D’Arcy Kemnitz, Esq.Executive Director
D’Arcy brings more than two decades of non-profit and social justice experience to her role as The LGBT Bar’s executive director. Under her leadership, The Bar has become the largest and most recognized organization of LGBT legal professionals in the country. In addition to orchestrating a coalition of more than 25 local, state and regional LGBT bar associations, and dozens of LGBT law student associations, D’Arcy has overseen the annual “Lavender Law” Conference and Career Fair with thousands of attendees each year. D’Arcy is a frequently quoted expert on LGBT legal issues, appearing in media outlets including The ABA Journal, ABC News, Time Magazine and others. She is a distinguished graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Hamline University School of Law.
Kelly SimonDirector of Development and Communications
Kelly is among the most respected development professionals in the national LGBT movement. Since 2009, she has overseen a doubling of The Bar’s annual budget and has served as chief coordinator of the organization’s Lavender Law and “Out & Proud” events. Prior to joining The Bar, Kelly served in key development and fundraising positions with The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association; The Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League; and People for the American Way. Kelly is a graduate George Mason University and holds a Master of Science in Management degree from The Catholic University of America.
Liz YoungbloodSenior Manager of Programs and Communications
Liz helps coordinate all of The LGBT Bar’s media relations, event work and advocacy programming. Since joining The Bar in 2012, she has been a chief liaison to LGBT Bar members and the primary media relations contact for the organization. Her work has included coordinating media coverage of the 25th Anniversary Lavender Law conference, as well as media placements with ABC News, The Daily Journal, The Advocate and The ABA Journal, among others. She has helped coordinate press coverage for national and local LGBT issues, including coordination with U.S. Congressional offices on issues such as jury access. Liz is a graduate of Vassar College, where she studied sociology with a focus on LGBT issues and the criminal justice system.
Laura HochMembership Manager
Laura works to build and strengthen the relationship between The LGBT Bar and its members and affiliate organizations. Prior to joining The Bar in 2013, Laura interned in an LGBT policy organization, focusing on federal immigration reform and has served as a Congressional intern for a United States Senator. Laura is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Oneonta, where she studied Political Science and Spanish. She holds a Master of Public Administration from American University’s School of Public Affairs.