Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera is the Director of Faith Outreach and Training at the Human Rights Campaign, where she works with people of faith across denominations to ensure we can be who we are, love who we love and practice our faith free of judgement.
Meléndez Rivera is a 30+ year veteran of the LGBTQ and labor movements. Meléndez Rivera has extensive experience organizing and training at the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity and culture specifically as they relate to communities of color. She has crisscrossed the country training workers and community leaders in organizing, leadership development and community building strategies from a grassroots perspective. Meléndez Rivera has also done extensive work supporting LGBTQ leaders in America Latina.
A biologist and sociologist by education with a solid Jesuit and SND formation, that makes her passions flare and drives her days forward. Meléndez Rivera is pursuing an MDiv at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, with her wife, Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz and their chosen family, both human and furry!