National Field Director
Department: Policy and Political Affairs
As National Field Director, Marty Rouse is tasked with mobilizing the Human Rights Campaign's more than one million and a half members and supporters to effect change at the federal, state and local level.
In 2012, HRC's Field Team worked to affirm same-sex marriage laws at the ballot in Maryland and Washington, won marriage equality for the first time in history proactively at the ballot in Maine, and defended against an anti-equality constitutional amendment in Minnesota.
Earlier this year, Marty and his team partnered with key coalition members to pass marriage equality laws in Rhode Island, Minnesota, and Delaware. HRC is currently focusing on adding Hawaii and Illinois to the marriage equality win column this year and New Jersey and New Mexico in 2014. HRC’s Field Team also worked with local partners to pass a non-discrimination ordinance in San Antonio, TX – America’s 7th most populous city – in the summer of 2013.
Before joining HRC in 2006, Rouse led MassEquality, the statewide group in Massachusetts that successfully defended marriage equality in the Bay State. Under Rouse's leadership, MassEquality became a national advocacy model that combined grassroots organizing with strategic electoral focus.
Rouse, a Maryland resident, is the proud parent of two sons who are growing too fast, Sasha and David.