Human Rights Campaign Announces New Powerhouse Communications & Strategic Leadership Team to Fight Anti-LGBTQ+ Extremism

by Aneesha Pappy

WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, proudly announced its new communications and strategic leadership team. The hiring of this experienced, talented group of leaders represents a strategic and expanded investment in communications at a critical time for the movement, with threats to LGBTQ+ people increasing across the country. These individuals will ensure HRC remains a force in the fight against LGBTQ+ extremism and in the work to secure a future of full LGBTQ+ equality, without exception.

“HRC is thrilled to welcome this powerhouse group of leaders at a time when our movement desperately needs them. Collectively, they bring decades of experience in issue advocacy, political campaigns, and cultural organizing to the fight,” said Human Rights Campaign President Kelley Robinson. “This strategic investment in communications will allow HRC to confront LGBTQ+ extremism head on, continue to combat the crisis LGBTQ+ people are living in and ensure that everyone can live authentically, without fear or harm.”

HRC is excited to announce the following new hires and promotions:

Drew Daniels, Vice President of Digital Communications & Strategy

Drew Daniels, a returning employee at HRC, brings over 15 years of experience in digital communications working alongside racial justice organizations, progressive political campaigns, and nonprofits. He is an award-winning strategist and digital organizer with experience producing trailblazing campaigns that disrupt norms and amplify narratives across industries. Previously at Color Of Change as the Senior Director, Digital, Drew worked to find innovative ways to activate 7 million members online, expanding COC’s digital footprint, and building the power of our communities.

Christopher Huntley, Vice President of Executive Communications

The Office of the President is delighted to announce the addition of Christopher, a seasoned strategist and speechwriter, to its communications team. Christopher brings with him over a decade in strategic communications, particularly for progressive causes and notable political figures, including Senate Leader Harry Reid, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, among others.

Christopher joins us from his recent position at Blue State, where he oversaw progressive client teams, driving successful communications campaigns as Vice President of Strategic Communications.

Sam Lau, Vice President of Communications

Sam Lau brings more than ten years of strategic communications experience, from the campaign trail to Capitol Hill, to his new role at HRC. Most recently, Sam worked at Planned Parenthood Federation of America/Planned Parenthood Action Fund as the Senior Director for Advocacy Communications, leading the national organization’s advocacy and political communications efforts. Sam is an alum of numerous campaigns, political committees, and Congressional offices, including the 2018 Tony Evers gubernatorial campaign, the DSCC, and the House Budget Committee.

Brandon Wolf, National Press Secretary/Senior Director, Political Communications

Brandon Wolf most recently served as the press secretary for Equality Florida, building political messaging campaigns and leading the rapid response efforts in a state facing a barrage of anti-LGBTQ+ hate. With years of experience leading teams, Brandon is a nationally-recognized on-air spokesperson for LGBTQ+ equality and the fight to end gun violence, savvy communications expert, and author ofA Place For Us, his debut memoir about life as an intersectional advocate and Pulse nightclub survivor.

In addition to the new HRC staff members, Jay Brown, former Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training, has accepted the position of Chief of Staff, with a focus on maximizing the effectiveness of the President through thought partnership and implementing her vision and strategy throughout the organization. Jay Brown is a proven strategic and visionary leader, having been at HRC for more than 20 years. He has both a depth of understanding of the issues facing the LGBTQ+ community and expertise on how HRC can uniquely meet the challenges and opportunities of the LGBTQ+ equality movement.

In another exciting leadership promotion, former VP of Board and Volunteer Engagement Margot Rosen is now Deputy Chief of Staff. Part of the Office of the President, the Deputy Chief of Staff leads Board relations and partners closely with the Chief of Staff on organizational strategy and initiatives. For the past 18 years, Margot has held multiple roles at HRC, expanding and diversifying membership and leading HRC’s board and national steering committee volunteer network.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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