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Urvashi Vaid

Chair, Planned Parenthood Action Fund

New York, NY

Urvashi Vaid is an organizer and strategic advisor with a record of achievement in social justice organization, global foundations, and innovative policy projects.  

She is CEO of The Vaid Group LLC, a consulting practice that advises social justice innovators working to advance equity and reduce inequality.   

Urvashi Vaid was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School and at CUNY Graduate Center, where she researched and developed global and domestic LGBT policy initiatives.   From 2005-2010, Urvashi was Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, a global foundation focused on social justice, LGBT rights and conservation.  Prior to that, she served as Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Unit at the Ford Foundation.  

Over the course of a decade, Urvashi held several leadership positions at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, including serving as its Executive Director. She is a former staff attorney for the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) where she initiated the organization’s work on HIV/AIDS in prisons.  

Urvashi is author of Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics (Magnus, 2012); Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay & Lesbian Liberation (Anchor, 1996) and co-editor, with John D’Emilio and William Turner, of an anthology on public policy history titled Creating Change: Public Policy, Sexuality and Civil Rights (St. Martin's Press, 2000).

She is a founding Board member of LPAC, which builds lesbian political power, and a former board member of the Gill Foundation.  Urvashi is a graduate of Vassar College and Northeastern University School of Law.