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Steering Committee

Sangeeta Budhiraja
Astraea Foundation
Sangeeta BudhirajaSangeeta brings over a decade of movement building experience and philanthropic advocacy skills to the Astraea Foundation as a seasoned activist, organizer, educator and advocate. Sangeeta joins the Astraea Foundation after four years as Program Officer at the Ms. Foundation for Women, where she managed the Foundation’s Movement Building, Southern Strategy, and Economic Justice Initiatives. During her time as Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), Sangeeta served as member of Astraea’s International Funds panel. She also worked as a consultant to the International Fund from 2005-2007, and has worked with many of Astraea’s international grantee partners.

Meg Coward
Laughing Gull Foundation
Meg CowardAs a co-founder of the Laughing Gull Foundation, Meg is delighted to engage in work that draws on the many strands of her personal and professional passions.  With a background in youth development, sustainable agriculture, and progressive philanthropy, Meg has served in senior leadership positions with a number of innovative organizations, including Bolder Giving, Waltham Fields Community Farm, the Merck Family Fund, The Farm School, and The Food Project.  Meg credits her involvement with Resource Generation as the inspiration for engaging with the blessings and challenges of the philanthropic sector. In addition to overseeing LGF’s operations and strategies, she manages LGF’s LGBTQ Equality program.  Meg holds an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. from Oberlin College, where she serves on the Board of Trustees.  She is a dj, a women’s college basketball fan, and loves to knit baby hats.

Matthew Hart
Calamus Foundation

Matty HartMatthew “Matty” Hart is the founder and Principle of the Paris-based Lafayette Practice. Hart and The Lafayette Practice (TLP) specialise in advising on philanthropic strategy and management. TLP supports organisations from grassroots nonprofits and NGOs to International Foundations, in planning and implementation; institutional partnership-building; development and fundraising strategy; public relations; marketing; and relationship management. Hart’s philanthropic leadership is exemplified by his role as the President of the Board of Directors of the Calamus Foundation, where he consults widely with foundations and individual philanthropists to advance LGBT equity and human rights. Hart coordinates the Global Philanthropy Project.

Jennifer Langton
Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund

jennifer 2016 smaller photo head shot webJennifer Langton has served as Grants Manager for the Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund for five years.  Raised in the upper coastal corner of Washington State, Jennifer’s passion led her to work initially in marine biology and on environmental issues, focusing first on endangered species and later working for Habitat for Humanity International on affordable green building practices. She has volunteered her time over the years on various social justice causes. Today Jennifer loves researching issues and collaborating with diverse voices in order to build stronger movements of equity. Having spent much of her adult life in the South, she was engaged early in efforts to leverage and expand funding for LGBTQ equality work in the Southern United States.  Jennifer has served on several nonprofit boards, and is  currently a board member of the Movement Advancement Project based in Denver.  Jennifer finds inspiration from her long-time partner of 29 years, and from other family members, friends, and her dogs.  She loves creating and listening to music, cooking, hiking, boats and the outdoors. She lives in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

Roz Lee
Arcus Foundation
Roz Lee is Social Justice Initiatives Director at the Arcus Foundation. She has dedicated her career to fighting all forms of oppression through social justice philanthropy, community organizing, political advocacy, and popular education. Prior to joining Arcus, she worked as Director of Programs of Stonewall Community Foundation, where she created a Racial Equity Initiative grantmaking and capacity-building program to support organizations led by and for LGBT people of color. She worked as a Program Officer for the Jewish Fund for Justice, making grants to social and economic justice groups across the country. Roz received a Union Square Award for her work as a cofounder of the New York City Organizing Support Center, an organizing, training, and political education hub for grassroots organizations devoted to racial, economic and gender justice. Roz volunteers for numerous organizations committed to fostering progressive social change. She holds a BA from the State University of New York at Albany.

Loring McAlpin
Calamus Foundation
Loring McAlpinLoring divides his time between documentary film projects (Tegwan’s Nest, Herman’s House, How to Survive a Plague) and work with the Calamus Foundation. His involvement with AIDS activism through ACT UP and the collective Gran Fury provided the lens through which much of the Calamus Foundation’s giving has been focused.

 

 

Molly Schultz Hafid
Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock

Molly Schultz Hafid Headshot ColorMolly Schultz Hafid is the Assistant Director of the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, where she is responsible for the Democratic Participation, Civil and Constitutional Rights and Community Organizing program areas.  She serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and as part-time faculty at The New School Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.  She teaches graduate courses in grantmaking and fundraising.  She also teaches undergraduate visual arts students about globalization and social movements as an adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts. Molly has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Literature from Antioch College, a Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in International Nonprofit Management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, and an executive education certificate in Nonprofit Financial Sustainability from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School.

Luis Vivaldi
Foundation for a Just Society
Luis Vivaldi 2Luis came to Foundation for a Just Society directly from Albania, where he was a Peace Corps volunteer working on youth development and LGBTI rights. Prior to that, he spent five years with the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, DC, supporting education reform and workforce development in social justice organizations. He also played an integral role in Putting Race on the Table, a speaker and donor education series. Luis holds a Bachelor of History and International Studies from Baylor University and a Master of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh. He claims both Puerto Rico and Texas as home, and when asked if there is a relation between himself and the famous composer, he replies, “Definitely maybe.”

Luna Yasui
The Ford Foundation
Luna YasuiLuna Yasui is a program officer on the Youth Opportunity and Learning team. She has worked on gender and equality issues for the foundation and is responsible for its work on advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. In addition, Luna has supported efforts to forge alliances across social justice movements and to elevate the experiences and leadership of marginalized LGBT constituencies, with a particular emphasis on people of color, women, youth, and low-income communities. Prior to her work in philanthropy, Luna served as an advocate and attorney at a number of social justice organizations. As associate director and policy director at Chinese for Affirmative Action, she established the organization’s first LGBT rights project and oversaw a variety of racial justice and immigrant rights policy and advocacy initiatives in areas ranging from language access and voter protection to economic development. In her legal work, Luna focused on protecting workers’ rights and promoting economic opportunity, first as a staff attorney with the Immigrant Day Labor Project of the National Employment Law Project and later as a staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid, representing individuals on public assistance who were facing legal barriers to employment. Luna received her juris doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Law, where she was a public interest fellow.

 

“LGBT Americans have made great strides towards the dream of a lived equality, but our work is far from over. Baseline legal equality has yet to reach vast swathes of our country, especially for those who live in the Southeast.”
-Luna Yasui

Staff

Miabi Chatterji
Program Officer, LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund
Miabi ChatterjiMiabi Chatterji has been participating in, teaching on, supporting, and studying multi-issue social justice movements for more than a decade. She was formerly Director of Grants for the West at Resist, a public foundation that has a 45+ year history of funding intersectional social movements, from ACT-UP to AIM to the Black Panthers. She has worked with organizations such as Manavi for South Asian Women, UAW Local 2110, Restaurant Opportunities Center NY, and received much of her formative political training by helping organize Youth Solidarity Summer, a (now on hiatus) intergenerational collective of South Asian activists in the New York area creating youth political education. Miabi has a PhD in American Studies from NYU, where she studied and taught in the fields of race, gender, sexuality, labor, and immigration. She is a New York Rangers fan, is always planning an imaginary trip, and is thrilled to be working with the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund to support our people and movements in the hard and beautiful struggle for liberation.