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Shane Snowdon

Director of Health and Aging Policy at Human Rights Campaign (HRC); Founding Director of the Center for LGBT Health & Equity at the University of California San Francisco.
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Shane Snowdon, MA, heads the LGBT Health & Aging Program of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. She previously founded and led the Center for LGBT Health and Equity at the University of California San Francisco, for 14 years the nation’s only LGBT office in a healthcare or health education setting. She has provided LGBT health training and consulting for hundreds of hospitals, health professional schools, and other health organizations throughout the country. She has also written extensively on LGBT health, serving as Project Adviser for The Joint Commission’s LGBT Field Guide (2011) and as author of Recommendations for Enhancing the Climate for LGBT Students & Employees in Health Professional Schools (2013).

Shane has designed and convened numerous LGBT health meetings, including the annual LGBTQI Health Forum for Health Professional Students and the National Summit on LGBT Concerns in Medical Education for faculty and administrators. She has served as a board member for a wide variety of LGBT groups, including the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, the Alliance Health Project, New Leaf Mental Health Services, the National LGBT Health Coalition, the San Francisco LGBT Center, and the GLBT Historical Society. Her groundbreaking work has received extensive recognition, including the Health Achievement Award of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, the Transgender Law Center Ally Award, the National Gay & Lesbian Press Association Award for Cultural Reporting, the KQED Local Hero Award, and the University of California Award for Exceptional University Service and Award for GLBT Leadership.

Earlier in her career, Shane served as Executive Director for two national women’s health organizations, a major urban domestic violence agency, a regional environmental center, and an employment and training agency for ex-inmates and recent immigrants in San Francisco. She also taught women’s studies and headed the Women’s Center at the University of California Santa Cruz, and she was Editor/Publisher of the national publication Sojourner.