About Athlete Ally

Sports remains one of the greatest socialization mechanisms in the world — it communicates values without relying on any one language, and its most successful participants are known and respected globally. And yet, an entire community of people remain systematically excluded from sport.

Athlete Ally believes that everyone should have equal access, opportunity, and experience in sports — regardless of your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Our mission is to end the rampant homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQI+ equality.

Our Victories

Athlete Ally is proud of our history in working to create LGBTQI+ inclusive athletic environments, and of our efforts to mobilize athletes, teams and leagues to use their platform to champion equality. Learn more about our work throughout 2019 in our 2019 Annual Report.

Some of our recent victories have included:

  • Creating the landmark campaign, Principle 6, which successfully lobbied the International Olympic Committee to include sexual orientation in the Olympic Charter.
  • Co-authoring the NCAA’s first-ever policy and resource guide on LGBTQ issues for all coaches, athletes, and administrators.
  • Working with the NBA, NCAA, and ACC on their historic decisions to move the competitions from North Carolina in the wake of anti-LGBTQ law HB2.
  • Launching the historic Athletic Equality Indexa first of its kind ranking of the LGBTQ inclusiveness of collegiate athletic departments
  • Partnering with transgender high school wrestler Mack Beggs to publish a PSA pushing back against the anti-trans bathroom bill introduced in Texas Special Session. That session concluded without the passing of an anti-LGBTQ bill.
  • Successfully launching a global campaign calling on FIBA to overturn its discriminatory ban on players competing in hijabs.
  • Leading the successful #WomenInFIFA campaign, engaging more than 150 Olympic and professional athletes in calling on FIFA reforms to include greater representation of women and increased support for women’s football.
  • Leading athlete, league and team participation in policy-focused campaigns to persuade Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker to protect transgender people from discrimination in public spaces in 2016.
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Our Founding Story

Hudson Taylor was a rare breed of division one wrestler and thespian. As a three-time All-American wrestler at the University of Maryland, he was ranked 2nd in the country heading into his senior season. He was, in addition, a theatre major, and the two worlds couldn’t have been more different on the topic of LGBTQ respect and inclusion. In theatre, Hudson had friends and classmates coming out and being accepted and welcomed. But on the wrestling mat, homophobic and sexist rhetoric and actions were rampant.

To stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community and confront the marginalization of LGBTQ people in sport, he decided to wear an LGBTQ equality sticker on his headgear. Though he encountered criticism from his teammates, he received national media attention and thousands of emails from parents and closeted athletes encouraged by his advocacy. That got Hudson thinking… if he could achieve that impact as a wrestler, in a sport that isn’t the most popular, what if he had been a football player, a team, or an entire league.

This experience inspired Hudson to launch Athlete Ally.

Our Team

Hudson Taylor

Founder, Executive Director & Board Member

Hudson Taylor is the founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization working to dismantle the systems of oppression that isolate, exclude and endanger LGBTQI+ people.

Under Taylor’s leadership, Athlete Ally educates athletic communities at all levels — sport governing bodies, teams, and individual athletes — to understand obstacles to inclusion for LGBTQI+ people in sports and how they can build inclusive communities on their teams or within their organizations. This includes launching Champions of Inclusion, an online curriculum providing coaches and athletic departments with education and resources around critical issues facing LGBTQI+ athletes and tools for creating an inclusive environment for all.

In addition, Athlete Ally works to ensure athletic communities’ policies are as LGBTQI+ inclusive as they should be. Under Taylor’s stewardship, Athlete Ally works closely with teams and institutions to develop clear and accessible policies around LGBTQI+ inclusion. In 2013, Taylor co-authored the NCAA’s first-ever handbook for college athletes, coaches and administrators providing recommendations, instructions and guidelines around best practices and policies for creating LGBTQIA+ inclusive athletic cultures. More recently, the organization launched the Athletic Equality Index (AEI) to measure LGBTQI+ inclusion policies and practices in college athletics. Taylor is also a powerful public speaker, sharing his story of allyship and advocacy both in and through sports.

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Taylor Carr

Chief of Staff

Taylor Carr is the Chief of Staff at Athlete Ally.

Prior to joining Athlete Ally, Carr worked in Edelman’s New York Public Affairs practice and worked with renowned brands including the New York Liberty, New York Knicks, Ocean Conservancy, Lambda Legal, the United Nations Global Compact, Bridgestone, Verizon, and more to address some of society’s most pressing concerns, ranging from women’s empowerment and human rights, to climate change and LGBTQ equality.

Carr was responsible for helping grow Edelman New York’s LGBTQ communications marketing work, including counseling clients across the world on their LGBT diversity and inclusion initiatives. He’s worked with multiple, global private sector clients to take a firm stance against hateful, anti-LGBT legislation across the United States, helping pave the way for future private sector activism in the space.

A thought-leader on Cyberbullying, Carr has been quoted on the roles and responsibilities of academic institutions in the prevention, reporting and intervention of Cyberbullying activities under an institution’s purview.

Carr has a degree in Public Relations from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

Carr has been a certified USSF State Referee; a NISOA Collegiate referee; and a Major Indoor Soccer referee.

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Anne Lieberman

Director of Policy and Programs

Anne Lieberman is a social justice strategist, sport policy wonk and lifelong athlete. Currently, Anne serves as the Director of Policy and Programs for Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization working to dismantle the structures of oppression that isolate, exclude and endanger LGBTQI+ people in sport. Anne has over a decade of experience in advancing LGBTQI+ rights and gender equity globally, including leading grantmaking and advocacy efforts in South and Southeast Asia for American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and two years in Thailand on a Fulbright Fellowship conducting research on gender and sexuality in Muay Thai. Previously, Anne worked as a researcher for the Bronx African American History Project (BAAHP) and was awarded a Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Fellowship. Anne holds an M.A. from Columbia University in Human Rights and a B.A. in African and African American Studies and Women's Studies from Fordham University. Anne is a 3x national champion Muay Thai Fighter and coach and heads USA Muay Thai’s Gender Equality Commission.

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Joanna Hoffman

Director of Communications

Joanna Hoffman has worked in nonprofit communications for nearly a decade, with expertise in using strategic digital engagement to guide audiences towards social action. Previously, she worked as a Communications Manager at Peace is Loud where she managed organization-wide communications, including a combined digital audience of over 100,000, to amplify the voices of women peace leaders. Prior to this, she was the Special Projects Manager at Women Deliver, a global organization advocating for the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women, where she worked on Women Deliver’s triennial global conferences and the development of advocacy materials and engagement strategies. She has a Masters of Public Administration in International Public Policy and Nonprofit Management from New York University. Joanna is a Lambda Literary and Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, and was honored by the (Obama) White House in 2015 as a Champion for Change for LGBTQ Advocacy Through Art. She is also a proud member of LGBTQ running club Front Runners New York.

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Sharif Dodd

Development Associate

Sharif Dodd is Athlete Ally’s Development Associate, assisting the Director of Development in advancing the organization’s fundraising efforts. Prior to joining Athlete Ally, Sharif worked as Member Services Manager for Lambda Legal, working closely with regional and national development staff to expand membership programs and ensure donors at all levels received the best service possible.

Sharif previously held positions at The National LGBTQ Task Force, SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Before his entry into the non-profit sector, Sharif worked as a Delinquency Control Counselor with Navy Federal Credit Union and as a Financial Associate with Citigroup.

Sharif is an active fiction writer and former Theater/Performing Arts graduate.

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Anna Baeth

Senior Manager, Research

Anna Baeth is a critical feminist scholar and a cultural studies practitioner of sport. Her research centers on the gendering of sport spaces, the eternally moving body, and social movements and sport. A native of Frederick, MD, Baeth is a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, studying Sport Sociology. Most recently, she was a research assistant in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport and a teaching assistant in the UMN Department of Kinesiology. Beyond her scholarly pursuits, Baeth is a perennial coach and advocate for cultural awareness in sport spaces. Holding an M.S. in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College (MA), Baeth has been an assistant lacrosse coach at Hamline University, Head Field Hockey Coach at Oberlin College and Conservatory (OH), and assistant field hockey / lacrosse coach at Mt. Holyoke College (MA). In 2009, she rode her bicycle cross country with the non-profit Bike and Build to raise awareness of affordable housing issues. Baeth graduated from Swarthmore College (PA) with a degree in Sociology / Anthropology, Peace Studies, and Educational Studies, where she also founded the not-for-profit, Chester Neighborhood Bike Works, and captained the field hockey team.

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Joy Bunson

Co-Chair, Board of Directors

Joy Bunson is an accomplished Human Resources executive with over 20 years of experience in financial services. She currently runs a consulting and coaching practice and specializes in areas related to organizational culture and effectiveness, including leadership development, change management, diversity and work-life. Her clients come from both the for profit and not for profit sectors and have included Moody’s, PwC, Royal Bank of Canada, Ford Models, Baker & Mckenzie, the Families and Work Institute, the Young Women’s Leadership Network and others.

Until mid-2006, she was the Senior Vice President and executive in charge of Global Human Resources Development at JPMorganChase. Her responsibilities included corporate leadership, diversity, talent and performance management, work-life, learning and education, and Human Resources branding and communications programs for JPMorganChase’s 160,000 employees worldwide.

Under Ms. Bunson’s tenure, her Development team oversaw the organizational aspects of three of the industry’s largest mergers: Chase-Chemical bank, Chase-J.R Morgan and the JPMorganChase – Bank One merger. She led the expansion of JPMorganChase’s back-up child care network across the U.S. into the largest onsite corporate network in the country; the implementation of a formal diversity planning process that yielded substantial changes to the company’s climate and demographics; and the development of several public-private partnerships, including Smart Start, a community based scholarship and career development program and Comfort for Kids, a program launched after 9/11 to help parents and caregivers recognize and deal with trauma in young children and later adapted for use worldwide. During this time, JPMorganChase received numerous awards for its work-life and diversity initiatives. These included the Catalyst award in 2001, recognition as one of the top 10 companies for working mothers in 2003 and 2006, and placement on numerous *best companies” lists.

In 2005, Ms. Bunson was honored as a leader in the work-life movement by the Families and Work Institute, which awarded her its Work-Life legacy award for her pioneering work on supporting the child care needs of JPMorganChase employees and integrating diversity and work-life into corporate culture.

Ms. Bunson holds an M.S. in Organizational Psychology from New York University and a B.A. in Ameri-can Studies from Cornell University. She resides in Manhattan with her husband and son.

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Laura Clise

Co-Chair, Board of Directors

Laura Clise is a corporate sustainability leader and 2013 Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow. At AREVA Inc., Laura established led the Sustainable Development department, overseeing the company's first regional sustainability strategy and supplier diversity program. She subsequently served as the Director of External Communications & Corporate Citizenship. Before joining AREVA Inc., Laura’s sustainability experience included work for the U.N. Global Compact, Intel Corporation, and Business for Social Responsibility. Laura received an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a BA in International Relations from Carleton College. She received an Exceptional Individual Achievement Award from the Human Rights Campaign for her work on marriage equality in Maryland and is a frequent speaker a host of issues, including sustainability initiatives, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement.

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Deborah Block

Co-Founder, Board Member Emeritus

Deborah Block is a Co-Founder and Board Member emeritus. She works as a Marketing Associate at PhotoShelter, a New York City-based technology company that provides websites and business tools for professional photographers. She manages the company's marketing strategy, events, social media, and public relations. Deborah graduated from Tufts University in 2008.

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Mike Balaban

Board Member

Mike Balaban, Managing Principal of Balaban Associates and Partner at Gotham Orient Partners, has been active in international finance for many years. He spent 18 years with Lehman Brothers and Citigroup in NYC and Tokyo, engaged in fixed income, equities & corporate finance, followed by 10 years in cross-border consulting and executive management focused on financial information and media. Mike's global perspective includes deep knowledge of the business landscape in Asia and an extensive network of connections there. He has also served on boards of directors and development committees of such other non-profits as GLSEN, Galen University (Belize), and Echoing Green for the past 17 years.

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Brian Ellner

Board Member

Brian Ellner is a senior political strategist and newly named Executive Vice President and Group Head for Public Affairs at Edelman in New York. He ran the Human Rights Campaign's successful effort to win marriage equality in New York and launched New Yorkers for Marriage Equality, a communications campaign featuring iconic New Yorkers (including Julianne Moore, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Barbara Bush, and Sean Avery) expressing support for equal marriage rights. Brian also co-founded TheFour.com to support the 2012 marriage equality referenda fights in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. Brian is an attorney and practiced with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton Garrison and O'Melveny Myers. Prior to joining HRC, Ellner was a senior aide in Mayor Bloomberg's administration. Brian is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

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Carin Levine Ehrenberg

Board Member

Carin Levine Ehrenberg is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Manhattan. Over the past 20 years, Carin has spent equal time working with her clients as she has devoted to community service and organizing in several organizations. She was most recently the president Greenwich Village Little League (GVLL) which annually serves over a thousand players ages 4 to 16. At GVLL Carin has helped build programs for the league and advocate in local politics on behalf of youth sports. Carin also serves on the board of P3 Baseball and Softball and is an advocate for youth as a representative of the organization Pier 40 Champions. In addition to her leadership in youth sports, Carin has focused on diversity and advocacy as a volunteer for the past decade at NYC independent schools LREI and Poly Prep Country Day. Carin has joined the Athlete Ally board in part to expand the organization’s work with youth athletes.

Carin received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and their two sons.

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Lisa Gerson

Board Member

Lisa Gerson is a partner at the law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP. She specializes in complex commercial litigation, product liability, and employment matters. Lisa serves on McDermott’s LGBT Diversity and Gender Diversity Committees, and previously served on the New York City Bar Association LGBT Committee. In her free team, Lisa has been a member of the New York City Gay Basketball and Flag Football leagues. Lisa received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006.

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Sean James

Board Member

Sean James is a former college athlete and NFL player who has been able to utilize his experiences as an athlete to truly understand what young student athletes need to do in order to realize their full potential. Sean has been workingwith children for over 25 years. During that time, his programs have evolved to meet his widening vision of the ever-growing needs of today’s youth, and the ways in which he can help them to meet those needs.

In 2007, Sean created Sean James Student Athletes (SJSA) as a means of providing youth with the opportunity to live out their dreams. In 2011, Sean’s philanthropic work was recognized by Buick and theNCAA in their very first Human Highlight Reel that celebrates human achievement by shining a light on those student-athletes that continue to show leadership and dedication once they complete their academic programs and become active in their communities to have a positive influence on the lives of others.

In 2012, Sean founded Be In The Know About Bullying to provide education and mentorship to students in order to help them be leaders in their communities, and combat the bullying epidemic faced by our nation.Sean travels the country spreading awareness and educating students on leadership and on bullyingthrough the Be In The Know About Bullying curriculum, and through speaking directly to children alongside Be In The Know’s many other NFL ambassadors. His passion for and dedication to children helps him to inspire them to take action in their own schools and communities.

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Casey Legler

Board Member

Casey Legler is a former Olympian, writer, activist and groundbreaking nonbinary model. Their best-selling memoir GODSPEED (2018), chronicling their life as a young athlete and Olympian, was called "raw and poetic" by the New York Times. Legler's writing has appeared in the Guardian, Vogue and New York Magazine. In 2013, Legler ignited conversations about gender by being the first "woman" signed to Ford Models to exclusively model men's clothes, driving conversations in the public sphere about gender identity and fluidity as we understand and articulate it today. Legler is seasoned public speaker, recently headlining the Sydney Writers Festival to sold out audiences, and has appeared in Time Magazine, on ABC, NBC and The Project, the most watched current affairs program (4 million viewers). Casey's varied and deep skill also includes 20 years of experience growing and managing New York City's top restaurants which has given them the foundation to run any organization efficiently and effectively.

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Jordyn Lexton

Board Member

Jordyn Lexton, Founder and CEO of Drive Change an organization in Brooklyn New York that fosters quality employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated young adults coming home from jail. Prior to starting Drive Change Jordyn was a teacher at the high school inside of the jail complex on Rikers Island. Jordyn is a 2015 Echoing Green Fellow and their six word bio is: Not Cut Out For The Sidelines.

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Krishna Omkar

Board Member

Based in London, Krishna practises as a corporate lawyer at King & Spalding with a wide practice acting for public and private companies in cross-border transactions, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, as well as the corporate aspects of restructuring and insolvency. He regularly advises on corporate governance as well as shareholder activism and defence. Krishna advises clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, life sciences, infrastructure and energy, sports and entertainment, and private wealth. He has particular interest in emerging markets, especially India; and is named in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 for India expertise. Krishna was named a Future Leader by the Financial Times in its Executive Diversity Report in 2018, received a 2019 Asian Achievers Award, and the inaugural Rising Star Award in the 2019 British Legal Awards. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2019 and 2020.

Krishna is also the founder of Return on Equity, a new economic and philosophical agenda to rethink the meaning of capitalism in a model that harnesses the power of inclusion, empowerment, and social change as a strategy for sustainability. Through Return on Equity, Krishna is influencing a different and new kind of philosophy, where corporations rely on inclusive disruption to increase empowerment, activating investors, consumers, and employees as economic actors, putting in place a virtuous cycle of wealth creation within a sustainable circular economy.

Krishna worked on the initiative to decriminalise same-sex relations in India, which was successful in September 2018, and in 2019 was invited by the UN Assistant Secretary General to co-lead a consultation on the collaboration of the private sector and civil society in the advancement of LGBTQI+ rights.

Krishna is a lover of the arts and design, dogs and animals, food and drink, and travel. He received a BA in English Literature from St Stephen’s College, the University of Delhi; an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Oxford; and spent time as a visiting researcher at Sciences Po / Institut d'études politiques de Paris.

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Lia Parifax

Board Member, Co-Founder

Lia Mandaglio Parifax is the Director of Executive Planning and Project Management at the Arcus Foundation. Lia is an attorney and civil rights activist. Prior to joining Arcus, she served as Managing Director, Global Initiatives at Out Leadership, a strategic advisory firm specializing in LGBT talent and business development. In 2011, Lia co-founded Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization advancing LGBT rights through sports. In this capacity, Lia has helped strategize groundbreaking social advocacy initiatives in athletics. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Equality Card Project, an LGBT-focused philanthropic credit card. Lia has been published in several leading rhetoric and legal journals, including the American Bar Association’s Public Contracts Law Journal, the Italian American Bar Association’s Digest, the California International Law Journal, and the International Journal of Law in Context of Cambridge University Press. She has contributed to several opinion pieces in outlets like The Huffington Post and CNN, and she served as an editor of the book, Keys to College Studying: Becoming an Active Thinker, Prentice Hall (2nd ed.) Lia graduated first in her class from Lafayette College and received a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. In March 2014, she was named with her husband to Vanity Fair's Hall of Fame for her human rights advocacy leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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Frederick C. Raffetto

Board Member

Frederick C. Raffetto is a partner at the Law Firm of Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P.C., based in Ocean Township, New Jersey. He specializes in the areas of Local Government Law, Zoning and Land Use, Historic Preservation, Real Property Tax Appeals, and Civil Litigation. At current, Mr. Raffetto serves as City Attorney for the City of Asbury Park, New Jersey, as well as Municipal Attorney for the Boroughs of Spring Lake Heights, Hightstown, and Jamesburg, New Jersey. Fred has also served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Drew University concerning historic preservation matters. Fred received his B.A. from Lafayette College in 1987, and his J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 1990.

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Nate Richards

Board Member

Nathan J. Richards is the Chief of Staff of TransPerfect, the world's leading provider of language and technology solutions for business. He attended Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, and during his time there, began his career with TransPerfect as an intern and eventually went on to originate the Global Marketing and Communications Department. After several years in the not-for-profit sector, he founded his own consulting firm, Nathan J Richards + Associates in 2013 in Seattle. His interest in global business, change management, and company culture led him back to his current role at TransPerfect, in which he oversees employee-relations, diversity initiatives, process development, and philanthropic investments. He resides in New York City and rural Pierce County in Washington State. He is an avid supporter of the Seattle Sounders Football Club and his nephew’s youth soccer team.

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Chad Salter

Board Member

Chad Salter joined the Ford Foundation, Internet Freedom team in 2016. As a Program Assistant, he reviews grant proposals for strategic alignment, IRS compliance, and financial health. He is a writer and a member of the Metropolitan Tennis Group, a non-profit for LGBTQ tennis players. Chad graduated from Davidson College.

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Mark Stephanz

Board Member

Mark E. Stephanz is Vice Chairman and Managing Director in the Global Financial Sponsors Group for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, he advises a select group of strategic financial sponsors based in New York on a broad range of capital raising and advisory services, including leveraged buyouts, equity market alternatives and mergers, and acquisitions. He is Chair of the Retention Committee for Diversity and Inclusion at BofA Merrill Lynch and is a member of the bank’s New York Pride Group. Mark serves as co-chair of the Leadership Advisory Committee for Out on the Street, an organization of senior LGBT bankers on Wall Street.

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Andrew Ward

Board Member

J. Andrew Ward is a Principal and Associate General Counsel at KPMG LLP, where he works on a wide range of legal and compliance matters, including civil litigation, regulatory and governmental investigations, government contracting and compliance, and other domestic and transnational regulatory issues. He is also currently on the Leadership Committee for Out on the Street and Out in Law, senior leadership organizations that promote LGBT equality and inclusion within the financial services industry and the legal profession. Prior to joining KPMG in 2003, he was a litigator in the New York office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Andy was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in French Literature and Creative Writing. After graduating from UNC, he received a Rotary Fellowship to study at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, earning a Master’s level degree in European Union Studies. He then attended Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the oldest student-run legal services organization in the country. At the Legal Aid Bureau, he founded a project to provide legal services to people with HIV/AIDS Andy previously served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to providing housing and services to homeless LGBT youth.

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Perry Williams

Board Member

Perry Hughes Williams leads strategy and operations for Under Armour’s Innovation team where he manages a portfolio of projects across apparel, footwear and connected fitness. He is also the co-chair of Under Armour’s LGBTq+ employee resource group, UNIFIED. He has 10 years of experience in engineering, project management, and corporate strategy in various industries and has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of Michigan. A native of Jackson, MS, Perry currently lives in Baltimore, MD with his husband, Tim, and their retriever Zoe.

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Robert York

Board Member

Robert currently serves as the Senior Director of Development at NMAC in Washington, DC. Robert previously served as the executive director for Capital Pride and as director of AIDS Walk Washington. In 2005 the Washington Blade named him the Outstanding Male Hero in the LGBT community and in 2014 he was honored with Capital Pride’s Larry Stansbury Award for distinguished service. Robert received his B.A in journalism/public relations from the University of Central Oklahoma. Robert currently serves as an Ambassador for The Trevor Project DC chapter, a board member for the Capital Pride Alliance and is also a published author. Robert is also an active team player with the Washington DC Federal Triangles Soccer Club, CAPS Softball, Stonewall DC dodge ball and Cheer DC which he founded. Robert was also a spirit leader with the Washington Freedom Women's Professional Soccer Team from 2002 - 2012 as well as the Washington Capitals Professional Hockey Team and worked on the executive staff for the original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter.

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Thomas Hall

Associate Board Member

Thomas John Hall is a Banker with J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Thomas is responsible for developing and executing comprehensive wealth management strategies for ultra-high net worth families, executives, entrepreneurs as well as foundations and endowments. He leads a team of professionals to advise on asset allocation, portfolio construction, capital and liquidity strategies, and wealth transfer opportunities and execution. He spent the last 7 years working closely with some of the Private Bank’s largest family office and foundation relationships.

Thomas has always had a passion for LGBTQ+ rights and development. Thomas is a Business Sponsor and executive member of the Proud to Be program which focuses on LGBTQ+ recruiting for J.P. Morgan Chase. He is active within the PRIDE organization, and has held various key roles focusing on recruitment.

Thomas graduated from Syracuse University with dual B.A.s in Finance and Marketing. He was a member of the club wrestling team all four years.

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Matt Wardrop

Associate Board Member

Matt Wardrop is an Associate in the Real Estate Principal Investment Area (REPIA) in the Merchant Banking Division (MBD) at Goldman Sachs, investing Firm and client capital in real estate equity and credit strategies.

Matt joined Goldman Sachs in 2015 after receiving an A.B. in English from Harvard University.

A Boston native, Matt was involved in a number of activities at Harvard, with his time as a coxswain on the men’s heavyweight crew team being particularly formative.

Today, Matt is involved in a number of not-for-profit activities, including as a Class Agent for the Dexter School, from which he graduated, as well as a Young Lion for the New York Public Library.

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Keith Oberlin

Associate Board Member

Keith Oberlin is a technologist by trade. He has spent 20 years bending technology to improve how we work, redefine the digital workplace, and better of lives of others.

His involvement in social justice causes go back to the dot com era where, with friends, he started a company delivering low-cost websites and donor development platforms to small to mid-size non-profits like PLFAG and Refugees International. Keith recently closed out 5 years at the Ford Foundation, where he worked to leverage 80 years of grant making data and documents to open up new up insights in the fight against global inequality. While there he also authored several grants seeking increase agency in inner-city justice-involved youth and building the capacity of LGBTIA+ sports organizations that seek greater inclusivity in sports and more support for queer athletes and their allies.

Outdoor sports and activities have been a mainstay for Keith. His years as a whitewater kayaker, rower, snowboarder, triathlete, and lover of all things outdoors led him to launch Get Out And Trek (GOAT) - an organization that creates outdoor trips and events for LGBTQ adventurists and friends. As Adventure Director at GOAT he works with outdoor athletes and enthusiasts and across for-profit and non-profit organization’s to create safe spaces outdoor.

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Advisory Board

Kathleen Behrens

President, Social Responsibility & Player Programs

National Basketball Association

Mark Cuban

Dallas Mavericks Owner, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

NBA

LZ Granderson

Journalist and Commentator

CNN and ESPN

Brett Haber

Sportcaster

The Tennis Channel

David Kopay

Former National Football League Player

Author of The David Kopay Story

Mark Kriegel

Commentator on NFL Network's Morning Show "NFL AM"

Author of Namath: A Biography and Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich

Beth A. Livingston

Assistant Professor, Human Resource Studies

Cornell University

Nick Rogers

President

Minnesota United Football Club

Robbie Rogers

Professional Soccer Player

MLS

Erin Sharoni

Anchor

CBS Sports

Rennae Stubbs

Former WTA Player and Tennis Channel Commentator

WTA

Michael Skolnik

Political Director

Global Grind

Maria Mahl

Social Change Strategist

Clinton Global Initiative

Greg Louganis

Mentor, 4X Olympic Gold Medalist

U.S. Olympic Diving Team

John Amaechi

Former National League Basketball Player

Author of Man in the Middle

Brock McLean

Australian Rules Footballer

Australian Football League

Jason Ball

Australian Rules Footballer

Australian Football League

Mollie Lehman

Senior Associate Commissioner

Western Athletic Conference

Sam Caucci

CEO & Founder

Sales Huddle Group

Joe Solmonese

Managing Director & Founding Partner

Gavin/Solmonese

Drew Martin

Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs

University of Texas