- Jane Clementi, CoFounder and CEO
- Ryan Smith, Program Manager
- Josh Patel, Director of Development
- Victor Muir, Director of Operations
- James Clementi
- T. Anthony Spearman
Jane Clementi, CoFounder and CEO
Jane 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
Josh Patel, Director of Development
Joshua Patel is a South Asian American professional fundraiser who has raised awareness for marginalized communities around the world. Serving as an advocate for LGBTQ rights, Josh has devoted his career to raising awareness on poverty, discrimination, and equal justice. He started his philanthropic journey while serving as an intern to the Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign working closely with Super Bowl Champion and advocate Brendan Ayanbadejo. This led him to the Supreme Court steps, as he assisted the Human Rights Campaign’s development while rallying for marriage equality. In various roles, Joshua has led crowdfunding campaigns, implemented annual giving processes, and served as a staff lead for chapter events and galas. He received a B.A. in Communication Studies and a Certificate in LGBT Studies from the University of Maryland.
On March 8, 2018, Josh held the first fundraiser in the US for India’s LGBTQ community at the historic Stonewall Inn. The success of the event was featured in National Geographic, TV Asia, American Bazaar, and MSNBC. Six months following the community builder, India repealed its archaic Penal Code Section 377 that criminalized sexual acts between the same sex. You can reach Josh at Josh@TylerClementi.org
Victor Muir, Director of Operations
After growing up in 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
Ryan Smith, Program Manager
Ryan Smith has worked tirelessly to improve the academic and social outcomes of students in various settings, including K-12 education, adult education, and non-profit organizations. As an elementary and middle school teacher, he has developed curricula that incorporate social and emotional learning (SEL), restorative justice, and nonviolent communication. In the classroom, Ryan created spaces where all students had the tools to be Upstanders for themselves and others.
Beyond the classroom, Ryan has conducted school culture evaluations on behalf of Columbia University’s Survey Research Initiative. In this role, he developed unique surveys for students, parents, and staff. He also authored comprehensive reports with policy recommendations for improving students’ experiences. Recently, he joined the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C. to support the work of their Education Policy Team. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Education Policy, with a specialization in data analysis, from Teachers College, Columbia University.
James 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.
Reverend Dr. T. Anthony Spearman
The Reverend Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, BS, M.Div, D.Min is the current President of the North Carolina NAACP and immediate past president of the North Carolina Council of Churches; two of the foremost advocacy organizations for the LGBTQIA community in the state. Additionally, he is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the Executive Director of Clinton’s Corner of Catawba Community Development Corporation which largely deals with the plight of those in the throes of poverty. Dr. Spearman has pastored three churches in the Zion connection; Moore’s Chapel, Salisbury for 9 years, Clinton Tabernacle, Hickory, where he led the congregation to liquidating a mortgage 9 ½ years early and building a Family Life Center. for 8 years and St. Phillip, Greensboro for 4 years. Spearman has been involved in community activism for the past 55 years and as a former campus minister has rallied college students together over a number of causes including students’ rights; in 1995 Spearman was among the Pulpit Forum members who advocated and was jailed for KMart employees in the city of Greensboro, NC; marched with Smithfield Workers; been a constant participant with the Historic Thousands on Jones Street Peoples’ Assembly Coalition over the past thirteen years; was one of the seven members jailed for standing against the budget in 2011; was one of 25 plaintiffs who fought hard against the School Opportunities Program or Voucher Lawsuit; was one of the first organizational plaintiffs in the Voter Suppression Lawsuit against Governor McCrory and the State of NC and was one of the first seventeen persons arrested during the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement on April 29, 2013. Spearman also accumulated two more Moral Monday arrests. Spearman’s keen insights and probing nature led him to distinguishing himself as a staunch advocate for the LGBTQIA community who began voicing his opposition of Amendment One.
Dr. Spearman is the recipient of the following recognitions among numerous others: the M.L. King, Jr. Annual Spirit of King Award 2008; the Bob Page Equality Champion Award for the Western Region 2011; the NC NAACP’s Minister of the Year Award 2011; the NC Foundation for Public School Children’s 2014 Champion for Children Award and the NAACP Political Trail Blazer and Organizing Award 2016, the 2017 Hood Alumni Award for Community Leadership and Social Witness. The 2018 African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church’s Ministerial and Layman’s Association Sojourner Truth Award and the 2018 Spectacular Magazine Man of the Year Award in Activism and Omega Man of the Year Award from the Tau Omega Chapter 2018.
Dr. Spearman is married to Janice Brunson Spearman and they recently celebrated 49 years of wedded bliss. They are the parents of three adult children, Sonjon, Damany and Anthony; the grandparents of six, Brandon, LeYhanna, Damany, Dakotah, Damon and Morgan, and one great grandchild, Ryder. They are also the proud parents of two toy poodles, Koffee and Kizbit.