J. Dallas Dishman, Ph.D

"Whether in his ongoing work as Executive Director at The Geffen Foundation, or in his many volunteer activities, J.Dallas Dishman is always advocating for the rights of LGBT people." - Nominator Peter Mays, Executive Director of Los Angeles Art Association

J. Dallas Dishman

2014 LGBT Pride Month Local Heroes nominee

Meet J. Dallas Dishman

Title Executive Director
Organization/Business The David Geffen Foundation

  • Executive Director of The David Geffen Foundation, overseeing grant making and philanthropic activities in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Civil Liberties, Cultural Arts, Jewish Community Services, and Healthcare as well as in the LGBT community both locally and nationally.
  • Serves on the board of the Movement Advancement Project, an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
  • Has served multiple years on USC's LGBT Advisory Board and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Lambda Alumni Association which works to create a safe space on campus for LGBT students, address discriminatory policies on campus, and support LGBT students through their scholarship fund.
  • Volunteer with Food Forward, a food gleaning hunger relief agency, and does outreach work with the homeless. Four-time participant in the California AIDS ride; participated in various volunteer opportunities with the LA Gay and Lesbian Center and AIDS Project Los Angeles; and an advocate for LGBT homeless youth. Volunteer with the U.S. Forest Service.
  • Member of West Hollywood's Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and is an adjunct faculty member of Woodbury University. Speaker and guest lecturer on leadership development and civic engagement.
  • While a graduate student at USC, chaired the LGBT Graduate Student Caucus and was instrumental in establishing the University's pioneering LGBT mentor program which has been replicated on college campuses across the U.S. His doctoral research focused on anti-gay violence and anti-gay hate crime.


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