By James Cohen
Seth M. Marnin is the Director of Training and Education for the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at Columbia University. In this role, he leads Columbia’s harassment and discrimination prevention efforts. Seth is a longtime leader and advocate in higher education and the law. He began his career in student affairs and residential life at the University at Albany; he later joined the University of Connecticut as the Director of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Resources. He moved from higher education to practicing employment law at Outten & Golden LLP and subsequently served as the Vice President for Civil Rights at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) where he oversaw ADL’s domestic civil rights agenda. Before joining Columbia University, Seth founded Workplace Strategies, a consulting firm advising non-profits on a range of legal issues related to nondiscrimination, sexual harassment, equal opportunity, and affirmative action.
Seth has spoken nationally and internationally on LGBTQ issues, hate crime laws, discrimination, civil rights, religious liberty, the First Amendment and academic freedom. He co-authored friend-of-the-court briefs in numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts around the country, including Obergefell and Windsor.
He previously served on the planning committee for the National LGBT Bar Association’s Transgender Roundtable, the World Professional Organization for Transgender Health (WPATH) Legal Committee, and as a board member for Out for Work. Seth resides in New York City with his wife and their blended family.