As HRC’s Communications Director, Jay Brown serves as an organizational spokesperson and leads a team responsible for advocating for LGBTQ equality in the media. He works closely with the Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing and the Communications Department staff to craft strategy, develop messaging, and oversee the department’s daily operations -- leveraging media to improve the lives of LGBTQ people in the United States and around the globe.
Jay has had a long-standing history with the organization. Throughout 2015, he served as the Director of Research and Public Education, where he helped shaped HRC’s approach to generating research and educational campaigns. From 2013 to 2015, Jay directed research and public education efforts for the HRC Foundation, where he focused on developing a range of reports, issue briefs, toolkits and other resources focusing on a range of issues impacting LGBTQ Americans. Jay also worked at the HRC from 2000 to 2006, where he advanced messages of fairness for LGBTQ people in the media. His work included managing communications strategies around the defeat of the Federal Marriage Amendment, repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and advancing the equality of transgender people. Jay has also directed communications and marketing efforts at Reading Is Fundamental and Carnegie Mellon University.
An out trans man, Jay lives in Maryland with his spouse, Kendra, and their two children.