DEI & access to capital Committee
Starting in 1995, Candace Gingrich has served as a key advocate for issues of importance to the LGBTQ community. Gingrich’s involvement in the movement for queer equality began when their older brother, Newt Gingrich, was elected House speaker.
Their 1996 autobiography, The Accidental Activist, was a best seller in the LGBTQ community. Gingrich has been profiled in national newspapers & magazines, guest-blogged on Huffington Post, and appeared on Good Morning America, Countdown with Keith Olberman, and the Rachel Maddow Show. They also memorably guest-starred as the minister on Friends in the groundbreaking episode “The One with the Lesbian Wedding.”
From 1998 to 2019, Gingrich worked for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBTQ political and educational organization. During their time with HRC, they crisscrossed the country to promote the importance of coming out, the duty to vote, and the power of everyday conversations to change minds. Most recently Gingrich served as HRC’s Youth & Campus Engagement associate director and oversaw the HRC University internship program, which educated, trained, and provided mentorship to nearly 100 students yearly.
From 2019 - 2021, Gingrich joined Revolution Global, first doing business development in Florida, utilizing their community engagement skills to foster partnership with local stakeholders and regulators. Most recently Gingrich established and directed Revolution’s first DEI program, continuing Revolution’s commitment to equity both internally and externally. Some of Gingrich’s
accomplishments include designing and presenting LGBTQ competence training (with focus on transgender and non-binary content) for medical cannabis dispensary staff, creating social media programming to highlight LGBTQ people, women, and veterans in the cannabis industry, creation and inclusion of LGBTQ content as part of company’s yearly compliance training, and
representing the company on diversity & inclusion panel discussions at national cannabis conferences.
Gingrich lives in Chicago with their spouse Ill. Rep Kelly Cassidy, some two-legged creatures, and anywhere from 4 to 12 or so four-legged creatures depending on our foster status at the time.