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David da Silva Cornell of Miami Beach elected secretary of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

News release from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

Four new members including Richard Peter Wharton of Miami join talented, diverse national boards

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund boards of directors are pleased to announce the election of new officers and the addition of new members. The elections occurred at the organization’s September meeting in Denver, Colo. The Task Force is the oldest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organization and a leading progressive voice for full LGBT equality.

2009–2010 board officers

Marsha Botzer of Seattle, Wash., returns to serve as co-chair, after serving as co-chair during 2005-2006. She has served on the board of Seattle’s Pride Foundation, is a founding member of Out in Front, an LGBTQ Leadership Training Program, and is a co-chair of the Seattle chapter of the Safe Schools Coalition. Botzer is a founding member of Equal Rights Washington and serves on its boards. She founded Seattle’s Ingersoll Gender Center and continues to support the center’s work. She has received many awards, including the Task Force Leadership Award in 2007. Botzer was also elected chair of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund board of directors.

Lee H. Rubin of Washington, D.C., was elected co-chair for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation and was also appointed to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund board of directors. Rubin has more than 20 years experience in marketing communications management. He previously served on the national board of governors of the Human Rights Campaign and co-founded Rehoboth Comes Out for Kerry, raising over $45,000 for John Kerry’s presidential campaign. He lives in Chevy Chase, Md., with his longtime partner, Jim Walker, a board member for both GLAAD and Equality Maryland.

Hans Johnson of Los Angeles, Calif., was elected co-vice-chair. He is president of Progressive Victory, which provides consulting services to interfaith, labor, moderate and progressive organizations on data, strategy and targeting. Since 2002, he has been chief consultant to the Gill Foundation’s Democracy Project, which helps nearly 300 progressive nonprofits — with nearly 8 million total members — effectively use enhanced data to increase civic participation by their members and members’ households. Johnson has extensive campaign experience, including fighting anti-LGBT ballot measures and working to elect progressive candidates.

Moonhawk River Stone, M.S. LMHC, of Albany, N.Y., was elected co-vice-chair. He is a psychotherapist, consultant, educator and writer in private practice. He is an out, open and proud transsexual man. Stone is a political activist for transgender civil rights and for transgender health care. He is a former board chair of the International Foundation for Gender Education, Inc., and former board co-chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, Inc., and was the first transgender member of the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation board of directors where he served for three years. Stone is a member of the Task Force’s Disability Oppression and Access Committee working most directly on these issues at the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.

Will Forrest of Chicago, Ill., was re-elected as treasurer. He is a principal of McKinsey and Company. He previously served as senior manager of Deloitte Consulting, where he managed the development of business management programs for clients such as JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley. Previously, as director of AAC Associates, he directed and managed the Clinton-Gore 1996 campaign database, including the presidential inauguration database project. He also served as vice president of the Leadership Institute. Forrest received his master’s degree in politics from Edinburgh University.

david David da Silva Cornell of Miami Beach, Fla., was elected secretary. He is an attorney who practices corporate, international and nonprofit law. Over the past decade he has been involved with a number of LGBT and faith-related organizations and causes, including current service on the board of Gay American Heroes Foundation and previous service on the boards of Equality Florida Action PAC and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. He received his B.A. and two Master of Arts degrees from Yale University and holds a joint J.D./M.S.F.S. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and School of Foreign Service.

Also, Alan Bernstein, Pam David, Michelle Stecker and R. Peter Wharton were elected members-at-large.

Alan J. Bernstein of West Hollywood, Calif., is president of Harper Management, a residential property management company. He is also a planning commissioner for the City of West Hollywood. He currently serves on the boards of the Family Equality Council, the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the West Hollywood Democratic Club. He is a trustee of Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood’s Reform Jewish Congregation. He is also co-chair of Friends of Wagon Wheel, the parent-teacher association for his children’s school. Bernstein graduated from Duke University with a degree in public policy.

Pam David of San Francisco, Calif., is a longtime progressive activist, educator and community organizer. Involved in numerous local LGBT rights groups since the mid-1970s, David also was the national outreach coordinator for the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, the co-chair of Lesbians/Gays for Jackson during the 1988 presidential campaign, and a member of the 1989 San Francisco task force that developed the city’s groundbreaking domestic partnership ordinance. After 12 years in local government working on community development issues, David is now the executive director of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, a private foundation.

Michelle Stecker of Ewing, N.J., is a faculty member at The College of New Jersey, teaching history, law, and women’s and gender studies courses. Stecker was transformed by the passage of the 2004 anti-marriage amendment in Ohio and has devoted her energy to the LGBT civil rights movement, founding EqualityToledo, working for relationship recognition rights in Ohio, serving as the Northwest Ohio Safe Schools coordinator, and interning at Lambda Legal and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She holds a Ph.D. and J.D. from the University of Toledo, and is a member of the Ohio bar. Stecker earned a master of divinity degree and has served as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA for over 20 years.

Richard Peter Wharton of Miami, Fla., is an investment banker based in New York and Miami. Wharton focuses primarily on the equity and debt capital markets needs of businesses. A passionate supporter of civil rights and equality for all, he is actively involved in creating a firm foundation for growth and success in his local community.

Craig Hoffman of Washington, D.C., was elected as the secretary/treasurer of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund board of directors. Currently a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, he is a linguist and a lawyer who has specialized in transactional writing and negotiating during his nine years of practice in Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Hoffman has also taught writing, first to undergraduates at the University of Connecticut, and then to law students at both the University of Texas Law School and the Washington College of Law of the American University. He has received several fellowships in linguistics, cognitive science, business and writing.

New Task Force Foundation board members

Sydney Andrews of Denver, Colo., currently works as a media marketing manager for one of the largest travel technology and solutions companies, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Andrews’ community outreach and contributions include the Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire, a 501(c)3 organization and a chapter of the International Court System, where he was elected the 23rd Empress of Denver in 1996. Andrews served on the local Imperial Court Council for many years, prior to becoming president of the board during 2000–2002. He was appointed to the International Court Council (ICC) in 2007 and is currently serving as the 2nd vice president and fund-raising chair for the ICC. Andrews organizes and partakes in several fund-raising galas on a continual basis, benefiting numerous charities throughout Colorado and the United States.

Anthony Aragon of Denver, Colo., is the director of the Denver Office on Aging & Community Relations. Previously, he was the director of Boards & Commissions for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and also served as the mayor’s scheduling director for several years. Aragon also serves as the mayor’s GLBT liaison. He is a longtime Democratic activist having worked for former Mayor Federico Pena, Gov. Roy Romer and Ambassador Swanee Hunt. He has also been honored as the Colorado Pride Guide 2005 Coloradan of the Year and the 2006 Colorado Business Council Professional Man of the Year. Some of Aragon’s civic engagement includes serving as a commissioner on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, having been appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter in July 2007. Aragon is also the president of the board of directors for Equal Rights Colorado.

Andrew Solomon of New York, N.Y., studied at Yale University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1985, and then at Jesus College Cambridge, where he received the top first-class degree in English in his year. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. at Cambridge in the Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies. In 1988, he began his study of Russian artists, which culminated with the publication of The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost. Two years later, he was named a contributing writer of The New York Times Magazine, a position he held until 2001. His first novel, A Stone Boat, was published in 1994. His most recent book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, has won him 14 national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award, and is being published in 24 languages. It was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also a member of the board of Trans Youth Family Allies. He is a fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University and lives in London and New York and is a dual national.

New Task Force Action Fund board member

Duane C. Ingram of Philadelphia, Penn., is a public interest professional with 15 years of nonprofit and legislative experience. He has worked for a diverse array of organizations and institutions, including the U.S. Senate, People for the American Way, the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Citizens Commission on Civil Rights, and the Democratic National Committee. Ingram most recently served as vice president of programs at the Urban League of Philadelphia. He also served as a vice president for Planned Parenthood in South Florida. Ingram’s board and volunteer public service includes current membership on the board of directors of WOMEN’S WAY and InterAct Theatre. Ingram is a current member of the Pennsylvania Society of Washington, D.C., a 2009 fellow of the D.C.-based Center for Progressive Leadership, and a graduate of Villanova University.

Read the full listing of the board of directors.

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The Gay and Lesbian Task Force represents the rights of the gays and lesbians in the community and they have done a good job so far. Well their existence is widely acceptable in the community and it's a fat that most of them are having big names in different fields. I know that David da Silva Cornell will be a good person on that place because his tracks are pretty admirable.

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