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

Ruth McFarlane, Esq.

Director of Development & Community Engagement

Ruth McFarlane is NCLR’s Director of Development & Community Engagement and oversees the cultivation and mobilization of support from individual donors, corporations, foundations and other institutions that share NCLR’s vision.

Ruth brings two decades of legal experience, nonprofit leadership and relationship building to NCLR. Most recently, Ruth served as the Director of Programs at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center where she was responsible for a wide spectrum of direct service and community programming. She was also the Director of Community Engagement for The PRIDE Study, a national study of LGBTQ health experience. Ruth spent several years providing direct services to LGBTQ and other marginalized youth in the Bay Area, including managing a residential program for homeless youth living with HIV.

Before working full-time in the nonprofit sector, McFarlane practiced as an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright in Dallas and Linklaters in New York City. During her legal career, Ruth was privileged to work on asylum cases with Human Rights First and provided numerous nonprofits with pro bono legal advice on tax, governance and other matters. Ruth was a Vaid Fellow with the Policy Institute of the National LGBTQ Task Force. Ruth served as an NCLR board member from 2014 to 2016. She holds a law degree from Cornell Law School and a Masters in Social Welfare from the University of California in Berkeley. Ruth earned her undergraduate degree at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.


© 2019 National Center for Lesbian Rights. All rights reserved. Give us Feedback. Read our Privacy Policy. State Regulations.