DETROIT – Today Equality Michigan announced the appointment of Sommer Foster as the organization’s new field organizer. As the organization’s field organizer, Foster will coordinate the organization’s outreach efforts throughtout the state and support activists working for policy change.
Sommer Foster comes to Equality Michigan after working in constituent services and outreach for Congressman David Alan Curson. Foster has previously served as a campaign or field organizer for multiple candidates in federal, state, and local elections. An ally of the LGBT community, Foster graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and from Jackson Community College with an associate in arts. She is also serving on the Canton Township Library Board of Directors and is an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Center for Progressive Leadership.
Equality Michigan is Michigan’s only statewide anti-violence and advocacy organization specifically serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. The organization advocates for full equality for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. That work includes lobbying for policy change in Lansing, advancing local LGBT-inclusive ordinances, and serving over 700 victims of LGBT or HIV related harassment, discrimination, or violence. The field organizer will begin working immediately with the existing staff to advance local and statewide policy initiatives, and coordinate the organization’s volunteers.
“Sommer’s experience in field organizing makes her the ideal addition to the Equality Michigan staff. I am excited that she will be coming out of the gate running, and will no doubt have a profound impact on our marriage campaign and other components of our Respect for Equality public policy campaigns. The entire Equality Michigan family has welcomed Sommer to the staff with open arms, and we all look forward to working with her as she settles into our offices this week,” said Emily Dievendorf, managing director of Equality Michigan.
Via press release