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 brings over twenty years worth of LGBT Movement experience to the Equality Federation. This includes 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 (BAGLY), one of the nation’s oldest and best‐respected LGBT youth organizations. Andy has expertise in the areas of organizational development, diversity, health promotion, and leadership development. He brings a wealth of experience regarding the provision of technical assistance, training, and resources to a wide range of local, statewide and national LGBT organizations.

Andy began his LGBT and social justice activism as a student at Cornell University where he majored in Psychology and Women’s Studies while co-chairing the LGBT Coalition.  His first two jobs out of college were consecutive positions—Outreach and Education Coordinator and HIV/ STD Technical Assistance Coordinator—at the National Youth Advocacy Coalition for LGBT youth, providing technical assistance to over 100 organizations across the country. He most recently served as Diversity Specialist and HR Liaison for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  His past positions also include Associate Director of Diversity at Massachusetts Legal Services, LGBT Coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of New Hampshire, Office Manager at the National Lesbian & Gay Health Association, and Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Gay & Lesbian Youth.

Andy Garcia currently lives in downtown Washington, DC. In his spare time, he is an avid gardener, photographer, and self-taught chef and 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.

Renée Perry

Director of Operations

Renée Perry is the Director of Operations at the Equality Federation, the national strategic partner to state-based organizations working to win equality in the communities we call home. She keeps the infrastructure of this innovative, completely distributed, organization running smoothly across four time zones. She is also responsible for coordinating the Federation Institute’s annual conference, the Summer Meeting.

Renée came to the Federation after retiring from a career in academia. Before becoming a university professor, she worked in collective, progressive small businesses. She is an alumna of University of Washington, Seattle, with a doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University.

Renée lives in the East Bay of California, with her wife Laine, four cats and innumerable deer in the backyard.

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.