Alphonso B. David, an accomplished and nationally recognized LGBTQ
civil rights lawyer and advocate, is the President of the Human Rights
Campaign. Mr. David is the first civil rights lawyer and the first person of
color to serve as president of the Human Rights Campaign in the
organization’s history.

Mr. David has significant litigation and management experience in the
public, private and not for-profit sectors. He has been at the forefront of
the movement for LGBTQ equality for more than a decade and has
worked at both the state and national level.

In 2015, Mr. David was appointed to serve as Counsel to the Governor of New York State. In
this role, he managed all significant legal and policy deliberations affecting New York State,
including evaluating proposed legislation; implementing laws and policies and formulating the
State’s posture in both affirmative and defensive litigation.

Mr. David had previously served for four years in the Governor’s cabinet as the Deputy
Secretary and Counsel for Civil Rights, the first position of its kind in New York State. In this
capacity, he was responsible for a full range of legal, policy, legislative and operational matters
affecting civil rights and labor throughout the State. Mr. David also previously served as Special

Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights for the Office of the New York State Attorney
General, where he managed Assistant Attorneys General on a variety of civil rights
investigations and affirmative litigation, including employment and housing discrimination, fair
lending, immigration, reproductive rights and anti-bias claims. Further, he previously served as
Deputy Commissioner and Special Counselor at the New York State Division of Human Rights.

Prior to working in the public sector, Mr. David served as a staff attorney at the Lambda Legal
Defense and Educational Fund. At Lambda Legal, Mr. David litigated precedent-setting civil
rights cases across the nation affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals
as well as those living with HIV and AIDS. He handled both affirmative and defensive matters
relating to marriage, parenting rights, discrimination in schools and access to health care. In
addition, Mr. David served as a litigation associate at the law firm Blank Rome LLP. He began
his legal career as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Clifford Scott Green in the United States
District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

For the past decade, Mr. David has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law. He began his work in
academia at Fordham University Law School and continued at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Temple University School of Law./

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