Task Force Movement Building Director Russell Roybal named Rockwood Fellow in LGBTQ Community and Advocacy

May 15, 2008

Pedro Julio Serrano, Communications Coordinator
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WASHINGTON, May 15 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force proudly announces that Movement Building Director Russell D. Roybal has been chosen 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.

“I have seen Russell evolve and develop as a leader since he was a young activist. This fellowship is a culmination of years of hard work and dedication to the LGBT movement,” said Rea Carey, acting executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “Russell has a calling for this work and the Task Force is proud that one of our own leaders will participate in this coveted fellowship.”

Roybal joined the staff of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force as director of the newly created Movement Building department, which oversees the organization’s capacity building and leadership development programming, including the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.

Roybal got his start in the LGBT movement on his campus, San Diego State University, where he was president of the LGBT Student Union. He founded Pride Through Education, the first college-recruitment conference in the nation that was targeted at LGBT high school students.

He was among 25 other young people from around the country selected to attend the Task Force’s first Youth Leadership Training Institute. Roybal then became the assistant director of development at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. He also joined the board of directors of the Task Force as its youngest member, where he went on to become chair of the board development committee and secretary of the board.

Roybal was development director at the National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organization (LLEGO) in Washington, D.C. He was then recruited to the staff of the Gill Foundation, where he rose through the ranks, eventually becoming director of training and capacity building, the signature program of the foundation. Under his tenure, the program received numerous accolades, including being named Outstanding Foundation of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for its innovative capacity building initiatives.

Roybal is also the chair of the board of directors of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training, which focuses on increasing the number of people of color in fundraising, and he is a member of the board of directors of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

About the Rockwood Fellowship Program: The Rockwood Fellowship Program is a multi-year program for experienced non profit advocates which supports strategic, sustainable and collaborative leadership on key issues in the United States. It promotes social change through delivering expert tools in organizational leadership and collaboration to progressive non profits. For more information, please visit

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.