John Tedstrom is a leader at senior levels in government, academia and business, integrating issues of national security, economics and development, and social justice. He served in the White House where he advised President Clinton on Russia and Ukraine, founded and led major international organizations fighting AIDS and other global maladies, and directed research and taught economics and national security policy at RAND and Columbia University.
From 2003-2012 Dr. Tedstrom helped advance the global fight against HIV/AIDS by founding Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS (TPAA), a unique US-Russian-Ukrainian joint venture whose board included leaders in politics, business, journalism and civil society from all three countries. TPAA’s path-breaking programs raised over a quarter billion dollars between 2003-2006 alone to combat AIDS and promote the human rights of people infected and affected by HIV.
In 2006 TPAA merged with The Global Business Coalition and Tedstrom joined his friend and mentor Richard Holbrooke in the fight against AIDS globally. Under Tedstrom’s leadership the organization doubled in size and expanded its mandate to fight TB, Malaria and other diseases. Tedstrom partnered closely with CEOs around the world, as well as the leaders of the UN, The Global Fund, and governments throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as the U.S. and Europe.
From 1992-2002, Dr. Tedstrom was a senior economist at RAND where he participated in and directed studies on U.S. foreign and economic policy toward the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union. From 1995-1999 he was deputy director of RAND’s National Defense Research Institute (NDRI) where he had responsibility for international economics and the former Soviet region. In 1996 he was appointed to lead the research effort of the Pentagon’s initial Quadrennial Defense Review, which was the first high-level strategy effort to focus on asymmetric (terrorist) threats.
From 1999-2000, Dr. Tedstrom took leave from RAND to serve as a Director on the National Security Council staff at the White House. He coordinated U.S. economic and commercial policy for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia and oversaw policy on Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. He also represented the Administration publicly including to the media.
Dr. Tedstrom serves on the Boards of the Victory Fund, Scouts for Equality, and the Global Business Coalition for Education. He is active in Democratic politics and served on the Foreign Policy Committee, LGBT Policy Committee and National Finance Committee for the Obama for President campaign in 2008. He has lived in Munich, Moscow, and Kyiv and earned a Ph.D. in international economics and Russian studies from the University of Birmingham, England. He is the author of dozens of articles; his book, Socialism Perestroika and the Dilemmas of Soviet Economic Reform, was published in 1990. He is certified to teach Primordial Sound Meditation.
J. Bob Alotta is the Executive Director at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, a global foundation based in NYC that provides critical resources to LGBTQI organizations and individuals around the world. Bob is a lifelong activist and an accomplished filmmaker with a track record of leading exponential organizational growth and capacity building through visionary management and fundraising. She builds strong partnerships with diverse communities, grantee partners, donors, institutional funders, and corporate stakeholders.
Bob served for four years as Board Chair of FIERCE, a longtime Astraea grantee partner, helping to build the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth of color. On behalf of the FIERCE Board of Directors, Bob was awarded the Stonewall Foundation’s 2009 Alan Morrow Prize for Excellence in Board Leadership. Bob also served for six years as grant reviewer for Open Square Foundations’ Community Fellowship Program, and has consulted for Swarthmore College, Williams College, WITNESS, and the Prison Moratorium Project.
Prior to joining Astraea, Bob served as Director of Digital Media and Content for Zeitbyte Digital Media and as Director of Digital Technology for Film at the Columbia University School of the Arts. Bob’s documentary and narrative films have aired on Democracy Now, GRITtv, and PBS, and have screened at festivals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.
For nearly a decade, Anthony Hayes has served as a strategic advisor and executive in non-profit, for-profit and government agencies. In June 2014, Anthony was appointed Managing Director of Public Affairs and Policy at GMHC where he leads the public policy and community affairs efforts of one of the nation’s most prominent HIV/AIDS service organizations. Prior to joining GMHC, Anthony was a senior staff member of the Port Authority of NY & NJ where he managed media and communications focusing on highly sensitive issues at the bi- state agency that oversees five airports, six bi-state crossings, the PATH commuter rail system, the nation’s busiest bus terminal and largest seaport operation on the East Coast, the 16-acre World Trade Center site and a 1,600 member police force. In addition, he served as the point person on many key initiatives including implementing recommendations from an agency-wide audit ordered by Governors Cuomo and Christie, managed visits by Heads of State including President Barack Obama, managed crisis situation and breaking news responses, and served as a member of the Emergency Response Team activated by Port Authority’s Office of Emergency Management.
In 2010, Deutsche Bank tasked Anthony with a major global change management initiative to implement a new operating system that transformed and integrated the organization’s IT division. In just 16 weeks, he organized 57 trainings in 10 countries, using 157 instructors and reaching just over 4,000 employees globally. This process secured highly comprehensive buy-in, with 93% of the employees understanding the purpose of the transformation. This program provided an accurate framework for leadership to ensure ongoing success in the new operating system.
While at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Anthony implemented strategies to win historic landmark victories for LGBT Americans including Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, The Matthew Sheppard Act (Hate Crimes Prevention Act) and played a key role in multiple marriage campaigns across the country, including in New York in 2009 and 2011. He drafted and implemented a field plan in New York that not only generated over 77,000 phone calls to New York State Senators but also gathered over 5,600 handwritten letters from businesses, religious leaders, union leaders, and constituents to senators. Throughout the 2008 Presidential election year, Anthony developed, managed and implemented a 13 state electoral program, one of HRC’s top priorities. In a two-day training program called Camp Equality designed to give the LGBT community the tools needed to impact elections in their state, Anthony led a team that trained over 550 LGBT activists. This effort demonstrated the power of the LGBT vote throughout the country and the benefit of electing pro-LGBT candidates to office was seen during legislative battles in 2009 on a state and national level.
In addition to his professional work, Anthony was appointed in 2011 by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to serve as a member of Community Board 4, which serves Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. He serves as a board member for Broadway Impact, the first and only grassroots organization to mobilize the nationwide theater community in support of marriage equality. Anthony has participated in both the AIDS Walk NY and in the seven day, 545 mile AIDS Lifecycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Stephen Massey has served in social sector management positions in the U.S. and abroad for more than a decade most recently as COO and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Next Generation, a non-partisan policy organization that promotes workable solutions for climate change and the threat of diminished prospects for children and families. Over his career, Stephen has gained internationally recognized expertise in building partnerships between businesses and stakeholder groups; community relations; marketing and social media; communications; strategy; fund-raising; staff training and development and program design,
Earlier, Stephen served as Associate Director for Health Communication & Media Partnerships at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation where he helped to develop and manage multi-million dollar partnerships on HIV/AIDS and other health issues with major media companies and retailers in the United States and Central and South America, Africa and Asia.
Prior to his work at Kaiser, he was a co-founder of Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS, a policy analyst for the EastWest Institute, an aide to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and a fellow at the National Security Council. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service at Georgetown University, a master’s degree in international affairs at Columbia University, and was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University.
Matthew Vasilakis is a specialist in LGBT, gender and sexuality issues and a proven leader and advocate in these areas with particular focus on issues pertaining to the Latin/Hispanic communities. He brings a broad range of experience including work with major San Diego non-profits and educational institutions. In 2011 Matthew was elected President of the Delta Lambda Phi fraternity (an international gay, bisexual and progressive men’s fraternity) at San Diego State University.
Among other accomplishments during his tenure as President, Matthew led the multi-campus, nonprofit fraternity to advocate for greater LGBT awareness and social justice at San Diego’s various university and college campuses. He is currently an advisor for the chapter. Matthew has been deeply involved with numerous LGBT-focused organizations in San Diego. At Lambda Archives – the region’s LGBT historical society – he served first as an archival intern, and later (2010-2011) as the Membership Chair.
Between 2010 and 2015, Matthew actively supported The Center San Diego filling duties ranging from staffing events, serving as Center Ambassador and managing the front desk of the largest and most prominent LGBT-run community center in the region.
Matthew earned both his bachelors and masters degrees in history at San Diego State University. His B.A. studies included a focus LGBT Studies. While completing his M.A., Matthew delved into gender and sexuality issues in Latin America; his thesis focused on local economic, and development history. Matthew also served the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park, undertaking research and community outreach to predominantly Hispanic elementary, middle, and high schools.
Matthew was selected to join the 2013-14 San Diego-Imperial County Community College Association faculty internship program, where he worked closely with minority students at Grossmont College. Teaching and education are important to him, and post-graduation, Matthew continues to use knowledge-based strategies to help foster a most just society for all.