Jason Rae, President & CEO
Jason Rae is the founder and President/CEO of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, an organization of more than 500 LGBT owned and allied businesses from around the state. Jason founded the organization in 2012 and has seen it grow to record numbers and achievements, including winning the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber of the Year award in 2015. Jason is responsible for the overall direction and operations of the Chamber, as well as membership outreach and retention. He works to build inclusion and diversity through Wisconsin and make the state a truly welcoming & inclusive place.
With his role with the LGBT Chamber, Jason serves as the National Chair for NGLCC’s Affiliate Chamber Council, which works to support the work of local LGBT affiliate chambers across the country.
In addition, Jason serves as a senior associate at the public affairs consulting firm Nation Consulting in Milwaukee, WI where he focuses on non-profit management, corporate communications, and political campaigns. He is also the founder and managing director of True Compass Strategies, a certified LGBT Business Enterprise. Prior to these roles, he worked for People For the American Way, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Herb Kohl for US Senate, and more.
In his volunteer time, Jason has been a member of the Democratic National Committee since 2004, when he became the youngest person ever elected to the DNC. In 2017, he was elected as the DNC Secretary, one of the national officers. Jason has also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Fair Wisconsin and for the Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission.
Jason serves as a board member for the United States Capitol Page Alumni Association and is an active member of the Bay View United Methodist Church.
Jason holds an Honors Bachelors of Arts degree from Marquette University in history and political science. He presently lives in Milwaukee’s historic Bay View neighborhood with his husband, Phillip Bailey, and their dog, George Washington.
Jason can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annie Schmitz, Membership & Programs Coordinator
Annie Schmitz is the Membership & Programs Coordinator at the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Annie is responsible for supporting the Chamber’s programs, events, and member outreach. She works to ensure regular communications with Chamber members, and to organize events related to business growth, networking, and education. Annie currently manages the Chamber’s Emerging Leaders Program, an effort to help develop and prepare the next generation of LGBTQ professionals and business owners. Her personal mission is to work with members to help them maximize their Chamber membership.
In addition to being the Membership & Programs Coordinator at the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Annie is currently a graduate student at the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she studies leadership effectiveness in nonprofit organizations through education, research, and service. Her previous experience working and volunteering in nonprofits includes time spent with Montana Public Radio, GirlForward, and the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum. She has also served as a volunteer language tutor for Afghan refugees in the Austin Independent School District, and as a volunteer outreach coordinator for VoteRiders Wisconsin.
Annie holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Government and Persian Language. As an LGBT ally, Annie is grateful for the opportunity to support the LGBT community through her position with the Chamber.
Annie can be reached at email@example.com