Board, Staff, and Advisors


LAURA ADAMS (she/her)

Administrative Assistant

Laura joined the team in 2019, having previously worked for the GLBT Historical Society. It was there that she solidified her commitment to supporting the interests of the LGBTQ+ community, and she now continues this endeavor with Horizons. 

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from San Francisco State University, Laura has worked with non-profits, public and private schools, and small businesses. In her down time, she enjoys going on road trips, thrift shopping, and exploring great new food spots in the Bay Area. 


Vice President of Grants, Programs, and Communications

As the Vice President of Grants, Programs, and Strategic Initiatives, Francisco oversees all of the foundation’s grantmaking, leadership, and community programs. Francisco brings to Horizons a background as a research scientist, a public health professional, and an experienced grantmaker. 

His 25 years of experience in government, academia, nonprofit organization, and community activism have blended scientific expertise, commonsense public health experience, research, organizational re-engineering, and grantmaking. He has also served on numerous community-based organization boards and museum advisories.

In recent years, Francisco has played a national leadership role in understanding and reducing health disparities and inequities in the LGBT and Latino communities, and has been active in advancing knowledge brokerage initiatives, and “big data” research. Francisco is an affiliate faculty member at the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health, co-chair of the American Cancer Society’s California LGBT Team, and vice-chair of the board of directors for the National LGBT Cancer Network. His career includes bilingual clinical practice in behavioral medicine with a special focus on chronic diseases. He has co-authored a bimonthly newspaper column on health, written numerous research articles, and produced research reports.

Francisco, holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in clinical psychology from Boston University, along with bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and psychology from the University of California, Davis.

DES BUFORD (she/her)

Corporate Relations & Events Manager

Des is a non-profit professional with over fifteen years of experience in LGBTQ cultural programming, event production, and philanthropy.  She deeply believes in the transformative power of community to create dialogue, bolster coalition building, and spark social change. Prior to joining Horizons Foundation, Des was the Director of Programming & Exhibition at Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, where she served in various leadership roles for fifteen years.

Trained as a stage manager, she remains an aficionado of flawless operational execution, and is an expert at large-scale and high-profile event production and management. She has a demonstrated commitment to mentoring and developing new talent, particularly through a lens of equity, inclusion, and diversity. Des holds a B.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, with a minor in LGBTQ Studies.



Roger has been an activist and leader in the LGBT movement for more than 25 years, and he has led Horizons Foundation since 2002. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as the Executive Director of Horizons Community Services in Chicago, the Midwest’s largest LGBT social service and advocacy organization.

During Roger’s tenure at Horizons, the foundation has dramatically increased its grantmaking, capacity, and overall asset base.  He oversaw creation of the LGBT Community Endowment Fund for the community’s future; helped bring millions of dollars in funds from mainstream foundations to our community, and has been a national and local leader in multi-year efforts to increase philanthropic giving to LGBTQ causes.

In Chicago, Roger led that organization’s expansion into the Chicago LGBT Community Center, known as the Center on Halsted. Before moving to Chicago, he was the Director of Programs for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where he oversaw the Center’s 40-plus programs and services. Roger’s San Francisco background includes his tenure in the law firm of Heller Ehrman, where he specialized in refugee, immigration, and asylum cases involving people fleeing from gender and sexual orientation-related discrimination.

Roger also has served as president of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance in Washington, D.C., and was Associate Director of the Coro Foundation. He serves on the boards of Northern California Grantmakers and as Board Chair of OutRight Action International, the world’s leading LGBTIQ human rights organization. Roger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, a master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law.

photo of Curtis Lahaie


Senior Manager of Communications

Curtis joined Horizons after leading digital engagement at GLSEN, a national organization creating LGBTQ-inclusive schools, followed by a stint at Media Cause, a marketing agency exclusively for nonprofits. He holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Harvard University. 

Originally from Phoenix, Curtis lives in San Francisco with his partner Rob. He joined Horizons in 2019.


Chief Financial Officer

John Marvuglio is the Chief Financial Officer at Horizons Foundation, managing the financial operations of the organization.  John is committed to the long-term financial success of the Foundation and maintaining a high level of integrity and transparency.

John is a licensed California Certified Public Accountant and previously was the Chief Financial Officer for a $15 million social service non-profit.  His responsibilities included long range planning, budgeting, risk management, and corporate compliance.  In his career, he has managed Human Resources, Facilities, and IT.

John holds a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Colorado along with a Masters in Fine Arts in painting from John F. Kennedy University.

NIKOLE PAGAN (she/her)

Program Officer

As Program Officer, Nikole is responsible for Give OUT Day,  the only LGBTQ national online fundraising campaign that annually engages over 300 LGBTQ nonprofits across the 50 states, DC, and the territory of Puerto Rico.  The Give OUT Day program provides strategy, planning tools, training, capacity building, and technical support to participating organizations that can be implemented on Give OUT day as well as throughout the year. As part of the grantmaking team, Nikole works in the day to day operations and strategy implementation of the Horizons’ grants and programs.

Throughout her career in philanthropy, Nikole has worked with nonprofits of various sizes. From serving on the board of a grassroots nonprofit to working with organizations with multi-million dollar budgets, she understands the different – and similar – challenges organizations with disparate capacities face.  She has a history of activism and community organizing, and is skilled in small to large group meeting facilitation.

Nikole holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Public Administration, both from San Francisco State University. Her work allows her to marry her life-long passion for social justice, and commitment to the LGBTQ community with her education and professional career.