Lyle Matthew Kan

Director of Research & Communications

Lyle Matthew Kan is Director of Research and Communications at Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Lyle oversees the organization’s research into trends, gaps, and opportunities for LGBTQ funding. His reports on the scale and character of LGBTQ grantmaking have been cited by academic journals, think tanks, non- governmental organizations, government agencies, newspapers, blogs, and other media. He also develops and implements the organization’s communications strategy and leads efforts to educate the wider philanthropic field about how LGBTQ communities are affected by a range of grantmaking priorities.

Lyle currently serves on the board of directors for I’m from Driftwood, an LGBTQ story archive that helps LGBTQ people realize they are not alone while also advancing empathy and societal acceptance. He previously sat on the grants review committee for the Queer Youth Fund at Liberty Hill Foundation, which invested approximately $5 million in innovative and effective leadership development and organizing projects that empower LGBTQ youth.

From 2011-2013, Lyle led development and communications efforts at Stonewall Community Foundation. Prior to that, Lyle worked at the Foreign Policy Association and in the private sector specializing in business development and branding.

Lyle holds a B.A. from New York University and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His master’s dissertation focused on contemporary issues surrounding the creation and politicization of “gay” identity in the United States.


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