Urvashi Vaid is an attorney, organizer, and consultant whose leadership has encompassed foundations, academic institutions and social movement organizations. Vaid is President of The Vaid Group LLC, a mission driven consulting and social innovation firm advising nonprofits, individual donors, foundations, and businesses working for equity and justice on organizational development, strategy, program design, resource development and governance. She is founder of the Donors of Color Network, the first philanthropic network connecting individual high net worth people of color to leverage their giving for racial equity.
Vaid was Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law; and Senior Fellow at the Department of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City of New York (CUNY). She was Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Unit at the Ford Foundation, and a past Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, where she also worked as Director of its Policy Institute think tank director and as its communications director. Vaid worked as Staff Attorney for the ACLU National Prison Project in Washington DC.
Vaid is an award-winning author of two books: Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and The Assumptions of LGBT Politics (Magnus, 2012); Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay & Lesbian Liberation (Anchor/Doubleday, 1995); and co-editor of the anthology Creating Change: Public Policy, Sexuality and Civil Rights (St. Martin’s Press, 2000), with historians John D’Emilio and William Turner. Vaid co-authored (with Ashindi Maxton) The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color (2017), and co-authored with Hali Lee the forthcoming, Philanthropy Always Sounds Like Someone Else: A Portrait of HNW Donors of Color (2021). She is a board member of the Provincetown Commons and the American Museum of LGBTQ History & Culture.