Executive Office
Selisse Berry — Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Rachel Rubin — Deputy Director
Tony Talbot — Chief Financial Officer

Communications
Maddison LeRoy — Senior Communications Associate
Greg Tartaglione — Communications Associate

Community Relations
Andrea D. Shorter — Director of Community Relations
Madelyn Gelpi — Community Relations Intern

Corporate Engagement
Dave Bueché — Senior Manager, Corporate Engagement
Stephen Huey — Director of Corporate Engagement
Alyssa Jarvis — Senior Development Associate
Arti Sharma — Corporate Engagement Manager
Julian Shendelman – Executive Assistant

Events
Emily Odenberg — Senior Events Manager
Sam Mersten — Events Associate
Analicia Hawkins — Summit Intern

Finance & Operations
Pamela Berkowitz — Associate Director of Finance & Operations
Danny Katende — Receptionist
Christopher Wong — Accounting Associate

Global Initiatives
Czeslaw Walek — Global Fellow

Research Institute
Isabel Porras – Associate Director of Research

Training & Personal Development
Pat Baillie — Director of Training and Professional Development
Daniel Lawrence Smith — Associate Director, Training


Selisse Berry

Founder & Chief Executive OfficerSelisse

Selisse Berry is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the world’s largest nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Under her leadership, the organization has grown significantly with dramatic increases in attendance for the annual Workplace Summit since 1999, the expansion of volunteer regional affiliates across the United States and many global initiatives. Selisse’s vision has been instrumental in creating an international organization whose philosophy reflects the importance of treating all colleagues in the workplace with respect and dignity. Since her first job as a guidance counselor, Selisse has continued her commitment to justice as a teacher and as a leader of several social service organizations prior to founding Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. She has master’s degrees in education and theology from the University of Texas and San Francisco Theological Seminary. Selisse and her wife, Cynthia Martin, were legally married in California in 2008. Selisse was awarded the Outstanding Hero Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; the Parks Award in Rome, Italy; and the KQED Local Heroes Award in San Francisco, California. Selisse is the editor of Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office, an anthology of personal stories of executive trailblazers who have transformed the workplace for LGBT people.


Pat Baillie

Director of Training and Professional DevelopmentPat

Pat Baillie joined Out & Equal in January 2008 after retiring the second time in her career from Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies in Albuquerque, New Mexico, US. Prior to that, she served in the US Air Force retiring in 1993 as a Major. Her entire career has been involved with training, adult education, and activism and she is ready to pull all those parts of her history together at Out & Equal to make a difference for those in the workplace. Pat graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Master’s Degree in Physical Education, Biology and Psychology. After college, she joined the Air Force and worked as a Weapons Controller and Space Operations Officer. She was also active in LGBT causes her entire career and decided to retire from the military on the day that President Clinton announced that the federal government would continue to discriminate against gay and lesbian service members with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” She was then able to publicly come out and was the featured speaker at the Veteran’s Day memorial in Sacramento, California in 1993 and has never looked back. She has also worked extensively with sexual freedom issue as a spokesperson and educator and has work on national grass roots organizing. In Albuquerque, Pat worked within Honeywell on their Diversity Council and was asked to present on LGBT issues at the statewide EEOC conferences as well as being the only “out” employee that could be a resource. She also helped to grow the local and statewide LGBT community as the Co-President of Albuquerque Pride for over 10 years. She continued to be involved in community events from political to social until she realized she was ready to return to California. Her career path took her back to California in 2007 where she began her work at Out & Equal on educating on LGBT workplace equality. She brought her government experience and build a solid foundation working on global issues including developing the programming for 2012 Out & Equal Global Summit. She is a requested speaker and consultant for Executives, HR and Diversity & Inclusion Professionals and Employee/Business Resource Groups around the world. She lives in Oakland with her partner and travels extensively teaching, presenting and discussing the issues impacting LGBT equality in and out of the workplace. The opportunity to influence the workplace is truly a dream job bringing together her political/activist passion with her love of teaching.

 


Pamela Berkowitz

Associate Director of Finance & Operations
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Pamela joined the Out & Equal Workplace Advocates staff in June 2006, as the new office manager. Pamela earned her bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies with a minor in Judaic Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She also spent two semesters as part of a teaching collective within the Women’s Studies Department at SUNY Albany, where she co-taught the course “Introduction to Feminisms.” Pamela has a long history working with nonprofit organizations dedicated to social change. She was on the coordinating committee for the Social Justice Center in Albany, NY an umbrella group of nonprofit organizations. She was also was part of the collective at Peace Offerings (a nonprofit fair trade craft store) and worked for five years on the committee for the Women’s Networking Fair in Albany, NY. She is currently active in the Network of Spiritual Progressives, eQuality Scholarship Collaborative, and Jewish Voice for Peace. Pamela enjoys biking, animals, reading, foreign films, science fiction, and vegetarian cooking. She lives with her three cats in Berkeley, CA.


Dave Bueché

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Dave has been on the staff of Out & Equal since 2004, during which time he has managed both the departments of corporate engagement and communications. As senior manager of corporate engagement he plays a key role in supporting the corporate engagement team’s ongoing efforts to increase revenue through corporate partnerships, fundraising, and strategic communications within the corporate engagement department. Prior to joining Out & Equal, Dave was Communications Manager in the Alumni Relations Department at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and 10 years as VP of development and marketing for United Way of the Bay Area. He earned BA degrees in Journalism and Communications from Central Michigan University. Before moving to California he worked six years as a promotional writer for Oldsmobile Division of General Motors Corporation in East Lansing, MI. Dave lives in San Francisco.


Madelyn Gelpi

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Madelyn joined the Out & Equal team in June 2016 after finishing her first year of graduate school at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Prior to Out & Equal, she worked as a mental health counselor in San Francisco where she provided intensive stabilization services to youth and families with severe trauma and mental health issues. Originally from Louisiana, Madelyn graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Music. She served on The Trevor Project’s national Youth Advisory Council, as well as the Board of Directors for the Forum For Equality, Louisiana’s largest LGBTQ human rights organization. Madelyn was also able to take her passion for LGBT rights advocacy and mental health work to Washington D.C. where she researched anti-bullying policies as a Public Policy Associate at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She has an immense dedication to the LGBTQ community and is thrilled about joining the Out & Equal team as a Community Relations Intern this summer. As a part of her internship, Madelyn will conduct research and data analysis related to the LGBTQ community in the South with high hopes of making it a better, safer place for the queer community. Outside of work, she enjoys songwriting, composing music, camping, hiking around the Bay Area, and cuddling with her roommate’s wonderful golden retriever, Dexter the dog.


Analicia Hawkins

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Analicia joined the team at Out & Equal in June 2016 after graduating from California State University, Chico with a degree in Multicultural and Gender Studies. Prior to Out & Equal, Analicia worked at the AS Gender and Sexuality Equity Center at CSUC as the Women’s Program Coordinator. In this position, she led a team of interns in the planning of events such as Take Back the Night and the annual Women’s Conference, and worked toward the empowerment of all people, especially those in marginalized communities. Analicia is passionate about activism and social justice, and she strives toward the goal of intersectionality and equity for all. During her internship, Analicia will be part of the planning and organizing for the annual Workplace Summit in October, and she will be focusing specifically on coordinating the volunteer program. Originally from San Diego, Analicia now resides in Fremont and enjoys exploring nature, finding great vegan spots to eat, and watching too many episodes of Criminal Minds with her girlfriend.


Stephen Huey

Director of Corporate EngagementStephen

After a 30 year career with Bank of America, Stephen Huey brings his corporate and nonprofit relationship management expertise to Out & Equal. As Senior Vice President for Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Stephen led Bank of America’s mission to advance the economic and social well-being of underserved communities in Northern and Central California. Prior to this role, Stephen served as Senior Vice President / Community Impact Manager for Bank of America’s Community Development Bank, where he focused on community development lending, investments, and services. Stephen also held multiple leadership positions for Bank of America’s Consumer Bank including Vice President/Consumer Market Manager for 27 Bay Area Asian-designated Bank of America branches with over 300 employees and $4 billion in assets. Stephen co-founded the Bank of America LGBT Pride Employee Network, and continued to serve as enterprise Co-Chair, Advisor and San Francisco chapter Chair. He was instrumental in expanding LGBT employee visibility, influence and LGBT employee resource group leadership opportunities, championed workplace equality issues including healthcare benefits for transgender employees, and spearheaded a number of long term community partnerships with national, California statewide and local San Francisco Bay Area LGBT nonprofit organizations. Stephen has been very active in the LGBT community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National AIDS Memorial Grove and previously served on the Board of Directors for both the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center and LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center). He was the Employer Leadership Council Chair for the Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, and served as a member of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Community Investment.


Dan Katende

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Dan Katende joined the Out & Equal staff as an intern in June 2011 and was hired full-time as a receptionist on January 1, 2012. He was born and raised in Uganda, East Africa. In March 2011 he relocated and settled in California from Nairobi, Kenya. Dan began singing at a young age. In 2001 he began his career in music as a full time Performing and Recording Gospel Singer/Musician. He obtained a Diploma/Certificate in Music, Dance and Drama at Kampala College of Music in Uganda in 2006. He also worked as a back-up vocalist for Fr. Anthony Musaala, a Pam Award winner in Uganda for ten years. Together, they were awarded the Pearl of Africa Music Awards for gospel music in 2006 and 2007. Dan recorded eight albums with Fr. Anthony and also released his first solo album in 2008. Dan co-founded the Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, a gay organization advocating for gay rights, HIV prevention and providing counseling for the LGBTI community In Uganda in 2005. He served as treasurer for the organization and was a gay rights activist, advocating for sexual minorities. Dan’s passion is to spread love to the world through his soulful music. His hobbies include going to the movies, traveling, hiking, performing, recording and composing songs that achieve his dream and vision.


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Senior Development Associate

Alyssa became a part of the Out & Equal team in August 2015. She graduated from Indiana University in May 2014 with a degree in Nonprofit Management. After graduating, Alyssa became the Administrative Assistant at Realized Worth, which works with companies to develop and maintain corporate social responsibility programs. She learned the importance of employee engagement in its community and workforce and is why she is passionate about the work of Out & Equal. She hopes to contribute to Out & Equal’s impact in the workplace and help companies create positive spaces for all their employees. Outside of the office, Alyssa enjoys exploring the neighborhoods of San Francisco and the East Bay. She is still very new to the area but is growing accustomed to the Sunday brunch and park scene. Alyssa also enjoys an active lifestyle and trying new activities such as sea kayaking and various yoga classes.


Maddison LeRoy

Senior Communications Associate

Maddison joined Out & Equal in March 2015. She graduated from California State University, Chico in December 2014 with a degree in English Literature and Multicultural Gender studies. Prior to Out & Equal, Maddison interned at The Gender & Sexuality Equity Center in Chico for 2 years, working both in the LGBTQ+ program and the Women’s program, planning and facilitating educational and awareness-raising events for marginalized groups and discriminated communities. She was also responsible for the center’s lead marketing strategy as the photographer and videographer, producing promotional campaign and recap videos for all events including national campaign Take Back the Night. Maddison has a strong passion for LGBT activism and feminism, believing in the strength of education and diversity outreach to dismantle social inequities. Maddison now lives in Berkeley with her partner. We don’t own any cats, but we do feed the neighborhood three-legged cat named Princess Ivy.


Sam Mersten

Senior Events AssociateSam

Sam joined the Out & Equal team in January 2016 after graduating from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and a minor in Political Science. Prior to Out & Equal, Sam interned at the Pride Center of Vermont as a Marketing and Outreach/Events Coordinator. While at the Pride Center of Vermont Sam responded to community needs and implemented effective processes which included coordinating events that celebrated, educated and advocated for diversity. Sam has a strong passion for LGBTQ activism and intersectional feminism, committed to securing equity on both an individual and systemic level. Born and raised in Queens, NY Sam currently resides in Oakland where she spends a lot of her free time exploring the Bay, watching netflix and searching for a slice of pizza and a bagel that remind her of home.


Emily Odenberg

Senior Events ManagerEmily_O

Emily Odenberg is a former event production specialist and hospitality coordinator contracted by Red Bull North America. Prior to this she served as a marketing research specialist in both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. She joined “the world of Red Bull” in 2012 acting as event producer for big wave surfing events on the island of Maui. Following this, she was hired by the head of Red Bull hospitality to serve as acting coordinator on a variety of events, such as Formula One World Championship 2013 and National Red Bull Flugtag 2013, which activated in five cities over one day. Emily prides herself in her attention to detail and continually seeks to raise the bar of excellence for her work at every turn. Utilizing her background in analytics and experience in event planning she is very excited to be able to contribute her service, passion, and dedication to Out & Equal Event Associates. A 2011 graduate of the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management, Emily holds a B.S. in Marketing. She originally hails from Southern California, but was born with a Northern California state of mind.


Isabel Porras

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Isabel joined the Out & Equal staff in February 2016 as Associate Director of Research. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Smith College and is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis. Isabel’s deep commitment to LGBT equality and intersectional feminism inform both her research and teaching. Her dissertation research has received national fellowship support from the American Association for University Women (AAUW) as well as the Mellon Mays Foundation. As an Instructor of Women’s and Gender Studies at UC Davis, Isabel taught various courses, including Introduction to Queer Theory, Introduction to Feminist Theory, and Theory and History of Sexualities. Isabel is an experienced public speaker and has presented scholarly work at academic conferences in Colombia, Brazil and across the United States. She is very excited to expand Out & Equal’s research efforts! Born in NY but raised in Miami, Isabel has called Northern California home for nine years. In her spare time, Isabel obsesses over basset hounds, yearns for a good Cuban coffee, and tries to read as much pop cultural criticism as possible.


Rachel Rubin

Deputy Director
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Rachel joined the Out & Equal staff in November 2014. She leads a team that manages corporate partnerships for more than 400 Fortune 1,000 companies, Out & Equal events including the Workplace Summit, Executive  Forums, and Global Round-Tables, as well as the organizations marketing and communications department. She brings unparalleled experience in fundraising strategy, portfolio diversification, and relationship building. Rachel has a proven track record of directing successful campaigns raising millions of dollars for nonprofits locally and around the world.  Her previous experiences were in creating multi-platform giving opportunities that match the philanthropic interests of individuals and companies with the funding needs of non-profits. Rachel has a Masters in Public Affairs from Indiana University. Rachel is a California native and lives with her wife, Madeline, in San Francisco.


Arti Sharma

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As the manager of corporate engagement, Arti creates and facilitates relationships with companies that are new partners with Out and Equal, ensuring excellent service to clients and that the goals of the corporate partners are met. Prior to joining Out and Equal in 2015, Arti was a member of the Corporate Responsibility team at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, supporting over 30 corporate clients with their corporate employee engagement funds and related customized philanthropy service. Arti has over 7 years of fundraising experience working with various non-profit organizations in the San Francisco/Bay Area as well as New York. Arti completed her undergraduate education at University of California, Santa Barbara and holds a master’s degree in Global Affairs from New York University. Arti has traveled to over 12 U.S. states and over 17 countries and for the last 5 years has been a proud resident of San Francisco, where she lives with her husband, Kevin.  In her free time, she cooks, travels, and binge watches shows on Netflix.


Julian Shendelman

Executive Assistant julian

Julian Shendelman joined Out & Equal in April of 2016 and is thrilled by the opportunity to build his skills as an Executive Assistant. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 2014 with an MA in Women and Gender Studies and in 2011, from Mills College with a BA in Queer Studies. Prior to Out & Equal, he served as a Lead Visitor Experience Associate at the Oakland Museum of California and was the owner of Cookie Party, a gluten-free and vegan pop-up bakery. He’s currently an organizer for the Bay Area Trans Writer’s Workshop, a recent recipient of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence grant award and a collective of trans writers working collaboratively to develop and refine their literary skills. He was also a 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow in Non-Fiction and a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee. Outside of work and arts organizing, Julian appeases his bratty Chihuahua mix, Charles, and aggressively feeds his friends and boyfriend as often as they’ll let him.


Andrea Shorter

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Andrea Shorter brings 30 plus years of experience to as an accomplished advocate, non-profit manager, public official, political strategist, and principal consultant with Atlas Leadership Strategies. Prior to coming on board, Andrea was the Director of Marriage Equality and Coalition Strategies at Equality California, where she led an unprecedented statewide coalition of over 100 diverse organizations, community, political, and business leaders to restore same sex marriage equality after the epic passage of Proposition 8. She is the former Deputy Executive Director of the NAMES Project Foundation/AIDS Memorial Quilt where she developed its vast international chapters network, and developed initiatives to expand the historic Quilt’s reach as a key HIV/AIDS education tool into communities of color, middle schools, universities, and globally, including South Africa. The former Deputy Executive Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, she co-developed and directed what would become a nationally replicated program to provide alternatives to detention to non-violent youth offenders. The program was cited by the Department of Justice as a national model, and awarded by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Excellence in Governance program.

Andrea is a former member of the elected Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Community College District, and the former Co-Chair of the San Francisco Counts Census Committee. She currently serves as ranking member and Vice-President of the Commission on the Status of Women for the City and County of San Francisco, where she continues to lead nationally renowned policy and program initiatives regarding domestic violence, and gender equity in the workplace. Andrea is a proud graduate of Whittier College, and completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Governmentas a 2009 David Bohnett Fellow for LGBT Leaders.


Daniel Lawrence Smith

Associate Director, TrainingDaniel

Daniel joined the Out & Equal staff in April 2013. He takes pride in building relationships with the many individuals that support our mission. Before joining the training department, Daniel was responsible for the Advocates Club, which recognizes Out & Equal’s lead individual supporters as well as the Out & Equal Champions Circle, our monthly giving program. Daniel also maintained foundation relationships to fund our programs and year-round efforts aimed at creating a world free of discrimination for everyone. A native New Yorker, Daniel loves living in his adopted hometown of San Francisco. While in New York, Daniel worked as Director of Individual Giving at the Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s foremost LGBT civil rights and advocacy group. Daniel also spent several years as a yoga instructor. It was this experience, after leaving his early career in finance operations which lead him to his passion for non-profit work. Daniel volunteers his time on Greater San Francisco’s Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Board and on the Horizon’s Young Professionals for Equality (HYPE) Community EnGAYgement and Grants Committee. Daniel and his husband Alex Goro live in San Francisco’s Castro district with their playful and lovable kitten Neena. Daniel enjoys gardening, taking long walks through the city and going to the beach whenever the weather is warm enough.


Tony Talbot

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Tony joined Out & Equal as its CFO effective January 7, 2013. Previously, he was on the Out & Equal Board of Directors as its Treasurer from 2004 to 2007 and continued to be engaged with its Finance Committee since 2007. Tony spent 24+ years with NCR; the first ten years in a variety of Finance and Accounting positions and the past 14+ years in Deployment Services, his last position as the Managing Partner for the United States Telecommunications and Technology Industry. Tony is originally from Saginaw, MI. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Dayton. Tony was a CPA for 20+ years and is currently PMP certified.


Greg Tartaglione

Communications Associate
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Greg joined the Out & Equal team in August of 2015 as the Communications Intern and became a full member of the Communications Department in November. Greg earned his Bachelors Degree from Sarah Lawrence College where he focused on Gender and Religious studies. Prior to Out & Equal, Greg worked at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) where he was responsible for maintaining a bi-weekly blog on nationwide controversies and monthly research on updates in the field of sexual health. Greg is responsible for managing Out & Equal’s print and digital design assets as well as social media and web content. Greg came to the West Coast from Connecticut with his one true love, Photoshop.


Czeslaw Walek

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Czeslaw joined the Out & Equal in September 2015 as a Fulbright schoolar. Czeslaw is also a chair of Prague Pride, the biggest czech non-profit focusing on tackling discrimination of LGBT in the Czech Republic and Eastern Europe and a leader of the czech marriage equality campaign. Czeslaw has worked in the area of human rights protection since 2000 when he graduated from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Between 2009 and 2011 he served as the Under Secretary for Human Rights of the Czech Govenrnment where he was responsible for the creation, adoption and implementation of domestic policies on human rights protection. Prior to his engagement with Out & Equal, he worked as Executive Director of the Open Society, p.b.o,, a leading Czech human rights NGO. In 2011, he was awarded the Alice G. Masaryk Human Rights Award for his dedication to promoting human rights in the Czech Republic. In 2014 he was awareded the Fulbright Scholarship to work with Out & Equal on their Global Initiatives Program. Czeslaw and his husband Willem van der Bas live in San Francisco’s Castro district.


Chris Wong

Accounting Associate
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Chris joined Out & Equal as the Accounting Associate in the winter of 2016. A Bay Area, native Chris received his B.S. in Quantitative Economics with a minor in Accounting from UC San Diego, emphasizing his studies on Behavioral Economics and Strategy. Prior to joining the Out and Equal team, Chris worked in the digital impression media and promotional marketing industry holding a variety of positions including finance intern, accounts receivable and accounts payable specialist. Aside from finance, Chris is passionate about culture, art, technology, and education and has engaged himself with several nonprofits; acting as a Development Intern for San Diego Dance Theater, Marketing and Outreach Intern for the Foundation for Sustainable Development, and Corporate Ambassador for UC San Diego’s Jacobs School. In his spare time, Chris enjoys reading, gardening, running, and trying new coffee shops.