Julie Dorf has been a leader in the LGBT rights movement for twenty years. Julie founded and directed the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) from 1990 to 2000, creating an organization that protects and advances the human rights of all people and communities subjected to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.
In the past decade, Ms. Dorf has worked in philanthropy, serving as the Director of Philanthropic Services for Horizons Foundation, a foundation serving the Bay Area's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community; and as Vice President of the Vanguard Public Foundation. She has extensive experience providing philanthropic advice to individual donors, legacy planning, and donor education.
As an independent consultant, Ms. Dorf has worked for Open Society Institute, Global Fund for Women, Arcus Foundation, and Fenton Communications/J-Street Project. Ms. Dorf currently serves on the board of directors or advisory boards of Human Rights Watch's Women's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch's LGBT Rights Program, Gender PAC, IGLHRC, and PowerPAC.
She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Russian and Soviet Studies. Ms. Dorf has written, spoken, and advocated extensively on social justice issues ranging from reparations for gay victims of the Nazis, Jewish-Palestinian relations, and marriage equality. She lives in San Francisco with her partner Jenni Olson, and their two girls Hazel and Sylvie.