Leading figures in New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ community: A – E

Lauren Albrecht
N.J. Democratic LGBTQ Caucus

As chair, she has been helping a new generation of candidates capture seats across the state.


Paul Ashley
Bristol Myers Squibb

Serves as director, strategic engagement, global procurement for BMS, where he also is co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council and the LGBTA People and Business Resource Group.


Eddie Baez
Jersey City Pride

Co-producer of the Jersey City LGBTQ+ Pride Festival, this year marks his 10th year as a producer of the event. He is featured in the documentary “Strength Through Visibility: 20 years of Pride in Jersey City.”


Robert Bannon

Well-known entertainer has appeared in numerous venues in the area and on “Saturday Night Live” and “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”


Ryan Blake
BCB Bank

The 32-year-old recently was elevated to chief operating officer and to
the board at BCB Bank.


Reginald Bledsoe
LGBTQ Affairs Essex County 

He heads up LGBTQ+ affairs for Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo.



Genova Burns

A partner in the firm’s Jersey City office, he focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and appellate law.


Chris Budin
Mondelez International 

In addition to being a senior food technologist and a DEI Champion at Mondelez, he also is a U.S. Air Force veteran.


Joseph Cameron
Jersey City Pride

One of the top leaders of Jersey City Pride; he helps organize its annual Pride Festival, among other events and activities.


Jackie Cornell
Planned Parenthood

She is the executive director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of N.J. as well as the chief government relations officer with Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central and Southern New Jersey.


Donnalee Corrieri
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center

Serves as the chief communications and marketing officer at the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital.


Dean Dafis

He is the first openly gay mayor elected in the town of Maplewood.


Michael Dowling
Centenary University

A teacher and coach, he has been an influential leader in equine activities and events for decades.


Todd Evans
Rivendell Media 

A leading expert on HIV/AIDS media in the U.S., he represents most publications in their digital extensions and stand-alone digital media properties for national ad sales.