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

Our Staff

Melissa Cartwright, Director of Development

Melissa Cartwright began her work with Equality North Carolina in March 2013. In her current role, Melissa manages the organization's fundraising efforts, including creating innovative fundraising programs, managing grants, and shepherding major gifts campaigns.

Ben Church, Director of Community Engagement

Ben Church joined the Equality NC staff in January 2013 as its first Deputy Director of Organizing. Ben cut his teeth in grassroots organizing during North Carolina's Amendment One battle until May 2012. In June 2012, he traveled to Minnesota and worked as staff with Minnesotans United For All Families, becoming the first campaign to successfully defeat a referendum banning same-sex marriage. Ben is excited to be back home in North Carolina, and is passionate about volunteer leadership and development.

Ben Graumann, Development Associate

Benedict Graumann began his work with Equality NC in July 2014. As the development associate, Ben manages the monthly donor program and acknowledgement system. He also drafts proposals, prepares reports and assists the director of development with fundraising events, including the annual Equality Gala.

Matt Hirschy, Director of Business Engagement + Programs

Matt Hirschy joined the Equality NC staff in July 2014 as its first Director of Business Engagement and Programs. 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.

Jen Jones, Director of Communications + Outreach

Jen Jones joined the Equality NC staff in March 2011 as the organization's first Communications Director. Working closely with Equality North Carolina’s organizing and development staff, today Jen plays a leadership role in all facets of Equality NC's communications and outreach efforts, including traditional and social media engagement and project promotion.

Shawn Long, Director of Operations

T. Shawn Long joined the Equality NC staff in August 2006 as administrative coordinator. He now works as the office manager and handles general questions and requests, processes donations and bills, maintains the member database, handles the financial accounts, and coordinates event registration.

Crystal Richardson, Director of Advocacy + Outreach

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 + Outreach.

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 Raleigh
Julie Merricks Secretary Raleigh
Tony Caravano Raleigh
Greg Fitch Chapel Hill
Sarah Ford Raleigh
Lorraine Johnson Apex
Alan King Raleigh
Paula Kohut Wilmington
Elaine Martin Chapel Hill
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

info@equalitync.org

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