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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.

  • Ian Barrett – Houston, TX
  • Liz Baskin –  Austin, TX
  • Bruce Bastian – Orem, UT
  • Vanessa Benavides – Oakland, CA
  • Chris Boone – Los Angeles, CA 
  • Paul Boskind – San Antonio, TX
  • Todd Canon – Austin, TX
  • Chris Carolan – Brooklyn, NY
  • Morgan Cox – Plano, TX
  • Tim Downing – Beachwood, OH
  • Patty Ellis – Newtown, PA
  • Melanie, Falls – Walton Hills, OH
  • Anne Fay – Dallas, TX 
  • Christopher Flynn – Boston, MA
  • Matt Garrett – Atlanta, GA
  • Chad Griffin – Washington, DC
  • Suzanne Hamilton – Cleveland, OH
  • James Harrison – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • Tom Knabel – Minneapolis, MN
  • Justin Mikita – Los Angeles, CA
  • DyShaun Muhammad – Minneapolis, MN
  • Robert Newhart – Chicago, IL
  • Bryan Parsons – San Francisco, CA
  • Lester Perryman – New Orleans, LA
  • Cheryl Rose – Columbus, OH
  • Patrick Scarborough – Birmingham, AL
  • Shelly Schoenfeld – Charlotte, NC
  • Ames Simmons – Raleigh, NC
  • Steve Sorenson – Newport Beach, CA
  • Michael Smithson – Columbus, OH
  • Ben Waldman – Seattle, WA
  • Debbie Wernet  – Houston, TX
  • Tina White – Asheville, NC


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
  • Todd Canon – Austin, TX
  • Edie Cofrin – Atlanta, GA
  • June Crenshaw – Washington, DC
  • Jaime Duggan – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • Patty Ellis – Newtown, PA
  • Anne Fay – Dallas, TX 
  • Charlie Frew – Atlanta, GA
  • Chad Griffin – Washington, DC
  • Suzanne Hamilton – Cleveland, OH
  • Randall Hance – Houston, TX
  • James Harrison – Dallas/ FT. Worth, TX
  • Tom Kovach – Las Vegas, NV
  • Joan Lau – Philadelphia, PA
  • David Lahti – Palm Springs, CA
  • Chris Lehtonen – Napa, CA
  • Justin Mikita – Los Angeles, CA
  • DyShaun Muhammad – Minneapolis, MN
  • Rey Ocañas – Houston, TX
  • Bryan Parsons – San Francisco, CA
  • Cheryl Rose – Columbus, OH
  • John Ruffier – Orlando, FL
  • Candice Shapiro – Dedham, MA
  • Judy Shepard – Casper, WY
  • Ames Simmons – Raleigh, NC
  • Ashley Smith – Washington, DC
  • Steve Sorenson – Newport Beach, CA
  • Deb Taft – Boston, MA
  • Paul Thompson – Long Beach, CA
  • Rebecca Tillet – Newton, PA
  • Robb Webb – Dallas, TX
  • Tina White – Asheville, NC

 

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.

  • Christina Adeleke – Charlotte, NC
  • Tal Anderson – Twin Cities, MN
  • Julie Anderton – Chicago, IL
  • Eric Aufdengarten – Los Angeles, CA
  • Debra Bacchi – Rockville Centre, NY
  • Sandy Bass – Los Angeles, CA
  • Greg Battaglia – New York, NY 
  • Meredith Bazzell – Nashville, TN
  • Andrew Beaudoin – Jacksonville, FL
  • Brooke Bishop – New Albany, OH
  • Stefani Borg – Columbus, OH
  • Blake Brockway – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Robert Bronke – Durham, NC
  • Malik Brown – Atlanta, GA
  • Percy Brown – Atlanta, GA
  • Jeff Brumett – Santa Ana, CA
  • K Jason Bryan – St. Paul, MN
  • Constance Callahan – Atlanta, GA
  • John Cannon – Madisonville, LA
  • Michael Caston – Atlanta, GA
  • Anjali Chavan – Columbus, OH
  • Richard Chizmadia – Cincinnati, OH
  • Miguel Cobian – Portland, OR
  • Angie Cottrell – Kansas City, MO
  • Dolores Covrigaru – Alberston, NY
  • Lynn Currie – Austin, TX
  • Elaine Dausy – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • Ingrid Duggan – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • Jaime Duggan – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • Carol Ebersole-Weiss – Spencerport, NY
  • Cordy Elkins – Boston, MA
  • Alex Ernst – New York, NY
  • Xavier Esters – Chicago, IL
  • Mark Falgout – Durham, NC
  • Chris Fasser – New York, NY
  • Maria Fasulo – Huntington, NY
  • Aaron Finnegan – St. Louis, MO
  • Jenny Ford – Nashville, TN
  • Sarah Garber – St. Louis, MO
  • Ben Gibbs – Washington, DC
  • Krystal Gilliam – Houston, TX
  • J. Alan Goddard – Charlotte, NC
  • Clarione Guiterrez – San Diego, CA
  • Erin Gurak – Austin, TX
  • Abdulah Hall – Pasadena, CA
  • Nik Harris – Lauderhill, FL
  • Lynn Hammond – Palm Springs, CA
  • Mary Hart – Dallas, TX
  • Matt Hendry – San Francisco, CA
  • Christina Hernandez – Round Rock, TX
  • Ann Hooper – Charlotte, NC
  • Lori Hoppman – Philadelphia, PA
  • Laura Jennings – Philadelphia, PA
  • Korrine Johnson – Orlando, FL
  • Alyssa Jones – Salem, MA
  • Christopher Kattenhom – Kirkland, WA
  • Clayton Katz – Houston, TX
  • Anne Klingeberger – Chicago, IL
  • Champ Knecht – Greater New York
  • Justin Koziatek – Chicago, IL
  • Wendy Kraft– Las Vegas, NV
  • Keith Laepple - Seattle, WA
  • Nam Lam – Santa Monica, CA
  • Andrew Land – Atlanta, GA
  • Don Paul Landry – Luling, LA
  • Jason Laney – Washington, DC
  • Sue LaVaccare – Los Angeles, CA
  • Luigi Lewin – New York, NY
  • Victor Lim – Chicago, IL
  • Chris Lindsey – New York, NY
  • Abbey Logan – Overland Park, KS
  • Michael Long – Portland, OR
  • Robert Lopardo – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Ivette Lopez – Atlanta, GA
  • Tyler Loveday – Nashville, TN
  • Thomas Macias – Ojai, CA
  • Lisa Madry – Houston, TX
  • Cody Martin – Los Angeles, CA
  • Dan Mauney – Charlotte, NC
  • Kelly Moffat – Brooklyn, NY
  • Fidel Montoya – Charlotte, NC
  • Karen Morgan – Morrow, OH
  • Jim Murphy – Burlingame, CA
  • Leo Murrieta – Las Vegas, NV
  • Steve Newsome – Cincinnati, OH
  • Khoa Nguyen – Baltimore, MD
  • Bradly Odom-Harris – Houston, TX
  • Shayom Ortiz – Dallas/ Ft. Worth TX
  • Brent Parrish – Dorchester, MA
  • Luz Pellot – Cleveland, OH
  • Chris Piel – Kansas City, MO
  • Densil Porteous – Columbus, OH
  • Layne Rackley – San Diego, CA
  • Linda Reyes-Hart – Dallas, TX
  • Steve Roberge – Portland, OR
  • Liz Rodriguez – Euless, TX
  • Christian Rogers – New Orleans, LA
  • Aaron Rutledge – Baltimore, MD
  • Anthony Sandonato – Orlando, FL
  • 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
  • Shannon Scott – Portland, OR 
  • Dan Slater – Orange, CA
  • Kelly Smith – Las Vegas, NV
  • Matt Smith – Austin, TX
  • Neil Smith – Seattle, WA
  • Michael Smithson – Columbus, OH
  • Greg Snow – Medford, MA
  • Katherine Sprissler-Klein – Philadelphia, PA
  • Sal Stow – Bethlehem, TX
  • Rick Straits – Columbus, OH
  • Suzanne Sullivan – Seattle, WA
  • Judy Sunblade – Boston, MA
  • Rick Taylor – Sagamore Hills, OH
  • Ashley Thomas – Austin, TX
  • Sam Tornabene – Dallas, TX
  • Julian Tovar – Floresville, TX
  • Bonnie Uphold – West Covina, CA
  • Sean VanGorder – Las Vegas, NV
  • Lauren Verrusio – New York NY
  • Jeremy Wallace – Las Vegas, NV
  • Lou Weaver – Houston, TX
  • Jamaul Webster – New York, NY
  • Aaron Weiner – Cincinnati, OH
  • Gary Wilson – Houston, TX
  • Steve Wiscaver – Dallas, TX
  • Shawn Wolfe – Sagamore Hills, OH
  • Phillip Wright – Austin, TX
  • Hudson Young – Washington, DC

 

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
  • Lawrie Demorest – Atlanta, GA
  • Tim Downing – Beachwood, OH
  • Jody Gates – New Orleans, LA
  • Sandra Hartness – Laguna Beach, CA
  • LeeAnn Jones – Atlanta, GA
  • Barry Karas – Washington, DC
  • Lucilo Peña – Dallas, TX
  • Dana Perlman – Los Angeles, CA
  • Henry Robin – New York, NY
  • Cathi Scalise – Dallas, TX
  • John Sullivan – Minneapolis, MN
  • Rebecca Tillet – Newton, PA
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