Presidential Appointments Initiative

“I am a product of the Presidential Appointments Initiative. Putting me on the list brought my name to the attention of people who didn’t know I was gay, but knew me in different capacities.”

Eric Fanning, Former Secretary of the Army


The Presidential Appointments Initiative works with LGBTQ leaders and pro-equality presidential administrations to ensure LGBTQ people are included in government. When LGBTQ presidential appointees are empowered, they can significantly influence the policies and direction of agencies and the executive branch to make positive change for LGBTQ people.

Victory Institute leads the initiative of nearly 30 partner organizations, which accepts resumes from LGBTQ leaders interested in working in a pro-equality presidential administration. Victory Institute reviews the resumes and assists administrations with filling open full-time and part-time positions – including on boards and advisory committees.

Administration of President Donald Trump

The Presidential Appointments Initiative exists to advance equality for the entire LGBTQ community – including LGBTQ immigrants, women and people of color. The initiative is premised on a theory of change that LGBTQ people empowered in decision-making roles can influence leaders to push forward equality. Unfortunately, the current administration through its cabinet appointees and rhetoric have made clear their opposition to full equality for all LGBTQ people – effectively disempowering any potential LGBTQ appointee from moving forward inclusive policies. Therefore the Presidential Appointments Initiative is not actively recruiting or placing LGBTQ leaders in the administration at this time.

Administration of President Barack Obama

During the administration of President Barack Obama, the Presidential Appointments Initiative identified and assisted hundreds of LGBTQ professionals to secure jobs – and President Obama appointed more than 300 openly LGBTQ people during his two terms. The number exceeded the number of openly LGBTQ people appointed in all other presidential administrations combined.

Participating in the Initiative

The Presidential Appointments Initiative serves as a talent bank, counselor and advocate for openly LGBTQ professionals seeking politically appointed positions in pro-equality presidential administrations. Although we are not actively recruiting or placing LGBTQ leaders in the administration of President Donald Trump, we are still accepting resumes.

Our Coalition Partners

The Presidential Appointments Initiative is led by Victory Institute in partnership with nearly 30 other LGBTQ and social justice organizations.