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The steady incursion of new skills and perspectives in the leadership of the Lambda Literary Foundation is vital not only to its growth but also to its connection to the community it serves. The Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Board of Trustees.
Sandra Nathan, of Marin County, California, has a long history of effective leadership, particularly in the nonprofit sector. She brings to the Board executive-level experience in areas as diverse as aging, LGBTQ issues, and communities of color. Ms. Nathan joined the Foundation Board due to her “deep passion and interest in LGBTQ literature,” noting “there is no other organization solely devoted to ensuring our voices are fully reflected. I am also a frustrated writer, and hope to slow down long enough to become an author in my own right. Having served on the boards of several national organizations, I hope to make a meaningful contribution by supporting the effective governance and growth of the foundation, and ensuring it has the resources to fully actualize its mission and vision.”
John Rochester, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, reads up to a dozen books a month, mostly LGBTQ. “As an avid reader of LGBTQ literature of all types and genre, I felt it was time to give back and share some of my non-literary talents with an organization that has helped provide me with such joy.” Along with his enthusiasm, he adds a rich experience in fundraising and community leadership, having earned a 2010 Point of Light Award.
Amy Scholder, a New York City resident, is a legendary figure in the world of independent publishing. “I look forward to deepening my relationship with the Lambda Literary Foundation, an organization that cares about LGBTQ diversity and creativity,” says Ms. Scholder, who brings to the Board a broad understanding of the current literary landscape.
The Lambda Literary Foundation is delighted to have these three talented, dedicated individuals join the Board of Trustees. Founded in 1989, the organization nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility, and encourage development of emerging writers.
Sandra Nathan currently serves as Vice President, Programs and Loans for the Marin Community Foundation in Novato, California. In a previous stint in philanthropy, she served as CEO of the Richmond(California) Community Foundation.
Professionally, Sandra has over 25 years executive level experience,which has included positions at the national level with organizations including AARP and the National Council on Aging; and within California’s cities and counties, including San Diego County, Santa Clara County, San Francisco County and the City of Oakland. During her stint at the national level, she worked diligently on social and economic justice issues facing older adults, and at the local level,ensured there are culturally sensitive services and supports for diverse populations, including LGBTQ and people of color. She pioneered in the development of the one of the first outreach programs to older adults at risk of HIV/AIDS and oversaw a strategic plan for older adults who are gay and lesbian.
Currently, Sandra also serves on the Board of Directors of Generations United, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Grantmakers in Aging.
John Rochester is a Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Wealth Advisor for Morgan Stanley. He currently serves as the Board President for Santa Fe Performing Arts – a children’s education, outreach and adult contemporary performing arts organization. He has served on local community and national boards that address diverse issues such as health/social services, hunger, the arts, children’s education and several LGBTQ organizations. John has received a number of awards for his charitable work including the National Volunteer of The Year for Colin Powel’s America’s Promise, The Alliance for Youth, What a difference a day makes as well as the Point of Light Award – the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award.
John received his Bachelor of Arts from Simpson College and has been actively involved in media and the performing arts his entire life. In addition to continuously working in the financial industry for the past 27 years, John has been active in national print and video promotion and he hosted a nationally syndicated financial radio show from 1995 through 2007. He currently resides with his husband in the town in which he grew up – Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Amy Scholder is the editorial director of the Feminist Press. She has been editing and publishing progressive and literary books for over twenty years. Her visionary style has brought high visibility to her authors, and has been praised for its contribution to contemporary literature and popular culture. She has also served as editor-in-chief of Seven Stories Press, US publisher of Verso, founding co-editor of HIGH RISK Books/Serpent’s Tail, and editor at City Lights Books. Over the years, she has published the work of Sapphire, Karen Finley, June Jordan, Kate Bornstein, Kathy Acker, David Wojnarowicz, Dorothy Allison, Mary Gaitskill, Joni Mitchell, Kate Millett, Elfriede Jelinek, Muriel Rukeyser, Laurie Weeks, Justin Vivian Bond, Virginie Despentes, Ana Castillo, and many other award-winning authors.