Marquardt Peace and Possibility Speakers Series
Kate Kendell, 2017
Kate Kendell lead the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and humans rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public advocacy, and public education. NCLR's legal, policy, and legislative victories set important precedents that improve the lives of all LGBT people and their families across the country.
Kate grew up Mormon in Utah. She attended Weber State University and then received her J.D. degree from the University of Utah, College of Law in 1988. After a few years as a corporate attorney, she was named the first staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. In this capacity, she oversaw the legal department of the ACLU of Utah and directly litigated many high-profile cases focusing on all aspects of civil liberties. In 1994 she accepted the position as Legal Director with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and made the move to San Francisco. In 1996, Kate was named as NCLR's Executive Director. In that capacity, she assisted in the development of litigation and strategy, and was responsible for all aspects of agency operation. She was also responsible for executing a broad and forward thinking vision around policy and project initiatives. Kate acted as the primary spokesperson on behalf of NCLR to the media. She has appeared in hundreds of media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and dozens of on-line blogs.
Kate is a visible and vibrant social media voice. She lives in San Francisco with her wife Sandy, with whom; she shares two children and grandchildren.