Sheena Kadi
Deputy Director

Sheena Kadi

Sheena is the Deputy Director at One Colorado. She most recently served as the Campaign Manager for Rep. Faith Winter’s successful Colorado Senate campaign, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee’s (DLCC) number one legislative race in the country during the 2018 cycle. 

Prior to joining the One Colorado team in November of 2018, Sheena has worked on LGBTQ issues and progressive campaigns for over fifteen years, beginning with founding PRISM, the first LGBTQ student organization at a Catholic University in the state of Ohio. That led to her working on her first campaign in 2004 with Ohioans for Fairness to attempt to stop Amendment 1, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman in the state’s constitution.

That failure inspired Sheena to spend the next 14 years working to elect those who identify as LGBTQ, their allies, and to successfully pass proactive LGBTQ policies and legislation.  This included working with several municipalities to pass anti-discrimination ordinances covering sexual orientation and gender identity, building domestic partnership registries, including transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits for city employees, instituting anti-bullying policies in schools, passing protections for HIV and AIDS patients, and establishing LGBTQ liasions within police departments.

In 2012, Sheena was appointed as the first LGBTQ Liasion to the city of Toledo under Mayor Mike Bell, and she continued to serve in the role during three different administrations. During this time, Sheena increased the HRC Municipal Equality Index from a low of 58 to the city’s first ever 100% ranking, served on the Steering Committee for the 2014 Gay Games 9, served as chair of the City’s Board of Community Relations, and joined the Democratic National Committee’s National LGBTQ Advisory Board.  

In 2013, Sheena led the field and political team that successfully stopped HJR3-HJR6 under Governor Mike Pence’s administration in Indiana, garnering support from a coalition of bi-partisan elected officials, faith leaders, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies.

Ten years after the devastating passing of Amendment 1, Sheena’s work in Ohio came full circle with Why Marriage Matters Ohio and the Obergefell v. Hodges plaintiffs in bringing marriage equality to Ohio and the remaining thirteen states that did not have the freedom to marry in 2015 through the Supreme Court of the United States. 

In addition to working in the LGBTQ movement, Sheena has worked as staff or a consultant on over 50 candidate campaigns, including three Presidential campaigns and a dozen United States Senate and Congressional races, in sixteen states. She is committed to increasing elected representation of women, people of color, and those that identify as LGBTQ.

Attending college in Ohio, Sheena graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Marketing.  She also holds a MBA from Lourdes University in Sustainable Business Development with a focus on triple bottom line economics. Sheena lives in Adams County with her spouse, Samantha, and their two cats. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, dancing, kayaking, exploring natural hot springs, and cooking.