Leadership - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond.

Today the Center's nearly 800 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy.

Despite our size, scope, and determination to meet the growing demand for our services, we remain a lean, fiscally disciplined organization, earning a four-star Charity Navigator rating for six consecutive years.

We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world, a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal, and complete members of society.

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SENIOR MANAGEMENT GROUP

Chief Executive Officer Lorri L. Jean

Lorri L. Jean is nationally recognized as one of the most seasoned and effective leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement. OUT magazine has twice listed her as one of the 50 most powerful gay and lesbian people in the nation. In 2006, Los Angeles Magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in Los Angeles, and in 2014 it named her one of the ten most inspiring women in Los Angeles. Jean currently serves as CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world's largest provider of programs and services for LGBT people.

Jean has been an activist on LGBT issues since 1979. She served as the lead plaintiff in the successful landmark lawsuit against Georgetown University to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. She also was the first openly gay or lesbian person in history to receive a top secret security clearance from the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1989, with her appointment as Deputy Regional Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), she became the highest-ranking openly gay or lesbian person in the Federal government (a distinction she held until 1993 when President Clinton appointed Roberta Achtenberg).

In 1993, Jean began her first six-year tenure at the helm of the Center (to which she returned in June 2003). She led the Center through a period of unprecedented expansion, dramatically increasing the number of clients and volunteers, the diversity and volume of services, the number of staff, and the size of the budget. She also oversaw the purchase and renovation of a $7 million facility and built the nation's first $10 million dollar LGBT organization endowment fund. During her second tenure, Jean has returned the Center to financial stability, dramatically expanded programming to 10 locations across Los Angeles while more than quadrupling the revenue budget to $141 million.  She also led the Center's historic capital campaign for the $142 million Anita May Rosenstein Campus, which opened in April 2019.

From 2001 to 2003, Jean served as executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, leading an organizational turnaround that brought the Task Force to financial solvency and increased the annual revenues to what was then an all-time high. Among other program accomplishments, she focused the organization's political efforts at the state and local level by building a field organizing department which orchestrated the defeat of nearly all anti-LGBT ballot measures in the 2001 and 2002 election cycles.

Prior to 1993, Jean spent 10 years as an attorney with FEMA, including three years overseeing the disaster response and recovery operations of its largest region, where she was responsible for the management of a staff of 1,000 and a budget of more than $1 billion. Jean holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Arizona State University, and is a member of the bar in California and Washington, D.C. She and her wife, attorney Gina M. Calvelli, live in Hollywood and were legally married in September 2008.

Chief of Staff Darrel Cummings

Darrel Cummings works closely with senior management to ensure smooth day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and holds final responsibility for the internal management of the organization. He also plays a leading role in directing the organization's external relations efforts, including its work in public policy advocacy, its participation in significant coalitions, its relationship with other community-based organizations, its private fund-raising initiatives and its efforts to obtain government funding.

Cummings has worked in non-profit organizations for nearly 3 decades and has held numerous paid and volunteer positions in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

From 1993 to 1999, he served as the deputy executive director of the Center and in that capacity served as the senior manager for all programs and related government affairs. During his tenure as deputy executive director, he oversaw the procurement of millions of dollars annually from all branches of government, the development of many new and innovative programs, and overall internal management of the Center's program and policy efforts. Cummings also provided national advocacy leadership related to the HIV/AIDS and social service needs of the LGBT community.

Before joining the Center as chief operations officer in June 2003, Cummings served for two years as deputy executive director for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and previously held upper-level management positions in several organizations representing the needs and rights of low-income people, women, consumers, and the LGBT community.

Chief Financial Officer Ricardo DeLeon

Prior to joining the Los Angeles LGBT Center in August 2020, Ricardo DeLeon served as Chief Operating Officer of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the nation’s largest non-profit organization that supports Hispanic Americans pursuing higher education. Prior to HSF, he spent more than 25 years with Procter & Gamble in senior finance positions. Born and raised in Texas, DeLeon received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.

He has served on a number of boards primarily of youth-serving nonprofits and spent three years as president of the Association of Latino Princeton Alumni.

Co-Director of Health Services Kari Pacheco

Kari is a Los Angeles native whose passion for nonprofit healthcare started more than 25 years ago. She began her career within the Medi-Cal Mental Health division in Orange County, Calif., where she worked as a billing and compliance administrator for eight years. She has since moved on to management positions in the reproductive healthcare and nonprofit healthcare settings for the past 17 years. During her career, she has played integral roles in opening several new health centers, and managed multiple other health facilities as well.

For the two years prior to joining the Center, she worked as a private consultant within the Los Angeles FQHC community. Her focus was on using data to improve operational outcomes and support cultural change. She has presented both locally and nationally on the subject and has helped drive many different organizations to elevate their care and performance.

She has been with the Center since July 2017. Kari is excited to work in a position where her passion for healthcare and furthering the rights of the LGBTQ community intersect. She started as the Director of Health Programs and has since then moved into the role of Co-Director of Health Services.

In her spare time, Kari enjoys volunteering with Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles and riding the big rides at theme parks with her wife, Shelby, and their two teenage daughters.

Chief Human Resources Officer Sharon-Franklin Brown

As Chief Human Resources Officer for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Sharon is responsible for managing all operations of the Human Resources Department for a staff of nearly 800 employees, including organizational development, strategic planning, recruitment/hiring, benefits administration, personnel policies and organized labor relations. She has worked for the Center since 2007 and also currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Christopher Street West Association/LA Pride.

Sharon’s story begins in Louisiana where she grew up in the rural South in a small, one stop light town. Right out of high school she joined the United States Navy Reserves and served with honor while attending the University of Louisiana Monroe. During this time, Sharon began a journey of self-discovery freely expressing her true gender identity. Sharon graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Pre-Law.

Her early career included restaurant management, legal services, academia and non-profit. In 1997, she was a City Council candidate for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, making her the first openly transgender candidate to run for public office in the state. Sharon became a national speaker on transgender rights after being terminated from Fayetteville State University, a historically black university, for being a trans-woman. Sharon was on the leading edge during her speaking engagements at colleges and universities on the importance of including gender identity and gender expression in their anti-discrimination policies.

In 2010, she co-wrote the ground-breaking recommendations for “Model Protocols – Police Interactions with Transgender Individuals” which was later adopted by the Los Angeles Police Department as policy. In 2018, Sharon Co-Chaired the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County HR Roundtable. Today, she serves on the Board of LA Pride and participates in LGBTQ competency trainings with various organizations on best practices in navigating change in the workplace, with a specialized focus on helping healthcare organizations improve delivery of services to the LGBTQ community.

Director of Policy and Community Building Terra Russell-Slavin

Terra Russell-Slavin is Director of Policy and Community Building at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world’s largest provider of programs and services for LGBT people. She works to advance LGBTQ rights in accordance with the Center's mission to build a world where LGBTQ people thrive as healthy, equal and complete members of society. Terra began her career at the Center in 2006, and was previously the Center’s Lead Staff Attorney in which she was responsible for overseeing the delivery of comprehensive and holistic legal services for LGBTQ survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Terra is also co-chair of the LGBT Subject Matter Committee of the National Taskforce to End Sexual and Domestic Violence and was a leader in the efforts to obtain, as part of the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the first ever non-discrimination provisions in federal law based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Terra received the Los Angeles County Betty Fisher Award for phenomenal leadership in the field of domestic violence and has been recognized by the National LGBT Bar Association as a Best Attorney Under 40. Terra is a graduate of Pitzer College and Northeastern University School of Law.

Director of Strategic Initiatives Alan Acosta

Alan Acosta is responsible for spearheading implementation of key elements of the Center’s strategic plan. He also oversees Legal Services, Senior Services and Cultural Arts & Education.

Acosta came to the Center from Stanford University, where he served as Associate Vice President and Director of University Communications. As associate vice president, Acosta was the chief university spokesperson and oversaw the Stanford website, news and media relations, external and internal communications and video production. Acosta also served as a resident fellow at Stanford’s Chicano/Latino theme dorm, Casa Zapata, and worked closely with the senior executive staff on a wide array of strategic management and communications issues.

Prior to his tenure at Stanford, Acosta was the deputy city editor of the Los Angeles Times; during his tenure at the Times, he shared in two Pulitzer Prizes awarded to the staff for coverage of the Los Angeles riots and the Northridge earthquake. He also worked as an editor and reporter at the Orange County Register, the Dallas Times Herald and the Hartford Courant.

Acosta has taught journalism at the University of Southern California and creative nonfiction writing at Stanford. He has co-chaired the board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and has served on the executive boards of numerous other organizations, including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists' Association and Kitchen Sisters Productions. He also served on the Center’s board from 1991 to 1996.

Acosta earned a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received a master’s degree in journalism, with honors, from Columbia University. He lives in Los Angeles with his longtime partner, Tom Gratz.

Chief Development Officer Calen D.B. Ouellette, MBA

Calen Ouellette serves to cultivate the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s engagement and fundraising efforts. Ouellette joined the Center in September of 2020 and brings more than 20 years of development and external relations experience to the world’s largest LGBT organization.

Before joining the Center team, Ouellette served in a variety of leadership roles at the University of Southern California. Most notably, Ouellette lead the largest, global fundraising campaign for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC including the USC Divisions of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy and the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy. The record-breaking drives were part of the pioneering $6 billion Campaign for the University of Southern California from 2010 to 2018. In addition to fundraising, Ouellette directed the school’s external relations efforts inclusive of event management, communication, alumni relations, special projects, and student life.

Ouellette earned his bachelor’s degree from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University and his MBA from the Marshall School of Business of USC. Ouellette’s early career consisted of consumer marketing and public relations efforts with notable marcom agencies and well-known consumer brands.

Originally from Montana and the Pacific Northwest, Ouellette has called Los Angeles home for more than 20 years.

CENTER MANAGEMENT GROUP

  • Chief Information Officer Allen Spiegler
  • Co-Director of Health Services Ward Carpenter, MD
  • Controller Miguel Medel
  • Director of AIDS/LifeCycle Tracy Evans
  • Director of Cultural Arts & Education Jon Imparato
  • Director of Children, Youth, and Family Services Lisa Phillips
  • Deputy Director of Development Frank Stasio
  • Director of Facilities Jessica Stoneham
  • Director of Information Technology Services Kevin Powers
  • Director of Legal Services Roger Coggan
  • Director of Marketing & Communications Kelly Freter
  • Director of Mental Health Services Diane Kubrin
  • Director of Nursing Byron Patel, R.N.
  • Pharmacist in Charge Nicole Thibeau, RPh
  • Director of Senior Services Kiera Pollock, MSW
  • General Counsel Cameron Faber
  • Medical Director Robert Bolan, M.D.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • James Alva 
  • Tess Ayers, Secretary
  • David J. Bailey
  • LuAnn Boylan
  • Tad Brown
  • Tamika L. Butler
  • Sarah Dusseault
  • Carolyn A. Dye
  • Susan Feniger, Co-Chair
  • Alfred Fraijo, Jr.
  • Jordan Held
  • Annie Imhoff
  • Marki J. Knox, M.D. 
  • Michael Lombardo 
  • Carlos Medina 
  • Lucinda Moorhead
  • Michael Mueller
  • Michael Ormonde
  • Loren S. Ostrow
  • Jayzen Patria
  • Frank D. Pond, Co-chair
  • Don Thomas
  • Amy Gordon Yanow, Treasurer 

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