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Vice President for Government Affairs

Department: Policy and Political Affairs

Allison Herwitt

Allison Herwitt

Allison Herwitt is the Vice President for Government Affairs for the Human Rights Campaign—where she has spearheaded the organization’s federal legislative work and lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill during a period of unprecedented success for the LGBT movement.

Since joining HRC in 2006, she has led HRC into successful coalitions advocating for the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the enactment of an LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act, and the recent passage of a fully-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the United States Senate. By pairing the knowledge, relationships and insight of HRC’s experienced lobbying shop with the smart and strategic activation of HRC’s more than 1.5 million members and supporters around the country, Allison and her team have built the bipartisan congressional coalitions necessary to get historic legislation done, time and time again. Under her watch, HRC’s annual Congressional Scorecard has become a one-stop-shop for LGBT and ally voters to determine which elected officials on Capitol Hill are standing on the right side of history.

Prior to joining HRC, she spent eleven years at NARAL Pro-Choice America, first as a lobbyist and later as the Director of Government Relations. In those roles, she coordinated and enhanced legislative strategy, helping to position the organization as the political arm of the pro-choice movement.

Previously, she served as a public policy advocate for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, specializing in welfare reform, employment and child care issues. Herwitt also gained considerable political experience and first-hand knowledge of the legislative process during a six-year career on Capitol Hill with two women members of Congress, Representatives Marge Roukema and Susan Molinari. She played an instrumental role in shaping their legislative agendas in the areas of education, women’s health, reproductive health, economic equity and child care.  During her time on Capitol Hill, she served as Legislative Co-Chair of the Capitol Hill Women’s Political Caucus. In this capacity, she was involved with the drafting of the first-ever sexual harassment policy for Capitol Hill offices.

Herwitt holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and women’s studies from Goucher College in Baltimore.