Ian Palmquist is Deputy Director of Equality Federation, the national strategic partner to state-based organizations working to win equality in the communities we call home. He leads an all-star team of experienced movement professionals working to build strong, resilient, and adaptive leaders and powerful organizations that are securing legal protections, improving the lived experience of LGBTQ people and advancing racial equity.
Ian also serves as a board president of the Adaptive Leadership Network. He previously spent twelve years at Equality North Carolina, including five as Executive Director. He led the successful campaign to pass the School Violence Prevention Act, the first LGBT-inclusive law in state history and the first statute to include protections for the transgender community in the South. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he received his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Although he is a North Carolinian at heart, Ian loves living in Washington, DC.
Location: Washington, D.C.
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