Alexander Lee

Project Director, Grantmakers United for Trans Communities

Alex Lee joined Funders for LGBTQ Issues in 2017 as its inaugural Program Director for the Grantmakers United for Trans Communities program. An attorney, community organizer and filmmaker, Alex is the founding Executive Director of the Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), a community-based legal services and policy organization based in San Francisco that works to end the abuse of transgender people in prison. Prior to joining Funders, Alex was a public interest career counselor for law students at UC Berkeley School of Law. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Astraea Foundation and as a grantmaking panel member for the Saguaro Fund of the Funding Exchange. He is currently a Board member for Borealis Philanthropy.

As a filmmaker, Alex co-founded the all-queer and trans filmmakers of color production collective Light Show Pictures in 2014. Alex seeks to use mass media to further his activism by sparking conversations with the larger public on complex issues such as alternatives to the prison industrial complex and a world without borders. Alex is a former Soros Justice Fellow and received his JD from UC Berkeley School of Law.


Former Board Chairs

Stuart Burden
Evette Cardona
Nicole Cozier
Joan Garner
Ernie Guitierrez
Andrew Lane
Lina Paredes
Cindy Rizzo
Tim Sweeney
Karen Zelermyer

Board Alumni

Katherine Acey
Ignatius Bau
Bettye Brentley
Rohit Burman
Maria Cadenas
Steve Cheifetz
Robert Crane
Christina Cuevas
Masen Davis
Moy Eng
John Feather
Charlie Fernandez
Michael Fleming
Charisse Grant
Audrey Haberman
Kris Hermanns
James Garner
Ellen Gurzinsky
Joo-Hyun Kang
Jesse King
Andrew Lane
Steven Lawrence
Ted Lord
Pat Maher
Antonio Maciel
Mary Lou Makepeace
Jason McGill
Len McNally
Hez Norton
Judy Patrick
Katherine Pease
Morris Price
Shad Reinstein
Cindy Rizzo
Ron Rowell
Dolores Roybal
Phillip Rush
Jane Schwartz
Michael Seltzer
Mitchell Singer
Maryann Snyder
Alvin Starks
Patricia St. Onge
Tony Tapia
Nathaniel “Toby” Thompkins
Patrick Troska
Gwen Walden
Alfonso Wenker
Penny Fujiko Willgerodt

Former Chief Executive Officers

Nancy Cunningham
1992-2005

Karen Zelermyer
2005-2012

Richard Burns
Interim Executive Director
2012

Board & Staff


Former Board Chairs

Stuart Burden
Evette Cardona
Nicole Cozier
Joan Garner
Ernie Guitierrez
Andrew Lane
Lina Paredes
Cindy Rizzo
Tim Sweeney
Karen Zelermyer

Board Alumni

Katherine Acey
Ignatius Bau
Bettye Brentley
Rohit Burman
Maria Cadenas
Steve Cheifetz
Robert Crane
Christina Cuevas
Masen Davis
Moy Eng
John Feather
Charlie Fernandez
Michael Fleming
Charisse Grant
Audrey Haberman
Kris Hermanns
James Garner
Ellen Gurzinsky
Joo-Hyun Kang
Jesse King
Andrew Lane
Steven Lawrence
Ted Lord
Pat Maher
Antonio Maciel
Mary Lou Makepeace
Jason McGill
Len McNally
Hez Norton
Judy Patrick
Katherine Pease
Morris Price
Shad Reinstein
Cindy Rizzo
Ron Rowell
Dolores Roybal
Phillip Rush
Jane Schwartz
Michael Seltzer
Mitchell Singer
Maryann Snyder
Alvin Starks
Patricia St. Onge
Tony Tapia
Nathaniel “Toby” Thompkins
Patrick Troska
Gwen Walden
Alfonso Wenker
Penny Fujiko Willgerodt

Former Chief Executive Officers

Nancy Cunningham
1992-2005

Karen Zelermyer
2005-2012

Richard Burns
Interim Executive Director
2012


Former Board Chairs

Stuart Burden
Evette Cardona
Nicole Cozier
Joan Garner
Ernie Guitierrez
Andrew Lane
Lina Paredes
Cindy Rizzo
Tim Sweeney
Karen Zelermyer

Board Alumni

Katherine Acey
Ignatius Bau
Bettye Brentley
Rohit Burman
Maria Cadenas
Steve Cheifetz
Robert Crane
Christina Cuevas
Masen Davis
Moy Eng
John Feather
Charlie Fernandez
Michael Fleming
Charisse Grant
Audrey Haberman
Kris Hermanns
James Garner
Ellen Gurzinsky
Joo-Hyun Kang
Jesse King
Andrew Lane
Steven Lawrence
Ted Lord
Pat Maher
Antonio Maciel
Mary Lou Makepeace
Jason McGill
Len McNally
Hez Norton
Judy Patrick
Katherine Pease
Morris Price
Shad Reinstein
Cindy Rizzo
Ron Rowell
Dolores Roybal
Phillip Rush
Jane Schwartz
Michael Seltzer
Mitchell Singer
Maryann Snyder
Alvin Starks
Patricia St. Onge
Tony Tapia
Nathaniel “Toby” Thompkins
Patrick Troska
Gwen Walden
Alfonso Wenker
Penny Fujiko Willgerodt

Former Chief Executive Officers

Nancy Cunningham
1992-2005

Karen Zelermyer
2005-2012

Richard Burns
Interim Executive Director
2012