As Chief Development Officer for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, Allison VanKuiken (She/They) brings nearly 2 decades of leadership experience from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to the role. Originally from Michigan, Allison’s early work included co-founding a music company and building multi-million-dollar private label coffee programs for some of the nation’s largest retailers. It would ultimately be Allison’s interests in politics and the LGBTQ+ community that would define their career. From their early beginnings as a volunteer organizer, Allison quickly rose to leadership to become a highly successful campaign manager and in time, legislative staffer in Michigan.
In 2012 after coming out as transgender, Allison’s work shifted to LGBTQ+ issues where she became the nation’s first openly transgender campaign manager to successfully win greater equality in an election. From there, Allison went on to work in leadership roles with some of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Pennsylvania, and Equality California, where she helped advance equality in state legislatures across the country, build a highly successful leadership academy, run some of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ voter registration drives, and in 2017 helped organize the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ march in Los Angeles.
As a proud member of the transgender community, Allison is particularly fond of their experience as Executive Director of Trans Can Work, where they helped build the nation’s largest gender diverse employment program. As a strong proponent of workforce development, the program helped hundreds find employment, healthcare, and a better way of life.
Allison is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and holds degrees in Political Science and Public Relations. They are happily married and a proud parent to an ever confident and empowered 4-year-old. Their interests include reading, music, history, geology, travel, camping, hiking, mountaineering, mining, gardening, photography, cooking, and hot sauces.
E-mail Allison | ☏ (916) 442-0185 ext. 110