As most of you know, Joe Solmonese had chosen not renew his contract as HRC President in 2012. Many in our community are wondering who will take his place. Tons of names have been thrown around like Dan Choi and Dan Savage, but I created a list of ten highly qualified leaders that could move the HRC in an progressive direction.
The list is after the break.
1. Amanda Simpson - Currently, she is the Senior Technical Adviser to the Department of Commerce. Amanda is also the first transgender presidential appointee and serves on the board of the National Center for Transgender Equality. I think Amanda has the savvy to keep the HRC moving forward while inspiring others to fight for equality.
2. Keith Boykin - He is the former aide to President Bill Clinton and served as president of the board of the National Black Justice Coalition. He also has written books on LGBT people of color and is editor of The Daily Voice. Keith has a rich history in the LGBT political movement. I believe he could be the leader we need for the HRC.
3. Daniel J. O' Donnell - Daniel is a member of the New York State Assembly. He's a strong advocate for LGBT rights; O'Donnell pushed the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act and played a huge role in achieving marriage equality in New York. Daniel's fierce advocacy is very much needed in the battle to defend DOMA.
4. Jason Bartlett - Jason is a successful business man and politician. He served as state representative in Connecticut and a Deputy Director of the National Black Justice Coalition. Jason's skills in the business and political world could be very helpful in the organization's growth.
5. Urvashi Vaid - What can I say about Urvashi? She served as the executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, worked with the Ford Foundation, and served as Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation. This woman is a true leader and a force within the LGBT movement. Her leadership could move the organization forward and upward.
6. Hilary Rosen - Hilary is currently Managing Director of the Public Affairs and Communications Practice of SKDKnickerbocker. She is a very skilled nationally strategist in Washington and served as the interim director for the Human Rights Campaign several years ago. Hilary knows how to walk the line and still deliver results.
7. Kate Kendell - Kate is the executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Under her leadership, Kate has taken NCLR to the next level. Her advocacy for social justice is well-known and I think she could strengthen HRC's efforts.
8. Randi Weingarten - She was named one of the 25 most powerful women in New York City business. Randi is the current president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and has launched several initiatives to improve education reform. One of her recent efforts is See a Bully - Stop a Bully, a campaign to address bullying in schools. Randi is a fighter. Her drive and passion could be paramount in the HRC.
9. Mara Keisling - She is the founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. She was also one of the leaders of UnitedENDA, an initiative to pass a Trans-inclusive ENDA in 2005. Mara's tireless support and determination could help mend the bridge between the Trans community and the HRC.
10. Masen Davis - Masen is the executive director of the Transgender Law Center, a civil rights organization fighting for transgender communities. He also co-founded the FTM Alliance of Los Angeles and served on several boards supporting LGBT rights. Masen has a strong background in fundraising and his passion equality could be great for the HRC.
If you don't know any of these names on the list, please follow up on these great leaders. Who would you add to the list? What would your top ten list look like?