Matt Foreman is director of Gay and Immigrant Rights Programs at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund in San Francisco. The Haas, Jr. Fund has been the largest non-gay foundation funder of the movement for gay and lesbian equality, making over $60 million in grants since 2000. It was the first foundation — gay or straight — to support marriage equality. The Fund is also a leading supporter of immigrant rights, both nationally and in California, investing over $40 million since 2005. Before coming to the Fund, he led a national, a statewide and a local gay organization – the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (2003 – 2008), the Empire State Pride Agenda (1997-2003), and the New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (1990-1996).
A graduate of NYU School of Law, Matt is a founder of Heritage of Pride, the organizers of New York City’s annual LGBT pride events, and a former member of the New York City Human Rights Commission. He and his partner of over 20 years, Francisco De Leon, were married in California in 2008.