GPP Executive Committee
J. Bob Alotta, Executive Committee Co-Chair
J. Bob Alotta is the Executive Director at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, a global foundation based in NYC that provides critical resources to LGBTQI organizations and individuals around the world. Bob is a lifelong activist and an accomplished filmmaker with a track record of leading exponential organizational growth and capacity building through visionary management and fundraising. She builds strong partnerships with diverse communities, grantee partners, donors, institutional funders, and corporate stakeholders. Bob served for four years as Board Chair of FIERCE, a longtime Astraea grantee partner, helping to build the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth of color. On behalf of the FIERCE Board of Directors, Bob was awarded the Stonewall Foundation’s 2009 Alan Morrow Prize for Excellence in Board Leadership. Bob also served for six years as grant reviewer for Open Square Foundations’ Community Fellowship Program, and has consulted for Swarthmore College, Williams College, WITNESS, and the Prison Moratorium Project. Prior to joining Astraea, Bob served as Director of Digital Media and Content for Zeitbyte Digital Media and as Director of Digital Technology for Film at the Columbia University School of the Arts. Bob’s documentary and narrative films have aired on Democracy Now, GRITtv, and PBS, and have screened at festivals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.
Adrian Coman has worked for over 20 years in human rights advocacy, philanthropy, education, and politics. Since 2013, he coordinates the International Human Rights Program at the Arcus Foundation in New York. Adrian was the first executive director of ACCEPT, the national LGBT organization in Romania, which contributed to the repeal of the anti-gay criminal law and the adoption of antidiscrimination provisions in Romania, served as program director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (now OutRight International), and worked for a Member of the European Parliament on human rights protection and anti-corruption. Adrian holds degrees in chemistry and human rights, and is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Romanian.
Executive Committee Members at Large:
Open Society Foundations, Program Officer Open Society Human Rights Initiative
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, Director of Programs
American Jewish World Service, Associate Director Sexual Health and Rights
GPP Working Group Co-Chairs
Michael Heflin, Co-chair, Bilateral Working Group
Michael Heflin is the director of equality for the Open Society Human Rights InitiativePreviously, Heflin was managing director of the Campaigns Unit for Amnesty International USA, as well as deputy director of its Midwest regional office in Chicago. He is the founding director of Amnesty’s first LGBT rights program, and worked at Amnesty’s international secretariat in London, where he directed the International Mobilization Program, an effort to grow the organization’s membership and activism internationally.
Heflin holds a law degree with a focus on international human rights law from the University of Cincinnati, where he was a fellow at the Urban Morgan Institute of Human Rights and served as editor of Human Rights Quarterly. Heflin received his BA in political science from Adrian College.
Alli Jernow, Co-Chair, Bilateral Working Group
Alli Jernow is the Program Director of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Program at Wellspring Advisors, a philanthropic advisory firm. An American-trained lawyer and former federal prosecutor, she has worked for the Office of the Legal Advisor of the U.S. Department of State and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and served as a consultant for a number of international organizations, including the OSCE, the ILO and the OHCHR. She has also worked for NGOs both domestically and overseas. She has written and trained in the fields of LGBT human rights, hate crimes, prison abuse, victims’ rights, and forced labour. She ran the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Program at the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva. There she authored the first-ever casebook on sexual orientation and gender identity comparative law. She also participated as amicus curiae or expert witness in national and international cases concerning LGBT human rights, including the landmark cases of Atala v. Chile before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and Fedotova v. Russia before the UN Human Rights Committee.
Dave Scamell, Trans Funding Working Group Co-Chair
Dave Scamell is the associate director of the Sexual Health and Rights department at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), focusing on supporting grassroots organizations working to advance the sexual health and rights of sex workers, LGBTI people and women and adolescent girls in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prior to joining AJWS, Dave was a program officer for the Open Society Public Health Program’s Sexual Health and Rights Project. In his four years at Open Society Foundations (OSF), he supported civil society to advance the health and rights of transgender and sex workers communities across the world. He led OSF’s grantmaking and operational portfolios on access to justice for sex workers, sex work decriminalization, legal gender recognition, access to healthcare for transgender persons, and fund leveraging to increase resources for the transgender movement. Before joining OSF, Scamell worked for a number of years on sexual health and human rights policy and advocacy in Australia, with a particular focus on LGBT health and human rights. He holds a master’s in international human rights law from the University of Essex and a bachelor’s in political science and international relations from the University of New South Wales.
Happy Kinyili, Trans Funding Working Group Co-Chair
Happy Mwende Kinyili works at Mama Cash as their Senior Programme Officer overseeing the Body portfolio. Happy is an Afrikan writer, researcher and facilitator who is interested in the intersections of feminisms, embodied living, spiritualities and change.
Matthew Hart, GPP Director
Matthew “Matty” Hart is the founder and Principle of the Paris-based Lafayette Practice. Hart is the President of the Board of Directors of the Calamus Foundation (DE), and a Board member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Formerly, Hart has served as Senior Strategist for Europe for Funders Concerned about AIDS, and National Director for Public Engagement at Solutions for Progress. He has been a member of The Civil Marriage Collaborative, the community funding board of the Bread & Roses Fund, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund; and Board Member of the Sustainable Business Network and The Leeway Foundation for Women and the Arts. A Jonathan Lax Academic Fellow, Hart received degrees in Urban Studies and Cultural Anthropology from Temple University.
Ezra Berkley Nepon, GPP Program Officer
Ezra Berkley Nepon serves as Program Officer at Global Philanthropy Project. Based in Philadelphia, Nepon is a partner in The Lafayette Practice and has co-authored TLP reports including “Who Decides: How Participatory Grantmaking Benefits Donors, Communities and Movements” and “Funding Free Knowledge The Wiki Way: Wikimedia Foundation’s Participatory Grantmaking.” Previous development work includes William Way LGBT Center and Sylvia Rivera Law Project, where Nepon co-authored the 2013 report “From The Bottom Up: Strategies and Practices for Membership Based Organizations.” Nepon was a 2014 recipient of the Leeway Foundation Transformation Award and is the author of two books – most recently, Dazzle Camouflage: Spectacular Theatrical Strategies for Resistance and Resilience.