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.
Lili AfkhamiDevelopment Director
Bringing with her a strong personal affinity for LGBT issues and a successful career in fundraising and development, Lili joined The LGBT Bar in May 2015. Prior to joining The Bar, she served as the Development Director for a national bicycle advocacy organization; Lili has also held development positions in the field of higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology/gender studies and a Master's degree in Education, both from Salisbury University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Leadership.
Laura HochManager of Policy & Communications
Laura works on both federal and state policy issues, including the Jury ACCESS Act, Transgender Military Advocacy and the elimination of the so-called gay and trans "panic" defenses. She also handles the LGBT Bar's communications work, including all of their social media accounts. 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 with a concentration in lobbying and advocacy from American University’s School of Public Affairs.
Wilson HoodMembership Ambassador
Wilson cultivates and develops the relationships between The LGBT Bar and its members, sponsors and leadership. Wilson worked previously with The Bar as the Programs Intern and helped to organize the Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair in New York City. Wilson is a distinguished graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied Political Science, Sociology and Gender Studies. During his time at UNC, Wilson helped conduct legal research as a research assistant at the UNC School of Law and also served as co-director of Carolina United, an annual week-long conference for selected UNC undergraduates to attend workshops and skills trainings on leadership, diversity and social justice. Wilson also worked as the managing editor of UNC Siren, an undergraduate feminist magazine focused on issues of gender, sexuality and human rights.