November 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm EST | by Peter Rosenstein
Comings & Goings
Comings & Goings, gay news, Washington Blade

The ‘Comings & Goings’ column chronicles important life changes of Blade readers.

Comings & Goings recognizes the achievements of members of the LGBT community and highlights job openings in organizations working to advance LGBT rights. Please continue to share information about yourself and let friends know they can contact us at

Daniel Penchina

Daniel Penchina

Congratulations to Daniel Penchina, recently elected as co-chair of the Victory Campaign Board. VCB is a national group of community leaders dedicated to electing more openly LGBT candidates to public office by promoting the work of the Victory Fund in their communities. Elected by their peers to serve two-year terms, VCB members recruit qualified openly LGBT candidates to run for office and review and endorse Victory Fund’s candidates to ensure that LGBT voices are represented in government. From large cities to small towns, red states to blue, VCB members are helping to raise awareness of Victory Fund’s work and its mission.

Daniel is an active member of the LGBT community and a principal at the Raben Group. He previously served as president of “Q” Street, the organization of LGBT lobbyists, and worked on the Hill for a number of members of Congress, including Jan Schakowsky, Christopher Murphy and Jerrold Nadler.

We are also celebrating with Jamie Leeds, chef extraordinaire and owner of Hank’s Oyster Bar. Her new bar, The Twisted Horn, will open in two weeks in the Petworth neighborhood of D.C. at 819 Upshur St., N.W. It will be managed by Megan Coyle of Hank’s. It is a craft cocktail bar with a menu highlighting seasonally driven cocktails made with local ingredients, house infusions and innovative combinations, including such unique drinks such as Scarlet Billows, Blackwell Rum, Camparno Anitca and more. The menu will include classic cocktails and craft beers such as Day of the Dead Hefeweizen or Atlas Rowdy Rye and wines available by the glass or bottle.

Guests are invited to partake of a Jamie Leeds-designed snack menu consisting of bar favorites such as assorted pickles from their neighbors Gordy’s Pickle Jar, as well as a selection of cheese and charcuterie, among other items. The candlelit interior design and décor is edgy and industrial, while maintaining a neighborhood feel. The bar has 30 stools, with an additional 10 seats at high-top tables. There are also plans to house an outdoor patio with approximately 40 seats. Information at Congrats also go to Hank’s Dupont manager, Jeff Strine, who has been promoted to director of HR and training for Jaime’s growing business.

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Jamie Leeds (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Jeff Strine

Jeff Strine

Two good jobs are available at PFLAG National. PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization supporting the LGBT community. PFLAG has more than 400 chapters and 200,000 members.

Director of Development Amy Sauerwalt, a PFLAG parent with a teenager who is transgender, is looking to add managers of major gifts and corporate development to her team.

The Major Gifts Manager will have primary responsibility for planning, coordinating and implementing the major donor and planned giving programs to meet the organization’s major gifts fundraising goals and planned giving program objectives. They will also be responsible for coordination of other staff and board members to cultivate additional solicitation. The Corporate Development Manager will be responsible for soliciting, researching, cultivating and strengthening PFLAG’s corporate relationships resulting in gifts and grants to support PFLAG’s organizational and programmatic needs. To learn more, contact PFLAG at 202-467-8180.

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