A 2006 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Denise Brogan-Kator was the first openly transgender law student to matriculate at the Law School. She is currently the senior legislative counsel for the Family Equality Council, a national LGBT rights organization. She is the immediate past executive director of the statewide LGBT advocacy organization, Equality Michigan.
Prior to joining Equality Michigan, Brogan-Kator and her spouse, Mary Kator, '84, founded the Rainbow Law Center to serve the legal needs of the gay and transgender populations of Southeast Michigan. Prior to law school, Brogan-Kator worked as the chief financial officer for several small- to medium-size businesses, having earned her MBA from the University of Colorado in 1986. She served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Force from 1972-1976.