About Us:

Our Mission:

Established in 2006, Faith In America is a non-profit organization whose ultimate goal is to end decades and centuries of using religious teachings to justify marginalizing and discriminating against others.  We are dedicated to influencing media and faith community narratives on religion and sexuality. Our goal is to move the needle forward on LGBTQ equality in the pews and in our legislation. Our Mission is to educate the public about the ongoing harm caused to LGBTQ persons, especially youth, by religious-based prejudice. Our dream is to change the hearts and minds of religious communities on the “sinful” nature of homosexuality. To remove it permanently from “the sin list.”

 

Our TEAM:

 

STAN MITCHELL Director of Religious Outreach: smitchell@faithinamerica.info

ERIN GREEN Program Manager, Religious Engagement: egreen@faithinamerica.info

RICH HARRINGTON Program Manager, Communications and Development: rharrington@faithinamerica.info

 

Our Board of Directors: 

 

mitchelL Gold, CO-FOunder and Co-Chair

In addition to running one of America's most prestigious home furnishings manufacturing and retail businesses, Mitchell is co-founder of Faith in America.

robert hoffman, ceo and co-chair

Co-Chair and Interim CEO for Faith in America. A former Fortune 500 Apparel Executive, Robert now works professionally as Managing Partner of Piedmont Counseling and Development Group and teaches undergraduate psychology at Lenoir Rhyne University.

sherri jaquays

Co-Founder of Lauren Jaquays LGBTQ Youth Alliance, formerly High Country (NC) LGBTQ Youth Alliance; successfully assisted in placing GSA in ‘conservative’ country schools.

roberta kaplan

Litigation partner at Paul, Weiss LLP. One of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers” in the United States. Represented Edith Windsor in landmark civil rights case leading to Supreme Court mandating marriage equality nationwide two years later.

Shannon Price Minter

Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights. Argued successfully before California Supreme Court for same sex couples. A transgender man, he is recognized as a leading expert of transgender legal issues.

Kris Perry and Sandy Stier

Paved the way for marriage equality through their leadership in the landmark Supreme Court Case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, which led to the defeat of California’s Prop 8 and ultimately made marriage equality the law of the land.  Kris is the Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund.  Kris and Sandy are Faith in America's first couple the serve on the Board of Directors. 

Howard Vine, Esq.

Former Partner and Senior Lobbyist, Public Policy and Law, Dickstein Shapiro, LLP.  A founding member of the Faith in America Board of Directors, Howard's partner is well-known talk show host, Randi Rhodes.

Bob Williams

Co-Founder and President of Design, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and has served on the Board of Directors of Equality North Carolina, as Chair of the Hickory Museum of Art, and other non-profits.

Phil Wells (Counsel)

Former member of the Board of Directors of Equality North Carolina and Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign. Prior to joining Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams as Corporate Counsel, he practiced at the North Carolina law firm, Williams Mullen, and was Corporate Counsel for Compass Group. 

Chely Wright

A country music sensation, author, and activist who is the mother of gorgeous twin boys and married to Lauren Blitzer.