Lyle Matthew Kan is the Vice President of Research and Communications at Funders for LGBTQ Issues, where he leads the organization’s analysis of trends, gaps, and opportunities related to LGBTQ grantmaking, oversees external affairs, and manages strategic partnerships. An expert on LGBTQ philanthropy, his reports and infographics on the scale and character of LGBTQ grantmaking having been cited by numerous academic journals, think tanks, non- governmental organizations, government agencies, newspapers, blogs, and other media. His presentations on how LGBTQ communities connect with a wide range of grantmaking priorities and on how institutions can be more LGBTQ-inclusive in both their grantmaking and internal practices have helped inform thousands of decision makers in philanthropy and beyond.
With a strong commitment to improving the wellbeing of LGBTQ people and social justice more broadly, Lyle serves as the chair of the research and data-sharing working group at CHANGE Philanthropy and a member of United Philanthropy Forum’s Public Policy Committee. Lyle is also a member of the advisory council for The City University of New York (CUNY) LGBTQI Student Leadership Program and part of a planning committee working to create an American LGBTQ+ Museum in New York City. He previously served on the board of directors for I’m from Driftwood, an online LGBTQ story archive, and sat on the grants review committee for the Queer Youth Fund at Liberty Hill Foundation, which invested approximately $5 million in work that empowered LGBTQ youth.
Prior to Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Lyle led development and communications efforts at Stonewall Community Foundation. Before that, Lyle worked at the Foreign Policy Association and in the private sector specializing in business development and branding.
Lyle holds a B.A. in individualized study from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and a M.Sc. in political sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. When not traveling for business or pleasure, he calls New York City’s East Village home.