Emily Dievendorf is an independent political and nonprofit consultant and the former president of the Lansing Association for Human Rights (LAHR). Prior to joining LAHR, Emily served as lobbyist and executive director for Equality Michigan, where she advocated for LGBT-friendly policies among legislators and other political leaders throughout the state and at every level of government. Previously, Mx. Dievendorf worked in the Michigan House of Representatives for Democratic state legislators for nearly a decade. Dievendorf is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University with a degree in social relations. She has been active in numerous progressive issues, particularly LGBT equality, race relations and equality, sexual and domestic violence, women’s rights, and HIV/AIDS. She was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of “Ten People to Watch in State Politics” in 2014. Emily currently serves as a board member with the Lansing Association for Human Rights and the Firecracker Foundation and previously served as a board member of the Lansing Area AIDS Network as well as with the Ingham County Womens Commission. She was appointed in 2015 to the Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and is currently serving her second term on the committee.