Please join us Monday, September 19, to hear our special speaker, Rick Boylan.
Rick Boylan is an independent contractor focusing on Democratic political organizing and LGBT projects. He is a member of the Democratic National Committee from Florida and co-chairs the Florida Democratic Party’s Rules Committee. He serves as the Pinellas County Democratic Party’s male representative to the Florida Democratic Party. Rick is an advisor to the Democratic National Committee and directed the Scriptwriting operation at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Rick worked at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for 20 years. His service spanned the terms of eight National Party Chairs. In 1994, he was named the DNC’s Director of Party Affairs and Delegate Selection, a position created to utilize his expertise on the Party’s rules and institutional perspective.
Rick started as a volunteer at the DNC in 1982 and was soon hired to work for the Party Secretary to administer the certification of official convention participants for the 1982 mid-term conference. He stayed on to direct the certification process for the 1984 and 1988 National Conventions. In this capacity, he guided development of the National Party’s first computerized system for tracking information on the nearly 5,000 official convention participants.
For the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Conventions, Rick was responsible for key components of the Democratic Party’s presidential nominating process, including the procedures used by each state Democratic Party to select delegates to the National Convention. He was the first person charged to oversee operations of all three of the convention standing committees (Credentials, Platform, and Rules). Rick was also a primary organizer of the semi-annual National Committee meetings, directed the DNC’s standing committees, and coordinated the DNC Chair’s committee appointments.
After leaving the DNC, the National Committee hired Rick as a consultant for the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He has continued to consult for the DNC on each subsequent National Convention. For the 2008 and 2012 National Conventions, Rick directed the Scriptwriting operation responsible for writing introductions and parliamentary procedures.
As an independent contractor during the 2004 delegate selection cycle, Rick helped increase the number of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) participants by 25%. For the 2008 Convention, Rick planned and directed a “Pride in the Party” project for the National Stonewall Democrats that increased LGBT participation by over five percent and set a new record for the largest number of official LGBT participants at a National Convention.
Rick is from Bozeman, Montana and has a B.A. in Political Science from Montana State University. He and his husband moved to Florida in 2004 and were married in 2010 in Washington, DC. They serve on the board of a nonprofit organization they co-founded in Washington more than 20 years ago that has donated over $250,000 to DC-based AIDS and LGBT organizations. They also own a small stable of thoroughbred horses that race in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.