Forum Keynote Speaker
Julie Dorf has been a leader in the LGBT rights movement for over twenty years. Julie currently works as Senior Advisor for the Council for Global Equality, a coalition of twenty organizations working together for an inclusive U.S. foreign policy, which she co-founded in 2009. As an advocate, she works to promote the human rights of LGBT people through partnerships with the U.S. government, including Congress, the White House, USAID, and the State Department.
Julie also founded and directed the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) from 1990 to 2000, creating an organization that protects and advances the human rights of all people and communities subjected to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status. She has also worked in philanthropy, serving as the Director of Philanthropic Services for Horizons Foundation, a foundation serving the Bay Area's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community; and an independent consultant for WPATH, Open Society Institute, Global Fund for Women, Arcus Foundation, and Fenton Communications/J-Street Project. Julie currently serves on the board of directors of Freedom to Marry and PowerPAC; on the advisory boards of Human Rights Watch's LGBT Rights Program and IGLHRC; as well as on the Northern California Finance Committee of J-Street.
She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Russian and Soviet Studies. Julie has written, spoken, and advocated extensively on social justice issues ranging from reparations for gay victims of the Nazis, Jewish-Palestinian relations, and marriage equality. She lives in San Francisco with her wife Jenni Olson, and their two girls Hazel and Sylvie.