Let's look at what the HRC needs, really, as their leader. Excluding the politics within the community, one has to wonder about what it is they will be looking for.
The Board of the HRC is a group of very strong personalities. All of whom have personally raised a sizeable chunk of funds and continue to do so each year.
So this person will need a very strong personality to handle them, but also be able to reign it back a bit so as to note step too hard on the toes of the people who are their boss.
One of the big jobs that is involved here is fundraising. We can bitchabout how that seems to be all that someone in that job does, but, well, really, that *is* their job.
So it needs to be someone who is good at getting people to give their money.
It needs to be someone who has a strong drive and will to succeed -- and who comes to the position with a very definite set of goals and a strong plan to achieve such.
That plan and those goals must meet the mission of the HRC, and they have to catch the board on fire, so they have to be strong and address the concerns of many people from different backgrounds (including, I'll note, a trans person).
They need to be someone who can move among the staffs and teams of people in Washington DC. THey don't have to be someone who knows all the big political players, but they need to understand not only the political scene, but the nature of the system that surrounds government and politics -- the staff members of the elected, the policy making people's staffs, and similar.
They need to be committed to LGBT rights and efforts. THis one a lot of people will take as a granted, but keep in mind that one doesn't have to be a member of the LGBT to head the HRC. I promise you that the Board is aware of that.
They need to be someone who is drama free. SO it can't be anyone who's publicly called another person something nasty in the last 5 years or so.
They need to be a competent manager who can direct the activities of a staff and stay within budget and come up with effective tools and be able to pick the right people for the right job.
Which is hard.
They have to be pretty familiar with all of this stuff *right now*. THis isn't stuff that can be learned on the job, this is what they have to come to the table with, just to start.
After you get through those things, then you have the not so exciting aspect of dealing with the social politics involved. For example, hiring Hilary Rosen would ultimately not benefit the relationship they have with the trans community, given Ms Rosen's previous relationships. She is, after all, the attack dog for RIAA and the Ex of a previous leader of the HRC.
But I will say that she's competent and capable.
Urvashi Vaid and Kate Kendell could both pull the job off.
Other candidates might come from the worlds of big business or venture capital, tech companies or think tanks.
Solomonese himself came from Emily's List -- a strong, competent leader who built the List into a powerful force that was once reckoned with.
When we play "who could it be next?" like this, we need to seriously look at the minimum needs of the position, and then remember not to have our blinders on.
THere are people out there who can seriously offer a lot, that might not be anyone that anyone has ever heard much of because they aren't found on the blogs or haven't had a newsworthy moment outside of some trade publication.
Which isn't to say your list isn't a great list, Viktor -- and on a personal level, I'm thrilled that you recognized peeps of color and trans folk -- just to say that the list is both harder to find people for and more difficult to select than it often seems on the surface.