Denise Brogan-Kator joined Family Equality in August 2012 as Director of State Policy, and in July 2017 took on leadership of the Public Policy team as Chief Policy Officer. She is responsible for supporting our efforts to advance equality for all families at the states level. A US Submarine Service veteran, she graduated from the University of Michigan Law school (matriculating as the first openly transgender law student and later returning as the first openly transgender law professor) and earned her MBA from the University of Colorado. Denise has a 20+ year history of public and private advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community, coming to us as a former Executive Director of a statewide LGBT advocacy organization. She lives in Florida with her spouse, Mary, her mother-in-law, Kitty, and 6 cats. She has three grown daughters and two grandchildren who are, collectively, the lights of her life.