Directors

SARA WHITMAN, FOUNDER, CHAIR & TREASURER

Sara Whitman is a recognized leader in the field of philanthropy with a focus on public education, early childhood issues, and LGBTQ civil rights. Prior to her work with the Wild Geese Foundation, Sara 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.

A published writer, Sara has written about LGBTQ rights, and her own personal — often humorous — experiences as a divorced lesbian mom of three sons.

Sara’s photography has appeared in 2013, Searching for Red, Montana Artist Refuge, Basin, MT, curated by Bently Spang and Mary Ellen Strom, and in 2014, Drawn to Water, Guest Juror,  Elizabeth Devlin, Boston, MA.

Sara spends her time between suburban Boston and southeast Maine, where she plots her next big project. She is a graduate of Hartwick College.

SUE HYDE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & BOARD SECRETARY

Sue Hyde, a longtime LGBTQ activist and organizer, became Executive Director of the Foundation in June 2018. From 1986 to 2018, she worked at the National LGBTQ Task Force, leading campaigns 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, Sue has trained thousands of LGBTQ activists.

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 when 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 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 equity. She is the author of Come Out and Win: Organizing Yourself, Your Community, and Your World (Beacon Press, 2007).

BEN COWEN-WHITMAN, DIRECTOR
Ben represents the next generation on the Board.

ZACK COWEN-WHITMAN, DIRECTOR
Zack represents the next generation on the Board.

JAKE COWEN-WHITMAN, DIRECTOR
Jake represents the next generation on the Board.