olivia daltonOlivia Alair Dalton, who was senior VP for SKDKnickerbocker and spokesperson for First Lady Michelle Obama, has joined the Human Rights Campaign as senior VP-communications & marketing. She assumes duties once held by Fred Sainz.

Dalton will lead HRC's outreach to federal, state and local government levels for civil rights protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

At SKDKnick, she worked with HRC to help manage a communications "war room" in support of the Respect for Marriage Coalition.

Though the Supreme Court ruled in favor on marriage equality, Dalton said, "Millions of LGBT Americans continue to face persistent discrimination in the workplace, at school, in housing and in public places across the country."

The new HRC staffer also served as spokesperson for former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Vice President Joe Biden.