The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute today announced the second class of the LGBT Movement Leaders Fellowship, a program designed to provide executive directors of LGBT organizations with critical nonprofit management skills and a national network of their peers.
Funded with a $250,000, five-year grant from The LTR Lewis Cloverdale Foundation, the LGBT Movement Leaders Fellowship is sponsoring four executive directors to attend the prestigious Duke University Nonprofit Management Program. The program provides a structured and rigorous grounding in the establishment, operation, and continuation of a successful nonprofit. The second class of Fellows will begin this month in Durham, N.C.
Similar to Victory’s established David Bohnett LGBT Leaders Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Duke program is intended to be an investment in the people who are leading the LGBT movement. “The fight for equality is only as successful as the people and organizations that wage it. Duke’s nonprofit management program will provide critical skills to our emerging nonprofit leaders to ensure their long-term success,” said Chuck Wolfe, president & CEO of the Victory Institute.
“All of us have benefited from strong LGBT organizations like Victory that work so hard for equality around the country,” said Terrance P. Baggott, chairman of The LTR Lewis Cloverdale Foundation. “This program will help ensure that the leaders at the helm of these organizations are prepared for new challenges in today’s competitive environment for resources and talent.”
Chris Bartlett: Executive Director, William Way Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
Chris Bartlett is the Executive Director of the William Way Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center in Philadelphia, Penn. For over 20 years, he has been an innovative thinker and leader in technology-driven community organizing, having led the SafeGuards Gay Men’s Health Project, the LGBT Community Assessment, and the national LGBT Leadership Initiative. He is the founder of the Gay History Wiki, which documents the lives of the gay men who have died of AIDS in Philadelphia. Chris is an avid user of social media and can be found on twitter as @HarveyMilk.
Justus Eisfeld: Co-Director, Global Action for Trans* Equality
Justus Eisfeld is the co-director and co-founder of GATE – Global Action for Trans* Equality. Justus’ work focuses on funding for trans* communities worldwide and global HIV policy. He was the first co-chairperson of TransGender Europe and the initiator of Transgender Netwerk Nederland. Justus Eisfeld is a board member of Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York City and has been a speaker at many international events, including the first-ever high-level panel discussion on LGBT rights with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. He lives in New York with his husband Johnny and their dog Gemma.
Liz James: Chief Executive Officer, Lesbian Health Initiative of Houston
Liz James is the Chief Executive Officer of the Lesbian Health Initiative of Houston. Liz has 30+ years of business development experience, providing solutions for Fortune 1000 clients in the energy, IT and health sectors. Under her direction, LHI has established partnerships with numerous healthcare providers and community organizations and is collaborating in several LGBT-inclusive health research projects. In 2013, Liz James developed LGBT Cultural Competency 101 – Tools to Improve Patient Communication, Care and Outcomes, a training program to increase healthcare provider capacity. During her tenure, LHI has been recognized for its LGBT focused Affordable Care Act education and enrollment efforts and innovative use of evidence-based practices in the areas of cancer prevention and screening.
Bishop Tonyia Rawls: Executive Director, Freedom Center for Social Justice
Bishop Tonyia Rawls is the Founder and Executive Director of The Freedom Center for Social Justice. The Freedom Center organizes at the intersections of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, social justice and faith. In 2013 they launched the Southeastern region’s first LGBTQ Law Center and Transgender Employment Program. Bishop Rawls is Founding Pastor of Sacred Souls Community Church, a diverse congregation of progressive Christians. She is published in Black Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies, released 2010. Bishop Rawls is a graduate of Duke University and she sits on the Board of the North Carolina Council of Churches.