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Gillian Power (she/her)
Chief Technology Officer
Kansas City, KS | August 2022
Gillian Power is an accomplished executive and legal technologist. Prior to joining us she served for over a decade as the CIO of an AM Law 200 firm. She has over 20 years in legal technology experience at four different firms ranging from a global firm, two regional firms, and a national firm. Prior to her career in legal technology, Gillian was a Doctor of Homeopathic and Naturopathic medicine in South Africa, the country where she was born and grew up.
She is an active member in the legal technology community, having served for five years as a committee member—including two as a thought leader—for the annual International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) conference. Gillian was a recipient of an ILTA Distinguished Peer Award in 2011 for the area of server/operations, and was a shortlist nominee for the ILTA Distinguished Peer Award for IT Professional of the Year award in 2013 and the ILTA Distinguished Peer Award for Leadership award in 2014 and ILTA Contributor of the Year in 2020. She helped to chair and establish the ILTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force in 2019.
Gillian is a passionate advocate for DEIB and does regular public speaking on panels and individually where she tells her story of coming out as a trans woman in the C-Suite. She served on the board of the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, the UMKC Chancellor’s LGBT Council, as a mentor for the Stephen Metzler Mentorship program of the Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce. She also helped found Transfinity KC—a chorus for trans people and allies.
Gillian received a master’s degree in technology from the Durban University of Technology in South Africa and an Executive MBA from the Henry W. Bloch School of Business at University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Gillian lives with her wife, two daughters and mother-in-law just outside Kansas City. They live on some farmland, with four cats, one dog, and 16 chickens. Gillian and her wife are passionate about sustainable agriculture and are avid market gardeners, growing organic vegetables that they sell at a local farmer’s market on the weekend.
Mia Legaspi-Cavin (she/her)
Program Officer, Justice Portfolio
Johnson Family Foundation
New York, NY | July 2022
Mia Legaspi-Cavin joined the Johnson Family Foundation in the summer of 2022 as its newest Program Officer. In this role, Mia manages the Foundation's justice portfolio and will help build and shape a new fellowship program. Mia has deep experience leading systems change in collaboration with those most impacted. In previous roles, she has strengthened youth-adult partnerships and implemented healing practices in traditionally toxic environments. Mia firmly believes that communities closest to the problems have the solutions to change them.
From 2019 to 2022, Mia worked on the Vera Institute of Justice's Restoring Promise Initiative. She helped shape the technical assistance strategy and partnered with incarcerated people and corrections staff to improve prison conditions and culture. Prior to working at Vera, Mia spent nearly five years with the Osborne Association as a program manager for the young adult mentoring programs. During her tenure at Osborne, she focused on building an empowerment model through the prioritization of leadership development. She also added an employment component to programming and organized city-wide peer leadership opportunities for young adults.
Additionally, Mia has worked on a New York City-based action research project driving success via a partnership between young adults and the project team, holistically addressing systemic barriers. Mia holds a bachelor's degree in law, societies, and justice from the University of Washington and a master's degree in youth studies from the City University of New York (CUNY) and teaches a capstone course at the John Jay School of Criminal Justice.
Joe Foster (he/him/his)
Director of National Sponsorships
Denver, CO | July 2022
Joe Foster began his career as a fundraiser over a decade ago at Roundabout Theatre Company. He continued onto LGBTQ+-specific causes beginning with Lambda Legal in 2012 as Liberty Circle Manager, moving onto positions as a Major Gifts Officer at GLAAD and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.
Joe also managed his own fundraising consulting firm, JFo Consulting, and worked with clients like Housing Works and One Colorado. After relocating to Denver in 2018, Joe served as Director of Development for the Matthew Shepard Foundation before taking on the role of Vice President of Development & Communication at The Center on Colfax, the largest LGBTQ+ community center in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Over the last two and a half years, Joe secured the organization’s first six-figure gift to fund the Transgender Services Program and led a team that produced the largest Denver PrideFest in The Center’s 32-year history, raising $1.5 million to support programs and services for LGBTQ+ Coloradans.
During his time at The Center on Colfax, Joe also engaged with local law firms and legal professionals to provide services for community members. In addition, Joe served as spokesperson for The Center, where he pushed for local stories regarding support for LGBTQ+ youth and frequently discussed the consequences of harmful legislation in neighboring states.
Joe was born and raised in the Atlantic City, NJ area, and holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Montclair State University and a certificate in Major Gifts Fundraising from NYU’s School of Professional Studies. Joe currently resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, CO.
John E. Roane, Jr. (he/him/his)
Chief Operating Officer
Washington, DC | June 2022
John Roane is an accomplished nonprofit executive who specializes in building and continually improving organizational operations.
After graduating from James Madison University, John transitioned to the Santander campus of Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo in Spain for intensive language study. He returned to his hometown of Richmond, VA, to launch a professional career at the Children’s Fund, where he began his specialization in nonprofit management, enterprise system development and implementation, and staff development. This experience led to an officer role with Suntrust Bank, having the responsibility of transferring traditional banking services to electronic delivering platforms, including ATMs, 24/7 call centers, and online banking. When John relocated to Washington, DC, he joined the staff of Councilmember Jack Evans and oversaw operations for the council office and mayoral campaign. John transitioned to the DC association community and served 17 years at the executive level, primarily in the role of Chief Operating Officer, for three associations: Association of American Medical Colleges, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. John most recently served five years as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of AIDS United.
John enjoys leveraging his professional expertise within mission-driven organizations. He identifies leading the implementation of the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) for US veterinary colleges and transitioning AIDS United to a primarily virtual office with tremendous cost reductions as top professional achievements.
John has extensive volunteer experience that includes serving on three boards: Fan Free Health Clinic in Richmond, VA, and Us Helping Us and the Financial and Administrators Roundtable in DC, in addition to volunteer service to Food and Friends and Dog World Rescue.
John resides in DC with his husband, two kids, and two dogs.
Lupe Jimenez-Pinto (she/her)
Chief of Staff
Chicago, IL | June 2022
Lupe Jimenez-Pinto is a mission-driven, solution-oriented strategist, and nonprofit expert with a proven record of creating innovative educational experiences. In her previous role as Senior Director of External Affairs, Lupe returned to her alma mater, Perspectives Charter Schools, where, for a decade, she cultivated an organization-wide passion for social-emotional wellbeing and advancement. She worked diligently as an adept brand and marketing strategist while crafting thoughtful messaging and communications and was instrumental in the successful planning and execution of fundraising activities and community events. She effectively built relationships with community partners, funders, city leaders, and elected officials to further advance the organization’s mission. She is skilled at navigating the political and philanthropic landscapes of the city, never hesitating to leverage her relationships to positively impact Chicago students.
As Ingenuity’s newest hire, Lupe brings her passion for equity in education, strategic thinking, and a fresh perspective to continue advancing their mission. She will develop and support the organization’s strategic priorities, and above all, she will empower and expand the groundbreaking opportunities that they offer to schools and youth across the thriving city of Chicago.
Lupe graduated with a BA in Marketing Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations from Columbia College Chicago in 2006. She lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband and children, and remarkably, she emerged from years of pandemic parenting even stronger and saner than before. When she isn’t developing cutting-edge partnerships or creating inventive educational experiences, you can find her with her family or enjoying a walk through our city’s many incredible museums.
Marco Chan MBA, MPA (he/him)
Chief of Planning + Program Management
New York, NY | March 2022
Marco Chan (he/him) is a leader in strategic planning and project management – he has worked with cabinet-level officials, Fortune 500 executives, and nonprofit leaders in the U.S. and Canada to turn visions into strategies and concrete results.
Most recently, Marco advised Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry on the economic recovery and the greening of industry, including the design and investments of a multi-billion-dollar fund to green industry. His previous roles include advising mining and retail executives while at Bain + Company as well as leading on international LGBTI rights for the Canadian Prime Minister's Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 Issues. He holds a bachelor's in Romance Studies from Harvard College, an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Marco is excited to use his management background and lean into his long-time passion for LGBTQ issues at Lambda Legal. A newly minted New Yorker, he is excited to discover the city’s dining (spicier the better), coffee, visual/performing arts, and queer life. He loves to chat about francophone culture, travel, and good reads (especially queer, immigrant, and/or French works).
Demetri Sparks (he/him)
Reaching Out MBA
New York, NY | February 2022
Demetri Sparks began his career in Washington, DC, helping to launch former President Bill Clinton’s signature program, AmeriCorps, after attending Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Demetri has worked diligently in the LGBT+ health space over the past three decades. He has led three different grassroots agencies as Executive Director. He has served in various development positions at diverse LGBT+ organizations as well, including Howard Brown Health (Chicago), AIDS ReSearch Alliance (LA), and PRC (San Francisco).
Most recently, Demetri worked as the Managing Director of Individual Giving at GMHC where he managed all major gifts, direct marketing, and planned gifts. His portfolio included thousands of individual donors, raising over $2 million each year.
Demetri is excited to join Reaching Out as its Development Director. He lives in South Orange, NJ with his husband Josh, son Christopher, and dog Waffles. He enjoys alternative music festivals, international travel, and low-key weekends.
Kate Schroder MBA
President + CEO
Interact For Health
Cincinnati, OH | January 2022
Kate Schroder is a health care leader with 15+ years of experience in both public and private sectors. She has served on the Cincinnati Board of Health since 2016, and in 2021, she led vaccine coordination efforts for the Greater Cincinnati region as the Interim Chief Strategy Officer with The Health Collaborative in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kate received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indiana University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She has spent 12 years leading global public health projects, including two years living in Lusaka, Zambia. She served as Vice President at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where she led an $80M program that reduced the cost of pediatric drugs by 40% nationally across India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda and increased treatment rates for tens of millions of children.
In 2020, Kate was the Democratic nominee for Congress in Ohio’s first district, running on a platform to expand access to affordable healthcare and to invest in jobs and the economy. As a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Kate knows personally what it is like when one’s survival is dependent on access to healthcare. Kate and her husband, John Juech, currently live in Cincinnati with their two children.
Bianca Hasten (she/her)
Legacy Gifts Officer
Los Angeles, CA | January 2022
Bianca Hasten (she/her) began her fundraising career on the sidewalks of New York City, raising money for Planned Parenthood with the canvassing organization Grassroots Campaigns. Since then, she spent six years working in Planned Parenthood Development offices in New York and Los Angeles, specializing in Planned and Individual Giving. Bianca is deeply passionate about social justice and is very excited to join the Lambda Legal team to fight for equal rights for LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV. As the new Legacy Gifts Officer, Bianca is looking forward to building relationships with donors who plan to sustain the future of LGBTQ+ rights through impactful legacy gifts. In her free time, Bianca loves thrift shopping, singing Adele songs, cooking, and spending time with her adorable nieces.
Knox Martin (he/him)
Major Gifts Officer
New York, NY | November 2021
Knox Martin is a multifaceted fundraiser who brings a mission forward approach to his work. During his career, he has advocated for arts education on Capitol Hill and advocated the City of New York and New York State to procure funding for arts education. Most recently, he served as Major Gifts Officer at Dancers Responding to AIDS, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Knox graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in Music Entrepreneurship. He champions using fundraising and advocacy to ensure the rights of all.
Carlyn Worthy (she/her)
Executive Assistant to the CEO + CDO
New York, NY | November 2021
Carlyn Worthy (she/her) is a communications and administration professional bringing 10 years of experience in social impact to Lambda Legal. She previously supported the executive leadership team at LiveOnNY, the donor relations team at the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, and coordinated public relations at New Orleans + Co. Carlyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Loyola University New Orleans and is currently pursuing an MBA from Baylor University. When she’s not studying, Carlyn can be found playing with her dog Artemis, visiting local book stores or testing new recipes in her kitchen.
Jacob Clifton Albritton (he/she/they)
Major Gifts Officer, Southern + Southwest Regions
Atlanta, GA | August 2021
Jacob Clifton is a fabulous genderqueer individual who uses he/she/they pronouns. After six years in educational fundraising working at schools and EdTech companies across the east coast, Jacob Clifton joins Lambda Legal excited to combine their passion for serving the LGTBQIA+ and HIV communities along with their love for fundraising.
Jacob Clifton's involvement in their local community includes helping fellow alcoholics and addicts find the road to recovery, serving as an ambassador for the Georgia OUT Business Alliance, and serving in several ministries at their church, All Saints' Episcopal Church in Midtown Atlanta. For fun, Jacob Clifton loves meeting new people and hanging out with their friends; thrill-seeking, such as skydiving and hopefully one day soon, bungee jumping; and dancing their heart out with their favorite dance teacher, Kimmie Gee, Beyoncé's principal backup dancer (no big deal).
In this role, Jacob Clifton is responsible for cultivating and managing major donor relationships throughout the region spanning New Mexico to South Florida, supporting two regions, Dallas, TX-based South Central Region and the Atlanta, GA-based Southern Region.
Ronald Lizcano (he/him)
Major Gifts Officer, Midwest Region
Chicago, IL | August 2021
Originally from Texas and a graduate of the University of North Texas, Ronald has built a career working with nonprofit organizations fighting to end domestic violence, providing access to quality health care, and creating a world of inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. Now, he turns his focus to fighting for full recognition of civil rights for the LGBTQ+ community and everyone living with HIV. Ronald is excited to join the talented team at Lambda Legal, leading fundraising efforts across the Midwest region as Major Gifts Officer.
Based in the Midwest Regional Office in Chicago, IL, Ronald is responsible for managing and building relationships with new and existing major donors throughout the Midwest, from the Dakotas to Ohio, primarily focused on the Chicago and Indianapolis markets.
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