Elias is a communications and marketing professional with an extensive background in legislative campaigns, media relations, public relations, communications, and marketing. He is the founder/owner of a digital marketing agency in Anchorage.
Beyond his professional career, he has worked as a community organizer across the country building an extensive background in issue-based campaigns, coalition building, public relations and all forms of media communications. Elias has been involved in politics and progressive causes for more than two decades. In 2015, also served on then Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz’s transition team, administrative committee. He earned a M.B.A. from Alaska Pacific University and holds a B.A. from San Diego State University. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, going to the gym, learning about the latest trends in communications and marketing, and having coffee at a local coffee shop.
Elias is a founding board member of Alaskans Together For Equality, and served in a number of different capacities throughout its 10-year history. He also currently serves on the board of Pride Foundation, a regional community foundation.
Tristan Walsh was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and is one of a set of identical triplets. He attended Monroe Catholic High School, where he became interested in human rights and social justice; this included trying to start a gay-straight alliance (GSA) at Monroe Catholic and then, a peer-mentor group. He carried that activism into college while enrolled at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), where he helped organize the effort to amend the University’s nondiscrimination statement to include sexual orientation.
Tristan graduated from UAF in 2011 and came to Anchorage to work for a healthcare nonprofit. He loves volunteering, kayaking, camping and hiking in the Chugach, and is so lucky to live in a city and state like Alaska!
Gayle has lived in Alaska since 2003, relocating from Illinois where she retired from a career in education. A desire to be involved in the community led her to volunteer with Identity and Alaskans Together for Equality. She serves on the board of directors of both organizations.
In 2010, Gayle was part of three Alaska same-sex couples who challenged Alaska’s tax-assessment rules, which unfairly denied same-sex couples equal access to a property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans. Schmidt v Alaska charged that denying same-sex couples full access to the exemption violated an earlier Alaska Supreme Court ruling that says that treating same-sex couples differently from different-sex couples violates the state constitution’s equal protection guarantees. In April 2014, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled in favor and ordered the state to begin providing the tax exemptions.
Gayle and her wife will celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2017. They enjoy entertaining friends and showing the beauty of Alaska to those who live in other states. She enjoys cooking, daily walks with their dog, as well as summer and winter opportunities for recreation.
Grant was born in Hawaii, and is a 20-year Alaska resident. A well-rounded communications professional by trade, Grant is the owner of a full-service public relations and advertising firm based in Anchorage, Alaska. He has developed many campaigns throughout the state covering a variety of business, political, and social issues. In 2012, provided assistance with the communications efforts for the One Anchorage campaign. He is a proud father of three who enjoys fishing and traveling with his family.
Kay has championed progressive ideals throughout a 40-year career spanning service in state government, the non-profit sector, the Democratic Party, and the media.
Brown has served as a state legislator, director of the State of Alaska's Divisions of Oil and Gas and Minerals and Energy Management, executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party, and head of a coalition of environmental organizations. A journalist by training, she has been a reporter, editor and author.
Miguel De Marzo
Miguel is originally from Lima, Peru. He came to Alaska when he was 19 years old and has been living here on –and-off since that time. When in Peru, De Marzo studied public communications at the University of Lima and became a public figure in Peru as the president of the “Living with Diabetes” Association. As such, he was a Pioneer in starting the first camps for children with diabetes in his country and the director of a very prestigious bimonthly magazine named after the Association he presided.
He became involved with ATE in 2008 as a board member where he served until 2010 as its secretary. Now he is back again looking forward to making our presence more known, highlighting the values of our LGBT community. He loves writing and being a part of something productive.
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING TO SERVE ON THE BOARD?
Do you want to help ATE advance equality for all Alaskans? Do you have experience or a skill set that can help take our board to the next level? We are seeking energetic and committed individuals to expand our board of directors. If interested, please submit your professional resume and letter of interest to alaskanstogether(at)gmail.com re:Board of Directors. We will be reviewing resumes and contacting qualified applicants on a rolling basis. Members of the Trans community and Women of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. The ATE board of directors is committed to diversity and ensuring all voices in our community are at the board table.