Jere (pronounced like “Jerry”) Keys has been active in LGBTQIA+ nonprofit work for over 20 years in both professional and volunteer capacities. His varied background includes experiences as editor-in-chief of the local LGBT newspapers in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, working in communications for the Sundance Film Festival and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and in event planning and fundraising for numerous Pride celebrations as well as nonprofits like Shatterproof and the Police Athletic League.
Jere came to NYC in 2009 to pursue a law degree. After receiving his J.D. cum laude from Fordham University School of Law, he returned to the nonprofit sector.
His volunteer work has included projects like political campaigns, the Village Halloween Parade, theatre and arts events, and anti-racism programs. He has received multiple awards for his volunteer work over the years and, in 2017, he joined the board of NYC Pride as the chair of the Diversity, Accessibility and Inclusion committee.
Jere is passionate about creating and expanding spaces for LGBTQIA+ people to celebrate and support one another, especially those from TGNC, POC, women, and members of disabled communities. In his free time, he is a huge nerd for comic book conventions, talking politics, board games, and spending time with his husband and puppy.