Richard Carlbom has more than a decade of experience being a political and community organizer, fundraiser and trusted advisor to political leaders at all levels of government. Most recently he served as the Campaign Manager of Minnesotans United for All Families, the official 'Vote No' campaign that helped Minnesota become the first state in the nation to defeat a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
The groundbreaking effort culminated in November 2012 with more than 40,000 individual volunteers, more than 80,000 individual donors contributing more than $13 million and a network of more than 700 coalition members representing all walks of life in Minnesota. The effort proved to be the largest grassroots campaign in the history of Minnesota.
Richard then led Minnesotans United to successfully secure the freedom to marry for all committed couples in Minnesota in 2013, making Minnesota the first state in the Midwest to secure marriage equality through the state legislature. This historic effort made Minnesota the twelfth state to secure the freedom to marry for same-sex couples and the first to do so just six months after defeating a hurtful and divisive ballot amendment.
Before joining Minnesotans United for All Families, Richard was Communications Director for Chris Coleman, the Mayor of Saint Paul. He also managed the successful 2010 re-election campaign of Representative Tim Walz. A 2004 graduate of Saint John’s University (Collegeville, MN), Carlbom was the youngest mayor elected in Minnesota at age 23 and served as the mayor of St. Joseph, Minnesota from 2005-2007.
With over a decade of experience in political fundraising, Kristen most recently served as Minnesotans United’s finance director, raising $15 million in a record-breaking statewide ballot initiative and lobbying campaign. She got her start in Wisconsin politics, as Finance Director and later serving as Campaign Manager for Congressman Ron Kind (WI-03). After setting fundraising records for Kind and Patty Wetterling’s 2006 campaign, Kristen moved to Washington, D.C. to become the National Director of Candidate Fundraising with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raising money and providing fundraising strategy for challenger and incumbent re-election campaigns.
Kristen has a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Sarah Erickson has been a government relations and lobbying professional for ten years. She spent 6 years in Mayor Chris Coleman’s office where she worked as the city’s lead at the capitol and managed the city’s labor relations. Sarah coordinated efforts to secure $25 million for the Saint’s Regional Ballpark and $32 million for loan forgiveness for the Xcel Energy Center.
She is a proven coalition builder. She worked across the aisle to secure long term financing for local units of government to stabilize budgets and reduce property taxes including an increase of $10 million in Local Government Aid for the City of Saint Paul during the 2013 legislative session. Public policy areas of expertise include taxation, transportation, economic development, bonding, public safety, data privacy and land use.
Sarah’s past experience includes work for Metro Cities, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and Small Cities. Sarah has a B.A. from Moorhead State University and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.