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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
  • Scott Bishop – Charlotte, NC
  • Chris Boone – Los Angeles, CA 
  • Paul Boskind – San Antonio, TX
  • Todd Canon – Austin, TX
  • Chris Carolan – Brooklyn, NY
  • Tim Downing – Beachwood, OH
  • Patty Ellis – Newtown, PA
  • Christopher Flynn – Boston, MA
  • Chad Griffin – Washington, DC
  • Suzanne Hamilton – Cleveland, OH
  • James Harrison – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • Tom Knabel – Minneapolis, MN
  • Chris Labonte – Philadelphia, PA
  • Ryan Levy – Houston, TX
  • 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
  • Linda Scaparotti – San Francisco, CA
  • Patrick Scarborough – Birmingham, AL
  • Ames Simmons – Raleigh, NC
  • Steve Sorenson – Newport Beach, CA
  • Michael Smithson – Columbus, OH
  • Meghan Stabler – Austin, TX
  • Ben Waldman – Seattle, WA
  • 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
  • Scott Bishop – Charlotte, NC
  • Ken Britt – Atlanta, GA
  • 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
  • James Harrison – Dallas/ FT. Worth, TX
  • Tom Kovach – Las Vegas, NV
  • Joan Lau – Philadelphia, PA
  • 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 – Raleigh, NC
  • Ashley Smith – Washington, DC
  • Michael Smithson – Columbus, OH
  • Steve Sorenson – Newport Beach, CA
  • Deb Taft – Boston, MA
  • Faye Tate – Denver, CO
  • 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.

  • Marilyn Abalos – New York, NY
  • John Affuso – Boston, MA
  • Jack Albers – San Francisco, CA
  • Steve Amend - Las Vegas, NV
  • Tal Anderson – Twin Cities, MN
  • Julie Anderton – Chicago, IL
  • Eric Aufdengarten – Los Angeles, CA
  • Debra Bacchi – Rockville Centre, NY
  • Jim Baney – Pittsburg, CA
  • Greg Battaglia – New York, NY 
  • Andrew Beaudoin – Jacksonville, FL
  • Brittany Binler – Philadelphia, PA
  • Brooke Bishop – New Albany, OH
  • John Biske – Boston, MA
  • Angel Boord – Norfolk, VA
  • Stefani Borg – Columbus, OH
  • Blake Brockway – Brentwood, TN
  • Linda Brown – Boring, OR
  • Jeff Brumett – Santa Ana, CA
  • K Jason Bryan – St. Paul, MN
  • Brian Buzby – Houston, TX
  • Constance Callahan – Atlanta, GA
  • Jeremy Carter – Charlotte, NC
  • Michael Caston – Atlanta, GA
  • Blaise Caudill – Tucson, AZ
  • 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
  • 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
  • Aaron Finnegan – St. Louis, MO
  • Gabe Fischer – Denver, CO
  • Jenny Ford – Nashville, TN
  • Ashley Fowler – Chicago, IL
  • Sarah Garber – St. Louis, MO
  • Matt Garrett – Atlanta, GA
  • Ben Gibbs – Washington, DC
  • Krystal Gilliam – Houston, TX
  • Melinda Greene – Smyrna, GA
  • Lisa Guillory – New Orleans, LA
  • Clarione Guiterrez – San Diego, CA
  • Erin Gurak – Austin, TX
  • Abdulah Hall – Pasadena, CA
  • Randall Hance – Houston, TX
  • Nik Harris – Lauderhill, FL
  • Mary Hart – Dallas, TX
  • Matt Hendry – San Francisco, CA
  • Christina Hernandez – Round Rock, TX
  • Gary Hilbert – South Orange, NJ
  • Ann Hooper – Charlotte, NC
  • Korrine Johnson – Orlando, FL
  • Alyssa Jones – Salem, MA
  • Ann Kaner-Roth – Minneapolis, MN
  • Christopher Kattenhom – Kirkland, WA
  • Clayton Katz – Houston, TX
  • Anne Klingeberger – Chicago, IL
  • Champ Knecht – Greater New York
  • Kevin Knoblock – Boston, MA
  • Wendy Kraft– Las Vegas, NV
  • Keith Laepple - Seattle, WA
  • David Lahti – Palm Springs, CA
  • Nam Lam – Santa Monica, CA
  • Andrew Land – Atlanta, GA
  • Jason Laney – Washington, DC
  • Sue LaVaccare – Los Angeles, CA
  • Duane Lefevre – Boston, MA
  • Chris Lehtonen – Napa, CA
  • Luigi Lewin – New York, NY
  • Victor Lim – Chicago, IL
  • Chris Lindsey – Dallas, TX
  • Abbey Logan – Overland Park, KS
  • Michael Long – Portland, OR
  • Robert Lopardo – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Tyler Loveday – Nashville, TN
  • Thomas Macias – Ojai, CA
  • Lisa Madry – Houston, TX
  • Lisa Marchbanks – Pasadena, CA
  • Cody Martin – Los Angeles, CA
  • David Martinez, III – Pheonix, AZ
  • Colette Melancon – Covington, LA
  • Michael Moore – Cincinnati, OH
  • Karen Morgan – Morrow, OH
  • Leo Murrieta – Las Vegas, NV
  • Chris New – Atlanta, GA
  • Steve Newsome – Cincinnati, OH
  • Khoa Nguyen – Baltimore, MD
  • Laura Nolden – Chicago, IL
  • Bradly Odom-Harris – Houston, TX
  • Brent Parrish – Dorchester, MA
  • Byron Pelt – Atlanta, GA
  • Chris Piel – Kansas City, MO
  • Densil Porteous – Columbus, OH
  • Kaitlin Porter – Atlanta, GA
  • Layne Rackley – San Diego, CA
  • Brandie Reiner – Mesa, AZ
  • Ingrid Retzer – Dallas, TX
  • Barry Robertson – Fort Worth, TX
  • Marvin Rocha – Philadelphia, PA
  • Liz Rodriguez – Euless, TX
  • Christian Rogers – New Orleans, LA
  • Andrea Rubin – New Orleans, LA
  • Aaron Rutledge – Baltimore, MD
  • 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
  • Darren Smith – Denver, CO
  • Kelly Smith – Las Vegas, NV
  • Matt Smith – Austin, TX
  • Neil Smith – Hillsborough, NC
  • Michael Smithson – Columbus, OH
  • Greg Snow – Medford, MA
  • Katherine Sprissler-Klein – Philadelphia, PA
  • Sal Stow – Bethlehem, TX
  • Rick Straits – Columbus, OH
  • Jeff Strater – Dallas, TX
  • Suzanne Sullivan – Seattle, WA
  • 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
  • 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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