On Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF) announced that Kelley Robinson will become the organization’s ninth president and the first Black, queer woman to lead the organization.
Robinson comes to HRC after serving as the Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF). Her first official day as president of HRC will be Nov. 28.
“I’m honored and ready to lead HRC — and our more than three million member-advocates — as we continue working to achieve equality and liberation for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people,” said Robinson in a statement. “This is a pivotal moment in our movement for equality for LGBTQ+ people. We, particularly our trans and BIPOC communities, are quite literally in the fight for our lives and facing unprecedented threats that seek to destroy us.”
“For more than a decade, Kelley Robinson has worked to build Planned Parenthood’s political, organizing and outreach efforts to engage diverse communities in the fight for reproductive freedom,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Kelley’s visionary leadership as the Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Executive Director propelled the organization’s advocacy work and helped build one of the largest, most engaged supporter networks in the country.”
“The overturning of Roe v. Wade reminds us we are just one Supreme court decision away from losing fundamental freedoms including the freedom to marry, voting rights, and privacy,” Robinson said. “We are facing a generational opportunity to rise to these challenges and create real, sustainable change. I believe that working together this change is possible right now.”