Matt Moonen, Interim Executive Director
Rep. Matt Moonen is serving his second term representing part of Portland in the Maine House of Representatives. He is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation, the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary, and the Joint Select Committee on Joint Rules. Matt is a longtime leader in progressive politics in Maine. He was political director of EqualityMaine, where he was one of the senior strategists in the successful passage of the 2009 marriage-equality bill and the historic No on 1: Protect Maine Equality campaign. More recently, he worked with Maine Citizens for Clean Elections to preserve Maine’s strong campaign finance laws and reduce the influence of big money in government. Matt also volunteered on the successful campaign to preserve same-day voter registration rights, and is the former Vice-Chair of the Portland Democratic City Committee. In July 2015, Matt was named the Interim Executive Director of EqualityMaine.
Preferred pronouns: He, Him, His
Christopher O’Connor, Development Director, is thrilled to join us after sixteen years of working in student affairs at the University of Southern Maine. Originally from NJ, he moved to Maine several years after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has been an active member of the LGBT community in Portland for many years. Most recently, he provided leadership for the creation of Pride Portland!, the community-based organization that revived and expanded Portland’s annual pride celebration. Chris’ passion has always been in social justice work and he is thrilled to bring his knowledge and skills in event planning, community organizing and relationship building to EqualityMaine. When he’s not working or spending time with his dog, Chico, you can find him wearing his other hat, DJing at STYXX Nightclub in Portland.
Preferred pronouns: He, him, his
Gia Drew, Program Coordinator, is an artist, activist, and athlete, who loves to learn and travel. While she was born in Boston and grew up in large and loud family of nine, she has quietly called Maine home for twelve years. After earning a BFA from Syracuse University and a MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked as a high school art teacher and track and field coach for eighteen years. A nature lover, Gia spends much of her spare time outdoors, creating photographs, distance running, and snowshoeing.
Preferred pronouns: She, her, hers; also okay with they, their, theirs
Thomas Sumner, Bookkeeper, is the owner of Sumner Bookkeeping. He has been EqualityMaine's part-time bookkeeper since April 2002. He lives in Westbrook with his partner, John, and is the proud grandfather of three children.
Preferred pronouns: He, him, his
Why do we list our preferred pronouns?
Names aren’t the only way we refer to people. We share our preferred gender pronouns, and encourage you to do the same. Preferred gender pronouns are the way you like to be referred to as: she, her, hers; they, them, theirs; he, him, his; or something else. We share these because we want to start practicing the skill of not assuming other people’s gender. You may hear people using they/them/theirs because these are some of the gender-neutral pronouns available to us. EqualityMaine is dedicated to serving all members of the LGBT community, this means being thoughtful and respectful to our transgender and gender non-conforming community members.