FFAA & FFAAEF Boards of Directors Will Help Pave the Way Toward LGBT Non-Discrimination Nationwide

By Adam Polaski • January 4, 2017 • 11:52 am

Today Freedom for All Americans and Freedom for All Americans Education Fund, referred to collectively as Freedom for All Americans (FFAA), publicly introduced their boards of directors who provide strategic guidance, support, and direction for the organizations. The boards of directors are a mix of leaders with backgrounds in transgender rights, electoral politics, statewide LGBT advocacy, law, advancing LGBT nondiscrimination, securing same-sex couples’ freedom to marry, and more. FFAA and its two distinct entities were founded in 2015 with a shared vision of ensuring comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide.

Masen Davis, former executive director of the Transgender Law Center and co-director of Global Action for Trans* Equality, said this week:

“There has been a marked increase in support for transgender people over the past decade thanks to many organizations over the years, but there is a tremendous amount still to be done especially in light of the new presidential administration. Freedom for All Americans is committed and uniquely positioned to work in partnership with on-the-ground nondiscrimination efforts in order to advance both short-term campaign needs and long-term wider understanding of who the transgender community is. FFAA has already done groundbreaking public education work on transgender issues this past year, and that work will only continue to be a priority in our vision and strategy going forward.”

“Freedom for All Americans fills an important role in providing crucial resources, expertise, and guidance that allows state equality groups to drive nondiscrimination work in the smartest and most strategic way possible,” said Steph Perkins, executive director of Missouri-based PROMO. “In my time as a state leader, I’ve watched FFAA prove its effectiveness in helping build coalitions, secure business support, and push legislative progress forward — with an eye on doing the important education around who transgender people are and the lives we lead. I’m grateful to lend my perspective and experience to help build this organization as much as I can in this new national landscape, where the upcoming legislative session will be as challenging as ever and where states and state leaders will need to have their individual voices and strategies heard.”

“Freedom for All Americans’ work is critical, and its staff is talented, sharp, and thoughtful,” said Anne Stanback, who most recently served as director of strategic partnerships at Equality Federation. “The organization is a much-needed national partner at a time of significant fear-mongering and lack of education among lawmakers seeking to advance discriminatory measures and roll back existing protections. After nearly three decades working in LGBT rights, I can personally attest that FFAA does what it takes to develop and drive successful advocacy campaigns to advance nondiscrimination protections, and their contributions are invaluable.”

Freedom for All Americans Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) charity that educates the public about the need for LGBT nondiscrimination protections and trains the next wave of LGBT nondiscrimination movement leaders. Board members include:

  • Kylar Broadus, founder and chair of the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC), the only national civil rights organization dedicated to the needs of trans people of color. Kylar has enjoyed a prolific career as a professor, activist, writer, public speaker, and attorney with a focus on LGBTQ law. He has served on the board of directors of the National Black Justice Coalition and the statewide LGBT group for Missouri PROMO, and is a founding member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute.
  • Courtney Cuff, president and CEO of the Gill Foundation, based in Denver. Courtney has a strong record of accomplishment over her 20-year career in the nonprofit sector, with an emphasis on conservation efforts and strategic consulting to private foundations.
  • Masen Davis, former executive director of the San Francisco-based Transgender Law Center and current co-director of Global Action for Trans* Equality. Masen brings more than two decades of leadership and activism to the LGBT movement, with a focus on securing groundbreaking federal and statewide protections for the trans community.
  • Matt Foreman, a nationally recognized activist with a rich background in political advocacy and civil rights work. Matt oversees the Gay & Lesbian and Immigrant Rights programs at the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, which has been a major supporter of the drive for equal rights for LGBT people for many years.
  • Andy Marra, communications director of the Arcus Foundation. Andy possesses nearly 15 years of communications experience working with LGBTQI organizations worldwide. She has served on boards and advisory councils for Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Funding Exchange, Human Rights Campaign, and the National Center for Transgender Equality, and has been honored by the City of New York and the White House. Her work and commentary has been featured on national programs across the country.
  • Mona Pittenger, a Florida-based LGBT activist, philanthropist, and former real estate entrepreneur and business owner. Mona has served on the national boards of Lambda Legal and the National Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund as well as a number of other foundations and nonprofit organizations; and is also an author and documentary producer.
  • Steve Rudner, the chair of Equality Texas and the former chair of the Equality Texas Foundation. He and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of three children, including a gay son.
  • Anne Stanback, most recently the director of strategic partnerships for the Equality Federation, where she focused on helping states pass LGBT nondiscrimination laws. Anne has spent nearly 30 years working for LGBT rights and was the founding Executive Director of Love Makes A Family, the lead organization that successfully fought for the freedom to marry in Connecticut.

Freedom for All Americans, a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, engages in legislative lobbying designed to end discrimination in the law at both the state and federal level. Board members include Mona Pittenger and Anne Stanback, as well as:

  • Tyler Deaton, president of Allegiance Strategies, a DC-based public affairs consulting firm. He serves as the Senior Advisor to American Unity Fund and American Unity PAC, working to advance the cause of freedom for LGBT Americans by engaging conservatives.
  • Steph Perkins, current executive director of PROMO, Missouri’s statewide organization advocating for LGBT equality. Steph has spent more than eight years at PROMO, where he has focused on advancing nondiscrimination ordinances throughout the state.
  • Adam Press, an active angel investor and philanthropist based in Los Angeles.

Check out full biographies of our Boards of Directors HERE for Freedom for All Americans Education Fund and HERE for Freedom for All Americans.


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