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Gloria A. Totten

Gloria A. Totten is the President of Progressive Majority, a national multi-issue organization dedicated to electing progressive champions at the state and local levels. Gloria created Progressive Majority in 2001, first focusing on electing progressive champions to the U.S. Congress. Then, realizing the urgent need for progressives to have their own "farm team" of progressive candidates, Gloria developed what is now the most comprehensive national progressive candidate recruitment program in the country. Under Gloria's leadership, Progressive Majority has established permanent state offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin. She has also worked to establish the Racial Justice Campaign, a Progressive Majority program to prioritize the election of candidates of color.

Gloria served as Political Director for NARAL from 1996-2001. There she ran NARAL's largest department - overseeing the organization's electoral work, grassroots organizing and field program, and managing 27 state affiliates. During the 2000 elections, Gloria implemented a more than $12 million electoral program, running simultaneous independent expenditure campaigns in 16 states for the Presidential, 8 Senate races, and 24 House races. Gloria worked to develop NARAL's first nationwide pro-choice voter file, which was the strongest in the country with 2.9 million pro-choice identified voters by the time she left her position. She also devised all of NARAL's advocacy campaigns, including numerous ballot initiative campaigns, legislative battles and the Stop Ashcroft! Campaign in 2001.

From 1993-1996 Gloria was the Executive Director for Maryland NARAL. During her tenure, she served as the organization's chief lobbyist and strategist, chairperson for the state pro-choice coalition, director of the PAC, and was responsible for raising the annual operating and program budgets. Gloria was a recognized leader in the NARAL Pro-Choice America network: she served as affiliate representative to the national NARAL Pro-Choice America Board of Directors; and her affiliate was the recipient of the 1993 Campus Organizing Award, 1994 Diversity Organizing Award and 1995 Outstanding Affiliate Award.

In her home state of Minnesota, Gloria worked on a number of campaigns, including Sharon Sayles Belton for Mayor of Minneapolis, Paul Wellstone's 1990 campaign for U.S. Senate, and the Mondale, Dukakis and Harkin Presidential campaigns. She also worked as the Education Director for Pro-Choice Resources, President and Lobbyist for the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Media Chair for It's Time Minnesota! She has dedicated her professional and volunteer time to progressive issues ranging from rallying for workers' rights to expanding the definition of the Minnesota Human Rights Code.

Gloria serves on the Boards of Directors for Advocates for Youth, Gadflyer.com and True Majority ACTION PAC. She is the President of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center and an Advisory Committee Member for the Women's Information Network, the Drum Major Institute Scholars Program and Wellstone Action. Gloria was named a "Rising Star of Politics" in 2002 by Campaigns & Elections magazine.