Michael Fleming, David Bohnett Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: LGBT issues, education, gun violence, and the arts

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PROFILE: Michael Fleming has been executive director at the David Bohnett Foundation since 2000. Bohnett made a fortune back in the late 1990s by selling GeoCities to Yahoo, and Fleming has been his right-hand man in all matters philanthropic and political ever since. (Fleming also serves as Bohnett's political director.) 

His foundation bio shares: 

Michael Fleming has served as executive director of the David Bohnett Foundation since 2000. He works closely with Mr. Bohnett to promote the foundation’s mission of improving society through social justice, developing quantitative and qualitative goals for funding progressive programs in education, LGBT issues, arts, gun violence prevention and cognitive animal language research.

With a background in broadcast media and public affairs, Fleming has deployed his strengths in communications, strategic planning and cause-oriented advocacy to help steer over $100 million to organizations that share the Foundation’s vision.

Fleming has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Los Angeles Board of Water Power Commissioners – the five member panel that oversees the nation’s largest public utility. He previously served as the President of the East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission and as a Commissioner on the Board of the Los Angeles Convention Center. In 2010, President Barack Obama named Fleming to the White House Council for Community Solutions — a select group of business, non-profit and education leaders that studies growth and the impact of innovative, community-developed solutions to address some of the nation’s most serious challenges.

Under Fleming’s stewardship, the Foundation established and funded leadership development graduate programs at some of the country’s top schools of public service including New York University, UCLA, Harvard and the University of Michigan. Since 2003, he has taught the required capstone class for the LGBT minor at UCLA and, for the past four years, has taught graduate classes on the intersection of philanthropy and public policy at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

He began his career as an associate producer for PBS’ flagship station, Boston’s WGBH-TV, and remains active in broadcasting as a member (and the immediate past Chairman) of the Board of Directors of KCRW, and a Trustee of the NPR Foundation.

Fleming has a B.A. from Colorado College and was a Victory Fellow (now Bohnett Fellow) at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. A Boston native, Fleming lives in Los Angeles and is married to California Court of Appeal Justice Luis A. Lavin.

Paul A. Di Donato, Proteus Fund

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: LGBT marriage equality

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PROFILE: Paul Di Donato became head of the Civil Marriage Collaborative (CMC) at the Proteus Fund in November 2007. He has since become the president of the fund. He has been involved in the world of activism, advocacy, and philanthropy for more than 25 years, focusing primarily on HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues, civil rights, and social justice. Prior to joining Proteus, Di Donato spent eight years as executive director of Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA). Before that, he served as public policy director and federal affairs director at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and as executive director and legal director of National Gay Rights Advocates. Since 2000, Di Donato has been a trustee of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the largest HIV grantmaking organizations in the United States. He spent the early part of his career as a litigator, specializing in civil rights law, after earning his JD from Harvard Law School in 1985.

His foundation bio shares: 

Joining Proteus Fund in November 2007, Paul leads and facilitates the work of a highly engaged and diverse funder collaborative, coordinating the group’s work in strategy development, communication with other marriage equality actors, and innovative and responsive grant making geared to advance the freedom to marry for LGBT people in the United States. Paul has also led efforts in evaluating the efficacy of both marriage equality grantmaking and public education efforts for the CMC.

Paul has been an activist, advocate and philanthropic leader in HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues, civil and human rights and social justice for over 25 years. Since 2000, Paul has served as a Trustee for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the largest HIV/AIDS grantmakers in the United States. For over 8 years, Paul was Executive Director of Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) - the philanthropic affinity group for HIV/AIDS grantmakers - leading efforts to maximize the impact of philanthropy in ending the pandemic both nationally and globally. Paul has also served in volunteer leadership positions with the Council on Foundations and the Joint Affinity Group Network for U.S. Philanthropy. 

Paul has also served as Public Policy Director and Federal Affairs Director at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and started the Public Policy program at the AIDS Legal Referral Panel in San Francisco. Paul was also Executive and Legal Director of National Gay Rights Advocates. Earlier in his career, Paul was a litigator in private civil rights practice focusing on prison reform, employment discrimination and voting rights issues and also taught civil rights law. In 1985, Paul became the first man to be apponted as a Revson Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow. Paul is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania.

Roger Doughty, Horizons Foundation

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: LGBT rights and marriage equality

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PROFILE: Roger Doughty has been involved in the LGBT movement for more than 25 years, and his professional career has taken him across the country and back. As a lawyer in San Francisco, he tried cases involving LGBT citizens who faced various types of persecution related to immigration, refuge, and asylum. He later became director of program administration for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

His foundation bio shares: 

Roger has been an activist and leader in the LGBT movement for more than 25 years, and he has led Horizons Foundation since 2002. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as the Executive Director of Horizons Community Services in Chicago, the Midwest’s largest LGBT social service and advocacy organization.
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Maxim Anmeghichean, Open Society Foundations

TITLE: Senior Program Officer

FUNDING AREAS: LGBTI Rights

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PROFILE: Maxim Anmeghichean has been a program officer of the LGBTI Rights Initiative at the Open Society Foundations since 2012. A native of Moldova, he has spent his life involved in the LGBTI movement, most prominently in a leadership position at the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), Europe's most prominent LGBTI rights organization. Anmeghichean has degrees in journalism and communication sciences from Moldovan State University and a master of cultures and development studies from the Catholic University of Leuven. He has worked in the United States and across Europe and is fluent in English, Russian, French, and Romanian.

His foundation bio shares: 

Maxim Anmeghichean is a senior program officer with the Open Society Human Rights Initiative, where he manages grantmaking and advocacy programs for LGBTI groups in the developing world.

Previously, Anmeghichean worked in Brussels as the programs director for ILGA-Europe, where he developed and implemented the organization’s advocacy and fundraising strategies to advance LGBTI rights in Eastern Europe and before the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Council of Europe, and the European Union. He is also the founding executive director of GenderDoc-M, Moldova’s first LGBTI organization.

He is a graduate of the Moldovan State University and also holds a MS in cultures and development studies from the Catholic University of Leuven.

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Fred Eychaner, Alphawood Foundation

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: Gay rights, domestic violence, AIDS/HIV research and treatment, environment, arts and art education, and architecture preservation

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PROFILE: Due to his success as president and CEO of Chicago-based Newsweb Corp., Fred Eychaner started the Alphawood Foundation, and through it he has quietly given millions of dollars to Democratic candidate campaigns, gay rights advocacy groups, and arts organizations. His Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame bio shares: 

Fred Eychaner, 70, chairman of Newsweb Corporation, President of Alphawood Foundation, for his philanthropy, his public service, and his support of Chicago’s LGBT communities.

Fred Eychaner is chairman of Newsweb Corporation and President of Alphawood Foundation. In 2014, he was included in Chicago Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential Chicagoans; he is known for his philanthropy in the city, especially his support of LGBT organizations, HIV support organizations, arts institutions, public spaces, and historic preservation.

Eychaner was born in DeKalb, Illinois, in 1944. He attended the Medill School of Journalism and founded Newsweb Corporation, which prints a variety of newspapers, in 1971. A series of negotiations subsequently led to his acquisition of WPWR–Channel 50, which he sold in 2002. In 2005, he launched WCPT-AM, Chicago’s progressive talk radio station.

Throughout several political cycles, Eychaner has been a top Democratic donor; in the 2012 election cycle he was the top contributor to Democratic Super PACs. Many of his political donations have been made in support of LGBT rights, in particular the drive for marriage equality in Illinois. A great deal of the LGBT infrastructure in Chicago bears his stamp; he is the largest donor to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and has been instrumental in the creation and ongoing viability of a number of the most influential LGBT rights organizations in the state.

In 2014, Eychaner received the Lambda Legal National Liberty Award, which represented the first time that this prestigious honor has recognized an individual outside of New York or Los Angeles. In his acceptance speech, he looked back on more than forty years of LGBT progress, from those who resisted the police at Stonewall, to members of ACT UP fighting for their lives against HIV and AIDS, to the lesbians who gave blood when gay men could not, to the hatred spawned by Reagan-era Republicans, to Irwin Keller and Jonathan Katz of Gay and Lesbian Town Meeting fighting for rights in Chicago in the 1980s, up to the recent struggle to win marriage equality.

Always remember, never forget,” he chanted at several points. For Eychaner, the evening offered a chance not only to celebrate successes but also to reflect upon how many gains have been won in a spirit of unity and togetherness. “The grassroots process,” he recalled. “Fighting in the trenches, one phone call at a time. There was a time when most Americans did not know that they knew an LGBT person. The process of coming out; coming out to friends, our family, our coworkers has led us to where we are today.”

In September 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Eychaner a General Trustee to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He also serves on the boards of the Joffrey Ballet and of the Art Institute of Chicago and as a trustee of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, California.

Luna Yasui, Ford Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

FUNDING AREAS: Youth, LGBT Rights

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PROFILE: Luna Yasui joined the Ford Foundation in September 2012, transferring from the Open Society Foundations (George Soros's philanthropy gig). Yasui's foundation bio shares: 

Luna 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. Her grant making has supported a range of strategies, including research, advocacy, public education, and strategic communications. 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.

Before joining the foundation in 2012, Luna worked at the Open Society Foundations, where she managed a portfolio focused on gender justice, LGBT rights, and the rights of lower-wage workers. She has been a key leader in supporting the work of the LGBT movement and forging effective alliances across social justice sectors.

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. She graduated from Brown University with a concentration in political science.

You may also reach Yasui via Linkedin.

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Stephen A. Foster, The Overbrook Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FUNDING AREAS: LGBT rights and marriage equality

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PROFILE: Stephen A. Foster has been president and CEO of The Overbrook Foundation since 2002; in fact, he's the only one they've ever had. His foundation bio shares: 

Steve is the first President and CEO of The Overbrook Foundation. His career began at the National Institutes of Health in 1974 and has continued, since 1985, within private philanthropy. Between 1997 and joining The Overbrook Foundation in June 2002 he worked as an independent consultant, providing advice to foundations, corporations and individuals on a broad spectrum of programmatic, governance and management concerns. Steve spent twelve years with the Charles A. Dana Foundation; beginning his career in private philanthropy at Dana as a program officer in 1985 and, ultimately, serving as the Dana Foundation president.
Steve is Chair of the Steering Committee for the Sunrise Initiative for Human Rights in the U.S., a collaborative donor initiative dedicated to the full realization of human rights in the United States. He also co-chairs the Civil Marriage Collaborative (CMC) a separate donor collaborative focusing on state-based strategies to win marriage equality for same-sex couples. Since its inception in 2005, the CMC has been active in all state-based civil marriage campaigns which have either won the freedom to marry for same sex couples or have successfully defended the freedom to marry from attack.
After graduating from Pennsylvania State University in 1969 with a B.A. in Political Science, he served as a volunteer for two years in the United States Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Upon returning he studied at Northwestern University where he earned his M.A. in history (African Studies) in 1973, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He went on to successfully complete the National Institutes of Health’s Management Intern Training Program in 1975.

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J. Bob Alotta, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: LGBTQI rights

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PROFILE: J. Bob Alotta was named executive director at Astraea, a New York-based public foundation that works exclusively on LGBTQI rights, in February 2011. Here's her bio on the foundation's own website:

J. Bob Alotta is the Executive Director at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, a global foundation based in NYC that provides critical resources to LGBTQI organizations and individuals around the world. Bob is a lifelong activist and an accomplished filmmaker with a track record of leading exponential organizational growth and capacity building through visionary management and fundraising. She builds strong partnerships with diverse communities, grantee partners, donors, institutional funders, and corporate stakeholders. Bob served for four years as Board Chair of FIERCE, a longtime Astraea grantee partner, helping to build the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth of color. On behalf of the FIERCE Board of Directors, Bob was awarded the Stonewall Foundation's 2009 Alan Morrow Prize for Excellence in Board Leadership. Bob also served for six years as grant reviewer for Open Square Foundations' Community Fellowship Program, and has consulted for Swarthmore College, Williams College, WITNESS, and the Prison Moratorium Project. Prior to joining Astraea, Bob served as Director of Digital Media and Content for Zeitbyte Digital Media and as Director of Digital Technology for Film at the Columbia University School of the Arts. Bob's documentary and narrative films have aired on Democracy Now, GRITtv, and PBS, and have screened at festivals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.

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Adrian Coman, Arcus Foundation

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.

Matt Foreman, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

TITLE: Senior Program Director, Gay and Lesbian Rights

FUNDING AREAS: LGBT rights, immigration

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PROFILE: Matt Foreman serves as senior program director of gay and lesbian rights at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, where his official bio shares:

Matt is a nationally recognized LGBT rights leader with a diverse background in political advocacy and civil rights. He joined the Fund in 2008 to oversee its gay-lesbian-rights and immigrant rights programs. Under Matt’s leadership, the Fund played a critical role in advancing marriage equality across the country by supporting public education, research, litigation, and community organizing. Matt served as co-chair of the Civil Marriage Collaborative, a partnership of key marriage equality funders.

Matt also has overseen the Fund’s work to build bridges between gay and immigrant communities and to study and test ways to increase individual giving to LGBT organizations.

Before joining the Fund, Matt was executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Under his leadership, the Task Force’s budget and staff more than doubled, and it reestablished itself as a leading voice for LGBT rights in the nation’s capital.

Matt also served as executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda and the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. While working at the Pride Agenda, he led campaigns that resulted in enactment of a statewide gay rights law, a hate crimes law, and laws extending equal benefits to the surviving partners of those killed on 9/11. Matt’s leadership also was instrumental in securing $15 million for LGBT health and human services in New York State. During Matt’s tenure at the Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, the organization focused the city’s attention on anti-gay violence, resulting in important changes in police training, deployment and responsiveness.

Prior to his work in gay and lesbian rights, Matt was involved in prison policy and administration. A graduate of the New York University School of Law, Matt is a founder of Heritage of Pride, which organizes New York City’s annual LGBT pride events, and a former member of the New York City Human Rights Commission.