Beverly Tillery is the Deputy Director of Education and Public Affairs - Education, Advocacy and Inclusion for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV. She is responsible for leading and managing Lambda Legal’s community education, advocacy, Fair Courts Project, Proyecto Igualdad and many of our initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion in our program work. She is a member of Lambda Legal’s Senior Management Team.
Tillery's vision is to create and implement education, outreach and advocacy programs that actively engage the LGBT community and its allies in our ongoing fight for equality and justice. Through community forums, educational programs and by building relationships with other organizations, we seek to build a greater understanding of the issues Lambda Legal addresses through our litigation. We inform people about LGBT issues and rights and then give them the tools to take individual and collective action to gain full equality of LGBT people and people with HIV in our society.
Tillery has dedicated the past fifteen years of her career to fighting all forms of oppression and working for social and economic justice through community-based direct action organizing, labor organizing, human rights and political advocacy and popular education. Prior to joining the staff at Lambda Legal she coordinated the Immigrant Worker Rights Project at the New York Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. Tillery also worked as the Outreach Coordinator at Amnesty International where she developed a national field organizing program, and at the Service Employees International Union where she lead organizing campaigns to help healthcare workers form a union. She has designed and facilitated hundreds of trainings and workshops on a variety of subjects including organizing skills. She has also served as the President of the Board of the National Organizer's Alliance, a national organization of social justice organizers.
She lives with her partner, Roz Lee, and their daughter, Stella, in Manhattan.