Meet the Board

Ray Bradford, Chair

Ray comes from central and southern Illinois.  He discovered activism in 1982 when he joined the Gay and Lesbian People’s Union at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  Leadership in the GLPU taught many lessons, one of which was to stand up and take your equality.  After moving to Phoenix in 1990, Ray found a large urban community as well as other causes to support.  Serving as a volunteer at 1-N-10 on and off from the mid-90’s through the mid-2000’s, and later, finding a place volunteering to serve our young homeless neighbors at Tumbleweed, Ray had discovered an abiding  passion for protecting our youth and young adults.  As a survivor of severe bullying in elementary school, Ray knows well how important it is to have positive role models and access to quality support.  In late 2011, an organizer with Obama For America recruited Ray to volunteer with the campaign to re-elect President Obama, and he was immediately infected with the passion-for-politics bug.  Since then, Ray has served in many positions within the Democratic Party; as a Precinct Committee Person for the Westward Ho Precinct, as a member of the State Committee of the Arizona Democratic Party, as Chair of Fundraising with the District 24 Democrats (LD24), and as an event organizer and fundraiser for the Maricopa County Democratic Party (MCDP), LD24, as well as various candidates, including working for the successful Campaign to Elect Adrian Fontes Maricopa County Recorder.  Ray was elected to Chair the LGBT Caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party in January of  2017, and has recently accepted the position of Chair of the Committee of Access and Inclusion for MCDP to address issues of importance to Persons With Disabilities.  Ray lives in downtown Phoenix with his two black cats and manages an optical shop for a popular national retailer.  

 

Dante Mitchell, Vice Chair

 

Jade Richardson, Secretary

Jade was born and raised in Southern Colorado in a family of civil rights activists and Democratic politicians, her grandfather and uncle both holding the office of County Commissioner in Conejos County, Colorado. At the age of nineteen she moved to Phoenix and began attending Arizona State University. Jade holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology from ASU, and focused her undergraduate research on methods of detecting tropical viruses and the prevalence of Malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa in correlation to HIV/AIDS transmission rates. Jade traveled to Tanzania, Africa with HEAL International in 2014 to teach public health education to a small rural village at the base of Mt. Meru, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS education and prevention. Currently, Jade works for W.L. Gore & Associates in North Phoenix supporting a research and development team for the medical device manufacturing company. In addition to her primary focus, she leads the LGBTQ+ Network, the Latino Hispanic Business Network, and the Diversity Council. She was selected by company leadership to attend the OutNEXT Leadership Summit in New York City July 2016, where she brought back and developed an ally program to promote diversity and inclusion to create a safe workplace. Jade is happily married to her wife, Roda, the two have been together for 10 years and live in Central Phoenix.

secretary@azlgbtdems.org

 

Lisa Malachowsky, Treasurer

Lisa Malachowsky was born into a strongly Democratic and Union family in Upstate New York. She graduated as Valedictorian from Liberty Central High School (Liberty, NY) in 1979 and Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY) with a B. A. in Computer Science and Math in 1984. Lisa was employed at IBM even before obtaining her degree and moved to California in 1989 where she worked at several other large high tech companies. As she worked longer and longer in large companies, she became disillusioned with big business. She was compelled to start her own company in 2006 while pursuing her passion for dogs and their care. Lisa and her family moved to Arizona in 2010. She and her wife Bev both became very active in LGBT and political causes after that move as they both felt compelled to create change from the AZ status quo. Lisa graduated from Emerge Arizona’s candidate training in 2013 and has served on their board of directors along with the steering committee for the Human Rights Committee for Arizona. She also serves on her HOA board and has held positions on both national BMW motorcycle owners clubs.

Lisa and her wife Bev, her mother Judy and her wife’s daughter Lorin live in Ahwatukee. Lisa is also a Registered Respiratory Therapist and currently works at Banner Desert Medical Center.