Today, the Human Rights Campaign named Rebecca C. Hershey as the organization’s new Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB). In this role Hershey will champion HRC’s vision for full equality, equity and liberation — without exception — by developing, implementing, and advancing strategies in support of this organizational imperative.
A licensed attorney with a background in civil rights, Hershey has served as Director of DEIB at HRC since 2019, and has been Interim Head of DEIB since December 2022.
Hershey has spent the past 30 years working toward a more just and equitable community for all, starting as a young leader and trainer in her local NAACP chapter in Portland, Maine. She has spent her entire working career in positions with large nonprofit organizations committed to racial justice, economic opportunity, and safe and inclusive workplace and community ecosystems. A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Maine School of Law, Hershey is originally from Brooklyn, New York but spent much of her young life in rural Maine. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.
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