Staff & Contractors

 

 

Jane Clementi, CoFounder and CEO

Jane ClementiJane Clementi co-founded the Tyler Clementi Foundation alongside husband Joe because she wants to make sure that our society learns the consequences of discrimination and bullying, as she learned all too personally through the loss of her son. A native of New Jersey and devoted mother of three sons, Jane speaks passionately to parents and community leaders about the need to not merely “accept” or “tolerate” children who come out as LGBT, but to embrace them as wondrous creations of God. Jane, a registered nurse, speaks on the need for parents of LGBT children to come out and speak openly of the love they have for their children, and in doing so each one of us can impact the world around us and create accepting environments. Since losing Tyler, Jane’s spiritual journey has continued to carry and transform her in ways she never would have imagined. She left her church home of many years because she felt that while sitting in the pews of a church that condemned LGBT people she was herself a bystander to bullying. Jane leads an inspirational life through her unique experience which she shares with other parents, and speaks passionately about the need to divorce the concept of “sin” from homosexuality. She has made difficult choices in an impossible situation, and leads by example. She has spoken out in support of LGBT rights and the need for families and communities to embrace their LGBT populations. Jane has spoken before the U.S. Congressional HELP Committee, the National Cathedral, and numerous other faith communities, colleges, universities, high schools, and work places. You can reach Jane at Jane@TylerClementi.org

 

 

Michael Barret Jones, Director of Development

Michael Barret Jones has spent more than two decades working in non-profit Development and Marketing for arts, education and social welfare organizations and has most recently spent nearly eight years as the Director of Development and Social Media at Iris House: a Center for Women Living with HIV.  He has served on the Rahway (NJ) Business Improvement District, New Jersey Arts Marketers and was part of a team that helped to initiate and design the NY State Association of Independent School’s annual conference for development and alumni staff.  Michael has been a member of the faculty of the WOW! Institute and the CASE/NAIS Summer Institute for Independent School Advancement.  He has served on the boards of the Gay Activists Alliance of Morris County (NJ), Big Apple Performing Arts, the Imperial Court of New York, and is currently the Vice-President of Folsom Street East. Under the guise of his alter-ego, Witti Repartee, he has served as Queen of the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus, Empress XXVI of New York and produces several benefit cabarets each year under the aegis of Kaleidoscope Collaborations for the organizations he loves.  He holds degrees from Drew University in Theatre Arts and English, and lives in Brooklyn with his husband.  You can find out more about Michael (and Witti) at www.wittirepartee.com. You can reach Michael at Michael@TylerClementi.org

 

 

Victor Muir, Operations Manager

After growing up in the Central Mexico, Victor graduate from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.There he obtained a Bachelors of Science in International Business with a minor in Finance. While participating in an exchange program in Montpellier, France as part of his degree, he worked with the chamber of commerce in Montpellier as a liaison to companies in France and Latin America.

His previous experience includes over a decade of operations management, strategic planning and international trading in the private sector and government agencies. In his previous job he led daily administrative operations for nearly 100 clients including: sales support for retail and wholesale, accounting, disbursements, and compliance. Additionally, he played a key role in recruiting and hiring new employees. He was recognized with the Peter Bordeaux Award for outstanding performance: demonstrating creativity, initiative and significant contributions to the company.

Victor has a passion for understanding the cultures and traditions that make human beings unique. Victor lives in Brooklyn with his husband and young daughter and has recently led the family to adopt a completely plant-based diet. He believes deeply in the mission of the Tyler Foundation and feels proud to help others be their true selves. You can reach Victor at Victor@TylerClementi.org

 

 

James Clementi

James ClementiJames Clementi is the oldest brother of Tyler Clementi. The loss of his brother was a life-altering event for James, and sent him on a path of activism for bullying prevention, suicide prevention, and LGBT rights. Like his brother Tyler, James is gay. The core part of his message is the equality of LGBT people in our society and the devastating consequences of bullying on our young people. Bullying that happens face-to-face and online through social media has become an epidemic among our youth. James is focused on reaching out to LGBT and vulnerable youth, using Tyler’s story as a tool to reinforce the inherent value of each life. Respect, love and equality are the key components of his message. James envisions a youth culture where kindness is cool, and respect is the norm. James has written about his experience for Out Magazine, spoken at events such as the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles’ First Annual Voice Awards as well as television programs Anderson Cooper 360 and Rock Center with Brian Williams, and has blogged about bullying in The Huffington Post.

 

Justin Lee

For the last two decades, Justin Lee has been an influential Christian advocate for LGBTQ affirmation, best known for working across areas of theological disagreement to promote grace and mutual understanding. He is the founder of the world’s largest LGBTQ Christian advocacy organization, the author of two books and an internationally known speaker on faith, sexuality and dialogue.

Justin’s first book, Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate, has been widely cited for its role in changing conservative Christians’ attitudes and helping Christian parents accept their LGBTQ kids. His newest book, Talking Across the Divide, offers strategies for having more productive conversations on controversial issues in a polarized society.

In addition to his work with the Tyler Clementi Foundation, Justin serves as the executive director of Nuance Ministries. He makes humorous educational videos on the Bible and other topics on his YouTube channel and blogs at GeekyJustin.com. He lives in Orlando, Florida.