“We are privileged to have Julie join our public policy team to fight for lived and legal equality for LGBTQ families, especially in today’s challenging political climate.”
Family Equality Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Kruse as Federal Policy Advocate, and the newest member of our Public Policy team.
“I’m excited to join the top-notch team at Family Equality Council in their critical work during this politically challenging time,” Kruse said. “I’m especially thrilled to return to advocacy with and for LGBTQ families and youth, to defend and advance the equal rights, opportunities, and supports we all deserve.”
As Federal Policy Advocate, Kruse will be based in Washington, D.C. starting August 14, and will work closely with Chief Policy Officer Denise Brogan-Kator to implement and expand Family Equality Council’s public policy agenda. This is a critical time for Family Equality Council to provide a strong voice for LGBTQ families on Capitol Hill, and the Board and staff are delighted to have Julie fill this position, bringing years of dedicated advocacy and federal policy experience.
Family Equality Council CEO Rev. Stan J. Sloan said: “Julie’s record of committed service to the LGBTQ community speaks for itself, and we are privileged to have her join our public policy team to fight for lived and legal equality for LGBTQ families, especially in today’s challenging political climate.”
Julie has over fifteen years of experience advocating for the LGBTQ community, immigrants, working families, and women and girls. Julie’s efforts have contributed to victories including relief from deportation for tens of thousands of LGBTQ immigrant families, ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and stopping discriminatory tax audits of low-income families. Prior to her career in advocacy, she developed job training and educational programs leading to high-wage careers for women and girls.
Julie was the founding Director of the National Community Tax Coalition. She served on the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women in Illinois and chaired its Pay Equity Working Group. She has taught at the college and high school levels in the U.S. and in Latin America. Julie holds a master’s in education from Northwestern University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in Honors Biology from the University of Illinois. She is a proud stepparent and grandparent.
About Family Equality Council
Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer in this country today and their six million children of all ages. We are changing attitudes and policies to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated — including families with parents who are LGBTQ. We are a community of parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren and unattached youth that reaches across this country. For almost forty years we have raised our children and raised our voices toward fairness for all families. As we look to the next chapter of our work, we are also focused on LGBTQ youth needing families and the two million LGBTQ adults waiting to foster or adopt in our country.
Ed Harris, Director of Communications
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