Boards

Meet the many generous people who inspire
us to expand our efforts to new heights.

CELINA GERBIC

Washington, D.C.

Celina Gerbic served as a Washington, DC Trustee from June 2012 to January 2018, and through the Host Committee led straight ally outreach in 2011 and corporate sponsorships in 2010. She is also the Co-Chair of the Trevor Project’s D.C. Ambassadors Committee and has served since 2010 as the Chair of the Education and Community Outreach Committee. As part of her work for Trevor, she has done outreach to local area schools and community organizations, and has managed the Lifeguard Workshop trainings and volunteer coordination for local opportunities.

Celina currently works in development for School for Friends, a Quaker preschool. She also serves on the D.C. Public Schools LGBTQ Steering Committee and worked together with other community leaders to create the Plan for Inclusivity, which was approved in August 2011 and has been implemented in over 30 pilot schools.

Celina was formerly a trial attorney focusing on employment discrimination law, and was a partner in a Boston firm, Thornton & Naumes. She was Co-Counsel on Ortiz del Valle v. National Basketball Association, a sex discrimination case, resulting in a trial verdict of $7.85 million. Celina graduated cum laude from Boston University and Boston University School of Law and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York and D.C. Celina was recognized with Boston University’s Young Lawyer Chair Award in 2000 and was named one of Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers” in 1998. She serves on Boston University School of Law’s Executive Committee, and has headed the school’s Young Alumni Committee.

Celina serves on the Board of UNA (Urban Neighborhood Alliance) as Advisory Committee Chairman, and was the Arts & Entertainment chair of the 17th Street Festival for two years. Celina is also a member of the DC Concerned Providers Coalition. She lives in Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. with her husband and son.

BRIAN CASEBOLT

New York, NY

Brian joined Centerbridge Partners in 2016 and supports the Firm’s portfolio operating efforts. Prior to joining Centerbridge, Brian was an officer of Hertz Global Holdings, where he served as Corporate Vice President of Merchandising & Ancillary Revenue and led strategy, channel management and product development across an assortment of products, services, fees and specialty customer segments.

Prior to Hertz Global Holdings, Brian was at McKinsey & Company and focused on the consumer, retail and travel sectors along commercial growth strategies. Brian began his career in the homebuilding industry, and he spent time at Pulte Homes prior to launching his own boutique real estate investment firm.

In 2010, during his graduate studies, Brian was named a Point Foundation Scholar.

As a result of his LGBTQ+ advocacy efforts within the private sector, Brian was named to the Financial Times’ Top 100 Leading LGBT Executives List in 2015 and 2016.

JIM PATTON

Co-President West – Los Angeles, CA

Jim is the CEO and President, Integrated Construction Associates – A seasoned developer and construction management consultant, James Patton brings more than 30 years of experience to his position as CEO and president of Integrated Construction Associates (ICA), an emerging leader in quality construction services for the City of Inglewood, California and the entire Southern California region.

ICA was formed by Patton and his associates in 2012 as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and is backed by a management team that has collectively completed more than $1 billion in successful construction projects throughout Southern California.

In partnering with clients, owners and design team members, Patton draws upon his expertise across all project phases – from initial vision through development, along with maintenance procedure training and post-occupancy reviews. He has developed and managed residential and commercial property portfolios on a national scale and has also served as an advisor for complex international projects. As a State of California licensed post construction contractor, Patton has established a strong reputation in the industry as a premiere service provider working to ensure exceptional results.

Beyond his work at ICA, Patton is an executive who believes in giving back. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2013 for Point Foundation, after having served on the Board of Trustees since January 2009.

PETER LEASE

Chair – New York, NY

Peter Lease is Ernst & Young’s (EY) Talent Leader for the US-East Region and leads human resource functions by overseeing all aspects of talent management for staff through partners. Peter has been with EY for more than 35 years, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ernst & Young Foundation.

Peter is also a senior client service partner at EY serving the health care industry. He was EY’s Northeast Health Care Area Industry Leader from 2001 to 2011 and served a variety of clients, including academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, community-based hospitals, and other companies. He also undertook the due diligence and merger/affiliation analyses for major New York City medical centers.

Prior to specializing in health care, Peter worked with clients in the venture capital, broadcast media, commodities trading and real estate sectors. Peter has had National training and policy responsibilities for EY relative to Federal compliance auditing and reporting issues.

Peter holds a BS, economics, from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA, finance, from The Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. Peter was the former Chair of the Board of Directors for New York’s Bailey House, which provides housing and services to people with or at risk of HIV/AIDS.

AARON LEIFER

San Francisco, CA

Aaron P. Leifer is Associate Director of Knowledge Management for AT&T Global Sales Solutions and Operations. He leads a team that designs tools and systems that capture, standardize, and reuse business graphics and content to drive process and sales efficiency. He’s also worked in roles supporting proposal management, executive communications, and human resources staffing and recruitment.

Aaron grew up in Fresno, California, and attended the University of California, Irvine, graduating cum laude with a degree in psychology. While in college, he was very active in student media and student government, as well as campus LGBTQ and cultural organizations. These experiences sparked an interest in giving back that continues to this day through Aaron’s support for Point Foundation and other charities.

He currently lives in San Francisco and enjoys exploring the local restaurant scene, attending films and live performances, and traveling near and far to visit friends and family.

TERRY LONGMORE

Chair – Miami, FL

Terry Longmore is a Senior Systems Analyst with Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida and works mostly with business intelligence and decision support systems.

Terry’s father was an officer in the U.S. Army and Terry grew up living overseas and across the country. He graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA in Management Information Systems and Accounting, passed the CPA and CISA exams, and completed graduate studies at UCLA. After decades of programming and managing some of the largest computer systems in the world, Terry still feels more like an undergraduate freshman than a seasoned technology guru.

South Florida is the perfect place for Terry to pursue his other passion: scuba diving amongst the amazing coral reefs and sea life in the open ocean and the Florida Keys. Terry helped introduce Point Foundation to the South Florida LGBTQ community as a host of Point’s first Cornerstone event in Miami. He continues working hard to make sure educating our LGBTQ youth is a priority in this Southern state.

PETE SUBKOVIAK

Chair – Seattle, WA

Pete Subkoviak is the Senior Health Care Campaign Coordinator at SEIU 775NW in Seattle, Washington, where he works on health care, insurance, and fiscal policy. He is also active in local LGBT and political groups and has a keen interest in Millennial issues such as the fiscal sustainability of governments with aging populations, the 21st century jobs economy, global warming, and higher education.

Pete was a 2012 Point Foundation Scholar, earning his Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While in graduate school he served as a policy fellow for nationally-renown author Wendell Potter and later spent a summer working on health care issues for the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Pete is originally from Madison, Wisconsin and worked on health and LGBT policy in Chicago, Illinois for several years before attending his master’s program. When Pete is not at work he enjoys playing soccer, going to rock shows, writing, and spending time with his family.

DAVID AZULAY

Co-Chair – Los Angeles, CA

David oversees the account services department at Kern. He is responsible for direct marketing strategic planning and implementation for B2B and B2C clients. With over 18 years of direct marketing agency experience, David has managed clients including DIRECTV, Microsoft, SAP, Symantec, T-Mobile, Iron Mountain and Clearwire.

He came to L.A. 8 years ago after 10 years in Washington, D.C. where he worked at the SBA and with several non-profits setting up affinity programs and assisting with their membership and marketing programs. David received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his M.B.A. from the George Washington University. He lives in Hollywood with his Partner, Andre and their 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Sammi and Bindi. He enjoys almost any outdoor activity, weekends in Palm Springs and traveling to new places.

JACK JACOBSON

Co-Chair – Washington, D.C.

Jack Jacobson is a policy advisor at Hogan Lovells, a prominent global law firm. Jack’s practice focuses on emerging technologies for energy, environmental, and transportation clients. He regularly interacts with policymakers in Congress and at federal agencies on behalf of his clients.

Education runs deep in Jack’s family. His mother and grandmother were teachers and both his parents served on school boards in South Dakota. Jack’s parents instilled in him the importance of civic involvement as a means of giving back to the community, a major factor that interested him in Point Foundation.

A fan of wigs and wine, Jack and his friends established a fundraiser in 2010 dubbed “Wig Night Out.” They donned their wigs, invited their friends, and began donating to charity at this annual event benefitting Point Scholars.

In 2012, Jack was elected as the Ward 2 Representative on the D.C. State Board of Education, which adopts educational policy for D.C. public and public charter schools. In 2015, his colleagues elected him President of the Board. He previously served as a charter member of the D.C. Public Education Fund’s Young Professionals Council.

When not working on federal or local policy initiatives, Jack enjoys traveling, cooking, and reading. He was the first of his father’s family to graduate from college, earning a Bachelor of Arts in government and international affairs from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

EDDIE SANTOS

Co-Chair – Los Angeles, CA

Eddie Santos is a Supervising Producer/Writer for “Dr. Phil,” America’s Most Watched Talk Show. He received his B.A. in communication and English from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ. One of his first jobs in TV was the “Donahue” show, hosted by pioneer talk-show host Phil Donahue, which taped at 30 Rock in New York City. After nearly a decade of TV producing in New York, he moved to Los Angeles to launch the “Dr. Phil” show, which is now in its 14th season.

He served on the Board of LifeWorks for two years and chaired silent auctions for LifeWorks events for three years. He currently resides in Los Angeles, and in his free time can be found in a creative writing class, spinning, hiking, doing Pilates, yoga, in search of the perfect martini or traveling around the world.

JENNIFER SOBIESKI

Co-Chair – Tampa, FL

Jennifer Sobieski is a certified public accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and has been with the firm for over 10 years. She lives in Tampa, Florida where she is tax manager/market lead in the company’s tax service delivery center. She previously worked in PwC’s D.C., San Francisco and Denver offices primarily with real estate and alternative asset management clients providing tax consulting and compliance services. Jennifer first became involved with Point in 2008 through her involvement with PwC’s LGBT group; OPEN (Out Employee Professional Network). She has continued being a leader in her market’s OPEN group supporting PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and the Point Foundation. She is also an avid supporter of the Trevor Project, the Human Rights Campaign and National Center for Lesbian Rights.

When not providing tax advice, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her significant other. They participate in 5k’s together, are beer connoisseurs, and enjoy attending sporting events.

Jennifer grew up in Schenectady, New York and graduated from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York with a B.S. in accounting.

DIEGO ARANGO

New York, NY

Point Alumnus Diego Arango studied architecture as an undergraduate student at Columbia University. He graduated in 2012, and currently works in design at Joeb Moore & Partners, a Greenwich, CT firm specializing in modern, high end residential architecture.

Diego Arango grew up in Weston, Florida, and became a Point Scholar in 2008. As a student at Columbia, Diego was a member of the Columbia Queer Alliance. In 2011, he helped organize IvyQ, an LGBTQ leadership conference for students at Ivy League universities, creating a forum for a diverse group of students to discuss intersections of sexuality, politics, education, and health. He also served as Vice President of the Columbia Architecture Society. In his free time Diego enjoys traveling, especially to Colombia, where his family is from. He also loves hiking and dancing and eating great food from around the world.

Point Foundation has consistently mentored, connected, and supported Diego in his academic, professional, and personal life. He is proud to advance Point Foundations’s mission as a Trustee.

JEFFREY DAVIS

Florida Chair – Miami, FL

Since attaining his Fellow designation of the Casualty Actuarial Society in 1999, Jeff has filled chief actuarial roles for global insurance organizations including the world’s largest reinsurance Munich Re based in Germany and White Mountains Insurance Group in Bermuda.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sirius International Insurance Company in Sweden. These foreign assignments allowed Jeff and his partner Michael to offer international internships to Point Scholars from 2006 to 2009. Upon returning to the United States, Jeff’s time has been split between Pennsylvania and Florida. He has happily joined other Point Trustees in Miami to increase the growing presence of Point in the southeast United States.

Beyond the leadership roles mentioned above, Jeff’s time and energy has been devoted to board membership of arts organizations, participation in political campaigns, fundraising efforts for the Southern Most AIDS/HIV Ride, and management of PERSPECTIVA, a boutique vineyard in Argentina. His educational credentials include a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters of Arts degree with a concentration in student development from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Jeff is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.

JAMES MANN

Washington, D.C.

James Mann became involved with Point in 2011 when he and a group of friends hosted a fundraiser known as Wig Night Out. The lighthearted event, which asked participants to wear a wig and donate money, was a huge success. Since then Wig Night Out has been held in multiple cities across the country and has raised over $20,000 for Point Foundation.

James is a lead associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where he provides information technology consultation to the Department of Veterans Affairs. He works on a myriad of issues including improving the delivery of veterans’ healthcare and benefits.
James graduated from Virginia Tech in 2001 with a B.S. in management science and information technology. He has called Washington, D.C. home for over a decade.

MARKUS THIEL

Bay Harbor Islands, FL

Markus is associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University (FIU), Miami and directs FIU’s European Union (EU) Center of Excellence. He graduated with a Ph.D. in international studies from the University of Miami, and has published various books and articles on the political sociology of Europe and the EU, including “The Limits of Transnationalism” (Palgrave, 2011), and co-edited volumes on: “Diversity and the European Union” (Palgrave, 2009) and “Identity Politics in the Age of Globalization’” (Lynne Rienner, 2010), and most recently “Sexualities in World Politics: how LGBTQ claims shape International Relations” (Routledge, 2015). His current research revolves around the cooperation of transnational human rights advocacy groups in the EU.

He is involved in the International Studies Association’s LGBT caucus and also in FIU’s LGBTIQ initiatives.

DR. JOHN LEE

Miami, FL

Dr. John Yee is a trained General Surgeon and now practices Primary Care in Everett, Massachusetts where he grew up. In addition, he mentors students at Boston University School of Medicine from which he graduated after attending Harvard College and Boston Latin High School.

Realizing the importance of education and scholarship, John finds Point Foundation as an organization that can help the financial needs of LGBTQ students aspiring in many varied fields especially in medicine and medical research. John is a trustee of the Cores Cancer Research Foundation and has also been a member of various hospital boards. He is also Chairman of his condominium board.

While attending a Point Cornerstone Event in Boston a few years ago John was curious why one was never held in Miami where he shared a home with his late spouse. As he spent half of his time in Florida he saw the need for awareness in the South of the challenges LGBTQ youth faced. Thus, the Miami Point Cornerstone was started and John looks forward to increased visibility and participation of supporters of Point.

John lives in both Miami Beach, Florida and Cambridge, Massachusetts and finds both places as easy gate ways for his passion for travel.

BRYAN BLAISE

Chicago, IL

Bryan Blaise is a senior consultant in IBM’s Global Business Services, specializing in the use of business intelligence and data analytics to strengthen clients’ talent and change management initiatives. He is active in the company’s LGBT affinity group and mentorship initiatives. Prior to IBM, Bryan worked for various communications and change advisory firms, providing strategic counsel to global clients in the financial, legal, energy, telecommunications and media industries.

Bryan received his MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, where he held leadership positions in LGBT and management student organizations. While there, he was awarded a Point Scholarship, as well as the school’s Heffernan Award for Service for his lasting contributions to the increased diversity and inclusive operations of the school. Bryan also had the immense privilege of serving as the first fellow at Out Leadership, a global LGBT business organization that partners with the world’s most influential companies to build business opportunities, cultivate talent and drive LGBT equality forward. He graduated summa cum laude and with honors from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications and minor in business.

Bryan is honored to be joining the Point Board of Trustees in Chicago and is eager to increase educational access for the next generation of LGBT leaders. In his free time, Bryan enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with his twin nieces and keeping up his dance training. He is a former member of the Chicago Public Relations Society of America’s Board of Directors and currently serves on a leadership committee for his church, Urban Village.

Rohan Barrett, CFRE

Chicago, IL

Point Alumnus Rohan Barrett was named a Point Scholar in the first class of scholars in 2002. He studied political science and international relations as an undergrad at the University of Illinois-Chicago. After graduating in 2006 as Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude and with college honors, he continued on to earn a Master of Arts degree in European Studies from the European-American University Consortium – an eight member group of European and American universities administered by the University of Bath (UK).

Rohan is a seasoned fundraising professional having had senior fundraising roles at community-based organizations like Mikva Challenge (a youth-focused civic education organization in Chicago) and the Goodman Community Center (a youth-development organization based in Madison, WI). He is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) and is currently a Major Gifts Officer at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. His current role supports the philanthropy and awareness efforts of Northwestern faculty members engaged in biomedical research and medical education, with special attention to cancers and dermatologic disorders. Rohan is also a NU student in the School of Professional Studies completing a year-long post-baccalaureate certificate program in accounting. In his free time, you can find Rohan playing competitive volleyball.

Rohan credits the Point Foundation in part for his success and for introducing him to mentors who are now more like parents to him. He is thrilled to be involved in strengthening the Point Foundation’s profile in Chicago as a Trustee.

ED GLASSCOCK

Chair of the DC Trustee Board

Ed Glasscock has been with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for over 17 years and has served in leadership positions in the areas of infrastructure technology, human resources, project management, and administrative services. He leads the Washington Metro Market Out Professional Employee Network (OPEN), contributing to the success and support of PwC’s Diversity & Inclusion LGBT networking circle. OPEN has set the example in the Washington Metro market on engagement within the LGBT community through targeted efforts and alignment with organizations in the area. He has served as a mentor in the PwC Impact Program and continues his focus on mentoring scholars through engagement with the Earl Woods Scholarship Program with the Tiger Woods Foundation.

In addition to the above, Ed enjoys travel, new food experiences, movies, theater and running outdoors. Ed has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech.

KELLY HORTON

Washington, DC

Kelly Horton is a high performing executive level leader and nationally recognized expert in food security, environmental nutrition, and evidence based health promotion and disease prevention programs and policies. As the North American Policy Director for Mars, Inc. Kelly engages with key policymakers, NGOs and trade organizations. Prior to working at Mars, Inc., Kelly was Agriculture and Nutrition Senior Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), where she was responsible for Agriculture and FDA Appropriations. Her previous experience also includes working with the National Council on Aging’s Center for Healthy Aging and the Obama Administration’s USDA Farm-to-School Tactical Team. Kelly earned her Master’s of Science in food policy and applied nutrition from Tufts University and also has a bachelor’s of science in business management. She has a passion for education and has served as an adjunct professor of nutrition science and volunteer educator for several non-profit organizations.

ORLANDO GONZALES, MPA

Florida Co-chair – Miami, FL

Orlando Gonzales works as a project manager in communications at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an independent nonprofit, nongovernmental organization located in Washington DC, authorized by Congress in 2010 to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make informed health decisions. Orlando is primarily responsible for the PCORI Annual Meeting which brings together more than 1,000 members of the healthcare community to share the latest developments in patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research as well as the the latest advancements in engagement as a path to better, more useful research.

Orlando is an accomplished non-profit professional, having been inducted to Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, for his academic achievement. He has worked at the local and national level, where he has significantly impacted numerous communities by both volunteering and holding leadership positions with non-profit organizations. Orlando comes to the Point Foundation with more than 15 years of experience in business and non-profit management.

He earned his BA in sociology from Georgetown University. In 2012, he graduated from the Bernard Baruch School of Public Affairs in New York City with an MPA as a National Urban Fellow. He successfully completed his fellowship as a Program Officer at the Aetna Foundation, the independent charitable arm of Aetna Inc.

JEREMIAS ALVAREZ

Washington, DC

Jeremias is a Partner, National Security Segment at Guidehouse, global consultancy that solves important problems and builds trust in society. He leads work across a diverse consulting portfolio in the areas of strategy and transformation, change management, program and project management, human capital, and agile technology development. Jeremias oversees accounts across the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with a focus on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Jeremias has supported all FEMA mission areas, including response, recovery, and resilience (mitigation, insurance, preparedness, and continuity) for more than 13 years, both at headquarters and throughout the regions. Prior to joining Guidehouse, Jeremias was a Managing Director at PwC and a senior business transformation consultant at IBM Global Business Services, where he also supported emergency management strategy and transformation initiatives throughout FEMA. He began his career as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), managing large policy, regulatory, and social science research projects at the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

At Guidehouse, he also serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Out Professional Employee Network (OPEN). OPEN is part of the company’s Diversity, Equity, and Diversity (DEI) Program. Prior to Guidehouse, Jeremias also helped launch, grow, and lead the OPEN Circle at PwC for 10+ years. Jeremias is very active in his local community and routinely volunteers at Whitman Walker Health, So Others Might Eat (SOME), and local DC Point events. He also serves as a Board Member at Studio Theater, a premier regional theater that produces some of the best contemporary shows in the country.

Jeremias holds a Master of Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish/International Business from St. Edward’s University. He also holds PMP, CSM, SAFe Agilist, HCC, and CCMP certifications. Jeremias lives in Washington, DC and is originally from far west Texas. He loves the arts, live music, travel, and good food!

KRYSTAL BARKER BUISSERETH, CFA

New York, NY

Krystal Barker Buissereth, CFAKrystal Barker Buissereth, CFA® charterholder, is an Executive Director and the Head of Financial Wellness at Morgan Stanley. In this role, she is responsible for working with corporate clients and organizations on creating, implementing and managing financial wellness programsthat meet the needs of their employees.Financial Wellness is part of the Morgan Stanley at Work suite of financial solutions, which include Retirement, Financial Wellness and the equity management offering, Shareworks by Morgan Stanley. Financial Wellness provides personalized financial education, advice and solutions to help employees of Morgan Stanley’s clients improve their financial knowledge and as well as identifying their needs.Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Krystal held a number of leadership roles on the Digital Strategy team at Goldman Sachs providingstrategic leadership for the development of new product and service offerings across employer financial wellness programs and direct toconsumer wealth management services for the Ayco and Goldman Sachs wealth management businesses. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Krystal was a business development strategist for the head of Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management focused on assessing growth and cost saving opportunities for the Division. Before her role at Deutsche Bank, Krystal was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers/Barclays, executing capital markets transactions for the Firm’s most strategic clients. Krystal serves as a New York Board Trustee of the Point Foundation, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of promising LGBTQ students through scholarship funding and leadership training. Krystal earned her MBA with Honors from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and her A.B Cum Laude in Mathematics & Economics from Bowdoin College.

JESSE BERNSTEIN

Washington, DC

Jesse Bernstein is a dedicated human rights advocate who brings together diverse stakeholders in support of concrete solutions. He is a skilled leader who designs global initiatives that demonstrably improve the lives of the most vulnerable, including LGBT persons, refugees, displaced persons and others.  He currently works at the Department of State as a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the Department of State.  He joined the Department in 2011 and led the development and launch of the Global Equality Fund, a public-private partnership initiative that supports programs to advance the human rights of LGBTI persons globally.  In his current role as Senior Advisor, he leads policy and diplomatic initiatives in support of human rights, with a focus on vulnerable groups including LGBTI persons.  Prior to joining the Department, he worked for Human Rights First, the United Nations Refugee Agency in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Refugee Law Project in Uganda in support of refugees and human rights. He has published articles on refugee and LGBTI rights.  Jesse is a 2018 Truman National Security Fellow. He focuses on impact and deploys creativity, tact and persistence to realize real changes in policy and practice.

In addition to the above, Jesse enjoys travel and cooking and new adventures. He lives with his partner Dylan in Washington, D.C.

DR. GISELA P. VEGA

Miami, FL

Dr. Vega’s passion and work in the LGBTQ+ community dates back to the early 90’s when she was inspiring and mentoring LGBTQ+ students at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She has advised countless college and university LGBTQ+ groups moving students into action from the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi-Equal Rights and Liberation to speaking up on Trans rights issues today.  Providing students with personalized attention is at the heart of her almost three decades of service in Higher Education. She has presented countless workshops and is passionate about diversity education, social justice, and addressing issues of access and choice in higher education.

She has worked at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Institute for Shipboard Education with Semester at Sea, Northeastern University in Boston, Florida International University in Miami and currently serves as the Director for the LGBTQ Student Center at the University of Miami.  Her experiences stem from housing and residential life, multicultural affairs, academic affairs, team development, to advisement, leadership development, mentoring, and recruitment.  In 2012 she was the inaugural staff member at Florida International University, developing the institutions 1st LGBTQA Initiatives program.  This was the first program of its kind established in a south Florida College or University.

Dr. Vega holds her doctorate in Higher Education from Florida International University, a Master’ in Education Instructional Leadership, a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art Education, and in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is passionate about learning and teaching and has served as a faculty member for the Women’s and Gender Studies center at FIU.  During her time with the Center for Women’s and Gender studies at FIU she assisted in the establishment of its Queer Studies Certificate Program and taught the first LGBT course offered.  Her dissertation focused on, “Latin Lesbian Students: Understanding their Experiences and Perceived Sexual Identity Development at a Hispanic- Serving Institution”, and her research agenda includes: gender and sexuality issues, global human rights and social justice issues, and sexual minorities in higher education.

In addition to the Point Foundation she also serves on the Board of Directors of the Aqua Foundation for Women,  and the executive board of Coral Gable Congregational UCC, a welcome and affirming church in South Florida. Dr. Vega is originally from Chicago and currently lives in Miami with her family.

ANTHONY IZZO

New York, NY

Anthony D. Izzo serves as Senior Director, Global Inclusion in the development and implementation of ViacomCBS’ s talent & inclusion strategies. In this role he partners with Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, and business leadership to execute D&I strategies across the enterprise. Reporting to former CBS EVP, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Izzo works with key stakeholders to identify and address employee culture needs in a collaborative approach to ensure that diversity, employee engagement & culture remains a priority and is closely linked to the overall business strategy.

Izzo most recently served as Manager, Talent, Culture & Researcher at NBCUniversal. He acted as a culture champion to maximize employee engagement through strategic ad sales investments. He served as subject matter expert on building diverse pipelines for hard to fill roles, managed full cycle recruitment and talent sourcing and organized diversity recruitment events. He also acted as advisor for the company’s early-in-career ad sales pipeline programs. He developed strong partnerships with hiring managers and partnered with communications to help drive employee culture narrative across the enterprise.

Previously, Izzo was Manager, Corporate Diversity & Inclusion at NBCUniversal. In this role he was responsible for the assistance and activation of NBCUniversal’ s community investment partnerships, employee resource group marketing and diversity communications. He implemented symphony HR strategies to support of the company’s commitment to diversity & inclusion; with a specific focus on the attraction and retention of talent, professional development and networking. He activated corporate sponsorship and deliverables, acting as a liaison to the company’s business units and brands as it relates to recruitment, film festival activations, and learning and development vendor activations. He also supported community engagement through Employee Resource Groups and advised ways to leverage ERGs as talent incubators by identifying nonprofits to help drive commerce initiatives. He additionally launched NBCUniversal’s Young Professional Network, overseeing the first early-in-career employee led resource group geared towards technology driven innovations.

Prior to working at NBCUniversal, Izzo was the Assistant Director, Annual Giving at Marist College. In this role, he was responsible for the management and execution of the institution’s annual fundraising campaign, managed a team of 40 associates and served as a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals responsible for their monthly development events. Under his campaign leadership he received the highest upgrade and new donor acquisition in College history. His background also includes working in student affairs and leadership advisor for 350+ enrolled college students.

Izzo holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters in Organizational Leadership & Communications from Marist College. He also received his bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting and Mass Communications at the State University of New York at Oswego. He volunteers and engages with America on Tech (formerly New York on Tech) as their annual judge to the Innovators & Disruptors Awards. A Bronx native and raised in the Hudson Valley, he currently resides in Astoria, N.Y.