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April 6, 2005


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Elizabeth Birch

Elizabeth Birch is the former executive director for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The HRC is the largest LGBT advocacy group in the United States. Under Birch's leadership the group grew from 100,000 members in 1995 to 500,000 in 2003. During Ms. Birch's tenure the group became recognized as one of the top political organization dealing with the equal treatment of LGBT people. The organization is one of the largest bipartisan political action committees in the United States. The programs that Ms. Birch helped engineer include HRC Worknet, a comprehensive resource center for LGBT workplace advocacy, HRC Familynet, a virtual online community for LGBT families, the National Coming Out Project, dedicated to helping thousands of LGBT people come out every year, and Equality Rocks, the largest LGBT concert ever held.

Ms. Birch was honored in 2002 by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights for her work in the civil rights community. Additionally, she has served as worldwide director for Apple Computer Inc. and as general counsel to Claris Corp. to help implement non-discrimination and domestic partner benefits polices.

Ms. Birch graduated from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in California with honors and from the University of Hawaii in Political Science and Oceanography in 1980.

Ms. Birch has an outstanding history of activism in the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities.

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