Hillery Rink serves as president of The Georgia LGBTQ Archives Project. In that role he focuses on outreach to LGBTQ groups and individuals in order to arrange presentations introducing The Archives Project and its work to their organizations and social networks. In addition to his responsibilities with The Georgia LGBTQ Archives Project, Hillery works at StoryCorps, conducts oral history interviews for Georgia State University’s Special Collections & Archives, and does event management at The Fox Theatre.
Hillery grew up in North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating with degrees in history and economics. Graduate school brought him to Atlanta, and he obtained his MBA at Emory University. For 20+ years Hillery spent time in the business world, focusing on market research and consulting for such industries as telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, restaurants, candy, retail, and consumer packaged goods. Coming of age as a young gay man in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Hillery is particularly interested in documenting the decade of LGBTQ life between the Stonewall Riots in 1969 and the onset of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s. Hillery and his husband Sean legally tied the knot in California in September 2014 after 26+ years together.