Ricardo Martinez (he/him)
Ricardo joined Equality Texas as its CEO in December of 2019 following a national search. Ricardo is a first generation immigrant from Mexico who grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended public schools through high school. He was the second person of his immediate family to graduate high school and the first to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. Ricardo was called to a career as an advocate for equity and inclusion after participating in a program called Council for Unity in junior high school. Council for Unity focused on leadership development, self-expression, mediation, conflict resolution, mindfulness and advocacy. Ricardo credits his participation with helping him to uncover his passion and life purpose for mission-based work.
After post-secondary education, Ricardo amassed seventeen years of nonprofit fundraising, organizing, advocacy, and leadership experience with organizations like PENCIL, Summer Search, GLSEN, and Stand for Children. Most recently at Stand for Children, Ricardo lead a national organizing and constituent engagement effort for five years. Immediately prior to his tenure at Stand for Children, he spent several years with GLSEN; initially as Senior Manager of Field Services on the national team in NYC and later as the President of the Phoenix Chapter. Under Ricardo’s leadership, GLSEN Phoenix was an instrumental coalition partner in overturning Arizona’s “no promo homo” law, which prohibited K-12 schools from including LGBTQ representation, content, and history in their curriculum.
Ricardo has an undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University, and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from The New School in New York City. He was honored by the Obama Administration as an emerging LGBTQ Leader in 2012 and recently awarded the Stony Brook University’s 40 Under 40 award for the impact he has had in Civil Service and Activism since graduating from the university. Ricardo has also received an award from One N Ten, a Phoenix-based organization that helps LGBTQ youth with self‐expression, self‐acceptance, leadership development, and healthy life choices, after dancing in the 2019 Dancing with One N Ten event.
Sarah Lynn Chavez (she/her)
Sarah is Equality Texas’ Development Director and uses she/her pronouns. Her development background began at environmental law firms on the West Coast, but Texas kept calling her home. Sarah joined Equality Texas in 2019, melding her activism with her skillset. She has loved meeting community members, learning more about the legislative process, and dancing her heart out at Equality Texas’ first and second annual galas. She’s a seventh-generation Texan from Bexar County, has lived in nearly every town on I-35, and currently resides in Fort Worth with her spouse, Matty.
Angela Hale (she/her)
Angela is a Dallas native, a former Emmy Award-winning TV reporter and veteran journalist at CBS KTVT Channel 11 in Dallas Fort Worth. She is the managing partner of Red Media Group, a strategic communications and public affairs company. She led communications efforts for the legalization of gay marriage for the Akin Gump Law Firm and the Texas plaintiffs and has been leading lobby and communications strategy at Equality Texas since 2015.
Angela has also served in executive leadership for Speaker of the House and for the Office of the Attorney General. She led communications and lobby strategy during the 2017 legislative session for Equality Texas, and the business coalition against LGBTQ discrimination defeated the bathroom bill twice. During the 2019 legislative session, she spearheaded Equality Texas communication and lobby efforts and led the Texas Welcomes All Business Coalition that included Texas Competes, Texas Welcomes All, Tech Net and the North Texas Commission defeating dozens of discriminatory bills. Angela also served as the Equality Texas Interim CEO in the summer and fall of 2019.
Rachel Hill (she/her)
Rachel Hill is a public policy professional committed to increasing understanding of and access to the advocacy process. She previously spent 3 years at the Dallas Regional Chamber providing in-depth research and advocacy for business issues, including the economic impact of anti-LGBTQ policies, as well as economic development, infrastructure, and quality of life. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a double major in Government and Middle Eastern Studies, and is excited to focus her experience on LGBTQ equality.
Debi Jackson (she/her)
Debi has a degree in Journalism and spent 20 years working in corporate communications, advertising, and marketing. She became an advocate for transgender rights in 2014 when her speech about her daughter's transition at the age of 4 went viral. She has been interviewed by media across the US, the UK, France, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, Colombia and Brazil. She was awarded the 2016 NEA GLBT Caucus Role Model Award for her contributions to education about the LGBTQ+ community. She will lead digital communications for Equality Texas.
Javier Osorio (he/him)
As a first generation immigrant from Peru, Controller Javier Osorio earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He joined the Equality Texas staff in August 2017, after the 85th Special Legislative Session ended. As a talented financial accountant specializing in financial planning, reporting and analysis, Javier is excited to also provide a positive, can-do attitude to the team.
Robert Salcido (he/him)
Robert Salcido is the Community Outreach and Engagement Manager with Equality Texas and also serves as the Executive Director at Pride Center San Antonio. Salcido is committed to civic engagement and social justice of underrepresented individuals. He is active in various community roles and has extensive experience working with issues of equity, diversity and inclusion, LGBTQ+ education, and discrimination. He is a fellow with the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program supported by the University of Minnesota where he is a principal investigator studying LGBTQ+ health and resilience in South Texas. Robert was named Most Influential by Out In SA Magazine and 20 Most Captivating by the San Antonio Current in 2015. He was awarded the statewide 2016 Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers of Texas, honored for his leadership by the National Diversity Council in 2018 and most recently listed on The Honor 41 List of Latinx Role Models. Salcido was raised in Amarillo, Texas and San Antonio has been his home since 2001. Robert and his husband, Mike, enjoy traveling and have one fur-baby, a PitBull/Catahoula mix named Cyxx.