The Comings and Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at: [email protected].
The Comings and Goings column also invites LGBTQ+ college students to share their successes with us. If you have been elected to a student government position, gotten an exciting internship, or are graduating and beginning your career with a great job, let us know so we can share your success.
Congratulations to Albert Fujii on being named press secretary at the Victory Fund. On his appointment Albert said, “Representation isn’t a passive box to check; it’s an active effort to ensure diverse voices are in the room where lifechanging decisions are being made. I am so excited to join LGBTQ Victory Fund as Press Secretary and support LGBTQ elected officials and candidates during the 2022 midterms and beyond. To reach fair and equitable representation, we still need to elect more than 28,000 out LGBTQ candidates. I’m honored to join that fight.”
Prior to joining the Victory Fund, Albert was a senior associate with the Global Strategy Group, Washington, D.C., and served as a communications assistant with the Fulbright Program for the Middle East and North Africa, AMIDEAST, Washington, D.C.
He has also volunteered as a communications officer with the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Washington, DC and worked on a number of campaigns including those of Malcolm Kenyatta and Jon Ossoff.
Albert has his BA in International Studies, Minor in Arabic Language, American University, D.C.
Congratulations to TJ Flavell on his appointment to the board of directors of the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community. TJ said, “I’m delighted to serve on the board of directors of the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community. It will allow me to bring more synergy to much of what I’m already doing in the community and help to bring an exciting renewal to a post-pandemic world. The D.C. Center helps sustain the arts and many other exciting programs. I encourage everyone to support The D.C. Center.”
TJ is communications manager with the Center for Excellence in Education, McLean, Va. Prior to that he served as a senior associate for Online Communications, Achieve, Inc., Washington, D.C., and a manager for the Education Technology Network, NSBA., Alexandria, Va.
TJ founded Go Gay DC on the Meetup platform in 2008 as a community booster club fostering friendship, leadership, and service. Go Gay DC has grown and now reaches more than 10,000 local LGBTQ+ folk through email and social media channels. TJ hosts weekly socials at Westin Arlington Gateway, Ven Embassy Row and Moxy hotels and brunches at Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant. TJ said everyone is welcome to attend. TJ also served as digital communications committee co-chair of Human Rights Campaign and president of the Equality Chamber of Commerce (ECCDC).
TJ has his BA in History, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn.
Congratulations also to the four recipients of the 2022 Victory Congressional Internship. These internships help develop the next generation of “out” public leaders. The 10-week program includes a rigorous in-person and virtual weekly leadership development series and mentorship component. Victory Institute is proud of their continued and growing partnership with the LGBT Equality Caucus, its members and other LGBTQ-friendly members of Congress. The interns are; Evynn Bronson (she/her) Idaho Falls, Idaho, Brigham Young University, Placement: Rep. Adam Schiff; Unique McFerguson (she/her), Fontana, Calif., Howard University, Placement: Rep. Mondaire Jones; Angel Strong (she/they), Lincoln, Neb., Drake University, Placement: Rep. Chris Pappas; and Daria Nastasia (she/her), St. Louis, Mo., George Washington University, Placement: Rep. Jamaal Bowman.