Hilary MeyerDirector of National Programs
Hilary Meyer is the Director of National Programs at Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). In this position, Meyer oversees projects such as SAGEWorks, SAGE’s workforce development program, and SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, the country's only resource center focused on improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults nationwide. The Resource Center was seed funded by a historic grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Administration on Aging (AoA), and created by SAGE in partnership with 14 national organizations. Meyer provides leadership and oversight for the national programs and the activities of its staff and partner organizations; guides content and tools development; and, provides cultural competency trainings, media interviews and thought leadership on a number of issues related to LGBT aging.
Meyer joined SAGE after serving as the Fair Courts Project Manager for Lambda Legal, where she promoted a fair and impartial judiciary by monitoring federal and state legislation and developing advocacy and education initiatives for the LGBT and allied communities. Her legal work includes representing employees and unions in New Jersey as a litigation associate at Reitman Parsonnet, and analyzing state and federal legislation of relevance to the LGBT community for Human Rights Campaign. Prior to this, Meyer worked in the areas of patient advocacy and social work, providing direct social services to low-income, chronic mentally ill adults and counseling individuals and families in a psychiatric inpatient crisis unit.
Meyer earned her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark and graduated magna cum laude and With Honors in Psychology from Colgate University. She has provided pro bono legal assistance through the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Civil Court Resource Center to self-represented litigants with pending cases in Civil and Small Claims Courts, and serves as the Treasurer of the board of directors of Big Apple Performing Arts, the umbrella group to the NYC Gay Men's Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus.