DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & COMMUNICATIONSlyle@lgbtfunders.org
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.