Juan Barani (formerly Barajas)
Director of Partnerships, Mozilla Foundation
Juan Barajas is an accomplished nonprofit executive who has fundraised more than $30 million dollars over his nearly 20-year career. He joined Mozilla in 2017 recognizing that an open and healthy Internet is core to advancing human rights in the 21st century. Having seen the role of the Internet in mobilizing millions to support the freedom to marry, grow visibility and acceptance for LGBT people and our relationships, and serve as a lifeline for LGBT people around the globe who face risk of violence and death, protecting the health of the Internet as a safe, open, and accessible resource is urgent. In his role, he helps establish partnerships with other philanthropic foundations to invest in the thinking, leaders, and campaigns that have meaningful impact today and lay the groundwork for a major shift in how the public, companies, and governments think about the Internet over the next 5-10 years.
Prior to Mozilla, he primarily worked in the LGBT equality movement, helping advance the wellbeing, cultural acceptance, and legal respect for millions of LGBT Americans and their families. His past roles include Executive Director of the Pacific Center for Human Growth, Chief Development Officer for Freedom for All Americans, Deputy Director of Development with GLAAD, and Director of the Outlet Program for LGBT youth. Most notably, he led fundraising for Freedom to Marry, the campaign that won marriage for same-sex couples nationwide. He also served on the Boards of several nonprofits including the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, Center Link, and Stanford Pride.
He graduated from Stanford University and lives in San Francisco with his husband, Prakash Ramsinghani.