Staff

Rebecca Isaacs

Executive Director

Since 2011, Rebecca Isaacs has been the Executive Director of the Equality Federation, the strategic partner to state-based organizations winning equality in the communities we call home. In that time, she has doubled the organization's staff and budget  -- significantly growing the organization's programs to strengthen the states, build leaders, and advance critical issues.

Rebecca is an attorney and national leading advocate for justice and equality. Her expertise in building the capacity of social change organizations has taken her to leadership positions at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, The LA Gay & Lesbian Center, Inner City Law Center, and Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles. Rebecca’s service to the LGBT community also includes her work on numerous boards and commissions including: the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the National Coalition for LGBT Health, and the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.

Rebecca lives in Santa Monica, California with her spouse Vanessa Schwartz, a Professor of History at the University of Southern California. Their daughter, Rachel, is a first year college student.

Jenn Curtin

Program Associate

Jenn is the Program Associate at Equality Federation, the strategic partner to state-based organizations winning equality in the communities we call home. In her role, she strengthens our major donor program -- from managing a portfolio of our current donors to communicating with prospective donors. She also assists the communications team in the implementation of digital media programs and provides support to the board as board liaison.

Before joining the Equality Federation team, Jenn received a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Sociology. Jenn spent her academic years focusing on advocating for equality for LGBT people and women as well as developing skills in database management and communication strategies for nonprofit organizations.

Jenn has returned to her hometown in sunny Woodland Hills, California after years of living in the blistering cold of the Northeast.

Andy Garcia

Program Manager

Andy is Program Manager at Equality Federation, the strategic partner to state-based organizations working to win equality in the communities we call home. In this role, he strengthens the states working to pass local and state-level nondiscrimination laws by identifying and developing programs and resources, including legal and legislative support, communications resources, messaging, and constituency group expertise.

Andy studied Psychology and Womens Studies at Cornell University and brings over twenty years of LGBT movement experience to the Equality Federation—including three years with the innovative LGBT Pipeline Project and its 21st Century Fellows Program, and seven years as Program Director at the Boston Alliance of LGBT Youth. Andy brings a wealth of experience regarding the provision of training and resources to a wide range of local, statewide and national LGBT organizations.

Andy lives in Washington, DC, where you’ll find him biking the city streets and vegetable gardening on his tenth floor balcony. He is also an amateur photographer, self-taught chef and professional caterer.

Fran Hutchins

Director of Organizational Development & Training

Fran Hutchins is the Director of Organizational Development & Training at Equality Federation, the national strategic partner to state-based organizations working to win equality in the communities we call home. In this role, Fran works on the ground with state leaders to develop strategic plans, hire great people, develop leaders, and grow and strengthen our movement organizations.

Fran’s career has focused on developing strong, progressive organizations that change the way we approach some of our most pressing social problems: poverty, homelessness, education, economic inequality, and discrimination. She is especially proud to have served as Regional Field Director for Mainers United for Marriage, the successful 2012 campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples in Maine. Fran completed her MBA and Masters of Public Policy and Public Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she focused her study on strategic and financial planning. 

Fran grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, then moved around a lot, living in Chicago, Paris, and Los Angeles before settling down in Easthampton, Massachusetts, with her wife, Laura Kalba, a professor at Smith College, and their orange cat, Oscar Wilde.

Ian Palmquist

Director of Leadership Programs

Ian Palmquist is Director of Leadership Programs for Equality Federation, the national strategic partner to state-based organizations working to win equality in the communities we call home. His top priorities are building strong state leaders, strengthening the movement in the South, and winning safe and just school policies.

Ian previously spent twelve years at Equality North Carolina, including five as Executive Director. He led the successful campaign to pass the School Violence Prevention Act, the first LGBT-inclusive law in state history and the first statute to include protections for the transgender community in the South. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he received his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Ian lives in Raleigh, NC, where he shares his life with his partner of thirteen years, Brad Oaks, and their two dogs.

Mark Daniel Snyder

Director of Communications

Mark is the Director of Communications at Equality Federation, the strategic partner to state-based organizations winning equality in the communities we call home. As Director of Communications, Mark focuses on elevating our organizational brand to better reach target audiences -- from Federation member organizations to LGBT movement leaders. He expands our communications through our website, email, social media, and beyond -- telling the story of the state-based movement across multiple platforms.

Mark majored in Marketing Communication at Emerson College in Boston and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Communication. He brings to the Federation years of experience working with organizations serving various populations within the LGBTQ community, such as the Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth, Our Family Coalition, and COLAGE. Most recently, he served as the Senior Manager of Communications at Transgender Law Center. Mark is also a dedicated activist for social and economic justice. In 2000, he founded one of the first online hubs for queer activists, QueerToday.com, which has garnered media attention worldwide for sparking creative LGBTQ rights demonstrations.

Mark identifies as gender, sexually, and politically queer, and he also identifies as “Second Gen,” signifying that he has a gay parent. He is based in San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Wing and their Jack Russell Terrier, Willy.

Anne Stanback

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Anne Stanback is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Equality Federation, the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations winning equality in the communities we call home. Anne’s primary focus is working with states to develop plans, strategies and resources to pass laws to protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Anne spent nearly 30 years working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, including her work as the founding Executive Director of Love Makes A Family, the lead organization that successfully fought for the freedom to marry in Connecticut. She is a graduate of Davidson College and Yale Divinity School.

Anne is originally from North Carolina and though she will always be a Southerner at heart, she has lived in Connecticut for 32 years, 30 of those with her wife, Charlotte Kinlock, and pets too numerous to list. She serves as the Moderator at Immanuel Congregational Church (UCC) in Hartford.

Roey Thorpe

Director of Advocacy Programs

Roey Thorpe is the Director of Advocacy Programs for the Equality Federation, the strategic partner to state-based organizations winning equality in the communities we call home. In this role, Roey works closely with activists to create plans and strategies to pass laws banning discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing, and public life.   

Roey has worked in the LGBT movement for over 25 years, at both the state and national level.  Of the many roles she has held, she is especially proud to have spent five years as the executive director of Basic Rights Oregon, building the organization into a proactive political powerhouse. She also served as Alderperson and Acting Mayor of Ithaca, New York, making her their first out elected official.

Despite the fact that Roey has called Portland, Oregon her home since 2001, she has resisted urban chicken farming and other signs of overt hipster culture.  Instead, she prefers high heels and plays a mean game of poker.