Presentation of the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs 2022 | Office of LGBT Affairs
In this Pride season, the Office of LGBT Affairs is proud to announce new and returning members of the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs.
In January 2022, we opened our search process and were delighted to receive almost a hundred applications to join the Commission. Along with their submission, each candidate was thanked for their time and thoughtful responses while the review committee carefully reviewed their application. The review board then invited qualified candidates to participate in interviews, and final candidates to join the board were notified in early spring.
Each candidate, new and old, was asked to sign an acknowledgment of their responsibilities as a member, as well as the policies and procedures of the Commission.
Following their welcome and integration into the Commission, the new members will be officially introduced at the June 3 flag-raising ceremony that will kick off Pride season in Philadelphia.
Members of the Mayor’s Committee on LGBT Affairs are listed below:
Jay Alston* (he/they) – has served on the Mayor’s Committee on LGBT Affairs since 2019. Jay was part of the first cohort of the Mayor’s Officer of LGBT Affairs Leadership Pipeline, a program designed to encourage and train marginalized community members to serve on the boards of local nonprofits and other organizations. After being selected to serve on the Commission, Jay became the Group Secretary and has now served as Acting Commission Chair since May 2021. Jay graduated in 2017 from the University of Delaware with a BS in Business Administration. business. He works as the director of human resources at the Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia’s center for LGBTQ health and wellness. In his spare time, Jay enjoys playing video games (PC and Switch), cooking, and spending time with Mila, his 4-year-old Chihuahua mix. Jay is non-binary, black, Jewish, disabled, fat and fabulous and enjoys serving the community in any way possible.
Chris Bartlett * (he/him) – is the General Manager of the William Way Community Centre. Bartlett is an American gay activist, feminist, educator and researcher. Early in his career, Bartlett served as Director of the SafeGuards Gay Men’s Health Project where he worked to develop programs to meet the health needs of gay and bisexual men on a broader spectrum beyond HIV and AIDS. In 2003 Bartlett, along with activist Eric Rofes, established the Gay Men’s Health Leadership Academy. Bartlett is a longtime leader in the Gay Men’s Health Movement and has participated as an organizer and presenter at numerous gay men’s health summits. During her tenure at the William Way Community Center, Bartlett focused on community development and was a leader in efforts to create housing for LGBTQ+ seniors.
Andrew Clark (he/him) – Andrew Clark is Director of Finance at Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence and has worked in local nonprofits for over 10 years. He has experience in non-profit work for financial literacy, debt relief, public space, civic engagement and youth-focused social work, which he is excited to do. bring to the role of advising the Office of LGBT Affairs in the diverse needs and opportunities of the community.
Dr. RO Corbett (she/they) – Dr. RO Corbett is a Sports Medicine Researcher, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Specialist and Certified Sports Coach. Dr. ROC is committed to promoting diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices with a focus on healthcare and higher education. Dr. ROC explains the need to use empathetic, inclusive and equitable practices to facilitate better outcomes for historically excluded populations. Dr. ROC is originally from New York and has always loved visiting the city of Philadelphia and now, as a resident, looks forward to using her skills to serve the LGBTQIA+ community here in Philadelphia.
Jason Culler (he/him) – Born and raised in the heart of North Philadelphia. The program director for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Division of Public Health in Philadelphia. Also co-founder and CEO of Social Life Entertainment, LLC, an organization that creates a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. Community organizing experience in the Black & Brown and LGBTQ+ communities. A world traveler and an asset. Focus and passion are equal for all.
Peter Andrew Danzig (they) – LSW, MSS, MA, CCPT, CPT is a senior leadership strategist, psychotherapist, author, and DEI (AB) professional in the Greater Philadelphia area. Peter’s research and practice interests are invested in community mental health, theories about adult play and how it frames our social interactions, and trauma-informed work with specifically LGBTQIA+, BIPOC clients and populations. of artists/creatives. Peter’s research and editorials have been featured in Psychology Today, The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Gay News, The Mighty and others. Peter has senior leadership and administrative experience in strategic planning, case management, and organizational psychology in a variety of settings, including hospitals, higher education, and non-profit talent agencies. In 2014, Peter founded Theatrical Trainer, a nonprofit research collective dedicated to social services and the well-being of artists across the country.
Stephanie Haynes* (her) – Stephanie Haynes is the executive director of Philadelphia Family Pride, a position she has held since 2014. Stephanie, his wife, and their twin sons live in West Philadelphia.
Jacqueline Hopkins (her) – Jacqueline Hopkins is a creative, strategic and passionate leader with experience in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), employee relations, EEO and legal. She served as the Director of EEO and Employee Relations at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), where she led their diversity and inclusion initiatives and fostered transformative change. Most recently, she joined Gopuff, the go-to instant delivery platform for everyday essentials, and currently leads their global diversity and inclusion programs.
Izzy ‘Criptastic’ Kaufman (she/they)- is a proud queer person with multiple disabilities and Vice President of Disability Pride PA. For more than five years, they have worked as sex educators in the Philadelphia area and nationally. Izzy enjoys teaching others the beauty of disability identity as well as highlighting the barriers and systems that oppress marginalized people.
Freddy Purnell (he/him/they/them) – Freddy Purnell is currently a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. Freddy graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2020. While attending, he worked as a student advocate and served as chair of The Pride roundtable and student representative on the State College Borough LGBTQ Advisory Committee. After graduating, he was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. Through their involvement with the Philadelphia Commission, Freddy hopes to amplify queer youth voices and positively impact his community!
Franz Utomo (he/him) – Franz is a graduate student in public policy at Temple University. Franz immigrated from Indonesia in 2016, fearing religious persecution due to his sexual orientation. Franz was placed in the foster care system in Philadelphia soon after arriving and has since become a proud member of the community. Franz is committed to advocating for LGBTQ and immigrant communities as well as children and young adults who experience the child welfare system in Philadelphia. He is grateful to the City and the community for welcoming him with open arms.
Casper Voyles (he/him) – Casper has lived in Philly for over 10 years, originally from Minnesota. He is enjoying his recent move to the Fairmount neighborhood, where he lives with his partner and playful pup. Casper has worked in the field of LGBTQ+ health since 2008 and is currently a doctoral student at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, where he focused on studying the participation of sexual and gender minorities in social spaces. social conducive to health. After graduating in June 2022, Casper will work with Drexel’s Urban Health Collaborative as a postdoctoral fellow, focusing on LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace. In the meantime, you’ll likely see Casper grabbing a caffeine at one of Philadelphia’s great local coffeehouses, exploring Fairmount Park, or stocking up on yarn for his next knitting project.
*Denotes a returning member of the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs.