NGLTF Welcomes Three New Board Members

August 02, 2001

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force today announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is co-chaired by Jerry Clark of Washington, D.C., and Rachel Rosen of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The three new members of the NGLTF Board of Directors are:

  • Ernest C. Hopkins. Hopkins is currently director of federal affairs at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Hopkins has extensive experience as an advocate for federal policies and funds for HIV/AIDS. He serves on the board of the National AIDS Housing Coalition. A native and current resident of Washington, D.C., Hopkins is a former four-term Political Action Chair of the D.C. Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gay Men. In 1991, he co-founded the nation’s first Black Lesbian and Gay Pride celebration, in Washington D.C. Hopkins' activism dates back to the early 1980s, when as an undergraduate student at Columbia University, he volunteered with the Gay Men's Health Crisis.

  • Kathy Levinson. Levinson, a resident of Palo Alto, CA, is the former president and chief operating officer of E*TRADE Group, Inc. Prior to that, she spent 13 years with Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., where she held several senior executive positions. In 1999, Levinson was the leading contributor and fundraiser for the No On Knight campaign, which was formed to oppose California's Proposition 22. Last year, Levinson founded the Lesbian Equity Foundation of Silicon Valley, which supports new initiatives that explore the intersections between sexual orientation, gender and Judaism as a way to bring about economic justice. Levinson is also co-chair of CAPE, the California Alliance for Pride and Equality.

  • Kevin Wayne Williams, M.D. Williams is a doctor practicing medicine in Boston, MA, specializing in HIV disease and general internal medicine. He currently attends Harvard Law School, and has earned degrees from UCLA School of Public Health, UCLA School of Medicine and Tulane University. He served for more than four years on the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, where he chaired the board development committee. While on the board, he also chaired the primary care committee that supervised the development and opening of Lambda Medical Group, a general medicine clinic specifically dedicated to primary care for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

"These individuals bring great skill and enthusiasm to the Task Force," said NGLTF Executive Director Lorri L. Jean. "They each share our vision of strengthening NGLTF so that our progressive voice can be heard more broadly and that our work organizing and strengthening local communities continues to expand."

A complete list of NGLTF board members is available at


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.