Jamie Sgarro, AsylumConnect Co-Founder, Former Executive Director & Board Member

Current Employer & Position Title: J.D. Candidate; AsylumConnect Co-Founder & Former inaugural Executive Director

Years Served on Governing Board: 2016-2021

Jamie Sgarro (he/they) is the co-founder of AsylumConnect and a member of the governing board. He previously served as the organization’s inaugural executive director from 2014 to May 2021. As a trans man who grew up in a conservative environment, Jamie remains personally motivated to ensure every persecuted trans and queer person has access to AsylumConnect’s vital service. He is currently attending law school with the hope of becoming a civil rights attorney focused on issues impacting LGBTQ+ people, particularly the transgender community.

Under Jamie’s leadership, AsylumConnect built a diverse coalition of staff, volunteers, interns, board members, advisors, and established key partnerships to scale its free web and mobile resource platform to reach thousands of LGBTQ+ people in need across North America. After co-founding the organization in 2014, Jamie raised its first $500,000 in funding, launched an innovative junior board program for young professionals, secured national news coverage, and earned international recognition for outstanding contribution in social impact as the recipient of the Millennium Campus Network’s 2015 Millennium Peace Prize at the United Nations, member of the Clinton Foundation’s 2017 CGI U Alumni Honor Roll of social innovators, 2019 Roddenberry Fellow, 2020 Forbes 30 under 30 honoree in Law & Policy, and finalist in Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards.

Jamie has been a featured speaker on LGBTQ+ rights and technology for social good, and his work has appeared in national outlets including The HuffPost, Forbes, Teen Vogue, The Clinton Foundation’s “Why Am I Telling You This?” Podcast, The Advocate, The Hill, NowThis, and NBC OUT.

Jamie holds a B.A. cum laude with distinction in Health & Societies from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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