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

Our Staff

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.

Jonah Hermann, Director of Outreach

Jonah Hermann is Equality NC’s Outreach Director. Jonah is responsible for the organization’s presence in the political atmosphere from the candidate endorsement program to efforts at the General Assembly. An experienced campaign operative, Jonah joins Equality NC from Senator Kay Hagan’s reelection campaign, where he served as the Deputy Data Director. Prior to moving to North Carolina, Jonah worked for Tom Barrett for Governor, Tammy Baldwin for Senate, and Jon Tester for US Senat. Jonah has been active in LGBT politics as Vice Chair of the National College Democrats LGBT Caucus and a founding member of LGBT Democrats of Wake County.

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.

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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