Cassidy Karakorn, director of consumer marketing at HRC, was killed in a collision Saturday night in Washington, D.C. Karakorn, 38, was driving a scooter on Florida Avenue in Northeast when she collided with an SUV making a U-turn. Police are investigating but it’s not clear if any charges will be filed.
A graduate of George Mason University, she had worked at HRC for nearly 16 years.
“The HRC family is mourning the loss of our beloved colleague and friend,” a representative for the LGBT advocacy group said in a statement. “Over her 17-year career at the Human Rights Campaign, Cassidy tirelessly championed civil rights for the LGBTQ community.”
HRC credited Karakorn’s eye for art and design for helping it reach a larger audience. In June, she worked with artist Meghan Geckler on an eight-story art installation honoring those who died at the Pulse nightclub and other victims of hate violence.
On Instagram, Geckler called Karakorn’s death “a huge loss for all that knew and loved her.”
@cassidykara was an unforgettable, passionate, and wonderful force of nature. I only knew her for a short time, but she left an indelible mark on me. This is a huge loss for all that knew and loved her, worked alongside her over the years at @humanrightscampaign, or knew her from her love of culture, music, and art. Here we are, together, clowning around just 3 months ago. I can’t believe that she is gone… RIP
Karakorn also spearheaded HRC’s Equality Rocks concert, the Sweetlife Festival, iO Tillett Wright’s “Self Evident Truths” project, and worked with designers and artists like Heatherette, Kelly Towles, Marc Jacobs, Alex and Chloe, Kenneth Cole and Everlane.
She also enjoyed a side job as a DJ and oversaw marketing efforts for Energy and Environment, an environmental cleanup organization.
“I need to feel that I’m working for something and not someone,” she told Refinery29 last year. “When I’m not fighting for equal rights, I’m protecting Mother Earth.”