About Us

The LGBTQ Democrats of Wake County works within the Wake County Democratic Party, to provide a strong voice and representation for LGBTQ people.  Our goal is to secure fully equal rights for all LGBTQ citizens through effective legislation and policies, to elect pro-equality Democrats to office, and encourage LGBTQ people to participate fully as Democrats at all levels of policy making and public service.


Kathryn Vandegrift - President


Kathryn is an activist with a passion for electing Democrats and supporting uplifting, inclusive public policies to build a more just world. Her political work started on the General Election in 2016, where she worked in southwest Raleigh as a Field Organizer on the campaign team that elected Governor Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein. She subsequently Field Directed the primary race that set up Rep. Allison Dahle for her victory in the Blue Wave of 2018. She is a proud graduate of North Carolina's public schools and an alumna of NC State University. She currently resides in north Raleigh.


Lisa Malachowsky - Vice President


Lisa is a newcomer to North Carolina but not a newcomer to LGTBQ activism. She had previously been involved in many aspects of the Democratic Party in Phoenix, AZ where she previously lived for ten (10) years. She served as precinct committee person and as the Vice President and Treasurer of the Arizona LGBTQ Democrats. She also served on the HRC Arizona Steering committee as the Federal Club Chairperson. She is a retired IT executive, and she received her Bachelor's Degree in Math/Computer Science from Vassar College. She proudly serves on her alumnae LGBTQ fundraising committee. She currently resides in Apex with her wife Bev and their furry family.

Matthew Williams - Treasurer


Matthew is a lifelong North Carolinian. He grew up in Cary, graduating from Cary High School. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from NC State University, where he currently works as an Assistant Director in Alumni Relations. Outside of work, he serves on the NC State Recent Grad Philanthropy Council and on the board of the Young Democrats of Wake County. Matthew has been passionate about policy for most of his life and is proud to have the opportunity to serve in this role and advocate for the LGBTQ community. He currently resides in Raleigh.

Candis Cox - At- Large Board Member


Candis is an LGBTQ educator and advocate, serving on the Board of Directors for Equality NC and working closely with HRC fighting discrimination and educating people of all backgrounds on gender identity, sexuality, and minority issues. Candis came to prominence in 2016 when she became the only open transgender person to-date to meet with then-Governor Pat McCrory to fight the discriminatory, anti-transgender, “bathroom bill”: HB2. Since then, Candis’ advocacy and commitment to visibility has manifested itself in many forms. Television specials featuring Candis’ life and work have been featured on WRAL, CNN, Focus, BBC, and German National News among numerous others. In 2016, she became the first transgender keynote speaker to the Democratic Party at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner. Candis also became the first open transgender person to walk the final look for NC Fashion week modeling for Michael Kuluva’s “Tumbler and Tipsy”. That year Candis was the recipient of both the HRC Person of the Year award and the Charlotte Pride “Harvey Milk” Award.

George Greene, At-Large Board Member


George Greene is a precinct chair in southeast Raleigh and a longtime Democratic
activist. He was a founding member of the LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina. He serves on the North Carolina Democratic Party's Plan of Organization Committee.