David Contreras Turley
Associate Regional Field Director
While at HRC, David has managed a number of successful campaign efforts to secure equal marriage rights for LGBT couples in several states, including New York, Maryland and Rhode Island. As Field Director for New Yorkers United for Marriage, David and his team lead the historic grassroots program that produced over 125,000 constituent contacts into priority Senate offices, an effort that was widely acknowledged as one of the driving forces behind passing marriage in New York in 2011. He served as Coalition Director for Marylanders for Marriage Equality and was the
Director of Municipal Outreach for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage. Immediately prior to joining HRC, David served as LGBT liaison to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance during his 2009 election campaign.
As a political campaigner, activist and community organizer, David has dedicated his career to engaging and empowering the public. He served as a founding board member for the Young Professionals' Council for Choice of NARAL Pro-Choice New York back in 2004. David takes great pride in engaging and organizing young people in the community to embrace and work toward a cause they feel passionate about.
Before his time at HRC, David lived in four other countries — Spain, Argentina, Italy and the United Kingdom. From 2005-07, David worked for the Ministry of Education in Spain as a consultant in the capital city if Madrid, developing a national pilot project for bilingual education at all grade levels. Back in the States, David has organized for candidates in California, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and South Dakota. By working directly with minority populations in the U.S., he is sensitive to the cultural nuances that shape our attitudes and decisions. He is especially passionate about issues that affect the LGBT and Latino communities.
In 2008, David worked for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and then for President Obama and Senator Udall's election campaigns with the Colorado Democratic Party. As the Latino Outreach Director for the Denver metro area, David was involved in the unprecedented voter registration drive and get-out-the-vote effort in the Latino community.
David has a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University.
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