Hope Errico Wisneski serves as the Regional Field Director working in the US West where she maintains and expands HRC’s ability to mobilize grassroots advocacy on behalf of federal and state LGBT legislative priorities. In this capacity, she also designs and implements grassroots electoral and campaign strategies in support of federal and state candidates, and ballot initiatives, in the region.
Hope comes to HRC from the Gill Foundation, where she served as a Program Officer and managed the State Equality Fund. In this capacity, Hope worked with state and local advocacy organizations to develop, fund, and implement plans to advance pro-equality policy at the state level, in addition to working with LGBT national organizations. Prior to the Gill Foundation, Hope served as the Deputy Executive Director of The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center) where she oversaw daily operations, supervised all programs, and supported a 3.5M capital campaign and new building project. Prior to this role, Hope served as The Center’s Director of Youth Services; gaining national recognition for expertise with LGBT youth program implementation, research, and training. Hope coauthored twelve publications focusing on LGBT youth issues including suicide, school experiences, and homelessness. Hope’s former experience includes various client service and management roles in juvenile justice and mental health agencies.
Hope earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Arizona. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver, where she has served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching graduate classes on topics including leadership and nonprofit management. Hope provides LGBT competency training locally, regionally, and nationally, and has served on numerous local and national boards and advisory committees.