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Congratulations to Eliza Byard who has joined the Gill Foundation board. The Gill Foundation is one of the nation’s leading funders of efforts to secure full equality for LGBT people. The foundation makes tax-deductible grants to nonprofit organizations that advance equality by doing research, educating people, developing public policy recommendations, and working within the legal system.
“Our board members are essential to driving the foundation’s work to advance and protect LGBT equality in the United States, and Eliza brings incomparable experience, leadership, and strategic vision to the team,” said founder Tim Gill.
Byard has served as executive director of GLSEN, where she designed and executed strategic initiatives that have transformed K-12 education in the United States to respond to the unique challenges and needs of LGBTQ+ youth. GLSEN’s work has contributed to a significant decrease in anti-LGBTQ+ harassment and violence in schools, and the organization’s advocacy and legislative strategies have achieved bipartisan support around the urgency and importance of bullying prevention and LGBTQ+ issues in education. Under her leadership, GLSEN was honored by President Obama as a “Champion of Change.”
Byard is an expert on education, youth development, and LGBTQ+ issues. She has appeared in a broad range of digital, print, and broadcast outlets, including The Washington Post, the New York Times, POLITICO, Education Week, Newsweek, and a host of other radio and TV outlets. She has served on numerous boards and commissions for LGBTQ+ youth and educational equity and is currently a Trustee of the America’s Promise Alliance. She has taught U.S. History and American Studies at both Columbia and Barnard.
Congratulations also to Matt Nosanchuk who has joined Quadrant Strategies as a vice president. Quadrant Strategies is a research-driven consultancy that works with Fortune 500 and other leading companies. Its specialty is helping clients facing significant challenges to their reputation or brand, or full-blown crises. Quadrant conducts market research to create a strategy and tactics for dealing with the short-term challenges and then determining what a client’s story should be for the long term.
Nosanchuk has extensive experience working in senior policy and communications roles in the Obama and Clinton administrations, on Capitol Hill, and at high-profile NGOs. He served in several senior roles in the Obama administration: at the White House as Director of Outreach for the National Security Council, and as President Obama’s liaison to the American Jewish community; and in senior positions at the Departments of State, Justice, and Homeland Security. Earlier in his career, he served in the Clinton administration as the point person at the Department of Justice on a range of significant policy and legislative priorities. He has worked on Capitol Hill as U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s counsel, and as Special Minority Counsel on the House Judiciary Committee. For his work to further LGBT rights, he received the American Bar Association’s Stonewall Award and the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.