Elizabeth Birch served the Human Rights Campaign- the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization- as its executive director from January 1995 until January 2003. Under her leadership, the institution more than quadrupled its membership to 500,000 and its annual budget grew to more than $20 million. During her tenure, Birch built the organization from grassroots into the modern corporate model with an outstanding senior management team and 100-person staff. As the most prominent voice for LGBT persons, Birch regularly lobbied elected-leaders, made countless media appearances, and was on the front lines of the battle to ensure equality for all Americans, solidifying her position as a bona fide civil rights pioneer. Birch previously served as worldwide director of litigation for Apple Computer Inc. In addition, she has helped various Fortune 500 companies develop and implement non-discrimination and domestic partner benefits policies.
The evening with Elizabeth Birch is sponsored by the CMC Dean of Students with support from the James Irvine Foundation, the Queer Resource Center of the Claremont Colleges, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Everyone is cordially invited to this event.