Achieving LGBT Equality Through Litigation, Legislation, Policy, and Public Education

NCLR Staff, Board & Councils

NCLR’s dedicated team works from our national headquarters in San Francisco and our regional office in Washington D.C.

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Kate Kendell, Esq.
Executive Director

Cathy Sakimura, Esq.
Deputy Director & Family Law Director

Shannon Price Minter, Esq.
Legal Director

Erik Olvera
Director of Communications

Julie Gonen, Esq.
Policy Director

Ruth McFarlane, Esq.
Director of Development & Community Engagement

Billy Chen
Director of Finance and Operations

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Samantha Ames, Esq.
BornPerfect Campaign Coordinator & Staff Attorney

Noemi Calonje
Immigration Project Director

Helen J. Carroll
Sports Project Director

Emily Haan, Esq.
Staff Attorney

Arcelia Hurtado, Esq.
Immigration Policy Advisor

Geoff Kors
Government Policy Director

Asaf Orr, Esq.
Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney

Chris Stoll, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

Amy Whelan, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

Julie Gonen, Esq.
Policy Director

Shannon Price Minter, Esq.
Legal Director

Shannan Wilber, Esq.
Youth Policy Director

Ming Wong, Esq.
Supervising Helpline Attorney

Cathy Sakimura, Esq.
Deputy Director & Family Law Director

Tyrone Hanley, Esq.
Policy Counsel

Estefanía Álvarez
Immigration Project Assistant

Sam Lai
Legal Assistant

Carolyn Reyes, Esq.
Youth Policy Counsel

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Erik Olvera
Director of Communications

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Ruth McFarlane, Esq.
Director of Development & Community Engagement

Melissa Higuchi
Senior Development Assistant

Azael Chávez Laría
Project Assistant

Dani Siragusa
Corporate Relations & Events Manager

Ace Portis
Major Gifts Officer

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Billy Chen
Director of Finance and Operations

Board of Directors View +

Tamika Butler, Esq.
Board Co-Chair

Stacy Parson
Board Member

Kelly McCown, Esq.
Board Co-Chair

Gareth Duncan Gill
Board Member

Erin Dominguez, Esq.
Board Member

Elizabeth Deeley, Esq.
Board Member

Lisa Cisneros, Esq.
Board Member

Sonni Zambino
Board Member

Therese Lee, Esq.
Board Member

Arlette T. Smith
Board Member

Aubrey Hone
Board Member

Nancy Geimer
Board Member

National Leadership and Advisory Councils View +

National Leadership Council

Nevin Caple, NY

Katherine Carroll, CA

Diane Holland, MN

Fiona Martin, CO

Debora Ortega, Ph.D., CO

Barbara Russo, NY

Elizabeth Schwartz, Esq., FL

Sara Sperling, CA

Alison Burgos, FL

Shalanda Baker,Esq., HI

David Flugman, Esq.,NY

National Advisory Council

Roberta Achtenberg, Esq., CA

Carol Alpert, NY

Susan A. Gore, TX

Joyce Hunter, NY

Phyllis Lyon, CA

Lory Masters, TX

Raquel Matas, Esq., FL

Nancy Polikoff, Esq., DC

Ruthann Robson, Esq., NY

Abby R. Rubenfeld, Esq., TN

Carmen Vazquez, NY

Kate Clinton, NY

Yesenia Leon, FL

Jill Schlesinger, NY

National Family Law Advisory CouncilView +

Lauren Barros, UT

Jane Bassett, MI

Suzanne Bryant, TX

Carol Buell, NY

Lee Carpenter, PA

Emily Doskow, CA

Mariette Geldenhuys, NY

Diane Goodman, CA

Laura Gray, UT

Kathie Gummere, AZ

Debra Guston, NJ

Janet Helson, WA

Joan Hollinger, CA

Debra Hunt, TX

Eva Juncker, MD & VA

Courtney Joslin, CA

Joyce Kauffman, MA

Deb Kinney, CA

Karen Langsley, TX

LeeAnn Massucci, OH

Allison Mendel, AK

Connie Moore, TX

Patricia Novotny, WA

Tiffany Palmer, PA

Lynn Perls, NM

Nancy Polikoff, D.C.

Raegen Rasnic, WA

Abby Rubenfeld, TN

Elizabeth Schwartz, FL

Julie Shapiro, WA

Susan Silber, MD

William Singer, NJ

Judith Sperling-Newton, WI

Lori Surmay, GA

Kim Surratt, NV

Sharon Thompson, NC

Judith Turkel, NY

Arabia Vargas, TX

Deborah Wald, CA

Tanya Washington, GA

Bradley Weidemann, NC

Richard Wilson, IL

Claudia Work, AZ

Michele Zavos, D.C. & MD

Read About the National Family Law Advisory Council

#BornPerfect Advisory CommitteeView +

Sam Brinton, Co-chair

James Guay, Co-chair

Bill Bettencourt

Dr. Caitlin Ryan

Deb Cuny

Rev. Debra W. Haffner

Dr. Judith Glassgold

Kimberly Inez McGuire

Mathew Shurka

Peter Drake

Ryan Kendall

Prof. Shawn Markus Crincoli

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