Almost every LGBTQ entrepreneur has encountered unequal access to key resources needed to advance their business. In 2009, Darren Spedale, Bryan Janeczko, Joe DiPasquale, and Lorenzo Thione founded StartOut, an LGBTQ non-profit to promote LGBTQ equality and combat discrimination in the business world. Since then, StartOut has become a champion for the LGBTQ entrepreneurial community providing the resources entrepreneurs need to succeed, promoting the successes of our community, and researching the economic impacts of LGBTQ discrimination.

Board of Directors

  • Vivienne Ming
  • Chris Young
    Vice Chair
  • Ty Sheppard
  • Chris Fraley
  • Alex Capecelatro
  • Andy Wheeler
  • Charles Lorum
  • Chris Sinton
    Chair Emeritus
  • James Bain
  • Jody Michael
  • JT Batson
  • Lindsay Nuon
  • Lorenzo Thione
    Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus
  • Nick Hendra
  • Patrick Grosso
    Chair Emeritus
  • Sayan Gomel
  • Suzanne Killea

Board of Advisors

  • Mike Sullivan
    Chair, Board of Advisors
  • Alex Greenbaum
  • Amy Errett
  • Anne Dorman
  • Bruce Kikuyama
  • Bryan Janeczko
  • Chip Conley
  • Chris Chin
  • Chris Davidson
  • Conor Madigan
  • Darren Spedale
    Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus
  • Dan Davis
  • David Blumberg
  • David Spitzer
  • Gabe Zichermann
  • James Rushing
  • Jared Delaney-Smith
  • Jim Sherman
  • Jory Sandusky
  • Len Lanzi
  • Marie Trexler
  • Mark Lacy
  • Mary Shea
  • Michael Berl
  • Michael Witbrock
  • Mike Schultz
  • Nicole Dogwill
  • Patrick Chung
  • Scott E. Miller
  • Scott Thacker
  • Thomas Gaynor
  • Tom Burke
  • Wasim Ahmad


  • Andres Wydler
    Executive Director
  • Sarah Burgaud
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Tony Uceda
    Director of Development
  • Liz Jones
    Senior Marketing Manager
  • Ben Greenlea
    Program Director, StartOut Index
  • Blake McCammon
    Events & Volunteer Manager
  • Amanda Coopersmith
    Systems & Operations Manager
  • Nizar Fraj
    Program Fellow