Candidate & Campaign Training Trainers
Victory has worked with these four subject-matter experts for years on the Candidate & Campaign Trainings (CCT) and they have collectively trained thousands of LGBTQ candidates from across the globe.
Founder, The Campaign Workshop
Joe Fuld founded The Campaign Workshop, a Democratic political consulting firm based in Washington DC, in 2009 after having been a partner at MSHC Partners. Joe is known for his creativity and commitment to the causes and campaigns he works on. He has produced award winning direct mail, digital and creative strategies for a long list of clients, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the California Nurses Association, National Nurses United, Defenders of Wildlife, LIUNA, DC VOTE, The Pretrial Justice Institute, AFSCME, NRDC, Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, as well as many other groups, candidates and ballot measures. Prior to becoming a Democratic political consultant, Joe served as the Northeast Political Director at the Democratic National Committee in 1996, and between 1991 and 1995 managed 10 Democratic political campaigns throughout the country. Joe is a seasoned political trainer and facilitator. He has been the lead trainer for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute’s Candidate and Campaign Training School for over fifteen years. He also conducts trainings for many other groups and organizations.
Martín Diego Garcia
Vice President, Training and Strategic Planning, The Campaign Workshop
Martín Diego Garcia dedicated his entire career to building a more representative democracy. Over the last nine years, he has trained and developed the leadership of thousands of candidates, campaign operatives and advocates fighting to uplift marginalized communities and advance a progressive and inclusive political agenda. Martín returns to The Campaign Workshop as a Vice President focusing on training programs and strategic planning.
Formerly the Director of Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs, at Wellstone Action, Martín focused on key external relationships and stakeholders continuously identifying opportunities for
collaboration across all areas of programs and building state and national presence in key movement spaces. Previously as the Director of Public & Political Leadership at Wellstone Action, Martín oversaw a talented team who provide national support to local and community owed leadership development projects through training, organizing tools, and technical assistance.
Prior to joining Wellstone Action, Martín was the Director of Campaigns at the Latino Victory Project, where he focused on encouraging, recruiting and supporting progressive Latino candidates to seek public office who share Latino Victory’s vision and values. Martín started his professional career as part of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute’s political team, endorsing, supporting and training LGBTQ candidates running for office all over the country and at all levels of government.
Martín is a Southern California native and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara receiving degrees in Political Science and Theatre Studies. He’s also a graduate of NOI’s New Media Bootcamp, a CPL New Leaders Fellow Alumni, a Google’s Next Generation Leader, an avid theatre-goer and a proud guncle of Noah & Matthew.
Founder and President, The Blueprint Strategy Group
Courtney R. Snowden is the founder and president of The Blueprint Strategy Group, a boutique government and public affairs shop in Washington, DC.
She served her hometown as the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity in Washington, DC, appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser in April 2015. A sixth-generation Washingtonian, Courtney was charged with rebuilding and revitalizing the District’s overlooked and underserved communities, with a focus on workforce and economic development and small businesses.
Formerly a Principal at The Raben Group, Courtney relied upon a wealth of grassroots organizing, electoral, and policy experience to work for her clients. An accomplished political strategist, Courtney lobbied for the firm’s corporate and nonprofit clients, including Google, Mastercard, Airbnb, the National Urban League, the National Education Association, and Time Warner Cable.
Prior to joining The Raben Group, Courtney served as the Senior Lobbyist for the National PTA, directing its advocacy efforts on a variety of legislative issues, including budget and appropriations, vouchers, and No Child Left Behind. In addition, she led the effort to mobilize the National PTA’s 6 million members and effectively prepare them to serve as competent citizen activists on behalf of “Every Child, With One Voice.” During her tenure at the National PTA, Courtney chaired the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE), a coalition comprised of more than 50 education, civic, civil rights, and religious organizations devoted to defeating state and federal efforts to create publicly funded private school vouchers.
Ms. Snowden served as the Federal and National Policy Manager for the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), where she strongly advocated for policies to prevent discrimination and bullying of LGBTQ students in our nation’s schools. Courtney’s hallmark achievement was expanding the Safe Drug-Free Schools programs that focused on anti-bullying efforts across the country.
Courtney started her career in the Office of Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), where she served as a staff assistant and a legislative associate. Immediately following her time on Capitol Hill, Courtney was the Political Assistant at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT political organization.
President, Campaign Services Group (CSG)
Kelton Morgan is the President of CSG, a political consulting and marketing firm servicing clients throughout America. They specialize in aggressive political campaigns and direct voter contact, including fundraising mail, for political campaigns and non-profit organizations.
Launched in 1989, CSG quickly built a strong reputation for quality and service, providing voter contact and political consulting services to many of America’s political leaders and organizations. Over the years, CSG’s work has been featured in national newspapers and magazines, major television newsmagazines, several national trade publications and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. CSG has been awarded the highest national award – a first place Pollie – from the American Association of Political Consultants.
CSG’s tactics – finely-tuned targeting, concise and consistent message development, immediate responsiveness to changing conditions, budget consciousness and a disciplined, methodical approach – have proven successful in races across the country and at all levels of the ballot, making the company a nationally recognized leader in the political field.
Kelton is a seasoned political professional with over 28 years of experience in his field. He has handled voter contact campaigns for over a dozen United States Senators, several governors and numerous members of Congress. He has led voter contact efforts for 3 presidential campaigns, identifying, targeting and turning out unprecedented numbers of independent and cross-party voters.