HRC Story


The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Advisory Councils

All Children—All Families National Advisory Council

Members of the All Children — All Families National Advisory Council serve as key advisors in the development and implementation of the All Children - All Families initiative and provide leadership in educating the broader child welfare community about the importance of supporting LGBTQ youth and families in every aspect of practice.

Susan Badeau
Board President
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Philadelphia, PA

Lane Barker
Executive Director
Devereux Arizona
Scottsdale, AZ

Garry Bevel, Esq.
Regional Director, Community Partnership Schools™                     
Children’s Home Society of Florida
Winter Park, FL

Janice Goldwater
Founder and Executive Director
Adoptions Together
Silver Spring, MD

Beverly Jones
Vice President/Chief Program Officer
Lutheran Child & Family Services of Illinois
River Forest, IL

Joe Kroll
Former Executive Director
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
St. Paul, MN

Ann McCabe
Family Therapist and Child Welfare Consultant
Private Practice
Cape May, NJ

Greg Rose
Deputy Director, Children & Family Services
Division California Department of Social Services
Sacramento, CA

Lori Ross
Executive Director
FosterAdopt Connect (formerly Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association)
Independence, Missouri

Karey Scheyd
Nonprofit Consultant Specializing in Child Welfare
Austin, TX

André Wade
Director of Operations
Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, NV

Business Council

The HRC Business Council was founded in 1997 to support the Human Rights Campaign's goal of creating an America where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured of basic equal rights — and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. While not necessarily serving as official representatives of their companies, members provide expert advice and counsel on LGBTQ workplace issues based on their business experience and knowledge.

Mostafa Abdelguelil 
Head of Advocacy Response and Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
Capital One 
John Barry 
Vice President & Relationship Manager Global Funds Services
Northern Trust Corp. 
Wyndolyn (Wendy) C. Bell, MD 
Senior Medical Director & Vice President, Health Care Strategies
United Healthcare 
Richard Clark 
Chief Accounting Officer
Accenture Ltd. 

Elaine DeCanio 
Shell Oil Co. (retired) 

Rosanna Durruthy 
Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Lori Fox 
President & Founder
Lori Fox Diversity Consulting 
Betsy Hosick 
General Manager, Procurement – Downstream, Corporate & Shared Services
Chevron Corporation 
Lanaya Irvin 
Director, Equity Asset Management Services
Bank of America 
Linda Jolly 
Vice President and Corporate Secretary
Corning Incorporated 
Michael Lopez 
Head of Inclusion & Diversity
Karen Morgan 
Fleet Support Senior Operations Manager
GE Aviation 
Willard L. McCloud, III 
Global Lead- Diversity & Inclusion and Culture
Renee McLaughlin, MD 
Senior Medical Director, Delivery System Clinical Integration
Cigna Corporation 
Linda Nelson 
President, Customer Experience
Carlos Orta 
Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Carnival Corporation & PLC 

Michelle Phillips 
Jackson Lewis PC 
Scott Sapperstein 
Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs

Corey Smith 
Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion
Levi Strauss & Co 

Meghan Stabler 
Sr. Director/Advisor, Business Management, Marketing & Communications
CA Technologies 

Bob Witeck 
President & Founder
Witeck Communications, Inc. 

HBCU Project National Advisory Council

Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D
Professor & Director
The University of Pennsylvania Center of Minority Serving Institutions

Darrell Wheeler, Ph.D
National Association of Social Worker
Dean/Vice Provost, School of Social Work
University of Albany

Michael Lomax, Ph.D
United Negro College Fund
Former President
Dillard University

Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D
Economic Education
Former President
Bennett College for Women

Robert Franklin, Ph.D
Former President
Morehouse College

Steve Mobley, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Higher Education
University of Albama

Frenchie Davis
National Recording Artist

Trinice McNally, M.S.
Program Manager of HBCU Initiatives
National Black Justice Coalition

Brian Stewart
Graduate Student
Pepperdine University

Noah Perkins-Deal
Prairie View A&M University

Leslie Hall
Manager, HBCU Project
Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Parents for Transgender Equality Council

The HRC Parents for Transgender Equality Council is a coalition of the nation's leading parent-advocates working for equality and fairness for transgender people. The council is dedicated to the progress, continued challenges and unfinished work in the fight for transgender equality as they connect, mobilize and amplify many of the most powerful voices of love, inclusion and support for the transgender community.

Marsha Aizumi

Amber and Adam Briggle

Amy D'Arpino

Vanessa and JR Ford

Debi and Tom Jackson

Jeanette Jennings

Joanne and Changho Lee

Wayne and Kelly Ann Maines

Ofelia Barba Navarro

Deshanna and Chris Neal

Jodie Patterson

Michelle Honda-Phillips and Travis Phillips

Ea Porter and Louis Porter II

Peter and Sarah Tchoryk

Jeff and Hillary Whittington

Religion Council

The HRC Religion Council consists of 17 national religious spokespeople committed to equal rights for All Americans. As a group they embody the rich diversity of our faith communities in terms of theology, race, gender, geography, sexual orientation and gender identity. They inform, advise and support the organization's advocacy on a range of LGBTQ issues through effective faith-based engagement of clergy, denominational leaders and people of faith on a national basis.

Imam Daayiee Abdullah
Founder and Executive Director, Muslim Education Center for Creative Academics Institute

Eliel Cruz
Director of Communications at Anti-Violence Project

Rabbi Denise Eger
Founding Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami

Bishop Yvette Flunder
Founder and Senior Pastor, City of Refuge United Church of Christ

Rev. Wendell Griffen
Pulaski County Circuit Judge in Arkansas and pastor of New Millennium Church of Little Rock

Rev. Candy Holmes
Clergy member of Metropolitan Community Church

Justin Lee
Author and Founder of Nuance Ministries

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi
Director, African American Ministers Leadership Council, People for the American Way

Rev. Damaris Ortega
Pastor, UCC Congregational Plainfield

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Samuels
Pastor and Organizer, Victory for the World Church, United Church of Christ

Rev. J Manny Santiago
Executive Director - Rainbow Center

Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer
Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy, United Church of Christ

Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman
Pastor, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and President of the North Carolina NAACP

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf
Founder of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's Innovation Lab

Rev. Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis
Director of Communications and Educational Resources, Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion

Matthew Vines
Founder and President, The Reformation Project

Ani Zonneveld
Founder and President, Muslims for Progressive Values

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