sánchez


Genevieve Onyiuke-Kennedy

Hometown: Buford, GA

School: Georgia Institute of Technology

Placement: Congresswoman Gwen Moore


John Priddy

Hometown: Lone Tree, CO

School: Emory University

Placement: Senator Doug Jones


Michaé Pulido

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

School: California State University, Northridge

Placement: Senator Catherine Cortez Masto


José Turrubiartez

Hometown: Chicago, IL

School: University of San Diego

Placement: Senator Bob Menendez


Kevin Wei

Hometown: Plano, TX

School: Columbia University

Placement: Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi


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