Executive Director, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Social Justice
Katherine Acey became the executive director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice in 1987, after serv- ing on its board for four years. Of Astraea, which provides advocacy and financial support for LGBT organizations throughout the U.S. and internationally, Acey says, “We’re a kind of a feminist, social justice hub that connects grantee and donor partners in a global network to achieve social, racial, economic and gen- der justice.” Acey grew up in a working class Lebanese-American family. “I actu- ally considered becoming a nun in order to make a difference.,” says the Catholic school graduate. “Instead, I moved to NewYork City, came out as a lesbian, and dedicated my life to activism and work in nonprofits.” Her longtime involvement with feminist and LGBT issues led her to work in various capacities with organiza- tions such as the Human Rights Watch LGBT Program Advisory Committee, the Center for Anti-Violence Education and the Steering Committee of the Global Philanthropy Project: Expanding Resources for LGBT People.