All Staff Members
Janson Wu has served as GLAD’s executive director since December 2014, following eight years as a staff attorney and a seven-month tenure as deputy director.
During his time at GLAD, Janson has been deeply involved in the breadth of GLAD’s work, including the rights of LGBT elders, family law and parentage, employment benefits, transgender rights, DOMA, and marriage equality. He served on the legal teams of many of GLAD’s significant cases, including the DOMA challenges Gill v. OPM and Pedersen v. OPM, and the successful asylum case of Ugandan activist John Abdallah Wambere. In 2012, in the case In re Madelyn B, Janson successfully argued before New Hampshire’s highest court that a non-biological lesbian mother should be recognized as a parent.
In addition to his litigation, Janson has been extensively involved in GLAD’s legislative and policy work throughout New England. In New Hampshire and Rhode Island, he led GLAD’s coalition work with local advocacy organizations, legislators, and individuals to pass marriage equality in those states.
In 2012, Janson received the David Carliner Award from the American Constitution Society, and in 2011 he was named one of the Best LGBT Lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. He was also a 21st Century Fellow with the Pipeline Project, which is dedicated to cultivating leadership among LGBT people of color.
Before coming to GLAD, Janson worked as an attorney with Tri-City Community Action Program, a multi-service anti-poverty organization where he provided legal services to low-income people. He also worked as an associate at the litigation law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in San Francisco. Janson has served on the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and on the Legal Committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
Janson Wu is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Gary Buseck has been involved with GLAD in various capacities for more than 35 years, including serving as Executive Director from the fall of 1997 to January, 2004. After spending the bulk of a year working at Lambda Legal in 2004, Gary returned as GLAD's Legal Director, setting legal strategy and supervising GLAD's team of attorneys. Before coming to GLAD, Gary spent twenty years in private practice, and co-founded a Boston law firm focusing on the gay and lesbian community. He received a B.A., a Masters in Religious Education and a J.D. magna cum laude from Boston College. He has recently completed 10 years as an Overseer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Mary L. Bonauto
Civil Rights Project Director
Mary L. Bonauto has served as the Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders since 1990. She has litigated in the state and federal courts of New England on discrimination issues, parental rights, free speech and religious liberty, and relationship recognition. In 2015 she successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic case Obergefell v. Hodges, establishing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.
Mary and two Vermont co-counsel won a 1999 ruling in Baker v. State of Vermont which led to the nation’s first civil union law. She was lead counsel in the groundbreaking case Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which made Massachusetts the first state where same-sex couples could legally marry in 2004. She was also co-counsel in Kerrigan v. Department of Public Health, in which the Connecticut Supreme Court also ruled for marriage; advocated in state legislatures for marriage; and served on the Executive Committee of the 2009 and 2012 Maine ballot campaigns.
Mary led GLAD's federal court challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in Gill v. OPM and Pedersen v. OPM, leading to the first federal court rulings against DOMA, and then coordinated amici briefs for the Windsor case at the Supreme Court. As a member of the legal team in the Michigan marriage case DeBoer v. Snyder, she became the Supreme Court oralist on behalf of the plaintiffs in Obergefell.
Mary’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. She is the Shikes Fellow in Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, serves on an advisory board for the American Constitution Society and has also served as co-chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities.
Mary graduated from Hamilton College and Northeastern University School of Law.
Boston Globe, September 2014: Mary Bonauto's MacArthur Grant - Social Change Takes Genius
New York Times March 2013: In Fight for Marriage Rights, ‘She’s Our Thurgood Marshall’
Buzzfeed, November 2013: How One Lawyer Turned the Idea of Marriage Equality into Reality
Mary Bonauto featured in The Advocate, December 2004
The Boston Globe Magazine's People of the Year, December 2004
Youth Initiative Director
Vickie Henry leads GLAD's Youth Initiative. Vickie joined the legal team as a Senior Staff Attorney in January 2011, after a twenty year history supporting GLAD as a volunteer and co-counsel. She is a skilled litigator who came to GLAD from the law firm Foley Hoag LLP, where she worked for 15 years, becoming a partner in 2002. Vickie focused her career on intellectual property and commercial litigation disputes.
Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Vickie served as law clerk to the Honorable Denise R. Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court. She is admitted to the bar in California and Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, First, and Ninth Circuits, as well as U.S. District Court of Massachusetts and Northern and Central California. From 2006-2008 she served on the MassEquality Board of Directors, and from 2003-2005 was co-chair of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association. She earned her BA from Wellesley College, and her JD from Boston University School of Law.
Henry is the recipient of many honors and awards. From 2009-11, she was Chair of the 1,500- member Commercial Litigation Committee of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, the international organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. She was named one of MA Lawyers Weekly's Top Women of Law in 2012. She received the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association Pioneering Spirit Award in 2008. She received DRI's Davis Carr Outstanding Committee Chair Award in 2011. She has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer since 2004, and was one of five named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as “Up and Coming Lawyers” in 2002.
Senior Attorney and AIDS Law Project Director
Ben Klein is a Senior Attorney and has been the AIDS Law Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) since 1994. Ben has litigated cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts establishing legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and people living with HIV.
Ben was lead counsel in Bragdon v. Abbott, a 1998 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established protection against discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act for all people with HIV. In Massachusetts, Ben won a decision before the Division of Medical Assistance Board of Appeals in 2001 ensuring equal access to liver transplants for HIV-positive individuals under the Commonwealth's MassHealth program. In 2008, he argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court in Kerrigan & Mock v. Department of Public Health, which struck down the state exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage as unconstitutional. He has also been co-counsel in numerous cases involving the rights of transgender persons, including O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, a U.S. Tax court decision ruling that gender reassignment surgery is “medical care” for the purpose of tax deductions, and Doe v. Clenchy, a Maine case that is the first high court decision in the country establishing the right of transgender students to use the restroom consistent with their gender identity.
He is a 1982 graduate of Oberlin College and a 1987 graduate of Boston University School of Law. Prior to joining GLAD, Ben was a litigation associate at the Boston law firms of Kotin, Crabtree & Strong (1990 - 1994) and Gaston & Snow (1987 - 1990). He has been involved in several Boston-area community organizations, including as a “buddy” for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, a Board member of the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association and a founding member of the Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth (BAGLY).
Transgender Rights Project Director
Jennifer L. Levi is the director of GLAD's Transgender Rights Project and a nationally recognized expert on transgender legal issues. She co-edited Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy, the first book to address legal issues facing transgender people in the family law context and provide practitioners the tools to effectively represent transgender clients.
Jennifer has served as counsel in a number of precedent-setting cases establishing basic rights for transgender people, including: O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue which established that medical care relating to gender transition qualifies as a medical deduction for federal income tax purposes; Doe v. Yunits, in which she represented a transgender student denied the right to attend school because of the clothing she wore; and Adams v. Bureau of Prisons, which successfully challenged a federal prison policy excluding medical care for transgender inmates who came into the system without a transition-related medical plan, among many others. She also has worked on a number of high profile family law cases including the Miller-Jenkins case establishing full parental rights for a Vermont civil union spouse and cases in Connecticut and Massachusetts that established the right of same-sex couples to marry.
Jennifer is a law professor at Western New England University. She serves on the Legal Committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and is a founding member of both the Transgender Law & Policy Institute and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.
Jennifer is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Chicago Law School and a former law clerk to Judge Michael Boudin at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Video: Jennifer Levi talks about GLAD's Transgender Rights Project
Video: Jennifer Levi testifies in Massachusetts in support of transgender nondiscrimination protections
Jennifer Levi interviewed in Tapestry Magazine in 2005
Allison joined the GLAD team in April of 2012 after moving from San Francisco, CA where she attended and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2011. Allison was born and raised in Southern California, but moved to Atlanta, GA in 2004 to attend Spelman College where she graduated magna cum laude in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science. As a strong advocate for human rights, Allison has dedicated most of her educational and bourgeoning career pursuits to advancing and promoting human rights issues. Allison conducted human rights research during her study abroad experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina and worked for Bay Area Legal Aid, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center located in San Francisco, CA.
Allison is excited to be part of the GLAD team and to continue advancing important human rights issues in the New England area.
Annie joined GLAD in September 2014. She graduated from Tufts University in 2013 with a B.A. in American Studies and Education. She then spent a year working with Boston middle and high school students, as a City Year Boston corps member and then as a Youth Supervisor at Victory Programs’ ReVision Urban Farm. At Tufts, Annie was a Tisch Scholar for Citizenship and Public Service and wrote her capstone research project about LGBT school bullying. Throughout college, she enjoyed internships with Governor Deval Patrick’s office, Elizabeth Warren's Senate campaign, and MassEquality. Annie hopes that her work with GLAD will be the start of a career dedicated to social and racial justice, and educational equity.
Michelle joined GLAD in September 2014 after graduating from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Sociology and Government & Legal Studies and a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies. After high school, Michelle deferred her admittance to Bowdoin to spend a year teaching HIV-prevention education to middle and high school students in Washington, DC public schools with AmeriCorps City Year. At Bowdoin, Michelle was a founder of Fostering Female Leadership in Youth (FFLY) and The Sex Project. She was also an active member of the Bowdoin Queer/Straight Alliance and the Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention. Michelle conducted independent interview-based research on the role of diversity in LGBT activism. Michelle is excited to be working at the center of the LGBT movement and plans to pursue a career dedicated to social justice.
Brian joined GLAD in May 2014 after graduating from the Ohio State University with a B.S. in Economics. During college, he pursued his interest in international politics by participating in a cultural exchange trip to North Korea and interning at the National Defense University during his sophomore year, where he published a research piece on China’s 2012 defense budget. Brian subsequently spent his junior year studying intensive Mandarin in Beijing, China. On campus, he was involved with the Committee for Justice in Palestine and its efforts to highlight the realities of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. In his spare time, Brian enjoys reading, running, and discovering new cafes. He is eager to contribute his talents to the work of GLAD, and plans to pursue a career in international human rights/LGBT rights lawyering in the future.
Director of Public Affairs and Education
Carisa Cunningham is a long-time non-profit communications professional specializing in AIDS, public health, and LGBT issues. She has been director of public relations for AIDS Action Council (Washington), Wheelock College, and AIDS Action Committee (Boston), and worked in public relations for Gay Men's Health Crisis in the 1980s. She most recently worked for the Harvard AIDS Institute in Botswana, handling communications surrounding the first HIV vaccine trial to take place in Southern Africa. She is a graduate of Oberlin College, and has taught non-profit public relations at Boston University's College of Communications.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Julián Cancino is passionate about education and advocacy for social change. Prior to joining GLAD as the Community Engagement Coordinator, Julián completed a year-long fellowship at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles. Julián is the cofounder and Steering Committee member of FAMILIA: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, a leading national LGBTQ Latino organization. In his spare time, Julián enjoys creative writing. Most recently, his coming out story, “Transgender Today: Julián Cancino,” was published by The New York Times and Hoy Los Ángeles. Julián is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley.
Manager of Integrated Media
Amanda manages web, email, social media, multimedia and print communications for GLAD’s Public Affairs and Education department. Prior to joining GLAD in March 2007, Amanda served for six years as the Managing Director of The Boston Jewish Film Festival, where she oversaw all print and electronic communications, as well as all festival logistics. She first discovered the power of the internet in the mid-90s through her work with the Austin, Texas-based grassroots media training center Women’s Access to Electronic Resources, and through her work designing the first website for the Feminist Bookstore Network. Amanda is a former Board Member of Women in Film & Video/New England, and served as the Programmer/Coordinator for the Boston LGBT Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts from 2005-2009. She holds a Masters Degree in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kenyon is responsible for the coding of the GLAD website, supporting its infrastructure, and working with the Public Affairs & Education Department to develop and deploy new web strategies. He brings to GLAD over ten years experience working in media and education for social change. At Northampton MA's Media Education Foundation, Kenyon edited the classroom video "Speak Up!", a look at bullying and reclaiming safe space for LGBTQ students. Since then, he's worked on commercial, non-profit and municipal websites, acclaimed political documentaries, and some not-so-acclaimed apolitical rockumentaries. Kenyon finally received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2001.
When not at GLAD, Kenyon can be found working at Harvard University's Extension School, or in the balcony of the Brattle Theatre.
Ethan Walker Smith
Public Affairs Assistant
Ethan joined GLAD in November 2014 after graduating from Berklee College of Music with a B.M. in Music Business/Management & Marketing and a minor in Spoken Word Poetry. Before becoming the Public Affairs Assistant, Ethan held an internship in the Public Affairs & Education department, focused on social media and individual project outreach. As a performance poet, he writes on gender identity, transgender issues, and sexuality. Ethan is excited to be at GLAD, and to learn from an organization so dedicated to the core values toward which he would like to dedicate his life’s work.
Public Information Manager
Originally from the Midwest, Daniel moved to Boston in 2013. Daniel earned their MSW in macro social work from Boston University School of Social Work, and their bachelor’s in Philosophy from Stony Brook University in New York. Their main areas of interest are in program planning and evaluation. Prior to joining GLAD in June 2015, Daniel’s work has included suicide prevention services at Samaritans, Inc. where they provided direct support to individuals as well as training and supervision to volunteers. Most recently, their work has focused on increasing educational supports and opportunities to LGBTQ youth and young adults. Daniel is the former student representative for the Boston University School of Social Work Curriculum Committee and the former intern at Stony Brook University’s Center for Prevention and Outreach where they co-created a Safe Space workshop targeted at faculty, staff, and students. They also served as the President of the Stony Brook LGBTA. When not working, Daniel is also an amateur knitter, and an aspiring baker and confectioner!
Development and Operations Assistant
Nikki joined GLAD in December 2014 and will be splitting her time between the Development and Finance & Operations departments, assisting with gift acknowledgement, donor database maintenance, front desk coverage, and office management. Before joining GLAD, Nikki was heavily involved with managing reproductive justice campaigns on her college campus that prioritized the needs and perspectives of LGBTQ students. As Treasurer of the Triota Feminist Activism Community and URGE Chapter Leader, she worked to establish relationships with local and national donors to help support on-campus campaigns and events. She also held a position as the Box Office Associate Supervisor at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center. Nikki has a degree in Political Science with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In her free time she enjoys cooking, live music, stand-up comedy, and dancing.
Louisa “Weezie” Lauher
Weezie joined GLAD in July 2014 after nearly two years working in fundraising, events, and individual giving with BPE, a Boston nonprofit dedicated to preparing effective teachers and achieving educational quality and equity in the Boston Public Schools. Prior to her work in development at BPE, Weezie supported the program department at the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, a public policy advocacy organization committed to ending homelessness in Massachusetts. She has a strong interest in social policy and equity, as demonstrated by her work at BPE and MHSA as well as through internships and volunteer experiences with LGBTQ youth and families, specifically trans* youth and teens, and with communities in the Appalachian region of West Virginia. Weezie graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2010 with a BA in History and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. While not at GLAD, Weezie enjoys reading, cooking, watching live baseball, and exploring Massachusetts’ North Shore, where she lives with her fiancée, rescue “chowder” (border collie-Chow mix), and two cats. She is thrilled to be working at GLAD, and for the opportunity to marry her love of writing and donor relations with her passion for the full, equal rights of the LGBTQ and HIV+ communities.
Johnny joined GLAD in March 2015. As Manager with Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, Johnny helped create the annual golf and tennis tournament as well as the Women's Leadership Award with Harper's BAZAAR honoring Stella McCartney in 2014 and Karl Lagerfeld in 2013. Johnny's previous experience includes working with the Assistant Dean of Field Education at Columbia University School of Social Work and five years of client development at Tiffany & Co. in Copley Place Boston and Fifth Avenue New York. Johnny has served as a docent, family and community volunteer with the New Museum of Contemporary Art and on the board of directors with Visiting Neighbors, a social service agency that provides programs for seniors. Johnny graduated with a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College, a post-graduate diploma from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts cum laude from Boston University.
Assistant Director of Development
Prior to joining GLAD in December 2014, Stephanie was a Senior Development Officer for Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Her prior work includes serving as Development Coordinator for Keshet and as Director of Professional Services at the North Shore Women’s Center. She has volunteered with numerous social justice and advocacy organizations in the greater Boston area, including Ganei Beantown: Boston Jewish Gardens, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, and the Board of GLSEN MA. Stephanie earned a B.A. in Psychology from Florida State University and an M.S.W. in Macro Social Work from Boston University. When not agitating for change and raising money for worthy causes, you can probably find Stephanie gardening, reading, or cooking too much food for friends and family.
David joined GLAD in March 2014. He moved to Boston with his partner after 14 years in Atlanta, GA, where he had an extensive background in HIV/AIDS non-profit agencies and Healthcare. David has worked in event planning, volunteer coordination, client services and process improvement, and has a degree in English and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. In his spare time, he enjoys music, film, theater, art, seeing friends and exploring all the great outdoor activities that Boston has to offer. David is very excited to be a part of GLAD as he follows his passion and returns to a career in non-profit development and fundraising.
Erin Semagin Damio
Erin joined GLAD in January 2014 and is responsible for overseeing gift processing and the GLAD database. Before joining GLAD’s staff, Erin worked in the Development Department at Boston Children’s Museum. Erin has a degree in Journalism with minors in History and Politics from Northeastern University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crew, watching basketball, and cooking.
Chief Financial Officer
Eva is GLAD's Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for operations and finance. She has been at GLAD since July 2005. Prior to GLAD, Eva managed a consulting practice providing interim support, technical assistance and special project work to a variety of non-profits & small businesses. Past employers include: Mass Housing Partnership Fund, Touche Ross & Company (currently Deloitte & Touche) and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.
Eva has over 25 years of combined successful experience in public accounting and non-profit management in wide-ranging capacities including: CFO, controller, treasurer, consultant, auditor, trainer, manager and coach.
Eva is a Rockwood Leadership alumnus and participated in the inaugural cohort of the 21st Century Pipeline project; a year-long leadership training program designed to retain & support leaders of color in the LGBT movement.
Eva currently serves on the Executive Committee of Boston College’s AHANA Alumni Advisory Council and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Movement Advancement Project’s annual CFO Conference. She is a past board member of Provincetown Film Society, The Theatre Offensive, Elizabeth Stone House, Victory Programs and Casa Myrna Vasquez.
She holds an M.S.B.A. in Accounting & Operations Management, from Boston College, School of Management.
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Senior Manager of Operations and Administration
As GLAD's Senior Manager of Operations and Administration, Beth manages human resources, office administration, facilities and compliance for the organization. She holds a Masters Degree in American Studies from Boston College, and since 1999 has been involved in running “Wilderness Heals,” a fundraising hike for the Elizabeth Stone House. She joined GLAD in 1998.
Carol has been working as GLAD's part-time Bookkeeper for more years than she can keep track of, and came on part-time staff as the Business Manager in 2006. She handles payroll, benefits, accounts payable and manages GLAD's bank accounts, along with a variety of other work in the fiscal department.
In her other life, she is a musician.
Bob joined GLAD in 2015. As IT Manager he supports the staff’s computing needs and brings innovative technology to GLAD’s work. Bob previously worked as the IT director for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, focusing on bringing transparency and technical innovation to that agency. He has done software development for non-profits and for an AIDS research project in Tanzania, and has been a long-time political activist including labor and Boston public school parent organizing and work on several campaigns for the U.S. Senate and Massachusetts governor. Outside of work and organizing, Bob is a jazz saxophone player, community concert promoter, music videographer, and occasional composer.