Kate Kendell

California Endowment

Kate Kendell

Kate Kendell

California Endowment


Kate Kendell, Esq., joined The California Endowment’s Board of Directors in May 2012.

Kendell is executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), a national legal organization committed to advancing the human and civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy and public education. Through direct litigation and advocacy, NCLR works to change discriminatory laws and to create new laws and policies benefiting the LGBT community.

Kendell began her career as a corporate attorney but soon discovered a passion for civil rights advocacy that led to her being hired as the first staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Utah. While there, Kendell oversaw the legal department of ACLU of Utah, and directly litigated many high-profile cases focusing on all aspects of civil liberties, including reproductive rights, prisoners’ rights, church/state conflicts, free speech, and the rights of LGBT individuals.

In 1994, Kendell accepted a position as the Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights based in San Francisco. While there she was responsible for the strategy and vision for NCLR’s legal program and projects.

In 1996, Kendell was named NCLR’s executive director at which time she took over the day-to-day operations and oversight of all aspects of the agency’s operation, including coordination of all litigation and litigation strategy, development of strategy with regard to policy and program initiatives and primary responsibility for fund development and budgeting. She also acts as the primary spokesperson on behalf of NCLR to the media and fosters alliances among other community and advocacy organizations committed to social justice.

A resident of San Francisco, Kendell lives with her partner and their son and daughter, ages 15 and 10, respectively. Their family also includes Kendell’s daughter, age 31.

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National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

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Secretary at National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

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Program Director at El Concilio of San Mateo County

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Co-Chair at National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

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Treasurer at National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

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Director of Operations & Client Service at Long-Term Solutions LLC

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President at Rosenberg Foundation

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Co-Founder at Radio Bilingue, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Equal Justice Society

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Legal Director at National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

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Member, Board of Directors at The Advocacy Fund

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California Endowment
Career History

The California Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation with a mission to build a stronger state by expanding access to affordable, quality health care to underserved communities and improving the overall health of all Californians.The California Endowment was established in 1996 as a result of Blue Cross of California's creation of its for-profit subsidiary, WellPoint Health Networks. Since then, we've invested in health broadly, from strengthening the safety net for families struggling with poverty to diversifying the health care workforce. The lessons learned from early investments were the genesis for Health Happens Here and the 10-year, $1 billion Building Healthy Communities plan, in which residents in 14 places are working to transform their neighborhoods.

Executive Director
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The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a legal resource center with a primary commitment to advancing the rights and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and communities through a program of litigation, public policy advocacy, free legal advice and counseling, and public education.

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The Equal Justice Society is transforming the nation's consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts.

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Breast Cancer Action's mission is to achieve health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer.

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Former President of United States

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