Meet the Board


Lindsey Stetson


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Lindsey Stetson is the current Chair of Log Cabin Republicans of California and a member of the Ventura Chapter. While Lindsey’s involvement in LCR dates back to 2014, her commitment to the Republican Party began a decade earlier as a College Republican. She went on to serve as a county central committee Executive Director, both in Santa Barbara and Monterey; a state board member of the California Young Republicans; the Second Vice President of the Republican Women Federated Monterey Peninsula chapter; and as a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention. Professionally, she is a fundraiser focused on event fundraising, event planning, and major giving.



Nick Meade

Vice Chair and Coachella Valley Chapter Seat

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Nick Meade is the President of the Log Cabin Republicans of Coachella Valley.  He earned an Executive Master of Urban Planning from USC and completed his Bachelors in American Politics at UC San Diego.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude at both academic institutions.  During his undergrad, He was selected as a Robert T. Matsui Congressional Fellow and was a legislative intern for Congressman Paul Cook (CA-8) in Washington, D.C.   Nick currently serves on the Board of Directors for the City of Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce (PDACC) and is the Chairperson of the Legislative Action Committee.  He sits on the Board of Directors for the Lincoln Club of the Coachella Valley and is Chairperson of the Political Affairs Committee.



Matthew Craffey

Immediate Past Chairman

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Matthew Craffey is the Former President of Log Cabin Republicans of Los Angeles, as well as the Former Chairman of Log Cabin Republicans of California. He has been active with LCR for the past 10 years, but got his start in LGBT activism in 2000 when he became the youngest member on the board of the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. In his spare time. Matthew writes political opinion-editorial pieces for various publications, writes and records music, and is active with his local car clubs. He ran for the 50th Assembly District seat in the California State Assembly in 2016, and currently is the Senior Director of Prospect Management and Analytics for UCLA.


Jesse Bluma

Secretary and Orange County Chapter Seat

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Jesse Bluma, Orange County native, is a teacher, business owner, and serves on the board of Log Cabin Orange County.  His political experience includes working on campaigns and propositions at the local, state, and national level.  He loves Orange County and is devoted to making California a sustainable community for all. Jesse was honored by Constituting America, founded by actress Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie, for Best Constitution Day Lesson.  

Jesse earned the following degrees in college: Masters in Political Science with an Emphasis in Teaching, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Multiple Subject Matter Preparation Program Certificate, Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development Certificate, and Supplemental History Credential.  

Prior to college, Jesse attended Fountain Valley High School and earned Honors in Visual and Fine Arts and in Industrial Technology.


Andy Dick


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Greg Gandrud

Gregory Gandrud

Executive Board At-Large

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Gregory Gandrud graduated with honors from USC and is President of Gandrud Financial Services. He has served on the Carpinteria City Council and on the boards of the Santa Barbara County Republican Party and the California Republican Party. He was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to California's Recreational Trails Committee and served as an Alternate Delegate for Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention. Greg lives in Carpinteria with his partner Marllus.


Charles Moran

Charles Moran

Executive Board At-Large

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Charles T. Moran - a native of Los Angeles - is a political & non-profit fundraising professional with many years of experience working on campaigns and initiatives from local races to presidential-level events. He has worked extensively in California with clients of all sizes to develop and execute fundraising and public affairs programs and provide executive management of organizations/associations. Charles earned a B.A. in Politics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and his Masters of Public Policy (MPP) from Pepperdine University in Malibu. He is currently the President of Log Cabin Republicans National Organization. 


Jason Clark

San Francisco Chapter Seat

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​​​Jason Clark is the President of the Log Cabin Republicans of San Francisco. A lifelong Republican, Mr. Clark has been active in Republican politics for over 15 years. Currently, Mr. Clark serves on the Board of the California Republican Party as the Bay Area Regional Vice Chairman, representing the Bay Area's 500,000 Republicans. From 2016-2019, Mr. Clark was the Chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party. In addition to representing the City's 31,000 Republican voters, Mr. Clark recruited nearly a dozen candidates for local and state office, spearheaded voter outreach and education, and raised over $200,000 for the local party. Mr. Clark has also made over 100 media appearances including appearing on Lou Dobbs and Mornings with Maria Bartiromo. Mr. Clark is also the Immediate Past Chairman of the Log Cabin Republicans of California.


Kevin Krick

Marin County Chapter Seat

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Kevin Krick founded the Log Cabin Republicans of Marin County in 2014 and currently serves as the chapter president. His activity in the Party started while as a member of the Berks County Young Republicans. From there, he went on to hold an appointment in President George W. Bush’s Administration as the Senior Advisor for Maritime Policy.   After moving to California, he served as Chair of the Marin County Republican Central Committee, Chair of the California Republican Veterans Association, and Bay Area Regional Vice Chair for the California Republican Party. Kevin’s professional career in the maritime industry includes appointments to the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s Advisory Board. Additionally, he holds commissions as a Captain in the U.S. Navy and as a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Maritime Service.



Preston Romero

Sacramento Chapter Seat

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Preston Romero serves as the president of the Log Cabin Republicans’ Sacramento Chapter. At an early age, Preston was involved with his community and was an avid volunteer. Whether it was lobbying the city council to increase funding for the youth library program or picking up trash along the side of the highway, Preston answered the call to public service. In college, he became more politically active and involved in his county’s local Republican Party organization. As a volunteer, Preston served as a precinct committeeman and organized the first Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner fundraiser hosted by the party. The next year, Preston was elected as the youngest county chair in the Arizona Republican Party’s history and was the youngest and first Hispanic chairman of the Apache County Republican Party.

While completing his undergraduate studies at CSU Sacramento, Preston was a member of the Sacramento Semester Program. During his time in the renowned internship program, Preston gained an in-depth, behind-the-scenes understanding of the Legislature and California public policy. He has continued his work in public policy and government as an analyst within the California State Senate.

Recently, Preston ran as the endorsed Republican candidate in the California State Assembly District 6 race and placed third overall in 2024 Primary.

Preston lives in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento County with Patrick and their French Bulldogs, Pudge and Penelope.




Shane Patrick Connoly

Silicon Valley Chapter Seat

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Shane has been active in Log Cabin Republicans since 1998, after relocating to San Jose from Central New York and has been active in the Republican party since first serving on the Amherst Republican Committee in Erie County, New York from c. 1988-1991, then on the Oswego County Republican Committee from c. 1992-1997. He has twice been a candidate for State Senate, and is past Treasurer and Vice Chairman of the Santa Clara County Republican Party. Shane was a 2020 Alternate Delegate for President Trump and hosted a political interview show, The Right Side, on KMVT, Mountain View. Shane currently serves as Chairman of the Santa Clara County Republican Party, leads the Log Cabin Republicans, Silicon Valley chapter, and is a CAGOP delegate. 
Shane has an MBA in Accounting, a BS in Business Administration. He previously worked in the private sector as a business unit controller and, for the past ten years, served two separate Councilmembers in America's 10th largest city, San Jose, California, in roles such as Budget Director (2 years) and Chief of Staff (8 years). 
You'll find him on Twitter & other social media @shanepc1    




Christian Matsumoto

Fresno Chapter Seat

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Jake Iorio

Los Angeles Chapter Seat

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John Merrill

Fundraising Chair

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Mr. Merrill earned a Bachelor’s degree in Construction/Civil Engineering from Western Michigan University in 2001 and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2005. John is both a California Professional Civil Engineer and Traffic Engineer, and in 2011, served as the engineer in responsible charge of the nationally recognized “Carmageddon” closure of the I-405 Freeway in Los Angeles. 



Gavin Flores

Ventura Chapter Seat

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Gavin Flores has been a long time resident of Ventura County. He was born in Mexico and his family immigrated to the United States of America when he was only 8 years old. Gavin is very proud of his Latino heritage and loves being an American because of what this country stands for, and because of the life one is able to create for themself. He has been able to achieve the American dream through his hard work and strong work ethic that his parents ingrained in him. Gavin believes in tradition and family values, and his most fulfilling work in life is serving as a foster dad to older at-risk youth, and being the world's best dad to his two adopted sons.

You can catch him asking questions and advocating for our community at town halls and council meetings. He also meets with elected officials to discuss issues in and around the community, and works to hold them accountable to their actions and decisions they make that affect everyone in the district. He works full-time at UCLA as the Assistant Director of their Prospect Management department, and also serves on the board of the Log Cabin Los Angeles chapter.



Jason Hopkins

Monterey Chapter Seat

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I am Currently the President of the Monterey Log Cabin Republicans and I serve on the San Benito Country Republican party. I've been Past Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the San Benito County Republican party. I Am Currently an Associate Delegate and I have been since 2010 for the California Republican party. I have worked on countless Campaigns like from President of United States and down to the Mayoral Race in my County. I am currently Representative of the people of San Benito County in District 2. I volunteered for Kevin Faulconer. We won the Mayor Race in 2014 and I worked on State Senator Anthony Cannella's 2010 and 2014 races as Volunteer. We won twice.  


Fred Schein

Fred Schein

Chapter Development Chair

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Fred is the current president of Log Cabin Republicans of Marin County and three-time past president of Log Cabin San Francisco. He is Vice Chair of the Marin County Republican Central Committee of which he has been a member since 2012 and is a regular speaker at Republican organizations in Northern California.

He is a 6-year Naval Officer veteran including service as the executive officer of a river patrol base near Saigon and with Naval Intelligence. Fred is an avid skier and past president of the SAGA North ski club, past commissioner of the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Softball League.