Joni Madison

She/Her | Interim President of the Human Rights Campaign & Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Joni Madison has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff of the Human Rights Campaign & Human Rights Campaign Foundation since 2016.

Madison came to HRC from a tenure at McKinney, where she served as the chief operating officer, overseeing the day-to-day operations of a national advertising agency that worked with clients including Nationwide Insurance, CarMax, ESPN, Coca-Cola and General Mills — all top-earners on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices for LGBT+ employees. Through this position, she oversaw over 200 employees and cultivated an office environment that was named one of Advertising Age’s “Best Places to Work” in 2010.

As a long-term supporter and volunteer for HRC, Madison served on the board of directors from 2007 until 2014, and served as a board co-chair from 2012-2014. She also served on the HRC Board of Governors from 2001 until 2006, coordinating fundraising efforts and managing volunteers throughout the country. Madison has helped develop strategic plans for HRC and has been active in her community as a lead organizer for HRC’s North Carolina Steering Committee. She has also led several diversity initiatives and organizing efforts for HRC, including a women’s leadership initiative and the Gospel & Unity Celebration, a program which brought together diverse people of faith to support the LGBT+ community.

Joni has a B.S. in communications. She and her wife, Gina, are residents of Washington, DC.