Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBTQ civil rights organization, named Alphonso David as its next president, effective in August. He will succeed Chad Griffin who previously announced he will step down this year.
David is currently counsel to the governor of New York and has an extensive background as a civil rights lawyer and advocate, serving as the first Deputy Secretary and Counsel for Civil Rights in New York. He was the first openly gay counsel to the governor of New York. Prior to his public service, David was a staff attorney at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Human Rights Campaign board Chairman John D. Ruffier commented on the hiring: “As we approach the Human Rights Campaign’s 40th year and the most important election cycle of our lives in 2020, HRC has never been stronger or better positioned to lead. When it comes to maximizing the electoral power of millions of LGBTQ voters and our allies, or to defending the fundamental rights of our community, or to protecting the most vulnerable among us, I know that Alphonso will ensure that HRC continues to lead the way.”