Clarence Patton is the Founder, Developer and Director of the Pipeline Project and is most responsible for the Project's funder relations, organizational change work, and 21st Century Fellows Program. From November 2005 through January 2008, Mr. Patton was the Executive Director of both of the New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, and Acting Executive Director of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. During his tenure, he successfully leveraged $750,000 for LGBTQ domestic violence services and programming at the Anti-Violence Project and 13 other agencies across New York State and also oversaw almost all steps of the now-completed merger of the Anti-Violence Project with its national coalition. Before assuming these dual roles, Mr. Patton was Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the Anti-Violence Project. In this role, he was responsible for creating the department and ultimately expanded staffing to five FTE, and acted as secondary and often primary spokesperson for organization to media and community. He also managed and expanded numerous government and private foundation resources including writing and managing all solicitations to elected officials for member item funds and held creative oversight and managed distribution of an ongoing public service advertising campaign and coordinated all public relations and external communication efforts. He created the first-ever statewide LGBTQ Domestic Violence Network in New York and developed and implemented comprehensive strategies to improve agency outreach to, work with and staff recruitment in people of color and transgender communities. Mr. Patton was also instrumental in developing and implementing a new agency focus on developing public policy initiative efforts, and oversaw, executed and/or initiated programming that included: significantly enhanced and improved volunteer recruitment, retention, and education initiatives; the creation of a new Youth Anti-Violence Initiative; the development of Anti-LGBT violence in the workplace trainings, curricula, presentations and employee protections analyses. From August 1996 through December 1998 he was the Anti-Violence Project's Director of Development. During that time he oversaw and/or executed all aspects of the organization's fundraising activities and supported the growth of the organization's operating $850,000 to almost $1.2 million. Mr. Patton also created the organization's direct mail and membership program. Before arriving at the Anti-Violence Project, he was Program Coordinator at the Empire State Pride Agenda, New York State's lesbian and gay lobbying group and political action committee. As Program Coordinator, he was the organization's primary contact for people of color communities in New York City and all community groups in Upstate New York, where he traveled extensively working on the Pride Agenda's efforts to organize the state's lesbian and gay community around political and legislative issues. For three years, Mr. Patton was Chair of the Board of People of Color in Crisis (POCC), an advocacy and service agency in Brooklyn primarily serving men of African descent living with or at risk for HIV and AIDS, and he currently serves on the Boards of Gay Men's Health Crisis and Willoughby Walk Cooperative Apartments. At Cornell University where he studied Urban and Regional Studies, he was active both in community work in the City of Ithaca as well as the Cornell Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Coalition. While at Cornell, he was also the head of Gays, Bisexuals and Lesbians of Color (GBLOC). Mr. Patton resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Paula Morris is Program Director of the Flexible Leadership Investments Program, which is a partner with the Pipeline Project on the development and design of the 21st Century Fellows Program. The vision of Paula and the FLI - along with the generosity of the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund were instrumental in the Program's founding. The FLI remains an important thought partner for Pipeline and the 21st Century Fellows Program.
She has worked with the FLI program since its inception in 2005, responsible for the design and implementation of coaching, consulting, training, and peer learning opportunities to strengthen the leadership capacity of the staff and board of organizations that are grantees of the Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund.
Michael Bell is a key member of the Pipeline Project's 21st Century Fellows Program Faculty. He is the CEO and President of InPartnership Consulting, an organizational development and strategic change firm that assesses, designs and delivers programs that foster inclusive, innovative and effective work environments in which leadership and teamwork can flourish.
Suzanne has been focused on strengthening the voice of civil society organizations in Canada and overseas for over fifteen years. As a facilitator, workshop leader, coach and campaign consultant, she has worked with hundreds of non-profit organizations in that time. Her clients have ranged from the World Wildlife Fund and LEAD International to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, as well as dozens of grassroots social justice organizations and movement-wide coalitions. Suzanne is driven by a passion for supporting the inherent power, skills and wisdom in social change leaders and organizations. Her training and consulting work also focuses on direct and third party political engagement. She is a volunteer trainer with the Women’s Campaign School, and the co-founder of Organizing for Change, a movement-level environmental initiative focused on building public and political salience in British Columbia. Suzanne is a principal with Convergence Strategies, and sits on the Board of Smart Growth BC and three modern dance companies. She lives with her partner and their two boys in Vancouver, Canada.
Suzanne co-facilitates the Art of Collaborative Leadership, as well as additional learning modules during the 21st Century Fellows Program.
Eva Young is an organizational development practitioner who designs and delivers strategic interventions for profit and non-profit organizations interested in creating high performing, inclusive and culturally effective workplaces. Eva specializes as a project manager responsible for implementing national diversity programs. She also has expertise in leadership, coaching, retreat and group facilitation, train the trainer workshops, and team building and development. She has over 17 years of experience in achieving long-term, sustainable change by working at all levels of an organization.
Based in Washington, DC, Eva is a founding member of the Diversity Leadership Forum, and a member of the International Coaching Federation. Eva is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. She holds a Master’s degree in Social and Organizational Learning from George Mason University and is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Community Fellow.
Eva joins Pipeline at the Art of Collaborative Leadership and co-facilitates the 21st Century Fellows Programs’ two subsequent retreats.
L. Andrés García (Andy)
Andy is an expert in the areas of diversity, leadership development, health promotion, and LGBT movement organizing, and after leaving as staff of The Pipeline Project, primarily works with Pipeline Consulting on our organizational change work, but also works as a Plan Consultant for the 21st Century Fellows Program.
For over 15 years, his work on a wide range of social justice issues has impacted government officials, young people, attorneys, educators, healthcare providers, youth-service workers, and civil rights advocates. He is personally and professionally committed to the ideal of a just society.
Prior to joining both Pipeline Consulting and The Pipeline Project, Andy was Associate Director of Diversity for Massachusetts Legal Services and led efforts to diversify and increase the cultural competence of the 23 organizations providing civil legal services to low income residents throughout Massachusetts. He designed and facilitated close to 30 workshops on topics including oppression and privilege, harassment prevention, and the recruitment and retention of people of color. For this position, Andy drew from prior experience working in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of New Hampshire.
Andy lives in Washington, DC.
Kathleen LaTosch (Kat)
Like Andy, Kathleen primarily work with The Pipeline Project on our organizational change work. She has also managed our Next Wave Intern Program when it was active.
In addition to working with Pipeline Consulting, Kathleen also serves as a Special Projects Consultant for Affirmations, Metro Detroit’s community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. A leader in Michigan’s LGBT community, she has served in a variety of roles over the past 15 years, including Chief Administrative Officer and Communications Director at Affirmations. Most recently, she was selected to oversee the expansion of Affirmations’ mental health services to a billable-service model. She also serves in a leadership role for Michigan’s LGBT Older Adult Coalition and is working on creating Michigan’s first housing services to the LGBT elder population.
Kat lives in Ferndale, MI.