Sharon Alexander, an attorney and veteran of the Army and National Guard who is an expert on gay individuals in the armed forces, will speak at HWS on Thursday, Nov. 29.
Alexander now serves as deputy director for policy of the Service Members Legal Defense Network, and has served as an attorney in their legal services and litigation programs. For the last two years, she has helped lead the group’s efforts with a coalition of national, state and local organizations on legislative and grassroots advocacy to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
She is a former staff counsel with the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, whose president, Joe Solmonese, was a President’s Forum speaker in April 2006.
Alexander holds a bachelor’s in political science and anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and her master’s in anthropology and her law degree from the University of Colorado.
She was commissioned an Army second lieutenant in 1993, and served as a medical platoon leader in the Third Infantry Division in Vilseck, Germany, and the Southern European Task Force Infantry Brigade (Airborne) in Vicenza, Italy, among other assignments.
After five years of active-duty service, she served in the Colorado Army National Guard for three years, last as a captain in 2003.