As National Field Director, Marty Rouse is tasked with mobilizing the Human Rights Campaign's more than three million members and supporters to effect change at the federal, state and local level.
Over the past several years, Marty and his team of field organizers have been on the ground mobilizing support for marriage equality and nondiscrimination protections. Across the country, from Maine to Hawaii, the HRC field team helped make history by building and implementing strategic campaigns.
In 2014, Marty and his team partnered with national, statewide, and local organizations to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance in Houston, TX – America’s 4th largest city. They are now working to pass needed protections in Jacksonville, FL, America’s most populous city without protections for their LGBTQ residents.
This year the anti-marriage backlash has manifested itself with over 100 anti-LGBTQ bills popping up in 29 states. The HRC field team has been on-the-ground working to beat back attempts to pass these harmful bills in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah.
Going on the offensive, the field team is working with other groups to pass statewide protections in Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania. HRC’s field team is preparing an unprecedented voter mobilization plan that will impact key states in the 2016 elections.
Before joining HRC in 2006, Rouse led MassEquality, the statewide group in Massachusetts that successfully defended marriage equality, making Massachusetts the first marriage equality state in the country. 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.