Mallory Garner-Wells Program Officer

Mallory Garner-Wells is a program officer with the Gill Foundation, responsible for grant-making strategy in Texas.

Prior to joining the Gill Foundation team, Mallory worked for twelve years at Equality Florida, Florida’s largest LGBT advocacy organization. Most recently, serving as the organization’s public policy director. As Equality Florida’s chief lobbyist to the legislature between 2007 and 2015, she blocked every piece of anti-LGBT legislation that was introduced. Additionally, she managed the local policy program that helped to pass more than 100 city and county human rights ordinances, domestic partnership benefits, tax-equity policies, anti-bully policies and transgender health benefits.

Mallory has deep connections in the progressive movement, including previously serving as a board member for Planned Parenthood of North Florida, and on the National Steering Committee for Young People For, a project of People for the American Way. In 2012, she was named one of the “40 Under 40” by The Advocate Magazine and in 2014 received Congressional Recognition of her work for over a decade on behalf of the LGBT community.

Mallory is originally from Florida where she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Political Science and African American Studies. She and her family are now based in Denver.