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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.


Boards

The Human Rights Campaign's board members are a unique and diverse group of courageous, hardworking and talented people who combine strong professional skills with a passion for equality and justice for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. No higher caliber of committed volunteers exists. HRC's boards make policy, manage finances and coordinate volunteer involvement for the organization. They sustain HRC's vision and raise awareness about the mission of the Human Rights Campaign.

Board of Directors

The Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors — a group of volunteers comprised of corporate and community leaders from throughout the country — is the governing body for the corporation. Its members determine HRC's mission and purposes, and they sustain the organization's vision.

The HRC Board of Directors has the ultimate authority over the organization's actions, including fiscal management and budget approval. Board members also establish the official policies that direct HRC.

  • Lacey All­ – Seattle, WA
  • Ian Barrett – Houston, TX
  • Bruce Bastian – Orem, UT
  • Vanessa Benavides – Oakland, CA
  • Scott Bishop – Charlotte, NC
  • Chris Boone – Los Angeles, CA 
  • Paul Boskind – San Antonio, TX
  • Ken Britt – Atlanta, Ga
  • Todd Canon – Austin, TX
  • Chris Carolan – Brooklyn, NY
  • Bill Donius – Ladue, MO
  • Patty Ellis – Newtown, PA
  • Christopher Flynn – Boston, MA
  • Chad Griffin – Washington, DC
  • Suzanne Hamilton – Cleveland, OH
  • James Harrison – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • S. Kelly Herrick – Danville, CA
  • Tom Knabel – Minneapolis, MN
  • Chris Labonte – Philadelphia, PA
  • Ryan Levy – Houston, TX
  • DyShaun Muhammad – Minneapolis, MN
  • Robert Newhart – Chicago, IL
  • Bryan Parsons – San Francisco, CA
  • Lester Perryman – New Orleans, LA
  • Cat Reid – Coupeville, WA
  • Cheryl Rose – Columbus, OH
  • Linda Scaparotti – San Francisco, CA
  • Patrick Scarborough – Birmingham, AL
  • Ames Simmons – Atlanta, GA
  • Steve Sorenson – Newport Beach, CA
  • Meghan Stabler – Austin, TX
  • Ben Waldman – Seattle, WA


Foundation Board

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans to live their lives openly. The foundation also seeks to change the hearts and minds of Americans to the side of equality.

The HRC Foundation Board has the ultimate authority for the actions of the Foundation. The board manages the foundation's finances and establishes official policies governing the foundation.

  • Gwen Baba – Los Angeles, CA
  • Bruce Bastian – Orem, UT
  • Jay Biles – Charlotte, NC
  • Scott Bishop – Charlotte, NC
  • Todd Canon – Austin, TX
  • Edie Cofrin – Atlanta, GA
  • Bill Donius – Ladue, MO
  • Patty Ellis – Newtown, PA
  • Anne Fay – Dallas, TX 
  • Charlie Frew – Atlanta, GA
  • Chad Griffin – Washington, DC
  • Suzanne Hamilton – Cleveland, OH
  • Britt Kornmann – Houston, TX
  • Tom Kovach – Las Vegas, NV
  • Joan Lau – Philadelphia, PA
  • Bobbi Lancaster – Gold Canyon, AZ
  • Andy Linsky – Palm Springs, CA
  • Justin Mikita – Los Angeles, CA
  • Joshua Miller – Henderson, NV
  • Bryan Parsons – San Francisco, CA
  • Cheryl Rose – Columbus, OH
  • John Ruffier – Orlando, FL
  • Linda Scaparotti – San Francisco, CA
  • Candice Shapiro – Dedham, MA
  • Judy Shepard – Casper, WY
  • Ames Simmons – Atlanta, GA
  • Ashley Smith – Washington, DC
  • Michael Smithson – Columbus, OH
  • Steve Sorenson – Newport Beach, CA
  • Deb Taft – Boston, MA
  • Faye Tate – Denver, CO
  • Rebecca Tillet – Newton, PA
  • Paul Thompson – Long Beach, CA
  • Robb Webb – Dallas, TX         

 

Board of Governors

The dedicated members of the Human Rights Campaign's Board of Governors manage the organization's local outreach nationwide. They help to build HRC's membership and maintain relationships with local communities.

Each member of the HRC Board of Governors is responsible for coordinating fundraising and volunteer activity in the city or region he or she represents. Members also serve as liaisons between their local communities and HRC's staff and boards.

  • Marilyn Abalos – New York, NY
  • John Affuso – Boston, MA
  • Jack Albers – San Francisco, CA
  • Steve Amend - Las Vegas, NV
  • Tal Anderson – Twin Cities, MN
  • Debra Bacchi – Rockville Centre, NY
  • Jennifer Bajorek – Houston, TX
  • Greg Battaglia – Greater New York 
  • Andrew Beaudoin – Jacksonville, FL
  • Brittany Binler – Philadelphia, PA
  • Brooke Bishop – New Albany, OH
  • Angel Boord – Norfolk, VA
  • Stefani Borg – Columbus, OH
  • Blake Brockway – Brentwood, TN
  • Linda Brown – Boring, OR
  • K Jason Bryan – St. Paul, MN
  • Brian Buzby – Houston, TX
  • Rory Cahn – Beachwood, OH
  • Jeremy Carter – North Carolina
  • Blaise Caudill – Tucson, AZ
  • Steven Cayton – Atlanta, GA
  • Angie Cottrell – Kansas City, MO
  • Dolores Covrigaru – Alberston, NY
  • Thomas Cowley – Rancho Mirage, CA
  • June Crenshaw – Washington, DC
  • Lynn Currie – Austin, TX
  • Lance Demaline – Columbus, OH
  • Brad DiFiore – Atlanta, GA
  • Cristina DiGoia – Las Vegas, NV
  • Jaime Duggan – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • Ann Dyste – Saint Paul, MN
  • Cate Eble – Charlotte, NC
  • Cordy Elkins – Boston, MA
  • Alex Ernst – New York, NY
  • Xavier Esters – Chicago, IL
  • Melanie, Falls – Walton Hills, OH
  • Chris Fasser – New York, NY
  • Maria Fasulo – Huntington, NY
  • Michael Fifield – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Gabe Fischer – Denver, CO
  • Jenny Ford – Nashville, TN
  • Ashley Fowler – Chicago, IL
  • Sarah Garber – St. Louis, MO
  • Matt Garrett – Atlanta, GA
  • Ben Gibbs – Atlanta, GA
  • Melinda Greene – Smyrna, GA
  • Lisa Guillory – New Orleans, LA
  • Erin Gurak – Austin, TX
  • Randall Hance – Houston, TX
  • Matt Hendry – San Francisco, CA
  • Gary Hilbert – South Orange, NJ
  • Ann Hooper – Charlotte, NC
  • Lon Hurst – Nashville, TN
  • Tim Jenkins – Chicago, IL
  • Alyssa Jones – Salem, MA
  • Korrine Johnson – Orlando, FL
  • Ann Kaner-Roth – Minneapolis, MN
  • Clayton Katz – Houston, TX
  • Dean Keppler – Seattle, WA
  • Anne Klingeberger – Chicago, IL
  • Champ Knecht – Greater New York
  • Kevin Knoblock – Boston, MA
  • Keith Laepple - Seattle, WA
  • David Lahti – Palm Springs, CA
  • Andrew Land – Atlanta, GA
  • Jason Laney – Washington, DC
  • Duane Lefevre – Boston, MA
  • Chris Lehtonen – Napa, CA
  • Luigi Lewin – New York, NY
  • Victor Lim – Chicago, IL
  • Chris Lindsey – Dallas, TX
  • Anna Lineback – Apex, NC
  • Michael Long – Portland, OR
  • Thomas Macias – Ojai, CA
  • Lisa Marchbanks – Pasadena, CA
  • Cody Martin – Long Beach, CA
  • David Martinez, III – Pheonix, AZ
  • Dan Mauney – Charlotte, NC
  • Colette Melancon – Covington, LA
  • Rich Meyers – Studio City, CA
  • Michael Moore – Cincinnati, OH
  • Karen Morgan – Morrow, OH
  • Chris New – Atlanta, GA
  • Khoa Nguyen – Baltimore, MD
  • Roger Nyhus - Seattle, WA
  • Derek Osterman – Boston, MA
  • Tonya Pacetti-Perkins – San Antonio, TX
  • Byron Pelt – Atlanta, GA
  • Densil Porteous – Columbus, OH
  • Kaitlin Porter – Atlanta, GA
  • Ron Quinn – Las Vegas, NV
  • Layne Rackley – San Diego, CA
  • Victor Ravago – San Diego, CA
  • Catherine Reid  – Coupeville, WA
  • Brandie Reiner – Mesa, AZ
  • Barry Robertson – Fort Worth, TX
  • Marvin Rocha – Philadelphia, PA
  • Geri Rochino – San Diego, CA
  • Mario Rodas – Chelsea, MA
  • Liz Rodriguez – Euless, TX
  • Christian Rogers – New Orleans, LA
  • Andrea Rubin – New Orleans, LA
  • Paul Schiminsky – Las Vegas, NV
  • Brigid Scarbrough – Atlanta, GA
  • Paul Schiminsky – Las Vegas, NV
  • Elizabeth Schlesinger – St. Louis, MO
  • Shelly Schoenfeld – Charlotte, NC
  • Dustin Schrecengost – Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Alicia Schwarz – Minneapolis, MN
  • Dan Slater – Orange, CA
  • Matt Smith – Austin, TX
  • Neil Smith – Hillsborough, NC
  • Michael Smithson – Cleveland, OH
  • Greg Snow – Medford, MA
  • Katherine Sprissler-Klein – Philadelphia, PA
  • Rick Straits – Columbus, OH
  • Jeff Strater – Dallas, TX
  • Rick Taylor – Sagamore Hills, OH
  • Julian Tovar – Floresville, TX
  • Bonnie Uphold – West Covina, CA
  • Sean VanGorder – Las Vegas, NV
  • Lauren Verrusio – New York NY
  • Melissa Vivanco – Houston, TX
  • Lou Weaver – Houston, TX
  • Jamaul Webster – New York, NY
  • Aaron Weiner – Cincinatti, OH
  • Amy White – Seattle, WA
  • Andrew Winters – Baltimore, MD
  • Phillip Wright – Austin, TX

 

Emeritus Council


The Emeritus Council is comprised of dedicated former members of the HRC and HRC Foundation Boards of Directors.

The Council is responsible for reviewing broad issues of strategy and governance and advising each board where appropriate. Members provide leadership in the engagement of HRC Board Alumni, serve as ambassadors for HRC at both the local and national levels, and participate in HRC fundraising efforts.

  • David Beckwith – Los Angeles, CA
  • Ken Britt – Atlanta, GA
  • Lawrie Demorest – Atlanta, GA
  • Tim Downing – Beachwood, OH
  • Jody Gates – New Orleans, LA
  • Barry Karas – Washington, DC
  • Lucilo Peña – Dallas, TX
  • Dana Perlman – Los Angeles, CA
  • Henry Robin – New York, NY
  • John Sullivan – Minneapolis, MN
  • Rebecca Tillet – Newton, PA