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.


Meet Our Staff

Aidan Currie (He/him)

Executive Director LinkedIn

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)

Program Director LinkedIn

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.

Nate Wambold

Interim Director of Development LinkedIn
Nate is excited to join the ROMBA team as the Interim Director of Development. He brings with him more than a decade of Association Management experience leading teams in events, marketing, membership, strategic planning, and development. He is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) where he chairs the Young Professionals Advisory Committee.
Nate lives just outside of Washington, DC in northern Virginia. In his free time, you can catch him hiking and camping along the Appalachian Trail or testing out new cooking, baking, and cocktail recipes.

Julie Miller (She/her)

Event Producer (Contractor) LinkedIn

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 12 years with this inspiring group of people.

Meet Our Board

Joaquin Avino (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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Boon Lai (He/him)

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Jevan Soo Lenox (He/him)

Secretary, Head of Governance Read Bio

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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Monne Williams (She/they)

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John Witherington (He/him)

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Hannah Yankelevich (She/they)

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Liz Zale (She/her)

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Meet Our Advisory Council

Roxanne Hori (she/her)


David Jansen (he/him)


Norman Jones (he/him)


Heather Rae Martin (she/they)


Jack McCook (he/him)


James Robertson (he/him)


Mimi Shih (she/her)


Evan Weiner (he/him)