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Marco Chan  MBA, MPA (he/him)

Chief of Planning + Program Management

Lambda Legal

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).

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Caitlin Upshaw  J.D., SHRM-CP (she/her)

Deputy Director of People + Culture

Lambda Legal

Portland, OR |  March 2022

Based in Portland, OR, Caitlin Upshaw’s (she/her) legal career led her to find her calling in human resources and workplace culture.  Caitlin is thrilled to join Lambda Legal as Deputy Director of People + Culture, following her most recent role as Director of HR, Equity + Inclusion for Portland Center Stage.  Caitlin also teaches at Portland State University and Portland Community College, where she facilitates conversations with business students and future paralegals about law, ethics, and corporate social responsibility. Her volunteer work includes occasional pro bono practice, as well as serving on the leadership council of Partners in Diversity, a Portland-based organization that advocates for racial equity in the workplace. 

Caitlin studied theater at New York University, journalism at the University of Oregon, and law at Lewis + Clark Law School. When she’s not working, you can find her trail running, making music, and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her wife and two children.

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Demetri Sparks (he/him)

Development Director

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.

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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.

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Bianca Hasten (she/her)

Legacy Gifts Officer

Lambda Legal

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. 

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Knox Martin (he/him)

Major Gifts Officer

Lambda Legal

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.

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Carlyn Worthy (she/her)

Executive Assistant to the CEO + CDO

Lambda Legal

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.

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Nicholas Lord

Corporate Partnerships Manager

Roundabout Theatre Company

New York, NY |  October 2021

Nick Lord is a writer and theater fundraising professional originally from Perth, Western Australia, where he received his BA in Arts from the University of Western Australia. He now lives in New York, where he received his MFA in creative writing from the New School. Nick’s passion for the arts has ensured his success fundraising for arts nonprofits including OPERA America, the Roundabout Theatre Company, and Guernica magazine, among others. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and creative writing; his freelance writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, VICE, and Time Out New York, among others.

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Lindsey Cariello (she/her)

Corporate Partnerships Manager

Roundabout Theatre Company

New York, NY |  September 2021

Lindsey Cariello (she/her) is a New York City-based emerging development professional with a B.S. in Arts Administration from Wagner College. She has a strong business background and a passion for performing arts.


As Manager of Foundation and Government Giving at Roundabout Theatre Company, Lindsey draws on several years of fundraising and development experience from prestigious nonprofit organizations, including the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Signature Theatre Company. When she's not working, you can find Lindsey at home with her cat or at a show around the city! 

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Jacob Clifton Albritton (he/she/they)

Major Gifts Officer, Southern + Southwest Regions

Lambda Legal

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.

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Ronald Lizcano (he/him)

Major Gifts Officer, Midwest Region

Lambda Legal

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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Meryl Green (they/them)

Email Strategist

Lambda Legal

Los Angeles, CA |  July 2021

Meryl is an experienced writer and creative strategist who has spent the past four years working in marketing and fundraising capacities with various nonprofit organizations. They are a passionate storyteller with a drive to create positive change in the world around them and have spent their career thus far honing their writing and creative skills in a variety of different professional environments.Meryl holds a bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies from UCLA and works as a volunteer for a number of organizations, including Rock and Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles. Meryl is also passionate about social justice, and spends their free time reading, playing music, hiking, and spending time with their English Bulldog, Gus.


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