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Gilberto Gerald, President and CFO

Mr. Gerald, founder of Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. is an experienced leader in organizing for social justice and in providing technical assistance and training for the benefit of health and human services organizations that serve the many who are socially marginalized, especially programs and services targeting LGBT/SGL individuals and families.  He has more than twenty years of non-profit governance and senior management experience in organizations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender/same gender loving (LGBT/SGL) community and organizations addressing HIV and AIDS. He has provided technical assistance and training to build capacity in community-based organizations as part of his work as Director of Minority Affairs of the National AIDS Network during the early years of the epidemic, as well as work undertaken under contract to such organizations as CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. He has also distinguished himself as an accomplished grant-writer.

Mr. Gerald's past leadership includes: Founding member and first Executive Director of the National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays; Former Treasurer and Vice-moderator of the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington D.C., Board of the Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles, and Board of New Spirit Community Church in Berkeley; Former Regent of Samaritan Theological Institute, the former educational arm of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches; Founding member of the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign Fund (predecessor of the Human Rights Campaign); Member of the Board of Gay Rights National Lobby; Former President of the D.C. Coalition of Black Gay Men and Women; Whip in the District of Columbia, Jesse Jackson Delegation to the 1984 Democratic National Convention; Co-founder of the National Minority AIDS Council; Member of the National Steering Committee for the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, in 1987; Executive Director of the Minority AIDS Project in Los Angeles; Member of the Board of Directors of AIDS Project Los Angeles;  and, Treasurer of Gentlemen Concerned which in the late 1980s and early 1990s raised money from the Black community for AIDS services in Los Angeles.

Mr. Gerald contributed a chapter in the groundbreaking publication “In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology” (Beam J. ed, Alyson Publications, 1986), and has been published in several periodicals: “Journal of the National Medical Association” and “Point of View: the Magazine of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.”  His writing was also featured in “Freedom in this Village” (Harris, E L, ed, Carroll & Graff, 2005), and he is the subject of a chapter in Profiles in Gay and Lesbian Courage (Perry, T.D & Swicegood T. L., St Martins Press). Mr. Gerald was also featured in the film documentary After Stonewall.  Mr. Gerald was born in the Republic of Panama and is a naturalized U.S. citizen who now lives in San Francisco. A profile of Mr. Gerald may also be found on LinkedIn.