Staff Bio: Victoria Kirby York, MPA
Victoria Kirby York is the Deputy Director for the Advocacy & Action Department at the National LGBTQ Task Force where she manages and organizes at the intersections of policy, spirituality, sexuality, racial, economic and gender justice. She has been organizing in a variety of capacities over the past 16 years regarding a number of progressive issues and candidates at the federal, state, and local level. She most recently served as the Florida Director for Organizing for Action (OFA), the non-profit formed from the President’s electoral campaigns to support President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda. She has also worked in senior level roles in gubernatorial and presidential campaigns in Florida, for US Congresswoman Kathy Castor, youth education non-profits, and in the private sector.
Mrs. Kirby York has also served as a member of the Human Rights Campaign’s National Diversity & Inclusion Council, the National Black Justice Coalition’s Leadership Advisory Council and as the first openly gay member of the Howard University Board of Trustees, and a board member for the Center for Black Equity and the Next Generation Leadership Foundation. She was one of four recipients of the 2011 Metro Weekly Next Generation awards, was cited as one of Florida’s Top 30 under 30 political leaders, and was honored by NBJC as a National Top 100 Emerging LGBT leader. She currently serves as Vice Chair for the DC Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee.
She has been published in the LGBTQ Policy Journal at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, has been featured on CNN, MSNBC’s Today Show, FOX, the Washington Post and a number of other national and international media outlets.
She received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master’s in Public Administration from Howard University. She and her wife, daughter, and beagle live in Fort Washington, MD.
Victoria Kirby York, MPA
Deputy Director of the Advocacy and Action Department