Welcome to the DC Center’s New Board

the DC Center 2019 Board of Directors

The DC Center Board Announces New Co-Chairs, New Members

The DC Center for the LGBT Community
Rebecca Bauer, Chief Communications Officer

RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2019

Jonathan Gilad & Rehana Mohammed to lead the DC Center as Co-Chairs

[WASHINGTON, DC, February 1] — Jonathan Gilad and Rehana Mohammed begin as the DC Center for the LGBT Community’s first Board co-chairs. Rehana, a Muslim bisexual woman, and Jonathan, a Jewish gay man are proud that the co-chair model enables diversity at the organization’s highest level of leadership.

Jonathan and Rehana succeed Michael Fowler, who has served as the DC Center Board Chair for the last five years. Executive Director, David Mariner shared, “I am grateful for the many years of service Michael Fowler has given our community, both as a board member and board chair.  We are fortunate that Michael will remain on the board this year to assure a smooth transition while welcoming new ideas and energy. The DC Center and our community is lucky to have Rehana, Jonathan, and our entire leadership team.”

Jonathan Gilad joined the DC Center Board of Directors in December of 2016 and was elected Chief Communications Officer. While on the Board, Jonathan has revitalized programs for the DC Center, including the annual Gay Day At The Zoo, and event which quickly became one the Centers’ signature fundraisers. Prior to his work with the DC Center, Gilad was active in the Washington DC Jewish LGBTQ community, serving as the Chair of Nice Jewish Boys DC (NJB), a social group that serves GBTQ men in their 20’s and 30’s. He also served on the Programing Committee of the Washington DC JCC’s Kurlander Program for LGBTQ Engagement. Jonathan is a communications and advocacy professional, currently working at MCI-USA, where he is a Senior Programming and Communications Manager. He has a master’s degree from the George Washington University Graduate of Political Management, where he focused on digital advocacy. Jonathan moved to DC after completing his bachelor’s degree in political science in 2008 from Queens College, City University of New York.

Rehana Mohammed is a passionate leader and management professional with a background in public policy.  She has served on the DC Center Board of Directors since June 2018 and was elected Secretary in August 2018. Prior to joining the Board, Rehana was a 2017 Victory Empowerment Fellow with the LGBTQ Victory Institute. Rehana is Director of Program Development at the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) where she oversees change management, data analysis, and outreach for the Rural Health Care program. Previously, she was a Presidential Management Fellow at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  She has a MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She is originally from Takoma Park, MD and currently lives in Washington, DC with her wife and two cats.

In addition to the leadership transition, the Board welcomed two new members, Tiera Craig and Luke Scuitto. Tiera Craig, a Detroit native, is an experienced LGBT activist, advocate, and change agent with a passion for LGBT veterans. A United States Army Disabled Combat Veteran, she currently works at the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more than 15 years, Tiera has volunteered with several organizations serving on boards and committees including Equality Michigan, Motor City Pride, National Black Justice Coalition, Harlem Pride, and LOCS Network. Tiera is also a founding member of The Garden Collective, serving as the Board Vice President. Luke Scuitto is the Development Associate for the Council on Foundations. Luke is a part of Council on Foundations’ DEI Advisory Group, which executes a series of internal and external events, policies, and procedures in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion space. Prior to joining the Council, Luke was the Senior Class Gift Coordinator at the George Washington University for the Class of 2018 and worked as a Development Intern at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. He is excited to return to the DC Center as a Board Member.


To learn more about the DC Center for the LGBT Community, visit www.thedccenter.org

2019 The Gran Varones Positive Digital Art Fellowship Application

Gran Varones

Gran Varones esta empezando un beca para homres LGBTQIA+ latinx/afro-latinx y VIH positivo de los edades 21-35.

La beca de Gran Varones es una programa national que empeso con la ayuda de ViiV Healthcare para crear un grupo de 5 VIH positivo hombres LGBTQIA+ latinx/afro-latinx de los edades 21-35. El grupo va a tener recursos para combatar la estigma de VIH y promover apoyo familar in comunidades Latinxpor medio de narración digital, fortaleza comunitaria y organización cultural. Pioridad sera para individuos del Sur (EEUU) y personas nueavas al activismo.

La aplicación cierra el 8 de Febrero


Gran Varones is launching a fellowship for hiv positive latinx and afro-latinx gay, queer, trans and bi men ages 21-35.

The Gran Varones Fellowship is a national initiative, launched in partnership with ViiV Healthcare to develop the leadership of a cohort of 5 HIV positive Latinx & Afro-Latinx Gay, Queer, Trans and Bisexual Men ages 21-35 based in the US. Throughout the fellowship, the cohort will be supported with resources to combat HIV stigma and promote family acceptance in Latinx communities through digital storytelling, community building and cultural organizing. Priority will be given to individuals that are based in the South and individuals who may be new to organizing around issues related to HIV and LGBTQ activism.

Application due February 8th

Support for LGBTQ Active Duty & First Responders

Center Military

Center Military. We are exploring the possibility of a a peer facilitated monthly support group for military folks on active duty and first-responders (Fire, EMS, Police, etc). This group may also be open to veterans based on feedback from the community. If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

To learn more about Center Military, visit thedccenter.org/military. You can also find us on facebook at fb.com/centermilitary or twitter.com/centermilitary.

Girl Scout Troop Interest Assessment

Girl Scouts

Are you interested in seeing a Girl Scout troop start at the DC Center?   Maureen Doyle, a former employee of Girl Scouts here in the District of Columbia, is interested in hearing from you.   This troop would be open to everyone, but focused on supporting lesbian, bi, and trans identified young women.

If you are interested please contact maureendoyle70@gmail.com to get started.  If there is sufficient interest, we will schedule an interest night here at the DC Center where you can learn more.  We would need a commitment from six or more families to get started.