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Bethany and her partner were invited to share their story on KALW’s StoryCorps. Listen to it here!


From 2016-2019, Bethany was the leader for the Sacramento Area Rainbow Families.

Bethany with Obama and Group

Bethany has helped pass historic state and federal legislation in health care, women’s issues, nutrition, senior issues, and for the LGBTQ community. She also worked with former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) from 2009-2014.

Conference Appearances


Public Health Conference of Iowa, 2022


Iowa Primary Care Association Annual Conference, 2021

Arizona Nonprofit Conference, 2021


Professional Women in Advocacy, Annual Advocacy Conference, 2020


Nonprofit Learning Lab, Virtual Learning Series, 2020-2022

Minnesota Social Service Association, Public Policy Summit, 2019


California’s Behavioral Health Conference, BHCalCon, 2019


California Primary Care Association, Annual Conference, 2019


Public Relations Society of America Conference, Communicating with Purpose, Association & Nonprofit Section, 2019


Head Start California, Policy & Leadership Conference, 2019


Enroll America, National Conference, 2015

Leading Age Minnesota, Leadership Institute, 2014

Honors & Awards

November 2019

October 2019

June 2019

March 2019

2016 - Present

2015 - 2019

2010 - Present


2007 - 2014






Published article, “Reinforce Your Social Media Communications Strategy” in​ The Nonprofit Communications Report,


Founded Central Iowa Rainbow Families.


Received Sacramento LGBT Community Center 2019 Pride Award,


Mentioned in Forbes article about queer women entrepreneurs.

Public Relations Society of America, Health Academy and Non-Profit/ Government Sections, member.


Leader of Sacramento Area Rainbow Families, a community organization that provides support, social activities, advocacy opportunities for LGBTQ parents and their families.

Major donor and active volunteer for Family Equality, a national advocacy organization for LGBTQ parents and their families.


Greater Twin Cities United Way health funding program, expert reviewer.


Helped pass historic state and federal legislation in health care, women’s issues, nutrition, senior issues, and for the LGBTQ community.


American Heart Association, National Rome Betts Award for Excellence in Advocacy winner.


Advocacy Institute, Leadership Fellows program participant.


University of Minnesota’s “GLBT Breaking the Silence Award” winner.


Humphrey Students for Equality founder.


WIN Young Woman of Achievement Award nominee.

Podcast Appearances


Nonprofit Nation with Julia Campbell

Out With The Old, In With The New Advocacy with Bethany Snyder

Dec. 2021

The Influential Nonprofit
Bethany Snyder: Advocacy in Nonprofits - Feb. 2021


Nonprofit Architect Podcast 
Bethany Snyder; Engaging in Legislative Advocacy - Nov. 2020


Nonprofit Vision Podcast 
Bethany Snyder: Building Blocks of Effective Nonprofit Advocacy -Jan. 2020


Side Hustle School
Health Care Advisor Transitions to Full-Time Advocacy Consultant  - May 2019


StoryCorps, KALW
Just so you know, I’m Transgender- July 2018



Master of Public Policy
University of Minnesota - Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
University of Iowa - Minors in Women’s Studies and English

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