TITLE: International Human Rights Program Director
FUNDING AREAS: LGBT rights and antidiscrimination
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PROFILE: Adrian Coman was named head of the international human rights program at the Arcus Foundation in February 2013.
His official Arcus Foundation bio states:
Adrian brings 18 years experience in advocacy, NGOs, philanthropy, education, and politics. A native of Romania, Adrian began his career as a teacher of Chemistry and Physics in Romania and Spain. He was the first executive director of ACCEPT, the national LGBT organization in Romania, where he led campaigns contributing to the repeal of an anti-gay criminal law and the adoption of anti-discrimination provisions. Upon his immigration to the United States in 2002, Adrian worked in grantmaking with the Baltic-American Partnership Fund at the Open Society Foundations and as Program Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. In 2009, he went to the European Parliament in Brussels to advise a legislator working on human rights and anti-corruption. Adrian holds a degree in chemistry and physics from Romania, a BA in human rights from City University of New York, and an MA in human rights from Columbia University, where he also co-taught a class on strategic planning for human rights advocates and participated in the 2000 Human Rights Advocates Program. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Romanian and has a working knowledge of French.