It’s with great pleasure that we introduce three new members of the OUT for Sustainability Board of Directors. They were approved for their diversity of perspective, passion for queer sustainability and the excellence of their experience. OUT4S accepts applications throughout the year to join the board, with two-year terms starting in the summer and winter. To learn more, email Board President, Gerod Rody, at firstname.lastname@example.org. A full set of board profiles is available at out4s.org/discover/board.
San Francisco, CA
I’m Judi Brown and, as a self-proclaimed champion for social sustainability, I feel very much aligned with the OUT4S vision of a Fabulous Planet. I’m a social impact strategist based in San Francisco, where I earned a Master’s degree in Sustainable Public Administration and Policy at Presidio Graduate School in 2013. My primary fields of expertise are in impact investing, corporate philanthropy and sustainable international development, mostly working at the intersections of climate change, women’s empowerment and financial inclusion. I am currently in the process of starting my own consultancy.
Along with my professional background in nonprofit management and strategic planning, I spent several years engaged in grassroots political and community organizing in and around various LGBTQ communities. While at Presidio, I was Co-Chair of the Q-Sustainability club, which worked to educate our fellow classmates around the intersections of these movements while providing space and visibility for LGBTQ students. As such, I feel fortunate to be able to work with OUT4S on further articulating the inextricable nature of social, environmental and economic systems.
An avid recreational and urban cyclist, I can most likely be found on a bicycle, seeking out new opportunities and connections. I have also recently taken up playing the ukulele and will happily take song requests as soon as I learn a few more chords.
I’m Chris Kitchen and while I am new to OUT4S, I have a longstanding commitment to the environment. I am an environmental scientist that has worked for the government and private industry. My career usually keeps me at a crossroads where science, regulation, and ethics meet. Originally from Texas, I studied Environmental Science and Religion at Baylor University then moved to Scotland where I received my MSc in Ecology and Ethics. I am continually fascinated by the process of using ones cultural and religious background in their environmental decisions. Being part of the diverse and vibrant LGBTQ community we are uniquely situated and acutely aware of our place in the community and in prime position to affect change.
As an avid rower, gardener, tailor, and outdoorsman, I love exploring the Pacific Northwest’s urban and natural environments. I am very excited to be part of this organization and looking forward to contributing to the vision of OUT4S.
I’m Caity Rock, OUT for Sustainability board member based in Seattle with roots in San Francisco and Los Angeles. I have been out and involved with the LGBTQ community since volunteering at my first West Hollywood Pride in 2007. I graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2013 with a Master of Communication in Digital Media degree with a solid focus on LGBTQ visibility using the online and digital space as a platform of connection, inclusion, and conversation. Presently I work as an Account Executive with the full-service public relations firm, The Fearey Group.
I am passionate about preserving natural resources. I am an avid fan of urban gardens, small-scale farms, plus backyard bees and chickens. I believe food justice is a basic human right that we should all have access to produce and share quality food together. Powerful conversations and change can happen when we break bread together. I would like my time spent with OUT for Sustainability advocating for issues as varied as body positivity, Earth Gay, Greener Pride, empowering others to get dirty in a community garden, and exploring issues of everyday sustainability practices.