Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced Feb. 7 that the organization is welcoming three new board members: Joyce Kauffman, Brianna Boggs, and Alix L. L. Ritchie.
“We’re excited to have Joyce, Alix, and Brianna join GLAD’s Board of Directors,” said Board President Dianne Phillips. “They bring with them a long history of advocacy for the LGBT and HIV-positive communities, as well as a broad range of talents and accomplishments. We look forward to working with them.”
Joyce Kauffman is an attorney with Kauffman Crozier LLP in Cambridge, MA. A 1992 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, Kauffman has worked as a psychotherapist and director of an after-school arts program. She was named Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s “Lawyer of the Year” in 2009, and is a member of Boston Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, and the National LGBT Bar Association. Kauffman is also a member of the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ National Family Law Advisory Council, member of the Family Equality Emeritus Board, and a volunteer with Senior Partners for Justice. She has published articles on the importance of legal protections for LGBT families in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Bay Windows.
“I'm thrilled to be joining the GLAD board. Throughout my own legal career, I have admired the work of this organization and I am both flattered and humbled to be invited to join the board,” said Kauffman. “I look forward to the opportunity to make a contribution to the amazing work that GLAD does.”
Brianna Boggs is a Philanthropic Partnerships Officer for the Boston Foundation. She worked in the development department at GLAD from 2005 until 2010, and also served as the president of the board of directors for the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund from 2004-2008. Boggs graduated from Ohio State University in 2002 and also holds a Management Certificate from the Harvard ManageMentor program. She volunteers with Coro Allegro and Innercity Weightlifting.
“I'm thrilled to once again serve an organization that is so close to my heart and proud to be a part of the civil rights history GLAD makes every day,” says Boggs.
Alix L. L. Ritchie is an independent media strategy consultant and a longtime supporter of numerous arts, feminist, political and LGBT organizations. She was the founder and until recently also the owner and publisher of the Provincetown Banner, a community newspaper covering the outer arm of Cape Cod. Prior to moving to Cape Cod, Alix was a public relations professional in New York and was selected by the U.S. Presidential Commission on Executive Interchange to direct a project for the U.S. Treasury Department. A self-described agitator and activist, Alix has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the New England Press Association Newspaper of the Year Award, Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Citizen of the Year from the Provincetown Business Guild and selection as one of the 25 most influential people on Cape Cod. Alix and her spouse, Marty Davis, have been in a committed relationship for 35 years and were married in Massachusetts in 2009 on the fall equinox, to symbolize both personal and political equality. Together, they have received the Distinguished Service in the Arts Award, and in 2010 they were honored to receive the GLAD Community Award.
“I have long been an admirer and supporter of—and cheerleader for—GLAD's effectiveness and focus. I am now honored to serve as a member of the GLAD board and to do what I can to further its mission,” said Ritchie.
For more information, please visit glad.org.