Today, Equality Ohio announced their newest staffer: Siobhan Boyd-Nelson. Boyd-Nelson will be joining the organization as Development Director and will coordinate statewide fundraising and community development efforts.
Boyd-Nelson has more than a decade spent in service to the Central Ohio LGBTQ and African-American communities.
While a practicing attorney, she specialized in domestic and appellate law. She was a founding member of the Columbus Bar Association LGBT Committee and served the court as a Guardian ad Litem.
Siobhan’s nonprofit sector career began at Kaleidoscope Youth Center. In her most recent position, she spearheaded Stonewall Columbus’s fundraising strategies, including a capital campaign to renovate and expand the Center on High. The campaign, Stonewall Builds, surpassed its initial goal and resulted in a historic groundbreaking in November for a new facility in service of the Central Ohio LGBTQ community.
Siobhan shares her life with wife of seven years Maritza Nelson and 14 year-old son Mars. Weekends are filled with track and cross-country meets, crafting, and fellowship with her church family at Move United Church.
Siobhan Boyd-Nelson said: “This is the right organization at the right time for me. I feel a great urgency to see full equality for LGBTQ Ohioans––including me and my family. I know others share this vision, and together we will move Ohio forward.”
Alana Jochum, Equality Ohio Executive Director said: “Siobhan has been in Equality Ohio’s orbit for years: as a volunteer, as a community leader, and as a colleague. We are honored that she is lending her talents to our statewide work. I’m convinced that we have put together one of the sharpest and well-informed advocacy teams in Ohio––and we need it now more than ever.”
Equality Ohio advocates for a number of issues related to LGBTQ equality. Most recently, Equality Ohio has been raising awareness about HB160, a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity/expression to the laws that make discrimination illegal in Ohio. Their efforts have been hastened by Ohio Business Competes, a coalition of 300 businesses in favor of inclusive nondiscrimination policies.