Shane Snowdon is the founding Director of the UCSF Center for LGBT Health & Equity. In her 12 years as Director, she has been a leading voice for LGBT equality in healthcare, education, and employment.
Shane has provided LGBT health training and consulting to health institutions and professionals nationwide. With her guidance, the UCSF Medical Center has become the only healthcare facility to receive five consecutive perfect scores on the national LGBT Healthcare Equality Index, and the Medical Center's grooundbreaking LGBT policies and practices have been featured in the HHS AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange. In addition, she served as Project Adviser for The Joint Commission's LGBT Field Guide.
Shane frequently lectures on LGBT topics at health professional schools, healthcare facilities, and health conferences, and she has keynoted and co-convened numerous meetings on LGBT health. National meetings she has convened at UCSF include the annual UCSF LGBTI Health Forum for Health Graduate Students, and the pioneering National Summit on LGBT Concerns in Medical Education.
Shane also provides training and consulting on LGBT workplace concerns, and her advocacy has been instrumental in securing equal LGBT benefits at UC and other major employers. In addition, she has worked closely with UC, other colleges and universities, and the California Postsecondary Education Commission to develop policies and practices that welcome, support, and provide equity to LGBT students.
Shane's groundbreaking work has been recognized by the UCSF Chancellor's Award for Exceptional University Service and by a UC Presidential Fellowship, with responsibility for LGBT issues systemwide. Shane received the 2010 Achievement Award of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, as well as the Ally Award of the Transgender Law Center, and she has been named an LGBT Hero by KQED Public Media. In addition, she served several terms as Chair of the University of California LGBTI Association of students, staff, and faculty.
Shane has also been a consultant and board member for numerous LGBT groups, and her writing has appeared in a variety of LGBT publications, winning her the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association's Award for Cultural Reporting.
Prior to joining UCSF, Shane headed the Women's Center at UC Santa Cruz, was Editor/Publisher of the national journal Sojourner, and served as Executive Director of a national health organization, an urban domestic violence agency, a regional environmental center, and a community development group supporting ex-inmates, youth at risk, and recent immigrants. She attended Harvard College.