Kris Perry to talk on October 13

October 02, 2014

Event Information

Cost: free to the public
Location:  Kresge Town Hall
When: Monday, October 13 at 12pm

Kris Perry will give a talk entitled "A Conversation with Kris Perry," on the topic of same-sex marriage, sponsored by the Staff Diversity Group.  Her talk will discuss her journey to the United States Supreme Court to challenge the California ban on same-sex marriage.

Kris was the lead plaintiff in the case of Perry v. Hollingsworth, the legal challenge to California's Proposition 8, the landmark marriage equality case argued in front of the United States Supreme Court by the bi-partisan legal team of Ted Olson and David Boies.  Before that, Kris was lead plaintiff in Perry v. Schwarzeneggar, the California case that overturned California’s controversial Proposition 8, the state ban on same-sex marriage.

Kris is a leader on the state and national levels in the area of early childhood education.  She is currently Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund, an organization with offices in Washington, D.C., that works with policymakers and business leaders to advance federal investment in early childhood education for disadvantaged children. Formerly, she served as Executive Director of First5 California, an organization in Sacramento, California, that is dedicated to improving the lives of California’s young children and their families through a comprehensive system of education, health services, childcare, and other crucial programs. Kris and her wife Sandy have two children in college and live in Washington, DC.

Kris received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Social Work from San Francisco State University.

UC Hastings Professor Kelly Weisberg will give introductory remarks, "Setting the Stage for the Same-Sex Marriage Cases."