Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has appointed a new staffer to serve as LGBT liaison, the campaign announced Tuesday.
Dominic Lowell, whose official title will be director of LGBT outreach, joins the campaign on Thursday after serving as director of strategic partnerships for Rock the Vote where he coordinated progressive movement outreach.
According to a bio from the campaign, Lowell, 29, coordinated with more than 100 organizations to advance Rock the Vote’s pro-voting and pro-engagement mission.
Among the groups with whom he worked were youth and field-based organizations; state-based groups and coalitions; technology corporations; the voting rights community; and election administrators. Before his tenure at Rock the Vote, Lowell was vice president of investment services at Democracy Alliance.
Lowell, who’s gay, is one of several members of the Clinton campaign who identify as LGBT. Others include, but aren’t limited to, Campaign Manager Robby Mook, Deputy Political Director Brynne Craig and National Finance Director Dennis Cheng. A D.C. resident, Lowell plans soon to move to Brooklyn.
Upon news Lowell would join Hillary for America as LGBT liaison, Clinton’s LGBT supporters praised him in statements provided by the campaign.
Philip Dufour, a gay advocate and former LGBT liaison to former Vice President Al Gore, said Lowell “has a deep understanding of the challenges the LGBTQ community faces.”
“Working with him over the years, I am confident he will be an amazing asset and tireless force for change as our community seeks full equality under the law,” Dufour added.
Elizabeth Birch, former executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, also hailed both the Clinton campaign and Lowell.
“More than ever before, the LGBT vote is a potent one — not just in terms of that critical edge that is required in close elections, but because LGBT people are now a mature and experienced organizing force,” Birch said. “This is a critical position for the Hillary Clinton campaign and they have filled it with a proven, dynamic talent in Dominic.”
The Clinton campaign announced the Lowell appointment days before the candidate is set to speak before the Human Rights Campaign board of directors and supporters on Saturday, the same day as the organization’s national dinner in D.C. Vice President Joseph Biden is set to deliver the keynote address at the annual dinner.