Board, Staff, and Advisors

Staff

LAURA ADAMS (they/them)

Administrative Assistant

Laura joined the team in 2019, having previously worked for the GLBT Historical Society. It was there that they solidified their commitment to supporting the interests of the LGBTQ+ community, and they now continue 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 their down time, they enjoy going on road trips with their fiancé Sam, thrift shopping, and going to the dog park with their baby, Cowboy. 

FRANCISCO BUCHTING (he/him)

Vice President of Grants, Programs, and Communications

As Vice President of Grants, Programs, and Communications at Horizons Foundation, Francisco Buchting oversees all of the foundation’s grantmaking, programmatic strategies, and communication activities. He also spearheads the Global Faith and Equality Fund – a 17 years spend down initiative funding at the intersection of Faith, LGBTI rights, and Reproductive Justice. Francisco brings to Horizons a background as a research scientist, a public health professional, and an experienced grantmaker.

His 25 plus years of experience in government, philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations include forming private-public partnerships, leading knowledge brokerage initiatives, and problem-solving through a mix of creative yet simple solutions with clear implementation and success metrics. Francisco’s career includes a bilingual clinical practice in behavioral medicine with a special focus on chronic diseases, co-authored a bimonthly newspaper column, written numerous research articles, and produced research reports. He has also served on numerous community-based organization boards and museum advisories.

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.

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JENNIFER CATES (She/Her)

Events Manager

Jennifer brings over a decade of events experience to Horizons. She came up producing events for non-profits in the bay area focusing on education, affordable housing, and youth services. She then expanded into the private sector to increase her skill set and gather new and fresh ideas for how to bring events to the next level.

Coming in to Horizons, she is excited to bring her years of experience and passion for the community into creating exciting and impactful events in the coming years.

JOSHUA DELFIN (he/him)

Senior Program Officer

Joshua has been in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years and comes to Horizons Foundation with a depth of experience with diverse and intersectional social justice initiatives. Prior to joining Horizons Foundation, Joshua was a Program Officer at Common Counsel Foundation, where he focused on funding grassroots organizations and frontline communities, including workers’ rights and environmental justice organizations. He managed Native Voices Rising, a participatory grantmaking partnership between Native Americans in Philanthropy and Common Counsel Foundation.

Joshua has held positions at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the Greenlining Institute. He has completed leadership development programs that include Justice Funders’ Harmony Initiative, the Hispanics in Philanthropy Líderes program, and the San Francisco Foundation Multicultural Program. At SFF, he focused on early childhood education, full-service community schools, and the LGBTQ fund. Joshua holds a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies and an MA in Equity and Social Justice in Education.

ROGER DOUGHTY (he/him)

President

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.

Tracy Evans (she/her)

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Tracy comes to Horizons with a deep background in fundraising, philanthropy, sales, and management. Most recently, she served for seven years as the Ride Director for the AIDS/Lifecycle, an annual fundraising event that has raised as much as $17.9 million annually to support HIV programs and services for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LA LGBT Center.

Previously, she played leadership roles as the National Director Development and Fundraising at the Lupus Foundation of America, and as National Director of Team in Training at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

SOFIA FIGUEROA (She/Her)

Communications Specialist

Having worked with non-profits and LGBTQ organizations in the California Central Valley, Sofia hopes to bring her passion for the community and her expertise in design to Horizons Foundation. Formerly, Sofia has served as President of Lambda Alliance at UC Merced, a student-led queer organization focused on education, inclusion, and the uplifting of QTPOC voices both on-campus and in Merced County.

Sofia is a University of California, Merced alumna with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering. Outside of work, she can be found creating artwork, thrifting for pins and vinyl records, playing the piano, or otherwise developing personal projects alongside her friends.

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RAE GODIN (She/They)

Senior Communications Manager

Leveraging a varied background of creative content strategy, Rae is energized by impactful storytelling and a commitment to the Bay Area’s queer community. Rae’s professional journey includes spearheading projects for international policy think tanks and arts organizations, providing her with a nuanced understanding of diverse sectors. Her arrival at Horizons signals a commitment to amplifying its presence through strategic and compelling communication.

Rae holds a master’s degree in international politics and human rights from City, University of London and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Kent State University. 

JOHN MARVUGLIO (he/him)

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.

LINDSAY NATHANSON (She/Her)

LBTQ Initiative Manager

As the LBTQ Initiative Manager at Horizons Foundation, Lindsay Nathanson brings over six years of experience in the non-profit sector focusing on the homeless and LGBTQIA+ community. She has worked as a Program Assistant for a homeless resource center in the Mission, a Housing Coordinator for clients at Shelter in Place Hotels, and as a Program Manager for a LGBTQIA+ Transitional Living Program.

Driven by passion and dedication, she takes pride in supporting and providing resources to the community and sharing their voices. Originally from New York, Lindsay graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a Bachelors in Global Studies and Social Justice which inspired her to focus on the needs of the Bay Area community. Outside of work she enjoys going on road trips, sunset walks, reading, and seeing live music.

HENRY PACHECO (He/Him)

Director of Philanthropic Services

Henry Pacheco has been in the non-profit sector for over 19 years working with small and large organizations to meet strategic objectives through fund development, donor stewardship, marketing, and event management. He has worked on staff or as a consultant for a wide range of community based organizations including domestic and international LGBTQ+ advocacy NGO’s, youth education, senior healthcare, and fine arts organizations.

Henry graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science in Design and Industry. Henry currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Leadership High School in San Francisco as well as on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – Golden Gate Chapter. Outside of work Henry enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, and meeting people.