Directors

Sara Whitman, Founder & Executive Director

Sara Whitman is a recognized leader in the field of philanthropy with a focus public education, early childhood issues, and LGBT civil rights. Prior to her work with the Wild Geese Foundation, Whitman served on the boards of Mass Equality and The Schott Foundation for Public Education. Her work with foundations spans two decades and includes leadership roles in foundation investments, development, and racial justice committees.
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A published writer, Sara has written about LGBT rights, and her own personal — often humorous — experiences as a divorced lesbian mom of three sons, aged 15, 17 and 19. Sara currently is an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music, teaching Writing and Communication.
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Sara’s photography has appeared in 2013, Searching for Red, Montana Artist Refuge, Basin, MT, curated by Bently Spang and Mary Ellen Strom, and 2014, Drawn to Water, Guest Juror,  Elizabeth Devlin, Boston, MA.
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Sara spends her time between suburban Boston and southeast Maine, where she plots her next big project. She is a graduate of Hartwick College.

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Margaret Covert, Research Director

Margaret Covert is the Director of Research for Wild Geese Foundation. Margaret spent fifteen years with NorthStar Asset Management, a progressive wealth management firm, where she conducted corporate accountability research and managed the shareholder activism program which urged companies to address policy issues, such as, limiting executive compensation, improving environmental practices, and protecting workers from discrimination.
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Margaret has worked with the Boston Women’s Fund, Haymarket People’s Fund, and the Women’s Donor Network. Her political roots took hold during the anti-apartheid movement working toward college divestment.She holds a MA in Public Policy and Citizen Participation from Tufts University and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.

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Sue Hyde, Director

Sue Hyde, a longtime LGBTQ activist and organizer, has worked at the National LGBTQ Task Force since 1986. At the Task Force, Sue led the fights to repeal sodomy laws, to rescind the military’s ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual servicemembers, and to pass non-discrimination laws in cities and states. In 1994, The Task Force appointed Sue to direct the Creating Change Conference, the LGBTQ movement’s annual skills-building and strategy forum. As director of the Creating Change conference, Hyde has trained thousands of LGBTQ activists.
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Prior to her work at the Task Force, Sue worked as news editor at Gay Community News in Boston (1983 to 1985) and was a leader in the Gay and Lesbian Defense Committee, the community-based campaign to defend lesbian and gay families in Massachusetts; at the time state lawmakers prohibited the placement of foster children with lesbian and gay people. She served on the Boards of Directors of MassEquality from 2003 to 2013, becoming President of the MassEquality Education Foundation and playing key roles in the successful defense of same-sex marriage rights in Massachusetts. In 2002, Sue received the prestigious Stonewall Award for a lifetime of dedication and service to the social movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer freedom, justice and equality. She is the author of Come Out and Win: Organizing Yourself, Your Community, and Your World (Beacon Press, 2007).
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Ben Cowen-Whitman, Director

Ben Cowen-Whitman represents the next generation on the board.

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Zack Cowen-Whitman, Director

Zack Cowen-Whitman represents the next generation on the board.

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Jake Cowen-Whitman, Advisor

Jake Cowen-Whitman serves as an advisor to the board.

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