Richard Burns

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Richard has been connected to Lambda Legal since its early days. In the late 1970s, Lambda Legal sued on behalf of Gay Community News, where Richard was managing editor, challenging a federal prison policy that banned gay publications. In 1980, Richard joined Lambda Legal’s first national board of directors.

Richard Burns is a non-profit management consultant who has served as Interim Executive Director of the Johnson Family Foundation, the North Star Fund, PENCIL, the Funding Exchange, Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Stonewall Community Foundation. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the Arcus Foundation and was Executive Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City for 22 years, from 1986 to 2009.

Richard serves on the boards of directors of the Proteus Fund, the New York City AIDS Memorial Park, the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee and was a member of the Selection Committee of the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for HIV Law & Policy. He served as president of the founding board of directors of GLAD in Boston from 1978 through 1986, and was co-founder of Centerlink.

Richard is a graduate of Hamilton College and Northeastern University School of Law.