Zakiya J. Lord

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Zakiya J. Lord is a Senior Major Gifts Officer for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving the full recognition of civil rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV.

Before joining Lambda Legal, Zakiya served as the Regional Development and Engagement Officer, for the Astraea Lesbian Foundation where she oversaw a portfolio of donors across the US, with a focus on Chicago, NY, Washington DC and Atlanta.

With over 15 years of leadership experience, Zakiya has led teams of individuals and projects in the nonprofit sector; for private institutions; with local governments, as well as for quasi-non-governmental organizations. Her background is as a clinical therapist, with years of direct service in Alabama; and years of management and consulting experience in Chicago, as well as internationally.

Zakiya proudly hails from the tiny island of Bermuda where she is a founding board member for OUTBermuda, and is currently Deputy Director. Zakiya also serves on the Board of Directors for BYP100 Education Fund. Presently, Zakiya and her wife are raising their young son in Brooklyn, NY and working to create a just and equitable world, where he and others can thrive.

Zakiya earned a M.S. degree from Jacksonville State University, and a B.S. degree from Talladega College.