Biography

Adrian Shanker (he/him) is an experienced LGBTQ+ community leader with a focus on LGBTQ+ health policy and promotion, barriers to care, and health equity. He is the founding executive director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown Pennsylvania, a fast-growing and high-impact community-based organization with a focus on arts, health, youth, and pride programs. He currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in the Biden-Harris Administration, as Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and as Commissioner and Health Committee Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs in Governor Tom Wolf’s administration. He also serves as a Board Member for the Non-Profit & Business Partners Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and he serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.  He previously served as President of Equality Pennsylvania for three years during the fight for marriage equality.


Adrian created and broadly implemented the biannual Pennsylvania LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment and he is editor of the critically-acclaimed anthology Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health (PM Press, 2020). He earned a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice from The George Washington University and a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and Religion Studies from Muhlenberg College. City and State Pennsylvania included Adrian in their 2021 Pennsylvania Healthcare Power 100 list, and he has been named a “Healthcare Hero” by Lehigh Valley Business and twice named ‘Person of the Year’ by Philadelphia Gay News. Adrian is a member of American Public Health Association and Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality. He lives on unceded Lenape land in Allentown, PA

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adrian@bradburysullivancenter.org