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A Wider Bridge’s Tyler Gregory to open East Coast AWB Office in NYC


A Wider Bridge is excited to announce that Director of Programs and Development Tyler Gregory will be moving to New York in November to open and run the East Coast office of AWB. The move continues A Wider Bridge’s geographic expansion, adding a third regional office, in addition to the organization’s West Coast headquarters in San Francisco, run by Executive Director Arthur Slepian, and our Midwest office in Chicago, run by Midwest Programs and Operations Manager Laurie Grauer. Yanir Dekel, our Online Outreach Manager, is based in Los Angeles.

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In Tye’s own words: “For the past five years in New York, A Wider Bridge has run programs, built partnerships, and recruited local LGBT leaders for our trips to Israel, all in support of our mission to build and deepen LGBT connections with Israel. This move is the right step and a big step forward for the organization, given the vibrant community here in New York and our growing efforts across the Eastern Seaboard, from Toronto and Montreal to Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Miami. I am honored to be able to grow our movement across the East Coast.”

Arthur Slepian, AWB Executive Director, adds: “I am excited about this next important stage in our organization’s development, and proud that we have someone of Tye’s caliber to lead this effort in bringing our work to cities across the East Coast.”

Tye can be reached in New York City at tyler@awiderbridge.org or 1 866 288 5774 x2.

Introducing our New Board Members

Justine Apple (Toronto) is the Executive Director of Kulanu Toronto, Toronto’s leading LGBT Jewish organization. Justine has been running Kulanu Toronto with skill and passion since 2008, overseeing all aspects of the organization, from event planning, increasing awareness of the organization both locally and internationally, and strengthening relationships with Jewish organizations and synagogues across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. In 2012, Justine was one of 23 Jewish leaders selected to participate in The Joshua Institute for Jewish Communal Leadership run by UJA Federation. In 2013, Kulanu Toronto was accepted as the newest resident of Genesis: UJA Federation’s Centre for Jewish Innovation. Justine is a Board Member of Congregation Shir Libeynu and CIJA’s (The Center for Israel and Jewish Public Affairs) Local Partnership Council. Justine holds an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University (double majoring in Fine Arts and Psychology) and a Bachelor of Education from OISE, University of Toronto.

Vincent Jones (Los Angeles) is an innovative connector with a passion for finding creative solutions and a lifelong commitment to progressive social change.  His career spans the worlds of philanthropy, non-profits, politics, and new media.  Vincent leads Reinvent Communications, a Los-Angeles-based social impact firm he founded in 2012. Prior to his current role, Vincent led LGBT grantmaking, training, and convening strategy at the Liberty Hill Foundation as Deputy Director of Campaigns and Senior Program Officer, was Executive Director of a non-profit working at the intersection of HIV/AIDS and incarceration, led a youth civic engagement project for California Common Cause, served as LA County Field Representative for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and worked in senior positions in her 2004 and 2010 campaigns as well as those of other statewide, federal, and local campaigns.  He is a Mayoral appointee to the City of Los Angeles’ Innovation & Performance Commission and is an active member of a few non-profit Boards.  Vincent has a B.A. in history from Swarthmore College, where he was a Eugene M. Lang Scholar for Social Action and a Public Policy & International Affairs Fellow. He was also awarded a Dean’s Award at graduation for his contributions to the campus community.

Alan Schwartz (New York)  is a strategic management and finance professional with over 25 years of experience in the private, governmental and nonprofit sectors. He is currently the principal of AGS Associates, which advises clients on strategic development, restructuring and financing. In addition, Alan serves as a trustee of private trusts and foundations. He previously served as Executive Director of the Architectural Conservation Trust and Historic Massachusetts Incorporated. Alan has also held leadership positions in numerous local, state, and national entities including Commissioner of the Public Facilities Commission and Chairman of the Boston Landmark Commission. Alan has long been active in the Jewish and LGBT communities of both Boston and New York City.  Among his many awards and distinctions, the City of Boston designated Alan a “Special Boston Landmark.”

Meet our Board of Directors