Lambda Literary, the global leader advancing LGBTQ literature, is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors.

Joining the Board are Marcia Gallo, Kim Hoover, Ellen LaPointe, and Christine Svendsen. “Each of our new Board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to Lambda Literary,” said Board President, Amy Scholder. “We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to amplify our LGBTQ community’s literature, authors, and stories.”

MARCIA GALLO received her doctorate in History from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York in 2004. Her first book, Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement (Carroll & Graf, 2006; Seal Press, 2007), won the 2006 Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the Publishers’ Triangle Judy Grahn Award. Gallo’s second book, “No One Helped”: Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy (Cornell University Press 2015) won both the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction and the 2015 Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award. It also was a finalist for the 2015 USA Book News awards. She currently is exploring the impact of radical lesbian and feminist activism on LGBTQ politics from the 1970s through the end of the twentieth century.

Gallo has authored articles and contributed essays to a number of edited collections, such as Bodies of Evidence: The Practice of Queer Oral History (Boyd and Roque Ramirez; Oxford, 2012) and Breaking the Wave: Women, Their Organizations, and Feminism 1945-1985 (Laughlin and Castledine; Routledge, 2011).

At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, Gallo serves as MA Program Coordinator. She also is the current President of the Southwest Oral History Association, which promotes community as well as academically based oral history projects in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

KIMBERLY HOOVER is an attorney, business owner, philanthropist and activist. She arrived in Washington, DC in 1985 after graduating from Duke University School of Law, where she was Executive Editor of the Law Journal, and began a practice that spanned more than 20 years and included stints at top tier law firms. In the early 2000s, she started a real estate operating company, RED Multifamily, which develops, owns and operates residential property in the District of Columbia. With her wife of almost 20 years, Lynn Hackney, she founded and runs Allyson Capital, a private real estate equity firm.

In 2016, Ms. Hoover was appointed a Commissioner to DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Affairs. She is on the Board of Directors of Revere Bank (formerly Monument Bank). She is also on the board of Advocates for Youth, a social justice nonprofit based in Washington. In the 1990s, she served on the Board of Directors of Treasury Bank.

In 2015, Ms. Hoover and her wife founded the Hackney-Hoover Grant for Lesbian Families at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington. For several years, they have been on the Honor Roll of Donors at Sidwell Friends School in Washington. In addition to a JD from Duke University, Ms. Hoover holds a BA in English and American Studies from Baylor University where she graduated magna cum laude and was named Outstanding Senior Woman.

ELLEN LaPOINTE is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern California Grantmakers, a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of association and community to advance the collective interests of its members and catalyze the impact of philanthropy in Northern California.

Ellen has held executive and senior management and consultative positions in the nonprofit sector for over twenty years. Prior to joining NCG, Ellen was Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at HopeLab, a Redwood City-based private operating foundation founded by Board chair Pam Omidyar that utilizes technology-based approaches to improve health and well-being. Ellen assumed the role of Vice President of Strategic Partnerships in May 2007, following a two-year tenure as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, also at HopeLab.

Before joining HopeLab, Ellen served as Executive Director of Project Inform, a national non-profit AIDS treatment information and advocacy organization. Prior to that, she was an attorney at a large law firm in San Francisco and Director of Clinical Research at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, also in San Francisco.

Ellen serves on the Board of Directors of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and is a member of the Advisory Council of the ​End​-o​​f-Life Liberty Project. She is also a writer of short fiction and creative nonfiction; in 2014 she was proud to publish an excerpt of her memoir Last Dance, which chronicles the experience she ​shared with her mother in the year prior to her mother’s death, in the Columbia University journal The Intima.

CHRISTINE SVENDSEN is the publisher and author at Sapphire Books Publishing. She’s worn many hats through out her career in the non-profit sector as board member for Edfund, a non-profit arm of Cal Grants, External Vice Chair of the CSSA and former president of Pride of Monterey County. Currently she’s a community college instructor and works as a union organizer, serving as president of her local faculty association. In 2006, Christine won the CTA WHO award for leading the first community college strike in California in 24 years. She was also the recipient of the Community College Association – David A. Sanchez GLBT award in 2013.

As an author, her first novel, Always Faithful, won a Goldie award in the Traditional Contemporary Romance category in 2010. She was also a finalist in the International Book Awards, and an Honorable Mention in the 2010 and 2012 Rainbow Awards and recently won an Honorable mention in the Reader’s Favorite award for Razor’s Edge. She is a member of the Gold Crown Literary Society, Sisters in Crime, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. Christine lives in California with her wife and three sons.

LAMBDA LITERARY is the leading national nonprofit for LGBTQ readers, writers, publishers, editors, librarians, booksellers and the entire LGBTQ literary community. We believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published, and read.

For more information about Lambda Literary call 323-643-4281o.



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