Board of Directors
Charley Beal • President
Charley is a lifelong social activist who attended his first civil rights demonstration in Lansing, Michigan in 1962. He is also an award-winning art director for film and television, working with renowned directors including Mike Nichols, Nora Ephron, Ridley Scott, and Gus Van Sant. His film credits include Sleepless in Seattle, First Wives Club, In & Out, Milk and Eat Pray Love. TV credits include Boardwalk Empire, Smash, Gotham, and Power. Beal worked closely with Gilbert Baker beginning in 1994 when he assisted Baker with the creation of the Mile Long Rainbow Flag for Stonewall 25. He continued to collaborate with Gilbert on numerous projects including Worldpride 2000 in Rome and several other pride celebrations around the globe. He would frequently be seen at demonstrations holding one of Gilbert’s infamous political banners
Jay Blotcher • Publicist
Blotcher, a veteran LGBT journalist and activist, served as volunteer publicist for the founding chapters of ACT UP and Queer Nation. For three decades, his PR firm, Public Impact Media Consultants, co-founded with Alan Klein, promoted progressive organizations, artists and projects. Blotcher’s nonfiction essays appear in nine anthologies. He is the editor of the Gilbert Baker memoir Rainbow Warrior.
Bill is a marketing and communications professional with more than twenty years’ experience developing integrated communications for some the world’s most iconic brands. Bill and his team at Ogilvy created the globally recognized and multi award winning “Type with Pride” campaign which introduced the world to ‘GILBERT’, a free font honoring Gilbert Baker and his iconic rainbow flag. Bill is co-chair the Board of Directors for NewFest, New York’s LGBTQ+ Film and Media Organization and believes strongly in the power of bringing communities together
The award winning film and television producer of AMERICAN BEAUTY, MILK and WHEN WE RISE
Michelle Millar Fisher
Michelle Millar Fisher is the Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Michelle, along with Paola Antonelli, was responsible for adding Gilbert’s Rainbow Flag to the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Veteran LGBT advocate and currently Senior Program Director, Gay and Lesbian Rights at the Haas Jr. Foundation in San Francisco
Tim Sanghoon Joung• Chief Financial Officer
Tim is a student at NYU Stern Business School and secretary of NYU Pride Corp. He also interned for the Gilbert Baker Estate in 2018-2019 Assisting in the effort to register the estae as a nonprofit foundation and in the area of trademarking.
Larry Burnett • Chief Digital Officer
Larry Burnett is a seasoned creative marketing and content strategist with over 20 years experience. Larry has helped many brands with their digital strategy including positions as a senior creative at HBO and manger of AOL Music. Larry is recipient of many industry awards from Promax/BDA, CTAM, Webby and Yahoo Music. He also served as President of the Board of Directors for the NewFest Film Festival for 8 years.
Vincent Guzzone • Chief Video Officer
Vincent is a filmmaker and retired New York City firefighter and police officer. As a member of the FDNY he was decorated for his work on the 911 rescue and recovery efforts. Vincent worked closely with Gilbert Baker on an exhibition of Baker’s Map Paintings in Hudson, New York in 2016 and accompanied Baker to the White House in 2016 to present a Rainbow Flag to President Obama. Guzzone‘s film “Love Gilbert” is now playing in the exhibit “Performance, Protest and Politics, The Art of Gilbert Baker” at the GLBT Museum in San Francis