EQCA loses another key staff member

Equality California spokeswoman Rebekah Orr is leaving the statewide LGBT lobbying organization next week, Orr confirmed Thursday.

The departure of a communications staffer would typically be a minor development, but Orr has essentially been the only public face of EQCA since October 2011, when former Executive Director Roland Palencia abruptly resigned. Palencia had joined EQCA just three months beforehand.

The organization has an interim executive director, Laurie Hasencamp, but she rarely speaks to the media and it’s never been clear what exactly she’s doing with the organization.

Orr said she’s joining Goodwin-Simon Strategic Research, a firm that’s worked closely with EQCA.

“For quite some time, I’ve wanted to work more on the research side of communications work, and I had the opportunity to do that with Amy Simon, and so that wasn’t an opportunity I felt like I could pass up,” Orr said. Her last day with EQCA will be Friday, August 10.

Orr said her replacement hasn’t yet been selected.

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