Commander Zoe Dunning will be Central Valley Stonewall’s honored guest speaker at the 3rd annual Leadership Award Luncheon.
A decorated veteran, Zoe served 22 years in the U.S. Navy both on active duty and in the reserves. In 1993 she challenged the military’s policy prohibiting gay service and subsequently won her two year legal battle. She retired in 2007 as a Commander and holds the distinction of serving her country as an openly gay member of the U.S. military for 13 years.
Zoe has been a tireless advocate for repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and speaks across the country on the negative impacts of the law. She serves as the Governing Board Co-Chair for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a national non-profit dedicated to providing legal services to those impacted by the law and was instrumental in the successful repeal of the law. In recognition of her years of advocacy, Zoe was selected to stand next to President Obama as he signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010.
Commander Dunning also serves on the Victory Campaign Board, dedicated to electing openly LGBT candidates to public office, and on the board of Stanford Pride. She is a United States Naval Academy graduate, and received her MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. She resides in San Francisco with her wife, Pam.
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