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Equality North Carolina has a professional staff and dedicated team of interns working for you.

Our Staff

Brent Childers, Director of Faith Outreach

Brent Childers joined the Equality NC staff in October 2015 as Director of Faith Outreach. He has worked for the previous eight years as executive director of an LGBT advocacy organization dedicated to ending the unique harm caused to LGBT individuals, especially youth and their families, when certain religious teaching is used to justify and promote stigma and hostility.

Ben Graumann, Development Manager

Benedict Graumann began his work with Equality NC in July 2014 as the development associate, becoming development manager in March 2015. Ben handles the monthly donor program and acknowledgement system. He also drafts proposals, prepares reports, and assists the executive director with fundraising events, including the annual Equality Gala.

Matt Hirschy, Director of Advancement

Matt Hirschy joined the Equality NC staff in July 2014 as its first Director of Business Engagement and Programs and has since become Director of Advancement. Matt works with the Business Equality Council to increase statewide workplace protection policies, and manages the day to day operations of many of our programs.

Shawn Long, Director of Operations

T. Shawn Long joined the Equality NC staff in August 2006 as administrative coordinator. He now works as the Director of Operationa, serving as office manager and handling general questions and requests, processing donations and bills, maintaining the member database, handling the financial accounts, and coordinating event registration.

Tierra Ragland, RFRA Organizing Specialist

Tierra Ragland jointed the Equality NC staff in August 2015 as a Communications and Organizing Specialist, dedicated to a partnership with the ACLU of NC Legal Foundation. She is focused on organizing and educating North Carolina around religious refusal/recusal, or so-called “religious freedom,” proposals and their impact on the LGBT community.

Crystal Richardson, Director of Advocacy

Crystal Richardson joined the Equality NC staff in April 2014 as its first Freedom Moral Summer Organizer -- dedicated to a first-of-its-kind partnership with the NAACP. The experienced advocate for pro-equality issues led Equality NC's efforts during the NAACP's upcoming Freedom Moral Summer campaign. Now, she's leading our advocacy and outreach efforts as the organization's first-ever Director of Advocacy.

Chris Sgro, Executive Director

As an organizer and finance director for state- and federal-level campaigns, Chris most recently was Director of Economic Development for U.S. Senator Kay Hagan. He was a founding member of LGBT Democrats of North Carolina and has served as treasurer for the LGBT Democrats of Guilford County.

Our Boards

Our boards set organizational policy and goals, ensure the fiscal stability and success of the organizations, and select and supervise the Executive Director. We seek to maintain boards that represent the diversity of the community in terms of geography, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, age, disability, religion, and partisanship. CLICK HERE to view our Equality NC Foundation Staff and Board.

Equality NC Board

Guillermo Rodriguez Chair Asheville
Rick McDermott Vice Chair Charlotte
Andy Gerschutz Treasurer Chapel Hill
Julie Merricks Secretary Raleigh
Steve Acosta Clayton
Alan Buie-King Raleigh
Sarah Ford Raleigh
Meredith Griffin-Speagle Fuquay Varina
Tracy Johnson Raeford
Paula Kohut Wilmington
Michelle Mathis Hickory
J. Wayne Riggins Fayetteville
Andrew Spainhour Greensboro
Scott Taylor Chapel Hill

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P.O. Box 28768
Raleigh, NC 27611
tel (919) 829-0343
fax (919) 827-4573

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