About Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera


Lisbeth is a 30+ year veteran of the LGBTQ and labor movements. Lisbeth has extensive experience organizing and training at the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity and culture — specifically as they relate to communities of color.

Lisbeth has crisscrossed the country training workers and community leaders in organizing, leadership development and community building strategies from a grassroots perspective. She has also done extensive work supporting LGBTQ leaders in America Latina.


Lisbeth is the former director of Faith Outreach and Training at the Human Rights Campaign, where she worked with people of faith across denominations to ensure we can be who we are, love whom we love and practice our faith free of judgment.

A biologist and sociologist by education with a solid Jesuit and SND formation — that makes her passions flare and her days move forward. Today Lisbeth lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, alongside her wife, Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz, and their chosen family, both human and furry!