What We Believe

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 LGBTQ equality.

Our Victories

Athlete Ally is proud of our history in working to create LGBTQ inclusive athletic environments, and of our efforts to mobilize athletes, teams and leagues to use their platform to champion equality. 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 a wrestling coach and prominent ally and activist in support of LGBT rights. Hudson was a three-time NCAA All-American and two-time NCAA Academic All-American wrestler who racked up the most pins; most wins in the history of the University of Maryland. He is ranked among the top five pinners in NCAA wrestling history and holds several hall-of-fame records. After graduating from Maryland, Hudson became a wrestling coach at Columbia. Taylor spreads this message of equality and inclusion through his roles at Athlete Ally, his public speaking, and his blog on the Huffington Post.

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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 LGBT equality.

Carr was responsible for helping grow Edelman New York’s LGBT communications marketing work, including counseling client 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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Mitch Mathias

Director of Development

Mitch Mathias serves as Athlete Ally's Director of Development, leading the organization's fundraising efforts. Before Athlete Ally, Mitch worked as a senior member of the fundraising team at Lambda Legal for almost 5 years, specializing in individual major gifts. Prior to that, Mitch worked for The Bonner Group, a progressive, fundraising consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Mitch has also worked at The Brookings Institution and Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW). He holds degrees from The College of William & Mary and Georgetown University.

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Anne Lieberman

Director of Policy and Programs

Anne is a queer intersectional feminist organizer and lifelong martial artist. As Director of Policy at Athlete Ally, Anne leads the organization's state-based and national LGBTQ rights efforts and mobilizes Athlete Ally ambassadors, sports teams, athletic institutions and other partners to advance LGBTQ rights locally and globally.

Anne has worked for a decade in advancing LGBTQI+ rights internationally. Prior to joining Athlete Ally, Anne led grantmaking and advocacy efforts in Southeast Asia for American Jewish World Service (AJWS) as a Program Officer on the Sexual Health and Rights team. Before AJWS, Anne spent two years in Thailand on a Fulbright Fellowship conducting research on gender and sexuality in Muay Thai. Prior to her time in Thailand, Anne worked as a research assistant for the Bronx African American History Project (BAAHP) and was awarded a Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Fellowship. Anne has 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.

Outside of the office, you can find Anne on the mat at the Renzo Gracie Academy coaching Muay Thai or fighting on the amateur circuit nationally. Anne is a proud member of Jews for Racial Economic Justice (JFREJ), where she serves on their grassroots fundraising committee.

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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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Brit Fryer

Programming & Communications Coordinator

Brit Fryer is the Programming & Communications Coordinator and is responsible for Athlete Ally's Campus Chapters and various communications and programming needs. Before Athlete Ally, Brit worked in LGBTQ peer support and programming, commercial advertising, and film at various institutions and organizations like Carleton College, Wieden + Kennedy, and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. He holds a BA in Cinema and Media Studies from Carleton College and is currently obtaining his MFA from the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. His autobiographic films on trans issues have gained attention from the Sundance Institute, Buzzfeed, and Seed&Spark. He is an active filmmaker, avid Crossfitter and a "pretty-okay-for-a-small-guy" rugby player.

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Whittney Smith

Research Coordinator

Whittney Smith is a graduate of Carleton College where she earned a B.A. in political science. She later attended American University, Washington College of Law where she earned a Masters of Public Policy and a J.D. Throughout her academic career she maintained a focus on issues of diversity and inclusion. While not an athlete herself she comes from a family of athletes and has a deep appreciation for the difficulties student athletes face. As such, she was thrilled to join the Athlete Ally team. Whittney serves as a research assistant using publically available sources to gather information on policies and practices that together effect LGBTQ inclusion and accessibility.

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Andrew Ward

Co-Chair, Board of Directors

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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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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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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Laura Clise

Board Member

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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Chris Coffey

Board Member

Chris Coffey leads the New York practice for Tusk Ventures and for Tusk Strategies, where he works with clients like The Patrolman’s Benevolent Association (PBA), Bird, and Charter Communications. He has run successful political and legislative efforts in cities and states across the country, most recently in San Francisco. In New York City, he specializes in creating major media campaigns. Successful examples include the Times Square Alliance, Uber, the PBA, and NYCLASS. Most recently, Chris served as a senior strategist to Corey Johnson’s winning campaign for Speaker of the New York City Council. He also served on District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s transition committee.

Prior to joining Tusk, Chris worked for Mike Bloomberg for 12 years at City Hall, on Mike’s three electoral campaigns, and at Bloomberg L.P.

During Chris’ time in City government, he helped set up the first-ever NYC Digital Office at the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. He co-authored the Roadmap for the Digital City, which Mayor Bloomberg unveiled as the first digital blueprint for City government in the nation. Before that, Chris worked on the 2009 Bloomberg campaign as a senior communications strategist, as First Deputy Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit where he helped manage the Mayor’s community relationships, and as an assistant press secretary and director of the Mayor Bloomberg’s advance team.

Chris also serves as the Vice Chair of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and is on the board of WIN Women in Need. In 2018, Chris was named number 25 on the City and State “Power Pride” list of LGBTQ influencers in New York. He frequently appears on NY1 as an expert on New York politics and guest lectures at NYU on government and public policy. Chris was born and raised in New York City and now lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn with his husband and their son.

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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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Allison Grover

Board Member

Allison Grover spent 13 years in the financial services industry, most recently as a Vice President in Goldman Sachs & Co.’s Securities Division as an equity trader. While there, she served on the firm’s LGBT Network Steering Committee, developing and implementing its LGBT Ally Strategy, which won the HRC Innovation Award for Workplace Equality in 2011. Allison has also worked for Vestar Capital Partners, Morgan Stanley & Co., and N.M. Rothschild & Sons. She holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. Allison grew up in Montreal, and now lives in New York City with her wife Susie and their four children.

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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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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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Brian Rice

Board Member

Brian Rice has been a top-ranked real estate agent at Corcoran for over twenty years following a successful career selling securities on Wall Street. After growing up in Manhasset, New York , Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was a 4 year varsity midfielder on UNC’s lacrosse team, winning two NCAA Division 1 championships (1981 and 1982). Brian lives in Manhattan and Nantucket with his husband Rob Goldrich and wire fox terrier Moby.

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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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Ward Simmons

Board Member

Ward Simmons is the Head of Marketing for Baccarat. Ward’s responsibilities are to create forward thinking, innovative strategies within Marketing, Public Relations, Digital, and Social Media to enhance the image of Baccarat and take market share from Baccarat’s competitors. Prior to joining Baccarat, for 7 years, Ward ran Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Visual for HUGO BOSS, the Americas.

Ward started his career working for Polo/Ralph Lauren in which he held several positions over a 14 year span which ended as the Director of Flagship Stores in New York. Later, he finally migrated over to Marketing and Public Relations when he became the Director of Communications at Carolina Herrera.

Born in Murray, Kentucky, Ward attended the University of Alabama where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

Ward has been involved with numerous charitable organizations. Ward served as Event Chairman for Broadway in South Africa, which develops a cross-cultural exchange between youth who are in need and artists who seek to use their talents, along with being awarded with amfAR’s Humanitarian Award raising money to help prevent HIV infection and the disease and death associated with it and to protect the human rights of all people.

In Ward’s spare time, he enjoys all sports, and being on his Childhood Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky.

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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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Sandye Taylor

Board Member

Sandye Taylor is currently a Senior Vice President with Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Human Resources. She is the head of Diversity & Inclusion for the firm’s institutional securities group. In this role, she has elevated LGBT awareness thru leadership engagement and various programmatic initiatives. She has been with the firm since 2003 serving in different roles including managing Merrill Lynch’s Supplier Diversity Program. Before that, Sandye practiced law servicing the securities, technology, and music recording industries. She received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Maryland and has served on the boards of directors of the East Orange Falcons Football and Cheerleading Organization and Our Neighborhood Empowered. Sandye is married to Kevin and they have two children.

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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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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

Martina Navratilova

Professional Tennis Player and Coach

WTA

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