Victory Institute works to increase the number of LGBTQ people in public office by providing leadership development, trainings and a professional network for LGBTQ leaders who pursue careers in the public sector.
Its signature Candidate & Campaign Trainings have helped hundreds of LGBTQ elected officials develop the skills to run for office, including U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Colorado Governor Jared Polis, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. Its David Bohnett Leaders Fellowship provides outstanding LGBTQ elected and appointed officials with executive leadership training at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Previous fellows include U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and Colorado state Representative Leslie Herod.
Victory Institute also provides fellowships and internships on Capitol Hill for LGBTQ young people seeking careers in policy or politics, and a fellowship for LGBTQ people of color and transgender leaders interested in running for office.