Officers and Directors
Charles Francis, President
Charles Francis has worked in the public affairs industry for thirty years and lives in Washington, D.C. and Homer, Alaska. In 2006, Francis co-founded The Kameny Papers Project which donated the papers and historic artifacts of Dr. Franklin E. Kameny to the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Kameny co-founded the original Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. Francis served as Agent for lesbian civil rights pioneer Lilli Vincenz, in 2013 for the donation of her papers to the Library of Congress. Lilli Vincenz was the first lesbian member of the original Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. and picketed the White House in 1965. In addition to his interest in LGBT political history, Francis serves on the Board of Trustees of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Francis is a member of the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C.
Pate Felts, Chief Financial Officer
Pate Felts is chief financial officer of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. He is a certified public accountant and has served as CFO for a major consulting firm in Washington. Felts has also served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, and was Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator David Pryor (ret.-Ark).
Richard Rosendall, Secretary
A free-lance author based in Washington,D.C., Rick Rosendall is the President of the Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance in Washington. He served as an officer of the original Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. Rosendall contributes a weekly column for The Washington Blade.
Glenn Simpson, Director
Glenn Simpson is Chief Executive Officer of FusionGPS and former page-one investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Simpson covered Capitol Hill investigations for Roll Call.
Vic Basile, LGBT rights activist and political consultant, the first Executive Director of HRC (1983-1989), co-founder of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund; and Counsel to the Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Eric Cervini, Harvard-Cambridge Scholar at Cambridge University, U.K., graduated in 2014 from Harvard University with an A.B. in History. Cervini’s senior thesis is Mattachine: The Homophile Movement in Washington, D.C., 1961-1969.
V.L. Cox is a professional artist of 25 years whose recent work has been highly active in projects that involve human rights issues and equality. She has created large backdrops for organizations including the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Ballet, Los Colinas Film Studios, and the National Civil Rights Museum Humanities Awards in Memphis, Tennessee. Her work can be found in private and public collections across the United States.
David K. Johnson, Associate Professor, University of South Florida; author of The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government.
Aubrey Sarvis, attorney, former Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the Senate Commerce Committee; Executive Vice President, Public Policy, Verizon Communications; and Executive Director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN).
Joe Stewart was Secretary of the Senate from 1987 to 1994, serving as the Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of the Senate. A close friend and colleague of Senator Byrd, Stewart worked closely with the Senator on his award-winning four volume history of the Senate: The Senate: 1789-1989: Addresses on the History of the Senate.