Board of Directors

  • Gerod Rody
    Gerod RodyBoard President

    Joined (Founder) 2008

    New York, New York

    I’m Gerod Rody, who thought up OUT4S, and now serve as Board President. I’m often the face of the organization, in addition to performing data entry and anything else that needs doing. I initially started this organization to meet great people (and maybe get a date). Since then, OUT4S has evolved into the start of a movement that crosses all sorts of lines to connect the queers and the greens in ways no one thought possible and help redefine the oft-narrowly used term sustainability into something that sparks action toward our vision of a Fabulous Planet.

    During the day I’m in an innovation strategist passionate about connecting future-driven vision with pragmatically optimistic action. With time at ?What If!, Valtech, and other leading agencies, I accelerate innovation strategies, develop new categories, and bring disruptive ideas to life in a range of industries.

    I love thoughtfully sourced food, craft cocktails, dance parties in random places, interactive art, witty and deep conversational walks, smart movies that aren’t devastating, pondering interior design, and traveling places with excellent food and brilliant people.

  • Danny Luong
    Danny LuongSecretary

    Joined 2015

    Seattle, Washington

    I’m Danny Luong, and I am beyond excited to be serving on the OUT4S board. I discovered these mighty fine people through a series of podcasts recorded at their 2014 Fab Planet Summit. These recordings really opened my eyes to the power of community. Particularly, the inherent capacity within the LGBTQ community to imagine change and advocate for it. Because of this, I wanted to help further their mission to create a stronger environmental consciousness in the LGBTQ public.

    I currently work for a cancer consulting firm in Downtown Seattle that help direct cancer patients to therapies that match their specific tumor profiles. With deep appreciation for the planet and all of its inhabitants, I’ve always strived to understand the relationship between the two which lead me to study Environmental Science with a concentration in biology at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

    What always fascinated me most about our biology was how much it was influenced by the environment we live in. Some research I worked on during my time at UWT involved identifying genetic variation between ribbon worms from regions around Antartica.

    In addition to OUT4S, I also serve on the board of Seattle Frontrunners, a gay and lesbian running and walking club in Seattle. As my fourth year on the board, I was elected President to also help steer the organization in a direction that was more inclusive to all people of varying identities and athletic ability. When I’m not writing emails or nose-deep in a textbook, some other interests include marathons, graphic design, vegetarianism, and reading.

  • Lindi von Mutius
    Lindi von MutiusBoard Member

    Joined 2017

    Oakland, California

    I’m Lindi von Mutius, and I’m on the OUT4S Board because I believe it’s important to bring diversity of all kinds to the environmental movement. I fell in love with OUT4S’s mission to make the planet more fabulous, highlighting intersectionality.

    Throughout my adult life, I’ve cared passionately about how we can use environmental solutions to reduce poverty, and to lift up communities that have been marginalized or ignored by lawmakers, polluters, and the environmental movement.

    I was born in Essen, Germany and my family moved to the US 25 years ago. The first time I remember being scared of pollution was when the Chernobyl plant exploded, and by the time I was finishing high school – and an internship in Senator John Kerry’s office – I knew that environmental work would always be a passion of mine. I’ve worked on some amazing projects including waste management in Cairo, great ape conservation in central Africa, rescuing baby sea turtles in Barbados, and harbor clean-ups in Baltimore.

    I’m a lawyer by training and practice, and now work at the Environmental Defense Fund in a non-legal capacity as the Director of Program Management, serving as a chief of staff to our Executive Director. I’m a Vermont Law, Harvard, Williams, and Phillips Exeter grad. That is also the descending order of toughness for the school mascots: fighting swans, a color, purple cows, and a griffin.

    My interests include hiking, skiing, biking, painting, dancing, and making sure my orchids are happy.

Emeritus Board Members

  • Alister Fenix
      Alister FenixBoard Member Emeritus

      2013-2014

      Alister Fenix joined OUT for Sustainability as an energetic contributor, bringing expertise in communications and additional focus to Portland, Oregon and the Trans’ community. He helped plan and hold the inaugural Fab Planet Summit, gave insight into important steps in our strategy and supported national expansion.

    • Ariyah April
        Ariyah AprilBoard Member Emeritus

        2009-2011

        Ariyah April first met OUT4S at GreenFest Seattle in 2009! Over the next 2 years she served as Vice President and Treasurer. She wrote over a dozen articles, sewed napkins, led strategic planning, organized events and advocated for every greater definition of diversity (like not staying only in Seattle).

      • Bart Reynolds
          Bart ReynoldsBoard Member Emeritus

          2011-2013

          Bart Reynolds was one of our early sponsors as the then owner of Poco Wine Room. He came to the organization with a passion for the environment and community systems. He brought quiet wisdom and an easy smile, helping the organization reach its 501(c)3 status and simpler practicalities like a proper PO Box and improved financial systems.

        • Brendan Cook
            Brendan CookBoard Member Emeritus

            2013-2018

          • Chris Kitchen
              Chris KitchenBoard Member Emeritus

              2014-2015

              Chris Kitchen joined the OUT for Sustainability board with deep environmental experience and passion. He brought this wisdom and his calm enthusiasm to support strategic decisions, particularly around the newly adopted national strategy.

            • Cory-James Clouse
                Cory-James ClouseBoard Member Emeritus

                2009-2011

                Cory James Clouse was one of our first volunteers, tabling at GreenFest in 2009. Since then he served as Treasurer, Secretary and founded the Finance Committee. He wrote our initial bylaws, incorporated us as a registered Charity and worked extensively to ensure our organizational sustainability.

              • Cynthia Buhr
                  Cynthia BuhrBoard Member Emeritus

                  2011-2013

                  Cynthia Buhr was more than just the first lawyer on the OUT4S board. She brought an ability to see the implications of any decision, getting into the gritty details of strategy and logistics. Her expertise in organizational development resulted in board insurance, revised and realistic bylaws, and a stronger application for our nonprofit status.

                • Elan Keehn
                    Elan KeehnBoard Member Emeritus

                    2009-2013

                    Elan Keehn was one of the early OUT4S board members, discovering the organization quickly after moving back to Seattle and quickly making an impact. She nurtured the team of board members and volunteers, actively involved with Earth Gay, Coming Out Local, and many other projects. She advocated for youth involvement leading to more all-ages events and targeted outreach.

                  • Jennifer Frey
                      Jennifer FreyBoard Member Emeritus

                      2013-2016

                      Jennifer Frey was one of those special volunteers you knew would fundamentally change and unabashedly support the organization with all her insight, energy and enthusiasm. She was just that as a board member, instrumental in launching Earth Gay in new markets while leading the charge for Earth Gay in Seattle. She amped the volume on education and advocacy, while holding our mission and vision center to our strategy to reposition national expansion. We couldn’t have gotten this far without her.

                    • John Carroll
                        John CarrollBoard Member Emeritus

                        2012-2013

                        John started out as the project manager of Coming Out Local, the first big event we’d ever done. His wry humor and can-do attitude took our ambition into reality. The improvements made from that event brought OUT4S to another level of excellence and his background and skill enhanced the board with the ability to scale and refine our mission and execution.

                      • Joseph (Joey) Kim
                          Joseph (Joey) KimBoard Member Emeritus

                          2017-2018

                        • Judi Brown
                            Judi BrownBoard Member Emeritus

                            2014-2017

                          • Julian O’Reilly
                              Julian O’ReillyCo-founder, Board Member Emeritus

                              2008-2013

                              Julian O’Reilley is a key reason OUT for Sustainability ever came into being. Her roles ranged from co-founder with Gerod, planning events and making connections, to engaged board member advocating for ever higher standards of practice and alignment with our mission. Julian served on the board (the one she helped create) for our first five years and helped launch every major program in those first few years.

                            • Matt Landers
                                Matt LandersBoard Member Emeritus

                                2012-2014

                                Matt Landers began volunteering with OUT4S on our ambitious Greener Pride global best practices resource project. His insight into policy, his determination to do things well, his cheerful attitude and sharp wit all proved wonderfully valuable on the board during our greatest period of growth yet, both in organizational development and programming.

                              • Melanie Coerver
                                  Melanie CoerverBoard Member Emeritus

                                  2010-2014

                                  Melanie Coerver is a tireless champion of new ideas and big adventures. She led the growth of Earth Gay from 100 folks to 175, to 300 to multiple cities and left off with the vision of Earth Gay as another way to show pride around the globe as an ongoing program. Her big smile and boundless enthusiasm made the organization stronger, expanded our volunteer base and invigorated the board with delicious meals at her beautiful home.

                                • Ryan Hawkes
                                    Ryan HawkesBoard Member Emeritus

                                    2011-2013

                                    Ryan Hawkes came to OUT4S through the Coming Out Local dinner as a key volunteer in 2010. He brought us new level of due diligence asking “why” for every new idea, serving as board secretary, and bridging our big vision with practical steps to get there. Ryan’s advocacy for diversity, process, and team development made OUT4S stronger, as did his successful management of Greener Pride in 2013.

                                  • Ryan Hicks
                                    Ryan HicksBoard Member Emeritus

                                    2014-2016

                                    As board treasurer, Ryan retooled our financial processes to make them more intuitive and useful, while keeping us on track with forms, mail and the other details necessary in a well-run organization. Never afraid to ask “why,” Ryan thoughtfully challenged new ideas in order to make them stronger, keeping our capacity central without loosing sight of our potential.

                                  • Scott Lansing
                                      Scott LansingBoard Member Emeritus

                                      2010-2011

                                      Scott Lansing moved to Seattle, googled “green gays,” found OUT4S and started volunteering. After helping with every single thing we did for months, it was only natural that he apply to the board. He has served as Secretary, helped organize events like Earth Gay 2010 and advocated for the highest integrity in every action we undertake.

                                    • Shehreen Johnson
                                        Shehreen JohnsonBoard Member Emeritus

                                        2016-2019

                                      • Tamara Zakim
                                          Tamara ZakimBoard Member Emeritus

                                          2017