Bob Gallagher has a long history as a communications specialist, queer activist, political strategist and academic. He co-founded the Campaign for Equal Families and Canadians for Equal Marriage. Bob also helped found the Gay Lesbian Bi Youth Line and for years was a director of Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. Bob was Chief of Staff to Jack Layton and the Federal NDP for three election cycles. Previously, Bob was Executive Assistant to Olivia Chow at Toronto City Council. As political strategist and consultant, Bob has managed numerous election and issue campaigns municipally in Toronto, provincially at Queens Park and at the federal level. Bob’s graduate studies were in political economy at the University of Toronto, studying with C.B. Macpherson, Steven Lukes and Michel Foucault. For years, he taught social theory and public policy at Trent University. Currently, Bob is the Head of Communications and Political Action for the United Steelworkers.