Human Rights Campaign Announces New Members of Boards of Directors

by HRC Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, announced its newest members of the 2023 HRC and HRC Foundation Boards of Directors.

“It is an honor to welcome our newest board members Beck Bailey, Percy Brown, Cordy Elkins, Tony Garavaglia, Darryl Holloman, Ph.D., Marcia Namowitz, and Tatiana Williams,” said Human Rights Campaign President Kelley Robinson. “Together, they bring years of experience working with HRC in their communities and a fierce commitment to our mission. With the LGTBQ+ community living in a state of emergency, it’s never been more important to have brilliant, bold board members on our team. I can’t wait to partner with them in the years ahead.”

“Today, I’m humbled to welcome our new board members,” said Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board Chair Jamaul Webster. “To be able to serve alongside them, knowing we will continue to create and improve the systems and programs tied to every stage and aspect of life for LGBTQ+ people is a gift. Every initiative, every research study, every action we take together reflects their deep commitment to moving hearts, minds and policies toward a more inclusive and socially just world.”

“I am thrilled to welcome our new board members to the Human Rights Campaign,” said Human Rights Campaign Board Chair Morgan Cox. “Together, we will work to elect Equality candidates into office, pass the Equality Act, and build political inroads to a brighter future where LGBTQ+ people and our allies are leading at every level of government. We are grateful to have their leadership as we continue to drive progress towards meaningful change.”

Beck Bailey, He/Him/His, Los Angeles, California

Beck Bailey is the Global Chief Diversity Officer for Accenture, responsible for building a culture of equality in the workplace for over 700,000 people in 49 countries. Beck leads a global team that is dedicated to ensuring all of Accenture’s people feel they belong and can thrive. His leadership also sets the firm’s Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) strategy and enables stakeholders to embed inclusive practices in all aspects of the organization to deliver value and enable business results.

Before joining Accenture, Beck was director of the Workplace Equality Program at the Human Rights Campaign, advising hundreds of Fortune-ranked firms on adopting policies, practices, and benefits critical to LGBTQ+ inclusion. Beck regularly coached C-Suite and other senior executives on understanding the business imperative for LGBTIQ+ inclusion and developing their own inclusion strategies to advance equality. A recognized expert in LGBTIQ+ workplace inclusion, Beck has been interviewed by NPR, CNN, BBC, the New York Times and more. Beck remains a trusted advisor for many business leaders and now shares Accenture’s insights and best practices with clients, peers and C-Suite executives.

A longtime advocate and out transgender man, Beck is passionate about driving belonging for all people at work. He co-chairs the steering committee for the Partnership for Global LGBTIQ+ Equality (PGLE), a coalition of companies and civil society organizations in collaboration with the United Nations and the World Economic Forum; and serves on the board of directors for Reaching Out MBA. He lives in Los Angeles with his partner Margaux and a furry family.

Percy Brown, He/Him/His, Atlanta, Georgia

Percy Brown serves as the Chair of the National Board of Governors and is the co-founder of the HRC B.L.A.C.K. Council. He has previously served on the Board of Governors Executive Committee as National Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Tri-Chair and National Political Action and Community Engagement (PACE) Co-Chair. Since joining the Atlanta Steering Committee in 2015, he has served as Atlanta Dinner Co-Chair and Board Liaison for PACE and Volunteer Engagement.

Percy was named an HRC Community Engagement Leader of the Year in 2018 and 2019; he was also named to Business Equality Magazine’s 2019 list of 40 LGBTQ+ Leaders Under 40. In 2020, he was appointed to the Georgia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and named to the Out for Biden LGBTQ+ Leadership Council. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Democratic Party of Georgia’s LGBTQ+ Caucus, as well as serving on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the state party. He was previously named to OUT Georgia Business Alliance’s list of 100 Most Influential LGBTQ+ Georgians.

Percy is an award-winning communications professional and a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). He is currently the Director of Internal Communications at Lambda Legal

Cordy Elkins, She/Her/Hers, Boston, Massachusetts

Cordy has been an avid supporter of HRC for many years having joined after volunteering at a Dinner with her aunts back in 2010. Cordy joined the New England Steering Committee in 2012 and served 7 years on the Board of Governors from 2014-2021. During this time she Co-Chaired many local dinners and led leadership fundraising for the region. On the national level Cordy led the Governor Board Development Committee, DEI strategy for the Governors and Community Engagement during the 2020 election season. Cordy's commitment to HRC is founded in a belief that all kids should grow up as she did - supported and understanding of differences but that all people we encounter are equal.

Cordy grew up in a small town in New Hampshire and moved to Boston after college. She lives in South Boston with her boyfriend, Dustin and their dog Banker. She works in digital marketing in financial services and also as a local fitness instructor though much prefers spending her time outside hiking, running and golfing. In addition to her work with HRC, she also volunteers for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.

Tony Garavaglia, He/Him/His, St. Louis, Missouri

Tony has been actively involved with the Human Rights Campaign for ten years. He is a member of the St. Louis Steering Committee and has served in the role of Corporate Chair on the dinner committee for the past several years. Tony’s business relationships with Human Resources Executives and Diversity Officers have allowed him to assist St. Louis in meeting and exceeding its fundraising goals.

Tony has four children. He became involved in the Human Rights Campaign because of his passion for ensuring a world for his children that would create equality for everyone.

In addition to the Human Rights Campaign, Tony volunteers his time for the Wyman Foundation for Children, which assists troubled teens in finding the right path to success. He is also a Board Member and Executive Committee member for the Covenant House of Missouri, which helps young people in moving from homelessness to hope. Additionally, he volunteered his time, where he served as the Vice President of the Webster University Alumni Board of Directors for four years. He is a Senior Vice President and Employee Benefits Consultant with Alliant Insurance Services, where he also serves as the co-leader for the firm’s LGBTQ+ ERG.

Darryl B. Holloman, Ph.D., He/Him/His, Atlanta, Georgia

Darryl B. Holloman serves as Vice President for Student Affairs at Spelman College, a historically Black college for women, located in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, he served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Georgia State University. He worked as the Assistant Vice President for Student Life at Columbus State University. He also worked as the Associate Dean/ Director of the Paul Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers University-Newark Campus. Dr. Holloman has been a long standing member of the HRC Federal Club and works closely with the HRC HBCU Summit.

Dr. Holloman has worked in higher education for over 30 years and has an expansive portfolio which includes experiences in student affairs practice, higher education governance, and faculty life. Dr. Holloman has served on the faculty at Rutgers University-Newark, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Columbus State University, Georgia State University and Spelman College. He has presented at various regional, national, and international conferences.

Dr. Holloman has several articles and book chapters to his credit. Dr. Holloman’s research examines the ways disadvantaged groups develop and demonstrate their agency in educational systems. He is the co-editor of the book entitled From Boyhood to Manhood: Deconstructing Black Masculinity through a Life Span Continuum through Peter Lang Press. He is currently working on a co-edited manuscript entitled: In the Middle: Leading as Mid-level Professionals in Student Affairs. Dr. Holloman is an active member of St. Luke Episcopal Church. Dr. Holloman lives in Atlanta with his spouse of 30 years, Glyn Williams, and their two twin sons – Delbert and Delvin.

Marcia Namowitz, She/Her/Hers, New York, New York

As a member of the HRC Greater NY Steering Committee since 2016; Marcia is in her 3rd term on the Board of Governors and presently serves as a Federal Club Co-Chair. She is also a member of the Major Donor Committee and the Corporate Sponsorship Committee for the Greater NY Dinner.

Marcia retired in June of 2022 as a Private Wealth Advisor and Certified Financial Planner after a 45-year career in the financial services industry, the last 28 of which were spent at Ameriprise Financial.  Marcia is proud that the majority of the clients she served at Ameriprise were in the LGBTQ+ community - many of whom became her dear friends. Her tenure at Ameriprise was life-changing, as she was finally out and open in her workplace after spending over 16 years closeted in a homophobic atmosphere on Wall Street. Marcia graduated from New York University with a Master of Business Administration in Finance and she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the City University of New York.

Marcia feels blessed to have an amazing wife, Val. They have been together for 36 years and were legally married in NY in 2011. They live full-time on Long Island and enjoy a pied-à-terre in Greenwich Village. 

HRC continues to be her lifeline and supporting its work both as a volunteer and major donor enables Marcia to be part of a movement that is so much bigger than herself– especially so in these dangerous and critical times.  She feels honored to stand alongside her fellow activists at HRC in their mission to change hearts and minds and ensure equality for all - without exception.

Tatiana Williams, She/Her/Hers, Miramar, Florida

Tatiana Williams (she/her/hers) was born and raised in South Florida. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Transinclusive Group (TIG), Broward County’s first African-American Trans-Led organization founded in 2017. TIG’s mission is to advocate to protect and defend equality for transgender and LGBTQ+ individuals in South Florida. Ms. Williams has been advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community for more than 25 years. She has established, maintained and developed positive relationships with community leaders and elected officials who promote legislation that supports transgender people within the LGBTQ+ community. She has been a pivotal voice in the passage of legislation positively impacting LGBTQ+ people in Florida.

Due to her decades-long leadership and advocacy, Ms. Williams is called upon across the country as a speaker, author and advisor. She has worked with artists including Da Baby and Lil Nas X to support LGBTQ+ outreach, advocacy and education. She has written various articles for GLAAD and the Journal of American Medicine Association. Ms. Williams sits on numerous boards including Equality Florida TransAction Council, Broward County Hate Crimes Taskforce, serves as Interim Co-Chair of the Broward County Integrated Prevention and Care Plan 2017-2026, which includes the Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need for the Center for Disease Control, Florida HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Planning Network At-Large State Representative, Broward County HIV Prevention Planning Council Transgender Advisory Group Community Co-Chair and Transgender Law Center’s National Trans Agenda Coalition Member.

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