Athlete Ally Welcomes New Board Members, Leadership

Today Athlete Ally announces Andrew, “Andy” Ward joins Mike Balaban as a Co-Chair of the Athlete Ally Board of Directors. In addition, Joy Bunson and Chris Coffey join the Board.

“Athlete Ally is proud to welcome Andy in his new leadership role, and Joy and Chris in their new capacities as board members,” said Athlete Ally Founder and Executive Director Hudson Taylor. “Their vast leadership and unique expertise will help Athlete Ally accelerate our work to end homophobia and transphobia in sport.”

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.

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.

Coffey leads the New York City practice for Tusk Ventures and for Tusk Strategies, where he works with clients like AT&T, Bloomberg Philanthropies, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the Times Square Alliance Chris also helps lead Tusk’s Tech & Public Policy projects. Prior to joining Tusk, Chris worked for Mike Bloomberg for 12 years. He served at City Hall, on Mike’s three electoral campaigns, and at Bloomberg L.P.

Bios for each can be found here:

Athlete Ally’s mission is to educate and activate athletic communities to eliminate homophobia and transphobia in sports and to exercise their leadership to champion LGBT equality. Founded in 2011, Athlete Ally has worked with the NBA, WNBA, and MLB on matters of respect and inclusion; led the Principle 6 campaign that convinced the International Olympic Committee to include sexual orientation in the non-discrimination clause of the Olympic Charter; and counts more than 150 college, professional, and Olympic athletes among its dedicated and active Ambassadors.