Freedom for All Americans Education Fund Board
Kylar W. Broadus
Kylar W. Broadus has enjoyed a prolific career as a professor, attorney, activist, writer, and public speaker, originally from Missouri and now based in Washington, DC. He is the founder and chair of the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC), the only national civil rights organization dedicated to the needs of trans people of color. In 2012, Kylar made history by becoming the first openly transgender person to testify before the U.S. Senate when he testified in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). He stood alongside President Obama during the signing of a 2014 executive order that ensured protections of millions of LGBTQ workers in 2014. Kylar was named one of the Out 100 by Out Magazine in 2013 and will be featured in the documentary The Trans 100 due to be released in December 2016 on HBO.
He previously taught as an associate professor of business law at Lincoln University of Missouri, a historically black college where he also served as chair of the business department. He has served on the board of directors of the National Black Justice Coalition and was board chair for three years from 2007 to 2010. He served on the board of directors on the statewide LGBT group for Missouri PROMO. He is a founding member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute.
As an attorney, Broadus practiced with a focus on LGBTQ law, particularly transgender rights. Kylar was Director of the Transgender Civil Rights Project and Senior Counsel at the National LGBTQ Task Force. He was as a full professorship at Lincoln University in Missouri. He has served as counsel at the National LGBTQ Task Force and the Human Rights Campaign. He authored the first of its kind essay "The Evolution of Employment Discrimination Protections for Transgender People", published in "Transgender Rights", by Currah, Juang, Minter 2006. This essay has been widely used as a source in universities and law schools around the country. He has served as Division Director in the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities with the American Bar Association and as a Commissioner on the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Commission.
Brad Clark is the President & CEO of Gill Foundation, one of the nation’s leading funders of efforts to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) people. In this role, he leads the organization in building strategic relationships and philanthropic resources to increase and diversify funding for the LGBTQ movement, including supporting individual and institutional funders in impactful giving.
Brad began his career in Iowa as Campaign Director of One Iowa, were he helped lead Iowa’s successful marriage equality campaign, as well as a safe schools campaign. Brad went on to develop One Colorado as its first Executive Director. Under his leadership, One Colorado built a coalition of more than one million Coloradans to pass a civil unions law, launched a nationally recognized organizing project with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, passed a comprehensive anti-bullying law and helped ensure more than 150,000 students can access a gay-straight alliance, and added protections for transgender Coloradans to access health insurance.
In addition, Brad developed the Human Rights Campaign’s Project One America. He led a cross-organizational effort to dramatically expand equality and bridge the divide that exists for many LGBTQ Americans through a deep and lasting investment to change hearts and minds, advance enduring legal protections, and build more inclusive institutions for LGBTQ people from the church pew to the workplace.
Matt Foreman is a nationally recognized activist with a rich background in political advocacy and civil rights work. Since 2008, he has served as the senior program director of gay and lesbian rights at the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, overseeing the Fund’s extensive support for the drive for equal rights and opportunities for immigrants and gay people. 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, since he joined the Fund. 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 LGBTQ organizations.
Before joining the Fund, Matt was executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from May 2003 until 2008. Under his leadership, the Task Force’s budget and staff more than doubled, and it reestablished itself as a leading voice for LGBTQ rights in the nation’s capital.
Matt also served as executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda from 1997 to 2003, and the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project from 1990 to 1996. 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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ pride events, and a former member of the New York City Human Rights Commission.
Maura Keaney is the First Vice President for Strategic Development, Amalgamated Bank.
Maura manages the Bank’s engagement with Non-Profit clients, including financial
services, treasury management offerings, lending and investments. She also works closely with organizations around the country to develop strategic partnerships.
Her extensive work in New York City government includes serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to the City Council and leading public engagement for the NYC Department of Education.
She was NYS Political Director for the garment workers union and has organized and led many issue-
based and candidate campaigns across New York State and City.
Andy Marra possesses nearly fifteen years of communications experience working with LGBTQI organizations worldwide. Andy currently manages external communications for the Arcus Foundation, a leading global foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Prior to coming to Arcus, Andy was the public relations manager at GLSEN. Previously, she was co‐director of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development and a senior media strategist at GLAAD.
Andy’s work and commentary have been found on programs ranging from NPR’s “Tell Me More,” The Rachel Maddow Show, and Access Hollywood, as well as outlets including the Associated Press, Jezebel, The Guardian, The New York Times, People, Politico, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
Andy has served on boards and advisory councils, including Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Funding Exchange, Human Rights Campaign, and the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Andy has been honored by the City of New York and the White House for her contributions to the LGBTQI community, profiled in The Advocate’s “Forty Under 40,” and listed as one of The Huffington Post’s “Most Compelling LGBT People.” She is a past recipient of the GLSEN Pathfinder Award, the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Award, NQAPIA’s Community Catalyst Award, and the Colin Higgins Foundation Courage Award.
Andy is the chair of Freedom for All Americans' c3 board at this dynamic time for the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality.
During his more than eight years with PROMO, Perkins has been involved with a number of vital initiatives, including working for more than six years to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance in Springfield; coordinating with the One Springfield NO Repeal Campaign, which attempted to secure a nondiscrimination ordinance, losing by only an incredibly small margin in a conservative stronghold in the state; working with the PROMO field team to secure wins and progress across Missouri in passing nondiscrimination ordinances, health equity and statewide education; and leading cultural competency trainings for university staff, business leaders, and health providers. Steph is based in St. Louis.
Steve Rudner is the chair of Equality Texas and the former chair of the Equality Texas Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of Texas Competes, and a member of the Board of the Personal Stories Project. Steve is the founder and Managing Partner of Rudner Law Offices, a Dallas-based law firm that represents hotel companies throughout the world. He is Past President and a founding member of the Academy of Hospitality Attorneys. Steve is a member of the Bars of the States of Texas, New York, Arizona, Colorado and the District of Columbia.
He and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter and two sons. Steve has served on and chaired the boards of multiple additional non-profit organizations, including the Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Greenhill School, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Dallas, and more.
Nina Verghese is a principal at the Locust Street Group, a strategic communications firm based in Washington, DC that specializes in public affairs and grassroots engagement in all 50 states.
Prior to joining Locust Street, she held a variety of political and campaign related positions, including serving as the national coalitions director for the Jon Huntsman for President Campaign, as well as a Deputy Regional Political Director at the Republican National Committee. In addition, she has worked at both the well-known polling firm The Tarrance Group and at the White House under President George W. Bush and served on the board of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.
Originally from Maryland, she graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland where she double-majored in history and political science, played on the college tennis team and was member of the honors program.
In her free time Verghese can be found on the tennis court, hanging out with the best niece and nephew in the world, cheering on her beloved Washington DC sports teams, or planning her next trip abroad.