Kerry Ashforth

Interim Director of Programs
New York, New York

Kerry Ashforth

Kerry Ashforth joined the Astraea Foundation in 2019 as Interim Director of Programs. He has worked for over 25 years to protect and promote the human rights of gender and sexual minorities, including by increasing resources dedicated to supporting transgender and intersex communities and issues. Most recently, he managed the Global Equality Fund (GEF), a public-private partnership housed at the U.S. Department of State. With more than 20 government, corporate, and NGO partners, the GEF supports advocates and allies dedicated to protecting and defending the human rights and fundamental freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons around the world. Prior to his work with the GEF, Kerry served as a grants and knowledge manager at the Arcus Foundation, and as an international philanthropy and corporate social responsibility associate at American Express. His work as a community organizer started in Massachusetts, through then-Governor William Weld's Safe Schools Program, where he facilitated anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia trainings for thousands of students and faculty members at schools across the state. He also served as Student Pride Coordinator at GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, helping to strengthen a national network of student activists. Kerry recently completed a sabbatical year, where he studied professional pastry arts at the International Culinary Center. He holds a B.M. in Music Theory and Composition from New York University, and a M.S. in Organizational Change Management from The New School University.