Dana Beyer, a retired eye surgeon, currently serves as executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, chair of the national advisory board at Freedom to Work, and a weekly columnist at the Huffington Post. A well-known advocate for health issues as well as gender rights, Beyer practiced medicine and surgery in Washington, D.C.; Miami; Mississippi; Africa; and Asia. She was a candidate for Maryland state delegate in 2006 and 2010, and the Maryland State Senate in 2014. Beyer has been a vice president at Equality Maryland, executive vice president at Maryland NOW, a member of the Board of Governors of the Human Rights Campaign, a founding member of the Progressive Working Group, a steering committee member of Progressive Neighbors and a board member at the National Center for Transgender Equality and Mobile Medical Care, a service provider of health care to the uninsured in Montgomery County, Md. She is currently a board member at A Wider Bridge, am organization that builds bridges between Israelis and LGBTQ North Americans and allies. Beyer co-authored The Dallas Principles in 2009. She served as senior adviser to Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg of the Montgomery County Council, and on the Rules Committee of the Democratic Party. A mother of two adult sons, she lives in Chevy Chase, Md.