HRC Story


The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Advisory Councils

All Children—All Families National Advisory Council

Members of the All Children — All Families National Advisory Council serve as key advisors in the development and implementation of the All Children - All Families initiative and provide leadership in educating the broader child welfare community about the importance of supporting LGBTQ youth and families in every aspect of practice.

Susan Badeau
Former Director of Cross Systems Integration, Knowledge Management
Casey Family Programs
Philadelphia, PA

Lane Barker
Executive Director
Devereux Arizona
Scottsdale, AZ

Garry Bevel
Children's Ombudsperson, Jacksonville System of Care Initiative
Partnership for Child Health
Jacksonville, FL

Janice Goldwater
Founder and Executive Director
Adoptions Together
Silver Spring, MD

Beverly Jones
Vice President/Chief Program Officer
Lutheran Child & Family Services of Illinois
River Forest, IL

Joe Kroll
Executive Director
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
St. Paul, MN

Ann McCabe
Family Therapist and Child Welfare Consultant
Private Practice
Cape May, NJ

Greg Rose
Deputy Director, Children & Family Services
Division California Department of Social Services
Sacramento, CA

Loris Ross
Executive Director
Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association
Independence, Missouri

Karey Scheyd, MPA
Nonprofit Consultant Specializing in Child Welfare
Austin, TX

Linda S. Spears
Massachusetts Department of Children & Families
Boston, MA

Colette Tobias
Administrator, Office of Resource Families
Division of Youth and Family Services
New Jersey Department of Children and Families

André Wade
Director of Operations
Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, NV

Diane Wagner
Former Division Chief, Adoptions and Permanency Resources Division
County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services
Pasadena, CA

Rob Woronoff, MS
Child Welfare Consultant
Glendale, CA


Business Council

The HRC Business Council was founded in 1997 to support the Human Rights Campaign's goal of creating an America where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured of basic equal rights — and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. While not necessarily serving as official representatives of their companies, members provide expert advice and counsel on LGBTQ workplace issues based on their business experience and knowledge.

Mostafa Abdelguelil
Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion
Hyatt Hotels Corp.

Elizabeth (Betty) Amend
Vice President, Human Resources

John Barry
Vice President & Relationship Manager Global Funds Services
Northern Trust Corp.

Wyndolyn (Wendy) Bell
Senior Medical Director & Vice President, Health Care Strategies
United Healthcare

Kenneth (Ken) Charles
Vice President, Global Inclusion & Staffing
General Mills

Richard Clark
Chief Accounting Officer
Accenture Ltd.

Wes Combs
NAMR Diversity & Inclusion Leader
The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.

Elaine DeCanio
Region Manager
Shell Oil Co.

Rosanna Durruthy
Chief Diversity Officer

Lori Fox
President & Founder
Lori Fox Diversity Consulting

Jeff Gabardi
General Counsel
DC Health Benefit Exchange

Lanaya Irvin
Director, Global Transaction Services
Bank of America

Emily Jones
Eastman Kodak Co.

Michael Lopez
Director, International Relations, PAC & State Government Relations
Alcoa Inc.

Susan (Sue) McManus
Vice President, Marketing
Nationwide Insurance

Bryan Parsons
Associate Director/Americas Quality & Risk Management
Ernst & Young LLP

Michelle Phillips
Jackson Lewis PC

Scott Sapperstein
Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs

Andrew (Andy) Sendall
Director, Continuity of Business

Kurt Serrano
Vice President, Human Resources
Biogen Idec

Corey Smith
Manager of Corporate Compensation
PetSmart Inc.

Meghan Stabler
Sr. Director/Advisor, Business Management, Marketing & Communications
CA Technologies

Charles (Chuck) Stephens
Associate Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion

Ed Westreicher
The Coca-Cola Company

David Wilson
Verizon Communications Inc.


Diversity & Inclusion Council

The HRC Diversity & Inclusion Council was founded in 2008 to support the Human Rights Campaign's stated commitment to diversity and inclusion at every level of the organization. From professional diversity consultants to leading business executives, religious leaders, youth, advocates from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, and civil rights principals, the Council consists of individuals who represent the broad tapestry of the communities in which we live and work.

Mostafa S. Abdelguelil
Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion

Rohini Anand
Global Chief Diversity Officer & Senior VP

Kylar W. Broadus
Board Member
National Black Justice Coalition

Don Dew
Executive Director
ReachOut USA

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
Vice-Moderator and Regional Elder
Metropolitan Community Churches

Robby Gregg, Co-Chair of HRC Diversity & Inclusion Council
Associate Director of Equality & Diversity Partnerships
Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Paul Guillory
(Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee for the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign)
Manager, Lease Records
EP Energy E&P Company, L.P.

Bree Hartlage
Deputy Director / STILO

Rosalind Hudnell
Director of Corporate Diversity

Intel Corporation

Michael Koch
Owner and President
FireFly Farms, Inc.

Jani Lopez
Executive Support to the President
Shell Oil Co.

Michael Lopez, Co-Chair of HRC Diversity & Inclusion Council
Director, PAC & International Affairs

Anton Mack
(Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee for the Board of Directors for the Human Rights Campaign)
Managing Director, Global Talent
Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP

Mark Q. McLane
Managing Director, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Barclays PLC

Howard Ross
Founder & Chief Learning Officer
Cook Ross, Inc.

Catherine Smith
General Partner
True Blue Inclusion

Sarah Stuart
Global Diversity Inclusion Program Manager
Google, Inc.

Faye Wilson Tate
(Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee for the Board of Directors for the Human Rights Campaign)
Vice President and Director for Global Diversity & Inclusion

Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale
Leading From The Heart Consulting

Amy White
Director of Regional Operations & Leadership
Pride Foundation

Sharon Wong
(Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee for the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign)
Deputy Director for Coordination & Policy
Office of Diversity & Inclusion at U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Religion Council

The Religion Council consists of 17 national religious spokespeople committed to equal rights for All Americans. As a group they embody the rich diversity of our faith communities in terms of theology, race, gender, geography, sexual orientation and gender identity. They inform, advise and support the organization's advocacy on a range of LGBTQ issues through effective faith-based engagement of clergy, denominational leaders and people of faith on a national basis.

Imam Daayiee Abdullah
Founder and Executive Director, Muslim Education Center for Creative Academics Institute

Eliel Cruz
Executive Director, Faith in America

Rabbi Denise Eger
President, Central Conference of American Rabbis

Bishop Yvette Flunder
Presiding Bishop, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries

Rev. Wendell Griffen
Pastor, New Millennium Church

Rev. Candy Holmes
Program Officer, People of African Descent, Metropolitan Community Churches

Justin Lee
Executive Director, The Gay Christian Network

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi
Director, African American Ministers Leadership Council, People for the American Way

Rev. Damaris Ortega
Pastor, UCC Congregational Plainfield

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Samuels
Pastor and Organizer, Victory for the World Church, United Church of Christ

Rev. J Manny Santiago
Executive Director, The Crossing Ministries

Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer
Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy, United Church of Christ

Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman
Pastor, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf
Senior Rabbi, Adas Israel Congregation

Dr. Justin Tanis
Managing Director, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry

Matthew Vines
Founder and President, The Reformation Project

Ani Zonneveld
Founder and President, Muslims for Progressive Values

Welcoming Schools National Advisory Council

Members of the Welcoming Schools National Advisory Council serve as key advisors in the development and implementation of the Welcoming Schools initiative and provide leadership in educating the broader educational community about the importance of supporting LGBTQ students and families.

Laurie Brown-Abdelmageed, Ph.D.
Educational Advocate and Vice Principal
Dr. Samuel A Mudd Elementary School

Judy Appel
Executive Director
Our Family Coalition

Renée Bradley, Ph.D.
Special Education Advocate and Parent

Vivian Carlo
Associate Professor of Multicultural Education
Lesley University - School of Education

Maureen Costello
Director, Teaching Tolerance
Southern Poverty Law Center

Matthew Fraizer
Thomas A. Plein Foundation

Fred Fuentes
Executive Director, Office of Educational Options
Boston Public Schools

Aimee Gelnaw
Founding Member
Welcoming Schools Committee (2004)

Susan Gorin, CAE
Executive Director
National Association of School Psychologists

Stephen Henry
Metropolitan Nashville Education Association

Emmy Howe
Founding Member
Welcoming School’s Committee (2004)

William A. Howe, Ed.D.
Education Consultant for Multicultural Education, Title IX/Gender Equity & Civil Rights
Connecticut State Department of Education

Christopher W. McGinley, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Lower Merion School District

Kathy Pillsbury
Founding Member
Welcoming School’s Committee (2004)

Vincent “Vinnie” Pompei
Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCaL)

Paul Sathrum
Senior Policy Analyst
National Education Association

Sean Slade, MEd.
Director, Healthy School Communities

Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Ph.D.
Director, Arcadia Annual Inclusion Institute
Associate Professor, Special Education, Arcadia University

Marlene Snyder, Ph.D.
Director of Development, Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, Clemson University

Rhonda Thomason
Classroom Teacher (retired), Education Consultant

Diane Thornton, Ed.D.
National Director
Learning for Life

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