Deputy Executive Director of External Relations
Russell Roybal is the Task Force’s deputy executive director of external relations, where he oversees the organization’s fundraising and communications work, including ensuring the Task Force is using its resources strategically to increase the visibility of issues of importance to the LGBT community. He is also the director of movement building for the Task Force, where he oversees the organization's capacity building and leadership development efforts.
Roybal is noted fund-raiser, trainer and LGBT movement leader. He was on staff of the Gill Foundation for over six years, and served as the director of training and capacity building for the Denver-based foundation, whose mission is to secure equal opportunity for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and is the single largest foundation dedicated to LGBT equality. Under his leadership, the foundation's training and capacity building program became a national model, and developed a reputation for excellence.
In spring 2008, Roybal was selected by the Rockwood Leadership Program as one of its fellows in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and advocacy. The Rockwood Fellowship is a multi-year program in which a select group of leaders receive support and training to lead more efficiently, as well as an opportunity to continue building alliances to strengthen the voice and power of LGBTQ communities.
Roybal is also chair of the board and a senior consultant with the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT), a nonprofit training group focused on building the fund-raising skills of people of color and others working for social justice. He is an experienced development professional, having served as development officer and director for local and national nonprofit organizations. He and noted fundraising trainer Kim Klein have a popular new video series on fund-raising, Ready, Set, Raise!
Additionally, he has served in various leadership capacities on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations, large and small, local and national. His areas of expertise include fund-raising, organizational development, and board development. He has worked with hundreds of groups and thousands of individuals, motivating them to get excited about fund-raising. Russell puts the "fun" in fundraising!
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