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Our Board

Lambda Literary is proud to have a exceptional group of accomplished and dedicated professionals serve on our board.

Current Boardmembers

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Roz Lee, President

Roz Lee (she/her) has dedicated her career to advancing racial, gender, economic and LGBTQ justice through philanthropy, community organizing, legislative advocacy, and popular education. Currently, Roz serves as Head of Philanthropy at the Equality Fund, a global organization committed to funding feminist futures. She formerly worked at the Ms. Foundation for Women, where she led efforts to invest in organizations led by and for women and girls of color, including transgender women and girls, to advance meaningful social, political and economic change. As Director of Social Justice Initiatives at the Arcus Foundation, she designed and implemented innovative global and domestic philanthropic approaches to advancing strategies at the intersection of race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. Roz is the first-ever Professor of Practice at the Alice Paul Center/Gender Studies and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She volunteers for numerous organizations committed to advancing racial equity, gender justice and LGBTQ equality. Roz lives with her spouse and daughter in Harlem.

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Joe Garrett, Vice President

Joe Garrett (he/him) is an emerging writer and private investor.

His debut publication “A Place They’d Never Been” was named the runner up for the Wabash Prize for Fiction by the Sycamore Review last year, and his novel Makena, a love story set on Maui in the 1980s, is nearing completion.

He is the past Chairman of the Board of the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, which built the first teaching hospital for AIDS doctors in Africa, crafted and help implement the first AIDS plans for the People’s Republic of China and created life-saving programs for health ministries in many other developing countries. Joe was also Board Chair of Project Inform, a national AIDS treatment and advocacy organization, which helped create the fast track approval process at the FDA and played a key role in passage of the Ryan White Care Act.

He was a Principal, Director, Vice President and General Counsel of European Telecom, which he joined as a start-up and helped build into the fastest growing telecommunication company in Europe in the late 1990s. He was a founding member of the DNC’s Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his husband of 34 years.

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J. Michael Samuel, Treasurer

J. Michael Samuel (he/him) recently retired as Director and Vice-President from a career in internal auditing from a number of large financial institutions. He was a frequent guest speaker, appearing throughout Silicon Valley and San Francisco at numerous conferences for the International Institute of Auditors, Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Reserve Bank System. Also, Michael coordinated internal publications and designed benchmarking and bank operational reporting to corporate Audit Committees and Board of Directors on behalf of Senior Management.

Michael founded and then served on the board of Directors of Golden Gate Performing Arts, the parent organization of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and numerous other San Francisco-based gay musical groups. He has served as a facilitator and group leader for the University of California AIDS Health Project for eighteen years, and was a Shanti volunteer for four years. Michael splits his time between San Francisco and Occidental, California, with his husband, Chris, of fifty years.

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Robert Guinsler, Secretary

Robert Guinsler (he/him) is a senior literary agent at Sterling Lord Literistic, where he has worked since 2000. With a background in journalism and a passion for championing underrepresented voices, Robert has channeled his eclectic interests to bring distinct and important voices to a wider audience. Always seeking to foster further exposure and representation for the LGBTQ+ community, Robert’s clients have included Lambda-award winner Cleve Jones, Kevin Sessums and Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Evan Fallenberg, Hugh Ryan, Peter Staley, as well as the Estate of Gilbert Baker. From the comedic memoirs of pop culture critics Guy Branum and Phoebe Robinson to young adult page turners by Alex London and Kevin Emerson, Robert has always worked to inspire and engage with readers of all ages and backgrounds.

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Dr. Chase T. M. Anderson

Dr. Chase T. M. Anderson (he/him) is currently a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at University of California, San Francisco. He graduated from the Adult Psychiatry Residency at The Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. He completed his bachelor’s in Chemistry and his master’s in Biological Engineering at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of The Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.

His writing has appeared in WBUR/NPRScientific AmericanSTAT NewsThe New England Journal of Medicine, and other news and journal outlets. Chase’s works have focused on minority stress, mental health in the medical field and beyond, physician advocacy, and the need for our society to foster a truly supportive environment for all.

In his free time, he enjoys going for long walks, listening to K-pop, reading fantasy books, playing soccer, writing fantasy and non-fiction novels, and planning dinners with friends. He recently finished his memoir about being a Black, gay class president in medical school living with depression, tentatively titled Wayward Dreams: A Medical Student’s Musings of Depression and Hope.

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Alan Beckstead

Alan Beckstead (he/him) recently retired from a 40-year career at SBC/ATT as AVP-Network Engineering and Planning. Alan joined his first non-profit board of directors in 1991 at St. Louis Effort for AIDS later becoming President of the Board. He has served on over 15 boards/advisory boards in St. Louis MO, San Antonio TX, Dallas TX, and Sebastopol CA. While President of the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, he led a team that provided annual grants to emerging San Antonio artist in eleven categories ranging from visual arts, literary, music composition, performing arts, multi-media and others. With the encouragement of other artist, Alan has been following his passion for art. His paintings reflect PRIDE, joy and struggles in the LGBTQ+ community in the San Francisco/North Bay.

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Ashley Blackmon

Ashley Blackmon (she/her) is an experienced business leader with a successful track record leading marketing & growth strategy for consumer tech brands. Before starting her own consulting practice, Ashley was CMO of Pathstream, an Ed-Tech start-up focused on improving job prospects for underserved populations by teaching digital skills. Prior to that experience she was VP of Marketing for Zillow Group, where she led the growth strategy for the B2C and B2B sides of Zillow’s marketplace. Over the course of 7 years at Zillow she had the unique experience of building a department from the ground up, while establishing Zillow and its portfolio of brands as household names. She received her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was an adjunct board member at The Equality Forum. She received her B.S. in Psychology at Brown University. Ashley currently lives in Oakland with her family.

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Andrea “Andy” Marra

Andrea “Andy” Hong Marra (she/ her) is executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF). Prior to TLDEF, she spent five years leading external communications at the Arcus Foundation; managed public relations at GLSEN, a national organization focused on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education; was co-director at Nodutdol for Korean Community Development; and served as a senior media strategist at GLAAD. Andy currently serves as Board Chair of the Freedom for All Americans Education Fund. She has previously served on the boards and advisory councils of Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Funding Exchange, Human Rights Campaign, Just Detention International, and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Andy has been honored by the White House and the City of New York for her contributions to the LGBTQ community, profiled in The Advocate’s “Forty Under 40,” and listed as one of The Huffington Post’s “Most Compelling LGBT People.” She is also a past recipient of the GLSEN Pathfinder Award, the National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Award, NQAPIA Community Catalyst Award, and the Colin Higgins Foundation Courage Award.

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Gary Mobley

Gary Mobley (he/him) founded Propel Strategic Solutions, a consulting group, working within both the profit and nonprofit sectors. As a strategist, he has helped businesses chart their direction and performance by deploying successful leadership strategies, tactical decision making, and forward-thinking approaches. Previously, Gary was the Executive Director of Strategy and Analytics for the College Board’s Advanced Placement and Instruction division. He was responsible for building and supporting division-wide and product strategy definition projects; and analyzing strategic issues and opportunities that promoted responsive growth, equity, and access of its programs and services for students and the institutions they served. Gary served on the board of Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts is Americas, a leading advocate for full diversity in front and behind the scenes in American theatre, film, and television as well as Identity House, an all-volunteer community that provides peer counseling services to support and encourage LGBTQ+ adults.

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Darnell Moore

Darnell L. Moore (he/him) is the author of the 2019 Lambda Literary Award winning memoir, No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America, which was listed as a 2018 NYT Notable Book and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers’ pick. Moore is also a writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University and a 2019 Senior Fellow at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California. His writings have appeared in the New York Times Book ReviewPlayboyVICEThe GuardianThe NationEBONY and other outlets. He is the Director of Inclusion Strategy for Content and Marketing at Netflix. And he is currently at work on his second book, which is tentatively titled, Unbecoming: Visions Beyond the Limits of Manhood.

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Rakesh Satyal

Rakesh Satyal (he/him) is currently an Executive Editor at HarperOne/HarperCollins. Over the course of his career, he has worked with many LGBTQ writers, including Armistead Maupin, Paul Rudnick, Clive Barker, Rahul Mehta, Michael Ausiello, Jake Shears, Janet Mock, Guy Branum, Daniel Lavery, and Michael Arceneaux. He has served on the advisory committee of the PEN World Voices Festival and has taught in the publishing program at NYU’s School of Continued and Professional Studies. He had the great honor of receiving the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction for his novel Blue Boy (Kensington Books, 2009), which also won the 2010 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association for Asian American Studies and which was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Debut Fiction Award. He was a 2010 recipient of a Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the recipient of two fellowships from the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, and he was a 2019 Fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. He is also the author of the novel No One Can Pronounce My Name (Picador USA, 2017).

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Kent D. Wolf

Kent D. Wolf (he/him) is a Founding Partner at Neon Literary, where he represents a celebrated roster of LGTBQIA+ writers, including National Book Award finalist and Lambda Literary Award winner Carmen Maria Machado, New York Times bestselling essayist Samantha Irby, Lambda Literary finalist Torrey Peters, Lambda Literary Fellow Calvin Kasulke, Daniel Zomparelli, and Paul Dalla Rosa. A regular attendee of writers conferences and literary festivals across the country, he is an active member of The Association of Authors’ Representatives and has been profiled and interviewed by Poets & Writers, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Publishers Weekly, among other publications. Born and raised in rural Illinois, Kent now resides in Manhattan.

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Caroline Young

Caroline Young (she/her) is a Digital Marketer, currently working as a strategist at RPA Advertising on American Honda. Previously, she was Brand & Promotions Manager of series romance at Harlequin (a division of HarperCollins), and in marketing roles at University of Toronto Press and Firefly Books. She’s taught courses on Marketing & Publicity in Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing program. She has also worked in social enterprise, helping organizations that employ business methods and practices to create opportunities and employment for low-income and marginalized individuals. She received her MBA from University of Oxford’s Said Business School, and in her B.A. in English at Brown University. Caroline currently lives in sunny Los Angeles.

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