Our Team

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Dave Fleischer

Project Director
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Dave Fleischer has directed the Leadership LAB since 2010.  Before that, he created and ran the national training program of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund (1993-98) and then the organizing and training department of the organization now known as the National LGBTQ Task Force (1999-2006) before launching the national LGBT mentoring work that gave birth to the LAB.  Fleischer is also the author of The Prop 8 Report, a data-driven evaluation of why we lost Prop 8 (on-line at Prop 8 Report).  Fleischer has trained organizers, candidates, and campaign managers for more than thirty years..

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Laura Gardiner

National Mentoring Coordinator
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Laura began at the Center in 2008 when she started working on the No on Prop 8 Campaign. For the next several years Laura was the team’s Voter Contact Manager, focusing on the development of the Leadership LAB’s long form persuasion canvassing program. She has been involved in helping several states facing LGBT-related ballot measures prepare for upcoming campaigns, and in 2012 worked full time on the Minnesotans United for All Families Campaign in a variety of roles, including Director of the Get-Out-the-Vote Program in Minneapolis. In 2014 and 2015, Laura managed the LAB’s experimental persuasion canvassing project to increase voter support for abortion access, in collaboration with Planned Parenthood and NARAL. In her free time she enjoys bootcamp class with friends in Griffith Park and classic rock concerts!

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Steve Deline

Field Organizer
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Steve started with the LAB as a volunteer canvasser in 2009. He helped create the LAB’s video documentation project, which has since captured over 2,000 conversations between canvassers and voters on film and become integral to the team’s ability to develop new approaches to persuasion. He joined the staff in 2011. In 2012 he worked full time on the Minnesotans United for All Families marriage campaign as the Co-Regional Field Director for conservative central Minnesota. He is deeply motivated by the LAB’s focus on empowering individuals to effect change and combat prejudice by engaging in open, emotional conversations with the people around them. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

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Ella Barrett

National Field Manager
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Ella began working with the Leadership LAB in 2011 as a CORO Fellow in Public Affairs.  She now serves as the LAB’s National Field Manager.  In that capacity, she recently oversaw our collaboration with SAVE, the Miami-Dade LGBT group, to launch the successful canvass on transgender equality and to reduce prejudice against transgender people; the success of that project is the subject of the new paper in Science by Broockman and Kalla. As a social work major and campus organizer, Ella fell in love with the LAB’s unique combination of comprehensive leadership development and compassionate voter persuasion. Ella’s earliest focus at the LAB was recruiting and training a bigger volunteer team.  Ella also greatly expanded and made much more rigorous the LAB’s internship program.  Ella graduated from the University of Oregon in 2010.

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Ash Overton

Field Organizer
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Ash Overton began as a Field Organizer with the Leadership LAB in August 2015. They are responsible for recruitment, leadership development and supervising the internship program.  Ash started organizing in 2012 on the Minnesotans United for All Families campaign, where the Leadership LAB developed them as a leader in their unique model of organizing and prejudice reduction conversations. They went on to work on three more statewide campaigns on issues of LGBT equality in New Jersey, Indiana and Colorado.  Ash has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.

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Drew Frye

Field Organizer
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Drew Frye became a Field Organizer at the Leadership LAB in fall of 2015 after volunteering for two years. The LAB trained Drew into a hire-able organizer over multiple campaigns, beginning with the 2013 Royal Oak Michigan ballot measure regarding an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination law. He was a canvasser and leader during the LAB’s 2015 collaboration with SAVE in Miami, FL to measure the effectiveness of transphobia reduction canvassing. He specializes in volunteer recruitment specifically among university students in Los Angeles as well as leadership development to train organizers for social movements. Drew’s background includes working with children in schools and youth in criminal diversion programs as well as other non-profit organizations. Drew is completing an undergraduate degree in Anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles.