Salem Human Rights Commission

The LGBTQ Task Force of the Human Rights Commission is conducting a survey to learn more about the LGBTQ communities in Salem and discrimination they may face. Please consider taking our survey so we can better learn how to serve the LGBTQ communities.



The Human Rights Commission advises the City Council on human rights and relations issues. This Board assists residents by hearing and resolving discrimination complaints and promoting harmony. The Commission also has a subcommittee titled the LGBTQIA+ Intersectional Task Force, which addresses LGBTQIA+ rights in our community.

June 2020 Statement by Human Rights Commission

The State of Discrimination in Salem

2020 Human Rights Commission Presentation

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Special meetings, complaint hearings, and forums may be held as needed.

The Salem Police Department LGBTQ Liaison is Debra Aguilar, Lieutenant. She can be reached at 503-588-6425.

The Mayor/City Manager’s Office LGBTQ Liaison is Gretchen Bennett, Human Rights and Relations/Federal Compliance Manager. She can be reached at 503-540-2371.

Authority: SRC Chapter 8

Number of members: 15

Type of appointment: City Council appointment

Length of term: 3 years

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Term Expires
Abigail T Allen10/15/20201st12/31/2022
Angelo J ArredondoChair12/12/20181st12/31/2023
Cathy Ostrand-ponsioen02/24/2021Partial12/31/2022
David J Rheinholdt12/11/2019Partial12/31/2021
Drew Wright06/18/20201st12/31/2022
Kelsey A Murray02/24/2021Partial12/31/2022
Krista Gallagher09/19/20181st12/31/2022
Michael J Watters12/12/20181st12/31/2021
Oni J Marchbanks06/07/20191st12/31/2023
Tricarico Schwartz06/07/20191st12/31/2022
Dec. 02
Human Rights Commission Awareness Campaign Task (ACT) Force Agenda5:30 p.m.6:30 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Regularly scheduled meeting


Human Rights Commission Awareness Campaign Tast (ACT) Force Agenda

Phone: 503-540-2371

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-540-2371 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Contact us

Title VI / Section 504 Coordinator
555 Liberty ST SE RM 220
Salem OR 97301