The Team

Our leadership

jason lindsay | executive director


Jason Lindsay is Founder and Executive Director of Pride Fund. Having served in Iraq as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, he saw first-hand the devastation possible with weapons of war. He is also a seasoned political operative with 13 years of experience working in politics, government, and campaigns.

Prior to establishing Pride Fund, Jason served as a Congressional Relations Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he was a liaison on government affairs and a strategic advisor to senior leaders of the VA. He represented the department to members of Congress and their staff and managed an issue portfolio of nearly $2 billion in annual operating funds.

After much reflection and in response to the tragedy in Orlando, Jason knew it was time for action. His vast political experience and passion for preventing future gun tragedies drove him to create Pride Fund—the LGBTQ’s community voice in the fight against gun violence.

taylor houston | Finance and communications coordinator

Taylor Houston is from a small town in Connecticut, minutes away from Sandy Hook where a mass shooting took place at an elementary school in 2012. He is Pride Fund’s Finance and Communications Coordinator and has experience working on progressive campaigns in the DMV area. He also worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign after graduating from Roanoke College with a B.A. in Political Science. He became an advocate after the Sandy Hook school shooting happened in his home state.

james manning | Operations associate

James Manning has spent his life fighting for change. As an advocate at heart and someone with politics in his blood, James learned early on to give back, volunteer and fight for the change you wish to see in the world. James spent ten years serving on an advisory board overseeing HIV vaccine clinical trials and another ten working to improve public transit service in his hometown of Nashville, TN.  His career has spanned the fields of education, medical administration and hospitality.  James graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a minor in Art.  In his free time, you can find him exploring the neighborhoods of DC, perfecting a recipe or planning his next vacation.

johnnie guidry | Director of operations

  Johnnie Guidry hails From New Orleans, Louisiana and received a Bachelor’s Degree in French/ Spanish Language and Literature from Louisiana State University and is currently the Director of Operations for Pride Fund. He became an advocate due to the loss of his brother to gun violence, and has formerly resided in Orlando. In addition, he has 14 years of experience in Human Resources. As a member of Save Dade; Miami-Dade county’s premier political organization, he fought for LGBTQ equality and protection.