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.
Shalini Eddens, Executive Committee Co-Chair
Shalini Eddens joined Urgent Action Fund as the Director of Programs in the fall of 2015. She brings to her work a passion for women’s health and rights grounded in her deep belief for justice and equity. Shalini has over 15 years of leadership experience in the grassroots public health sector providing direct services, training, education and advocacy for women living with and affected by HIV within the United States and abroad. Shalini also has expertise in facilitation/training and capacity building, program development and design. She holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Black Studies and a Masters in Public Health. An Oakland native, Shalini currently resides in the Republic of Brooklyn.
Executive Committee Members at Large:
Open Society Foundations, Director of Equality Human Rights Initiative
Michael Heflin is the Director of Equality at the Open Society Human Rights Initiative. In his role Michael oversees Open Society’s grant making to advance equality in several key areas including LGBTI rights and the rights of persons with disabilities. Michael came to Open Society in 2009 to launch a global initiative on LGBTI rights focused on supporting emerging LGBTI rights groups in the global East and South.
Prior to joining Open Society, Michael was managing director of the Campaigns Unit for Amnesty International USA. He also served as the founding director of Amnesty’s LGBT rights program. In addition, Michael worked at Amnesty’s International Secretariat in London where he directed the International Mobilization Program. Michael also was deputy director of Amnesty’s Midwest Region Office.
Michael holds a law degree with a focus on human rights from the University of Cincinnati where he served as fellow at the Urban Morgan Human Rights Institute and as editor of theHuman Rights Quarterly.
UHAI EASHRI, Deputy Executive Director
Mukami is an African queer feminist woman with a commitment to human rights and social justice for all people. She is currently the Deputy Executive Director at UHAI – The East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative (UHAI EASHRI). UHAI EASHRI is Africa’s first indigenous activist fund for sex workers and sexual and gender minorities. We support civil society organising for and by sex workers and sexual and gender minorities with flexible and accessible grants; capacity support; support for Pan-African organising and advocacy, including support for activist-determined convening and knowledge building and documentation.
Before joining UHAI, she had worked with Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) in the finance and administration department and was actively involved in the sexual and reproductive health rights program and in particular right to safe abortions and rights of LGBTI people.
Mukami is a mother of two and believes that love makes a family. She wants to be able to bring up her African children to be resilient in a patriarchal, racist, imperialist and sexist world that she finds herself in.
The Baring Foundation, Deputy Director
David joined the Baring Foundation as Deputy Director in 2014. He began his career as a lawyer in private practice, training and working at the international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Since then, he has worked on public interest litigation and human rights at the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco and as Global Pro Bono Advisor at the law firm Linklaters LLP. David is a trustee of GALOP, London’s LGBT anti-violence & abuse charity.
GPP Working Group Co-Chairs
Kerry-Jo Ford Lyn, Co-chair, Government/Multilaterals Working Groups
Kerry-Jo Ford Lyn is currently based in Washington, DC and is the Director of the USAID- and Sida-funded Global LGBTI Human Rights Partnership being implemented by the Astraea Foundation. She is a development professional with a particular passion for strategic planning, innovative design, grant-making, and social enterprise. With over 15 years of experience, she previously served as the Chief Operations Officer for the Digicel Foundation, the largest private sector funder in Jamaica and assisted in the design and implementation of the only private sector led anti-discrimination campaign project. She has also managed several large bilateral-funded projects and has written the certificate course on Alternative Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship for the University of the West Indies. Kerry-Jo holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Psychology and a Masters in Development Administration & Planning from the University College London and currently serves on the board of J-FLAG (Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays).
Addison Smith, Co-chair, Government/Multilaterals Working Groups
Addison Smith is a Program Officer with Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, an international human rights philanthropy. Prior to joining Wellspring, he held positions with the Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN), Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Digital Innovations Group (Web Lab, Games for Change), and the bilingual educational tool, Mesolore.org. For three years until April 2016, Addison served as Co-Chair of the Global Philanthropy Project.
Cleopatra Kambugu, Co-Chair, Trans* Funding Working Group
Cleo Kambugu is a Ugandan Transgender woman and an ardent advocate for social justice and equality for marginalise populaces with a bias to sex workers, sexual and gender minorities including intersex and gender non conforming communities. Her previous work revolved around advocating for the recognition of transgender peoples and their health care needs, and this saw her among other doing a documentary “The Pearl of Africa” a story about love and acceptance, and a chronicle of her navigation of access to health care and questioning of gender as a social construct and about identities in general. This and several others of her engagement with media and otherwise saw her exodus from Uganda for her security. She is currently working with UHAI EASHRI, an Eastern African based activist fund. She initially joined as Programmes Assistant: Grant Making and Capacity Support and is currently the Grant Administrator tasked with back door grants management. For her this is an opportunity for her amplify her voice and effort as to have her activism impact wider communities.
Ruth Baldacchino, Co-Chair, Intersex Funding Working Group
Ruth Baldacchino, Program Officer of the Intersex Human Rights Fund at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, is from Malta and has extensive experience in community organising, international LGBTQI activism and LGBTQI research. They started their human rights work with the Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement in 2002, where Ruth served on the Executive Committee for several years. Ruth is ILGA World Co-Secretary General (elected in 2014), and has served on a number of boards in the past years including IGLYO, ILGA-Europe and ILGA. Prior to joining Astraea, Ruth worked at the Maltese Ministry for Civil Liberties, where they were actively part of the process towards the passing of the groundbreaking Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act, and strategies/policies on trans and intersex students and migrants’ integration in Malta. They have been closely engaged with intersex activists, particularly through the co-facilitation and coordination of the International Intersex Fora. Ruth holds an M.A. in Women’s Studies from University College Dublin and a B.A. (Honours) in Sociology from University of Malta. They lecture Queer Studies and Sociology at the University of Malta.
Wiktor Dynarski, Co-Chair, Intersex Funding Working Group
Wiktor Dynarski is a Program Officer with the Open Society Public Health Program, where they focus on trans and intersex health and rights.
Before joining Open Society, Dynarski was the president and executive director at Trans-Fuzja foundation, Poland’s first trans NGO. They joined Trans-Fuzja as a volunteer in 2008, and subsequently served as a board member, vice-president, and international affairs officer. Dynarski has also been a member and co-chair of the steering committee of Transgender Europe, a European network of organizations working for the human rights of trans and gender variant people; a member and co-chair of the committee of TransFúzia, Slovakia’s first trans association; and a steering committee member of Miłość Nie Wyklucza (Love Does Not Exclude), an organization working for marriage equality in Poland. Dynarksi serves as an advisor to the SOGI Campaigns project, which supports creative campaigns for sexual, gender, and bodily diversity movements around the world.
Dynarski is currently completing a PhD at the Warsaw University Institute of Applied Social Sciences.
Adrian Coman, Co-Chair, Individual Donors Working Group
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.
Ise Bosch, Co-Chair, Individual Donor Working Group
Ise Bosch, founder and CEO, has 15 years of funding experience in human rights, women and sexual minorities. Her book Donating better! A guide to sustainable commitment was published in 2007, including topics such as “Social Investments”.
David Mattingly, Co-Chair, Closing Space Working Group
As Vice President for Programs for the Fund for Global Human Rights, David is responsible for oversight, coordination, and integration of human rights grant-making in six regions around the world. Since joining the Fund in 2005, David has managed grants programs for frontline groups based in Latin America, North Africa, and West Africa; coordinated an initiative to strengthen the capacity of Mexican activists to promote public policies that expand human rights protections; and developed the Fund’s grant-making strategy to challenge rights abuses related to sexual orientation and gender identity. After earning a BA in International Development from American University, David monitored the human rights situation in indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Prior to joining the Fund, David worked at the Moriah Fund, where he helped manage grant-making programs promoting indigenous rights in Guatemala, environmental justice, and women’s rights and reproductive health. David serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL).
Cindy Rizzo, Co-Chair, Closing Space Working Group
Cindy’s position focuses on evaluation and impact assessment of Arcus’ work at the program level and foundation-wide with a priority on learning from and improving strategies and activities. Prior to joining Arcus in 2006, Cindy was director of Grantmaking at the Boston Foundation where she specialized in the areas of Health and Human Services, homelessness prevention, LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS. She also worked for more than six years on the staff of the Fenway Community Health Center. She currently serves on the boards of SAGE and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. Past board membership includes Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, Gay Community News and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Cindy holds a JD from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston and is a published author of fiction and essays.
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.
Marina Gonzalez Flores, Program Associate
Marina Gonzalez Flores serves as Program Associate for the Global Philanthropy Project. Previously, Marina worked at Citizens Committee for New York City supporting organizers and grassroots neighborhood improvement projects through resources and micro grants. Marina graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in Politics and Latin American and Latino Studies and from Columbia University with a master’s degree in Human Rights Studies. Marina is not only committed to supporting funders in reaching marginalized LGBTI communities but is also committed to localizing rights at home in New York City and Mexico. Marina continues to organize locally as a doula, in her community garden, and through Sister Diaspora for Liberation, a feminist collective.
Dave Scamell, Senior Liaison Government Relations
Dave Scamell has more than 15 years’ experience in human rights and public health advocacy, policy, programming and grantmaking, having worked with civil society organizations to advance the rights of marginalized communities in 27 countries across the world. He has held management and strategic leadership roles in leading non-government organizations, private foundations and global networks in New York and Sydney, with strong experience and a passion for working with multiple stakeholders – advocates, service providers, funders, policymakers, thought-leaders – to achieve impactful social change.
Most recently, Dave was the Director of International Advocacy at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), where he established the organization’s International Advocacy department and oversaw advocacy to influence international policy institutions, including the U.N., and international funding organizations. Prior to joining AJWS, he worked at the Open Society Foundations, leading the foundations’ work on the legal and health rights of trans people and sex workers. At both AJWS and OSF, Dave spearheaded funder advocacy that has catalyzed resources for the global trans and intersex movements.