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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.


Boards

The Human Rights Campaign's board members are a unique and diverse group of courageous, hardworking and talented people who combine strong professional skills with a passion for equality and justice for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. No higher caliber of committed volunteers exists. HRC's boards make policy, manage finances and coordinate volunteer involvement for the organization. They sustain HRC's vision and raise awareness about the mission of the Human Rights Campaign.

Board of Directors

The Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors — a group of volunteers comprised of corporate and community leaders from throughout the country — is the governing body for the corporation. Its members determine HRC's mission and purposes, and they sustain the organization's vision.

The HRC Board of Directors has the ultimate authority over the organization's actions, including fiscal management and budget approval. Board members also establish the official policies that direct HRC.

  • Ian Barrett – Houston, TX
  • Liz Baskin –  Austin, TX
  • Bruce Bastian – Orem, UT
  • Vanessa Benavides – Oakland, CA
  • Chris Boone – Los Angeles, CA 
  • Paul Boskind – San Antonio, TX
  • Morgan Cox – Plano, TX
  • Tim Downing – Beachwood, OH
  • Patty Ellis – Newtown, PA
  • Melanie Falls – Walton Hills, OH
  • Anne Fay – Dallas, TX 
  • Matt Garrett – Atlanta, GA
  • Chad Griffin – Washington, DC
  • Suzanne Hamilton – Cleveland, OH
  • James Harrison – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • Justin Mikita – Los Angeles, CA
  • DyShaun Muhammad – Minneapolis, MN
  • Robert Newhart – Chicago, IL
  • Lester Perryman – New Orleans, LA
  • Cheryl Rose – Columbus, OH
  • Patrick Scarborough – Birmingham, AL
  • Shelly Schoenfeld – Charlotte, NC
  • Dan Slater - Orange, CA
  • Ben Waldman – Seattle, WA
  • Jamaul Webster – New York, NY
  • Debbie Wernet  – Houston, TX
  • Tina White – Asheville, NC


Foundation Board

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans to live their lives openly. The foundation also seeks to change the hearts and minds of Americans to the side of equality.

The HRC Foundation Board has the ultimate authority for the actions of the Foundation. The board manages the foundation's finances and establishes official policies governing the foundation.

  • Gwen Baba – Los Angeles, CA
  • Bruce Bastian – Orem, UT
  • Jay Biles – Charlotte, NC
  • Edie Cofrin – Atlanta, GA
  • June Crenshaw – Washington, DC
  • Patty Ellis – Newtown, PA
  • Anne Fay – Dallas, TX 
  • Charlie Frew – Atlanta, GA
  • Jody Gates - New Orleans, LA
  • Chad Griffin – Washington, DC
  • Suzanne Hamilton – Cleveland, OH
  • Randall Hance – Houston, TX
  • James Harrison – Dallas/ FT. Worth, TX
  • Tom Kovach – Las Vegas, NV
  • David Lahti – Palm Springs, CA
  • Chris Lehtonen – Napa, CA
  • Justin Mikita – Los Angeles, CA
  • DyShaun Muhammad – Minneapolis, MN
  • Rey Ocañas – Houston, TX
  • Jodie Patterson - Brooklyn, NY
  • Cheryl Rose – Columbus, OH
  • Judy Shepard – Casper, WY
  • Elizabeth Schlesinger – St. Louis, MO
  • Ashley Smith – Washington, DC
  • Deb Taft – Boston, MA
  • Paul Thompson – Long Beach, CA
  • Robb Webb – Dallas, TX
  • Michael Weinholtz - Malibu, CA
  • Tina White – Asheville, NC

 

Board of Governors

The dedicated members of the Human Rights Campaign's Board of Governors manage the organization's local outreach nationwide. They help to build HRC's membership and maintain relationships with local communities.

Each member of the HRC Board of Governors is responsible for coordinating fundraising and volunteer activity in the city or region he or she represents. Members also serve as liaisons between their local communities and HRC's staff and boards.

  • Patrick Achis - Irvine, CA
  • Christina Adeleke – Charlotte, NC
  • Steve Alcocer - Austin, TX
  • Paul Anagnostos - Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Tal Anderson – Twin Cities, MN
  • Julie Anderton – Chicago, IL
  • Liz Balcom - Philadelphia, PA
  • Sandy Bass – Los Angeles, CA
  • Greg Battaglia – New York, NY 
  • Meredith Bazzell – Nashville, TN
  • Andrew Beaudoin – Jacksonville, FL
  • Matteline Becker - Las Vegas, NV
  • Brooke Bishop – New Albany, OH
  • Stefani Borg – Columbus, OH
  • Joy Bowling - Charlotte, NC
  • Blake Brockway – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Robert Bronke – Durham, NC
  • Ken Brown - Miami, FL
  • Malik Brown – Atlanta, GA
  • Percy Brown – Atlanta, GA
  • Tessa Cabrera - San Diego, CA
  • Nancy Caldwell - Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • Constance Callahan – Atlanta, GA
  • John Cannon – Madisonville, LA
  • Michael Caston – Atlanta, GA
  • Richard Chizmadia – Cincinnati, OH
  • Miguel Cobian – Portland, OR
  • Dabney Conwell - Cleveland, OH
  • Isabel Cordova - San Diego, CA
  • Dolores Covrigaru – Alberston, NY
  • Giles Davidson - Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • Craig Diaz - Columbus, OH
  • Jaime Duggan – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • Carol Ebersole-Weiss – Spencerport, NY
  • Cordy Elkins – Boston, MA
  • Xavier Esters – Chicago, IL
  • Mark Falgout – Durham, NC
  • Chris Fasser – New York, NY
  • Maria Fasulo – Huntington, NY
  • Aaron Finnegan – St. Louis, MO
  • Tony Garavaglia - Chesterfield, MO
  • Sarah Garber – St. Louis, MO
  • Diego Garcia - Washington, DC
  • Ben Gibbs – Washington, DC
  • Krystal Gilliam – Houston, TX
  • Stephen Gossman - San Francisco, CA
  • Erin Gurak – Austin, TX
  • Clarione Gutierrez – San Diego, CA
  • Lynn Hammond – Palm Springs, CA
  • Lisa Hannusch - Austin, TX
  • Nik Harris – Lauderhill, FL
  • Matt Hendry – San Francisco, CA
  • David Hendryx - Laguna Beach, CA
  • Christina Hernandez – Round Rock, TX
  • Latoya Holman – Las Vegas, NV
  • Lori Hoppmann – Philadelphia, PA
  • Tom Jackobs - Houston, TX
  • Bonnie Johnson - Park Ridge, IL
  • Korrine Johnson – Orlando, FL
  • Dennis Jolley - St. Paul, MN
  • Alyssa Jones – Salem, MA
  • Christopher Kattenhom – Kirkland, WA
  • Clayton Katz – Houston, TX
  • Louis Kemp - Charlotte, NC
  • Champ Knecht – New York, NY
  • Kevin Knoblock – Boston, MA
  • Justin Koziatek – Chicago, IL
  • Wendy Kraft– Las Vegas, NV
  • Keith Laepple - Seattle, WA
  • Nam Lam – Santa Monica, CA
  • Luigi Lewin – New York, NY
  • Chris Lindsey – Bayonne, NJ
  • Abbey Logan – Overland Park, KS
  • Robert Lopardo – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Ivette Lopez – Atlanta, GA
  • Thomas Macias – Ojai, CA
  • Lisa Madry – Houston, TX
  • Rebekah McCorvey - Atlanta, GA
  • Adam Mischlich - Portland, OR
  • Tory Mitchell - Chicago, IL
  • Kelly Moffat – Brooklyn, NY
  • Fidel Montoya – Charlotte, NC
  • Kris Moore - Nashville, TN
  • Karen Morgan – Morrow, OH
  • Jim Murphy – Burlingame, CA
  • Leo Murrieta - Las Vegas, NV
  • Marcia Namowitz - Melville, NY
  • Shayom Ortiz – Dallas/ Ft. Worth TX
  • Brent Parrish – Dorchester, MA
  • Eric Patton - Nashville, TN
  • Luz Pellot – Cleveland, OH
  • Trey Pike - Austin, TX
  • Densil Porteous – Columbus, OH
  • David Prince - Chicago, IL
  • Layne Rackley – San Diego, CA
  • Linda Reyes-Hart – Dallas, TX
  • Chase Rickey - Cincinnati, OH
  • Steve Roberge – Portland, OR
  • Ryan Roche - Atlanta, GA
  • Liz Rodriguez – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • Christian Rogers – New Orleans, LA
  • Tom Rogers - Philadelphia, PA
  • Bruce Rohr - Washington, DC
  • Zach Rose-Heim - Kansas City, MO
  • Aaron Rutledge – Washington, DC
  • Anthony Sandonato – Orlando, FL
  • Brigid Scarbrough – Atlanta, GA
  • Elizabeth Schlesinger – St. Louis, MO
  • Alicia Schwarz – Minneapolis, MN
  • Shannon Scott – Portland, OR 
  • Thomas Sim - Laguna Beach, CA
  • Kelly Smith – Las Vegas, NV
  • Marla Smith - Long Beach, CA
  • Matt Smith – Austin, TX
  • Neil Smith – Seattle, WA
  • Gregory Snow – Medford, MA
  • Joshua Sparrow - Wekiva Springs, FL
  • Sal Stow – Bethlehem, TX
  • Suzanne Sullivan – Seattle, WA
  • Betty Sun - Centreville, MS
  • Judy Sunblade – Boston, MA
  • Rick Taylor – Sagamore Hills, OH
  • Ashley Thomas – Austin, TX
  • Julian Tovar – Floresville, TX
  • Bonnie Uphold – West Covina, CA
  • Sean VanGorder – Las Vegas, NV
  • Lou Weaver – Houston, TX
  • Jamaul Webster – New York, NY
  • Aaron Weiner – Cincinnati, OH
  • Dustin Williams – Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Gary Wilson – Houston, TX
  • Shawn Wolfe – Sagamore Hills, OH
  • Hudson Young – Washington, DC

 

Emeritus Council


The Emeritus Council is comprised of dedicated former members of the HRC and HRC Foundation Boards of Directors.

The Council is responsible for reviewing broad issues of strategy and governance and advising each board where appropriate. Members provide leadership in the engagement of HRC Board Alumni, serve as ambassadors for HRC at both the local and national levels, and participate in HRC fundraising efforts.

  • David Beckwith – Phoenix, AZ
  • Jane Daroff – Beachwood, OH
  • Lawrie Demorest – Atlanta, GA
  • Tim Downing – Beachwood, OH
  • Jody Gates – New Orleans, LA
  • LeeAnn Jones – Atlanta, GA
  • Christoper Labonte - Philadelphia, PA
  • Lucilo Peña – Dallas, TX
  • Dana Perlman – Los Angeles, CA
  • Henry Robin – New York, NY
  • Cathi Scalise – Dallas, TX
  • John Sullivan – Minneapolis, MN
  • Frank Woo – San Francisco, CA
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