Daniel Sohn credits the Victory Institute for opening the door to a presidential appointment.

This month Sohn assumed the duties of representing the Selective Service System at the local level. His board appointment, set in motion by the executive branch, was initiated by the LGBTQ Victory Institute, a national organization dedicated to elevating openly LGBTQ leaders.

“My involvement in Victory Institute’s training gave me access to valuable resources,” Sohn said. “I applied for the presidential appointments initiative not knowing it would follow me from Florida.”

Earlier this year, Sohn was hired to be the new chief executive officer of the Imperial Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. The job required Sohn and his husband to move across the country to lead a new entity in the southern California desert. Before the big move, Sohn had served as a councilman in the tiny Palm Beach County town of Haverhill, where he lost re-election in 2020 by one vote.

His appointment to the local Selective Service Board comes at the nomination of President Joe Biden and California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“It’s an honor,” Sohn said. “I didn’t think I was worthy of being a presidential appointment. I’m humbled.”

Sohn, 30, was born in Romania in eastern Europe, making him ineligible to run for president, but still fit to serve as a presidential appointment. The Selective Service System requires all men ages 18 to 25 to register with the U.S. government as a contingency program in the event the nation goes to war. Enrollment also provides a path for services, aid and citizenship.

Sohn said he is looking forward to learning more about how the independent agency serves in peacetime operations.

“Our job is to promote military service as a career, path to citizenship and the next step in civic engagement and duty,” he said. “We also want to make sure we thank and honor those in service to our country.”

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