Michelle Benecke, Esq. joined the Capital Pride Board of Directors in 2014, after serving in various leadership positions in the nonprofit and government sectors. Michelle is the co-founder and former Executive Director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the organization that started and led the national campaign to end Don‘t Ask, Don’t Tell. Among other honors, Michelle was recognized as a 2012 Capital Pride Hero for her advocacy on behalf of military members. Michelle is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School, where she was selected as a Wasserstein Fellow in recognition of her public service accomplishments. This year, Michelle and her spouse, Lila Harper Helms, celebrate 20 years together.