Human Rights Campaign Welcomes Key New Leaders Orlando Gonzales & Stephanie Osborn

by Laurel Powell

Orlando Gonzales (he/el/they) joins as Senior Vice President for Programs, Research, and Training; Stephanie Osborn (she/her) to serve as HRC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO)

WASHINGTON —Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, announced two new senior leadership team hires, strengthening its already-powerful work on behalf of LGBTQ+ people. Orlando Gonzales (he/el/they) joins HRC as Senior Vice President for Programs, Research, and Training, leading the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s critical programmatic work. Stephanie Osborn (she/her) joins HRC as its new Chief Operating Officer on April 8. Gonzales and Osborn arrive at HRC at a critical moment for the LGBTQ+ movement, amidst a first-ever national State of Emergency and an escalating state legislative season that is seeing continued attacks on transgender youth.

I’m excited to welcome Stephanie Osborn and Orlando Gonzales to the HRC team. We’re at a critical moment for the future of our community, and the experience they both bring to the table is going to be critical in the coming weeks, months, and years. Orlando and Stephanie are joining a powerful team of advocates, organizers, researchers, and LGBTQ+ community leaders. I’m excited to see what we can do together.

Kelley Robinson, President of the Human Rights Campaign

Orlando Gonzales brings extensive experience in the non-profit arena and most recently served for five years as the Executive Director of SAVE and the SAVE Foundation, South Florida’s longest serving LGBTQ+ civil rights organization. In this work he provided leadership and direction to staff and the more than 400 volunteers who worked to provide education, support and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community. He brought significant fundraising expertise to the organization and served as a trusted community partner and media expert on breaking LGBTQ+ news and issues, including Spanish-language media.

I’m thrilled to join Kelley and the entire HRC team - and ready to make an impact,” said Orlando Gonzales, incoming Senior Vice President for Programs, Research, and Training. “The HRC Foundation’s work is more important now than ever before. With more people identifying as LGBTQ+, including upwards of 30% of Gen Z, there is an even deeper need for this vital research, advocacy, and education work. I’m excited to lead this team and, with their help, ready to win.

Orlando Gonzales, HRC's Senior Vice President for Programs, Research, and Training

Stephanie Osborn brings more than two decades of national non-profit management experience, serving most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research where she has led finance and administration, human resources, technology and compliance, powering the organization’s work to achieve economic equity for women. Throughout her career in membership and advocacy organizations, Stephanie has prioritized strategic, stable leadership to foster a healthy workplace, advance organizational performance, and expand their influence and impact.

Joining the incredible team at HRC is an honor and a privilege,” said Stephanie Osborn, incoming Chief Operating Officer. “Alongside Kelley, Orlando, and the entire Human Rights Campaign team, I’m ready to work to strengthen and future proof HRC’s infrastructure and operations so we can continue to make bold change for LGBTQ+ people everywhere, without exception.

Stephanie Osborn, Incoming Chief Operating Officer

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