By: Funders for LGBTQ Issues Staff on June 12, 2023
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is proud to feature Alyssa Lawther, our Senior Research Officer!
What do you do at Funders?
I started at Funders in September 2021 as a Research and Communications Officer, and am now Senior Research Officer. The main project that I work on is our Resource Tracking Report, which is an annual report examining trends, gaps, and opportunities in foundation funding for LGBTQ communities and issues. I also provide ad hoc data and research support to our organization and our partners.
What strengths do you bring to your work?
I have a strong background in data coding and analysis, a lot of curiosity, and the occasional tendency to hyperfocus on minutiae, which all serve our research program well. I adore working with data, but also recognize its limitations, and am very cognizant of how “data-driven” approaches can silence already marginalized voices and uphold white supremacist structures and ways of thinking.
What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
Linocut! This is a type of printmaking where you essentially carve stamps out of pieces of linoleum, then ink and press them to create prints. It’s a process that I’ve been interested in since we did the child-friendly equivalent of it in middle school, and I came back to it as an adult a few years ago. I’m actually setting up a dedicated space in my apartment for it now, which is really exciting – having a regular art practice is great for my mental health.
If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?
I fully acknowledge that teleportation would be the more practical superpower, but I would prefer the feeling of flight.
What’s a topic you wish you knew more about?
I wish I were an astrology gay, because I have a lot of friends who get a lot out of it, and the bits and pieces that I’ve picked up are fun to consider!