Ty Cobb is a member of the senior management team at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the public education and outreach arm of the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the United States.
Ty founded HRC’s global department and leads a team of experts who run groundbreaking programs and campaigns that advance and protect the human right of LGBTQ people around the world, including those who are immigrants and refugees. He ensures HRC is providing integral support to advocates and activists who are serving on the frontlines of their LGBTQ movements. He also pushes the U.S. government to fulfill its potential as a leader on human rights and partners with American multinational corporations on global equality efforts.
Previously, Ty served as a lawyer and lobbyist at HRC, where he focused on federal advocacy initiatives, including the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, immigration reform, and the appointment of equality-minded individuals to key positions in the executive branch and on the federal judiciary.
Ty joined HRC after serving as counsel to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. During his time working for the committee, Ty played an integral role in passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which became the first federal law to protect individuals from violent crimes based on gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability.
Ty began his professional career as an associate attorney at Bracewell & Giuliani in Dallas, TX and Sidley Austin in Washington, DC. He holds a B.A. in American Studies and a B.B.A. in Business Honors from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Ty lives with his partner, Greg Fuller, in Washington, DC and is a proud supporter of Center Global, a direct services organization that provides much-needed assistance to local LGBTQ asylum seekers.