Hilary MeyerDirector, National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
Hilary Meyer is the Director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, the country's only resource center focused on improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults nationwide. Funded by a historic grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Administration on Aging (AoA), the Resource Center on LGBT Aging was created by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in partnership with 14 national organizations with expertise in a wide range of areas, including mainstream aging, LGBT aging, cultural competency and program evaluation. Meyer provides leadership for the Center and the activities of its staff, advisory council and national partner organizations, guides content development and tools to ensure ongoing audience engagement with the Center, and lectures frequently on a number of issues related to LGBT aging.
Meyer joined SAGE after serving as the Fair Courts Project Manager for Lambda Legal, where she promoted a fair and impartial judiciary by monitoring federal and state legislation and developing advocacy and education initiatives for the LGBT and allied communities. Her legal work includes representing employees and unions in New Jersey as a litigation associate at Reitman Parsonnet, and analyzing state and federal legislation of relevance to the LGBT community for Human Rights Campaign. Prior to this, Meyer worked in the areas of patient advocacy and social work, providing direct social services to low-income, chronic mentally ill adults and counseling individuals and families in a psychiatric inpatient crisis unit.
Meyer earned her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark and graduated magna cum laude and With Honors in Psychology from Colgate University. She has provided pro bono legal assistance through the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Civil Court Resource Center to self-represented litigants with pending cases in Civil and Small Claims Courts, and serves on the board of directors of Big Apple Performing Arts, the umbrella group to the NYC Gay Men's Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus.