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David Contreras Turley

Associate Regional Field Director

David Contreras Turley

David Contreras Turley joined the Human Rights Campaign in October 2009. As a field organizer based in New York City, David is responsible for field and political activities in the Northeastern U.S. David helps develop and implement field strategies to pass federal, state and local priorities and works with local HRC volunteer leaders and coalition partners. 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.

During his career, David has 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, 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 Sen. 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.

You may contact David via phone at 202-330-3790 or email at