Roy Speckhardt

Roy Speckhardt served as Executive Director of the American Humanist Association from 2005 to 2021. He also serves on the boards of The Institute for Humanist Studies and the Secular Coalition for America Education Fund. He served as deputy director of The Interfaith Alliance from 1995 to 2001.

Speckhardt holds an M.B.A. from George Mason University and B.A. in sociology from Mary Washington College. He is the author of Creating Change Through Humanism, available here through Humanist Press. He currently lives in Washington, DC.

Posts by Roy Speckhardt

AHA Through the Years

The following excerpt from Roy Speckhardt’s Creating Change Through Humanism (Humanist Press, 2015) is part of’s month-long celebration of the AHA’s 80th Anniversary in April.... Read More

Justice-Centered Humanism

The following is an excerpt from Justice-Centered Humanism, a new book by Roy Speckhardt that will be published by Pitchstone Press later this year.... Read More

Beating the Odds

Two years ago, I received the worst news of my life: my daughter, Johanna, was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Seventeen and just starting... Read More

Humanist in the House

The following is adapted (with permission) from my presentation of the Humanist of the Year Award to Rep. Huffman at the American Humanist Association’s... Read More