Northeastern University School of Law. J.D.
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. B.A.
7/11 – Present
Director of the Engaging Tradition Project, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School.
8/10 – 06/12
Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
7/10 – Present
President, The Vaid Group, LLC, New York, NY
The Vaid Group advises individuals and organizations working to achieve social justice and LGBT human rights on strategy, program development, organizational structure and resource development.
9/05 – 6/10
Executive Director, Arcus Foundation and Arcus Operating Foundation
Kalamazoo, MI, New York, NY and Cambridge, UK
1/01 – 8/05
Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Unit, The Ford Foundation (8/01-8/05) and Program Officer, US Civil Society Program (1/01-8/05). New York, NY.
4/97 – 1/01
Director, The Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), New York NY.
1/93 – 9/95
Writer, lecturer and strategist on LGBT and social justice organizing. Researched and wrote first book, Virtual Equality (1/93-9/95).
9/86 – 12/92
Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (7/89-12/92) and Public Information Director, NGLTF (9/86-6/89),Washington DC.
9/83 – 8/86
Staff Attorney, National Prison Project, American Civil Liberties Union, Washington DC.
PUBLICATIONS – Books and Chapters
Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics. Magnus Books, 2012.
Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation. Anchor Books. 1996.
Creating Change: Sexuality, Public Policy, and Civil Rights, edited by John D’Emilio, William Turner and Urvashi Vaid. St. Martin’s Press, 2000.
Forward: Strategic Action for LGBT Liberation. In Strategies For Gay and Lesbian Rights Organizing, edited by Yolanda C. Padilla. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services Numbers 3-4, 2004.
What’s Sexuality got to do With It? Chapter in Race In 21st Century America, edited by Curtis Stokes, Theresa Melendez and Genice Rhodes-Reid. Michigan State University Press. 2001.
Getting There Means Mapping Here: Challenges to Collaborations between a GLBT and Labor Movement, Chapter in Out at Work: Building A Gay-Labor Alliance, edited by Kitty Krupat and Patrick McCreery. University of Minnesota Press. 2001.
Sex, Love and Birth Control in the 21st Century. This is What Lesbian Looks Like, edited by Kris Kliendienst. Firebrand Books. 1999.
A Shared Politics of Social Justice. Interview with David Barsamian, in Talking About A Revolution, edited by South End Press Collective. South End Press. 1998.
Introduction. Hospital Time by Amy Hoffman. Duke University Press. 1997.
To Dare To Dream, Closing chapter in Long Road To Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay & Lesbian Movement, ed. by Mark Thompson. St. Martin’s Press. 1994.
Preface. My American History by Sarah Schulman. Routledge. 1994.
Outing. Chapter in Gauntlet: Exploring The Limits of Free Speech Ed. Barry Hoffman. Gauntlet, Springfield, PA. 1991
Media Skills Workshop For Gay & Lesbian Activists and Organizations. NGLTF, 1988.
Prisons. Chapter, AIDS & The Law. Ed. Harlon Dalton, et al. Yale University Press, 1987.
SELECTED COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ORGANIZING
July 2012 – Present. Founding Board of LPAC, the national lesbian SuperPAC.
Board of Advisors, Bitch Magazine.
Fall 2004 – Present
Board of Directors, Gill Foundation and Gill Operating Foundation. Denver CO.
Founding Board of Directors, Gill Action Fund. Denver CO.
Co-Founder and Volunteer Leader
Kalamazoo Alliance for Equality (KAFE). Kalamazoo, MI.
National Advisory Board, Ms. Magazine.
Fall 2000 – Fall 2004
National Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union.
September 2001 – Summer 2003
Co-founder and Organizer, New Yorkers Say No to War.
Summer 1998 – January 2001
Founder and Convener, National Religious Leadership Roundtable
(hosted by NGLTF Policy Institute).
March 1998 – December 2000
Founding Board of Advisors, The White House Project.
1982-3 Co-Founder and Board member, Boston Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance, Boston, MA.
Co-Founder, Allston-Brighton Greenlight-Safehouse Network, Boston MA.