Angela HaleActing CEO • EmailAngela 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.
She created the communications and lobby strategy used during the 2017 legislative session for Equality Texas, and the business coalition against LGBTQ discrimination to defeat 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. She has also served in executive leadership for the Speaker of the House and for the Office of the Attorney General.
Javier OsorioController • EmailAs 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 SalcidoStatewide Field Coordinator • EmailRobert is committed to civic engagement and is active in various capacities in the LGBT community. He’s been involved with Pride Center San Antonio since 2011 and was elected as the board chair in May 2015. He is a founding member and current president of Orgullo de San Antonio LGBT League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 22198, where he works to build bridges between the LGBT & Latino communities. Robert was awarded the statewide 2016 Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers of Texas. Raised in Amarillo, San Antonio has been his home since 2001.
Rachel HillGovernment Relations Manager • EmailRachel 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
Sarah Lynn ChavezDevelopment Manager • EmailSarah’s development background began in environmental law firms on the West Coast, but Texas kept calling her home. If you’re in Austin, she’s probably poured you a beer or fixed your flat bicycle tire, but is now very proud to serve you, her fellow Texans, with her enthusiastic fundraising skills. Being an ally to the LGBTQ community brings her great personal joy and tremendous value to her work. She’s a seventh-generation Texan from Bexar County, and lives in Austin since there are more swimming holes.
Debi JacksonDigital Communications Coordinator • EmailDebi 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.