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NWLC Staff

Anya Marino

Director of LGBTQI Equality

Anya A. Marino (she/her) serves as the National Women’s Law Center’s Director of LGBTQI Equality and drives the Center’s legal and policy efforts to protect and advance the rights of LGBTQI+ people. Before joining NWLC, Anya instructed Harvard Law School’s LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic. She also served as Deputy Legal Director for the ACLU of Florida, where she oversaw the legal department’s voting rights litigation and litigated LGBTQ+ and First Amendment cases. Anya was the first openly transgender woman of color to serve in any senior legal position throughout the ACLU’s federation of national and affiliate offices and was the first transgender woman of color to teach at Harvard Law School. Throughout her career, Anya’s work has included representing the most marginalized and vulnerable members of the LGBTQ+ community, including transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people; LGBTQ+ people of color; LGBTQ+ youth; and LGBTQ+ people in southern communities. In 2022, the National Hispanic Medical Association honored her as a trailblazer advancing LGBTQ+ health equality, and Liaison International honored her as one of seven women who shattered the glass ceiling in higher education. Anya graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and is the law school’s 2022 Rising Star Award recipient. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, attending concerts, studying foreign cultures and languages, and spending time with her two teacup chihuahuas.