Lori Lipman Brown
Lori Lipman Brown served as the first director of the Secular Coalition for America (2005-2009). A former lawyer and educator, Brown served in the Nevada State Senate from 1992-1994. Her work on LGBT issues is included in Dennis McBride’s 2016 text, Out of the Neon Closet, Queer Community in the Silver State. Brown authored a chapter of 50 Voices of Disbelief, Why We Are Atheists (editor Russell Blackford, 2009) and is quoted extensively in American Secularism, Cultural Contours of Nonreligious Belief Systems (Joseph Q. Baker and Buster G. Smith, 2015).
Awards include Freethought Backbone Award from the Secular Student Alliance, Civil Libertarian of the Year from the Southern Nevada chapter of the ACLU, Legislator of the Year from the Nevada chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and Friend of the Center award from the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, Mark DeWolfe Award from Interweave Continental.
Brown earned a JD from Southwestern University School of Law (1983) and a BA from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1981).