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

Darren Arquero

Butler Koshland Fellow

Sponsored by Butler Koshland Fellowships (BKF), Darren joined NCLR in 2018 serving as a Fellow to Kate Kendell and Lauren Gray. With a decade of nonprofit experience, Darren uses the power of storytelling to advance multidisciplinary research for strategic communications and impactful change, particularly within queer communities of color.

Prior to joining NCLR, Darren served as a Research Fellow to Director john a. powell (lowercase spelling) at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, where he prepared public and private presentations for high-profile clients including the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative under the Obama Administration. Before the Haas Institute, Darren interned as a Network and Research Associate at Race Forward, writing as the primary author for the report “Better Together in the South: Building Movements across Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation.”

Darren’s professional work is informed by his activist background in queer religious organizing, stemming from his participation with the 2010 Soulfource Equality Ride. Originally from Sugar Land, Texas, Darren is also an Online Communications Consultant at the Arcus Foundation and an Associate Curator at the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco. He earned his MA degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his BA degree from Rice University.

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