Allies: LGBTQ Rights and Reproductive Justice
It’s no surprise that many of those opposing LGBTQ equality also oppose reproductive freedom. How do these allied movements work together? How could they do so more effectively given the common threats they face? Come hear how these groups are working nationally and internationally to further justice on both fronts.
Chloe Cooney, Director of Global Advocacy, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Chloë Cooney is Senior Director of Global Advocacy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its international arm, Planned Parenthood Global. In this capacity, she drives the overall global advocacy strategy for the organization, connecting PPFA’s work to influence U.S. foreign policy, engagement at the global level and the advocacy Planned Parenthood Global supports in Africa and Latin America. Previously, Chloe launched PPFA’s program to advocate for U.S. leadership on international reproductive health and rights. Before joining PPFA, Chloë worked in high-impact philanthropy, supporting donors to make strategic global health advocacy investments, and she also worked at the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC). Chloe lives in Washington, DC with her wife and son.
Vanessa Daniel, Executive Director, the Groundswell Fund
Vanessa Daniel is the founder and Executive Director of Groundswell Fund, the largest funder of the U.S. reproductive justice movement. Under her leadership, Groundswell has moved more than $32 million to the reproductive justice movement, with a focus on grassroots organizing led by women of color, low income women and transgender people. Ninety percent of Groundswell’s giving goes to work led by women of color. Daniel’s roots in labor and community organizing inspired a unique funding model at Groundswell: a program staff team of women of color who come directly out of grassroots organizing and who support grantees through grantmaking, capacity building, and funder organizing to raise the visibility of grantee work in the broader funder/donor community. Groundswell’s work includes the only fund in the country dedicated to supporting access to birth justice for women of color and transgender people, and the most robust women of color-led Integrated Voter Engagement training program in the U.S. Prior to Groundswell, Vanessa supported LGBT rights, economic and environmental justice grantmaking at Tides Foundation; organized homecare workers with SEIU; helped win a landmark living wage law with the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE); and conducted research to support the organizing efforts of welfare mothers with the Applied Research Center (now Race Forward). Vanessa currently serves on the Board of Directors of Common Counsel Foundation and on the steering committee for the Health and Environmental Funder’s Network. She has a B.A. in American Ethnic Studies from Smith College and is a graduate of the Center for Third World Organizing’s Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program.
Timothy Sweeney, Advisor, Pride Foundation
Timothy Sweeney has worked for 39 years to advance equality for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. His first political organizing experience occurred in California, working alongside Harvey Milk to defeat a ballot proposition that would have banned gay people from teaching in public schools. Beginning in 1981, he served five years as executive director of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. From 1986 to 1993, Tim was deputy director and then executive director of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, where he helped to build the nation’s largest community-based HIV/AIDS service, prevention, and advocacy organization. Tim worked as the deputy executive director for programs of the Empire State Pride Agenda and Foundation from 1994-2000. Tim was a senior program officer and then program director at the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund from 2001 to 2007. More recently, Tim was the President and CEO of the Gill Foundation from 2007 to 2013. He currently has a consulting practice working with foundations, individual donors and non-profits. He is serving on the boards of Open House in San Francisco and the Center for Community Change in Washington, DC and is a tutor with Reading Partners at Cesar Chavez Elementary School.
Linda Gebroe, Board Member, The Women’s Foundation of California
Linda Gebroe has worked as a professional communicator for nearly four decades. From 1987 until her retirement in 2014, she owned and operated Gebroe Communications Services, a business that helped scores of organizations communicate their messages to myriad audiences and markets.In 1975, after graduating with honors from Ithaca College with a degree in communications, she began her career in public relations. She worked with an amazing variety of clients including retail, corporate, travel and nonprofit organizations. She developed and implemented successful communications programs that generated national publicity and awareness. In 1985 she became accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.
Linda opened her own business in 1987. By doing so, she was able to do what she loves most—writing. Her essays have appeared in local and regional publications, and she continues to write and record commentaries for KQED Radio, San Francisco’s National Public Radio station. She has been able to help organizations and causes she truly cares about. She has served on the boards of Horizons Foundation and the Women’s Alcoholism Center. She has volunteered her time and services to numerous organizations, including the Women’s Foundation of California, the Women’s Cancer Resource Center and 826 Valencia, an organization dedicated to helping local school children with their creative writing skills.
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