Olivia Alair Dalton is HRC's Senior Vice President of Communications & Marketing. In this role, she leads HRC’s comprehensive, multi-faceted communications and marketing efforts that highlight the ongoing work of the organization to fight for protections for LGBTQ people at the federal, state, and local level, and to improve the lived experiences of all LGBTQ Americans.
Dalton joined the Human Rights Campaign in 2015 after working with HRC for several years. Prior to assuming her current role, she served as Senior Vice President at strategic communications firm SKDKnickerbocker, where she worked with HRC and the Respect for Marriage Coalition to advance nationwide marriage equality against the backdrop of three major Supreme Court cases and dozens of state legislative efforts. She was also responsible for helping to conceive and launch HRC's historic People's Brief, which garnered signatures from more than 200,000 Americans in favor of marriage equality and had more signatories than any amicus brief ever submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 2014, Dalton also worked with HRC to launch Project One America, its unprecedented campaign to expand LGBTQ equality across the South.
Prior to her work with HRC, Dalton has a long record of experience advising major nonprofits, issue campaigns, and some of the nation’s leading public officials. Over the last decade, she has served as a spokesperson for First Lady Michelle Obama, former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns and then-U.S. Senator Joe Biden.
PR News named Dalton to its annual People to Watch in PR list of rising stars in recognition of her work on marriage equality in 2013.