Family Equality Council Announces National Board of Advisers

March 8, 2016 — Today Family Equality Council, the national advocacy group representing the country’s 3 million LGBTQ parents and their 6 million children, announces the debut of its National Board of Advisers.

The group is comprised of leaders who — with their career and life experience — offer invaluable insight to Family Equality Council. “These vital advocates regularly lend us support and guidance, helping Family Equality realize its unique vision,” says Brent Wright, Interim Co-Executive Director and Director of Programs at Family Equality Council. “We are thrilled to formally recognize this group, and are, as always, incredibly thankful for their contributions.”

The full list of Advisers:

Macky Alston, VP for Strategy, Engagement and Media at Auburn Seminary

Judy Appel, Executive Director, Our Family Coalition

Suzanne Bryant, Attorney specializing in building secure families for LGBTQ clients

Jennifer Collins, CCO of In Artists Management, and co-founder of GogoCAL

Liz Coolidge, Coordinator of Fenway Health’s LGBT Family & Parenting Services and Alternative Insemination Programs

April Dinwoodie, CEO, Donaldson Adoption Institute

Linda Ellis, Executive Director, the Health Initiative

Roberta Kaplan, Partner at Paul, Weiss LLP (U.S. v. Windsor)

Tara Linh Leaman, Program Director, Westchester Building Futures

Ellen Pinderhughes, Associate Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University

Jennifer Potter, Director of Women’s Heath at Fenway Health

Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls, Founder and Executive Director of The Freedom Center for Social Justice (FCSJ); Founding pastor of Unity Fellowship Church

Cindy Rizzo, Senior Advisor for Evaluation and Strategy at the Arcus Foundation

Alice Ruby, Executive Director, The Sperm Bank of California (TSBC)

Mark Schuster, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; chief of general pediatrics & vice chair for health policy at Boston Children’s Hospital

Elizabeth Schwartz, Legal advocate for the LGBT community

Esera Tuaolo, Anti-bullying advocate; former NFL player

For more info, pls see the Board of Advisers page of our site:


Bradley Jacobs
Media Manager
Family Equality Council