Director of Development
John Westfall-Kwong is the Director of Development for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV.
Westfall-Kwong is charged with revenue production for the organization through various forms of philanthropy, including but not limited to foundation, corporate, individual, workplace and planned giving. He leads Lambda Legal's efforts to reach out to the members who make it possible for Lambda Legal to be the largest and most effective LGBT legal organization in the country.
Westfall-Kwong works to create partnerships with individuals and corporations who are willing to give their time, services or financial resources to make Lambda Legal's mission successful. Since he joined the team, annual fundraising revenue has grown by over $5 million — achieving a gross income of over $12 million in fiscal year 2010.
Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Westfall-Kwong was the Vice President for Individual Giving & Development Administration at Lighthouse International (an organization whose mission is to help people overcome the challenges of vision loss). He also has extensive experience serving the LGBT and HIV communities as Circulation Director for The Advocate; National Director of Direct Marketing for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR); Southern California Lesbian & Gay Civil Rights Co-Chair for LIFE AIDS Lobby; and an executive committee member for Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride.
Westfall-Kwong obtained a B.S. in Business Administration & Marketing from California State University at Long Beach. Westfall-Kwong is an avid tennis player having won medals in the 1990 and 1994 Gay Games. He and his partner live in New Jersey with their two young daughters. They are both particularly grateful to the courageous Lambda Legal New Jersey plaintiffs (Eileen Opatut and Joan Garry) who helped secure the right to second-parent adoptions for same-sex parents in their state over 15 years ago.