Fran Barrett is the NYS Governor Appointed InterAgency Coordinator for Not-for-Profit Services as of Spring, 2012 and is working to reform the NYS grant contracting system. Dedicated to improving the lives of poor New Yorkers, in 1979, she founded the nonprofit consulting group, CRE, to help nonprofit leaders build strong and effective infrastructures to position their organizations to affect poverty.
Fran was inducted into WNET’s Community Hall of Fame, and received the NY Public Library Brooke Russell Astor Award to honor her as “an outstanding individual whose dedication and perseverance have made an important contribution toward improving the quality of life in New York City”.
Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer of remarkable talent and intellect. In his books and essays he explores the subjects of politics, culture, and psychology with extraordinary humanity. His latest work, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity, was awarded the New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012 and the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction.
Beyond his writing Andrew is an outspoken activist and philanthropist for many causes in LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts. He is founder of the Solomon Research Fellowships in LGBT Studies at Yale University and serves on the board of directors for many national organizations.