Leadership

Educating, inspiring, and connecting the next generation of LGBT+ business leaders.

In 1998, students from Harvard and Yale Business Schools saw an opportunity to create a space for LGBT+ business students to come together. What started as a gathering of 100 students from six schools has grown into a dynamic set of programs that supports thousands of LGBT+ MBAs and alumni each year.

Leadership

Meet Our Staff

Aidan Currie (He/him)

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Aidan (he/him) has a diverse background in non-profit leadership, management consulting, and digital communications for the world’s largest PR firm. His career has enabled him to work in the UK and continental Europe, Australia, and South Africa.

He initially came to the ROMBA conference as a student in 2010 and returned in 2012 having secured his then-employer Marriott International as a corporate partner.

Prior to joining Reaching out, Aidan spent seven years in the hospitality industry, drawn to its international scope, complexity, and opportunities to engage with a variety of people.

Outside of work, Aidan has long been an active volunteer in several LGBT+ organizations including the NGLCC, Lost-n-Found Youth, and Rainbros. Aidan is a graduate of NYU Stern School of Business and holds a BAH in Politics from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada.

Ashley Mudd (She/her)

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Ashley Mudd (she/her) joins Reaching Out MBA as the Program Director with substantial experience in program development, non-profit leadership, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to Reaching Out, Ashley served as the Executive Director of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana.

Outside of work, Ashley has been an active volunteer in several organizations including the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee for her local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and the PFLAG Lafayette chapter.

Ashley participated in the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy and holds a B.A. degree in sociology from the University of Louisiana. Ashley lives in south Louisiana with her wife and two dogs. For fun, she loves to hike, camp, and attend music and food festivals.

Demetri Sparks (He/him)

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Demetri Sparks began his career in Washington, DC, helping to launch former President Bill Clinton’s signature program, AmeriCorps, after attending Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Demetri has worked diligently in the LGBT+ health space over the past three decades. He has led three different grassroots agencies as Executive Director. He has served in various development positions at diverse LGBT+ organizations as well, including Howard Brown Health (Chicago), AIDS ReSearch Alliance (LA), and PRC (San Francisco).

Most recently, Demetri worked as the Managing Director of Individual Giving at GMHC where he managed all major gifts, direct marketing, and planned gifts. His portfolio included thousands of individual donors, raising over $2 million each year.

Demetri is excited to join Reaching Out as its Development Director. He lives in South Orange, NJ with his husband Josh, son Christopher, and dog Waffles. He enjoys alternative music festivals, international travel, and low-key weekends.

Nick Bailey (he/him)

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Nick Bailey (he/him) is excited to join the Reaching Out MBA team as the Program Manager. Prior to Reaching Out, Nick worked for several years in higher education, serving as Assistant Director of Student Services of the hybrid Master of Science in Finance Program at Georgetown University, and as the Senior Student Success Advisor for the online MBA@Rice program at 2U, Inc. He is passionate about the power of education and enabling students to achieve their definition of success. He has years of experience in program management, higher education, and building strong relationships.

Outside of work, Nick volunteers as an alumni interviewer for the Georgetown Alumni Admissions Program. Nick earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University and he currently lives in Washington, DC with his partner and his 4 year old dog, Sasha. In his spare time, he enjoys trying new restaurants, making trips to the dog park, and traveling.

Julie Miller (She/her)

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Julie’s (she/her) relationship with Reaching Out began with the 2006 ROMBA Conference at the Grand Hyatt in New York City thanks to a referral to one of the student organizers by a friend at Stern.

Julie and ROMBA both relocated to San Francisco in 2007, and following the 2007 Conference, Julie became the permanent Event Producer for the annual conference and other events throughout the year.

Julie’s background is Theatrical Stage Management, Event Production Management, and Fashion Show Production. Past events and activations include clients at Comic Con, New York City Marathon, New York Fashion Week, and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

ROMBA is Julie’s longest standing client, and she is excited to celebrate 15 years with this inspiring group of people.

Meet Our Board

Joaquín Aviñó (He/him)

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Beck Bailey (He/him)

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Paula Cobb (She/her)

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Nikki Ferszt (She/her)

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Jamie Harrell (she/her)

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Boon Lai (He/him)

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Jevan Soo Lenox (He/him)

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TJ Lim (he/him)

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Rob Mark (He/him)

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Luzerne McAllister (He/him)

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Christy O'Gaughan (She/her)

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Perrin Quarshie (He/him)

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Jared Rieger (He/him)

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Jeff Shah (he/him)

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Monne Williams (She/they)

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John Witherington (He/him)

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Liz Zale (She/her)

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Meet Our Advisory Council

Roxanne Hori (she/her)

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Norman Jones (he/him)

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Heather Rae Martin (she/they)

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Jack McCook (he/him)

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James Robertson (he/him)

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Mimi Shih (she/her)

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Evan Weiner (he/him)

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