Meet Some of Our Amazing Team
Founder & Executive Director
Lance founded Rainbow Youth Project as a social welfare organization in response to recent legislation targeting the rights of LGBTQIA+ people, women, Indigenous people, and immigrants in the United States. While constantly bringing awareness to a wide variety of social justice and political issues on social media, he realized that there was a need for a grass-roots organization that would focus on those who are in need of assistance but, far too often, fall through the cracks with larger organizations.
After several months of contemplation and serious assessment of recent legislation - coupled with the outcries from those impacted by that legislation - Rainbow Youth Project USA, Inc. was formed.
Lance achieved both his BBA and MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and his MJ from Tulane University Law School. He currently calls Chicago "home."
As President of Rainbow Youth Project, a volunteer role, Steven brings years of non-profit experience to the organization and leads its day-to-day operations, future plans for growth, and program development.
Steven has served in regional, national, and international leadership roles to several notable domestic and international organizations over the past 10 years. His experience, coupled with strong principals for equality, unity, and diversity, as well as social justice reforms and Indigenous rights, makes him a perfect addition to the Rainbow Youth Project USA team.
Steven holds a Master of Accounting from Florida State University and resides in both Indianapolis and Tallahassee with his husband, Erik, their son, Matthew, and their German Shepherd, Rusty.
Vice President & Secretary
Stephen has enjoyed accolades as a commercial real estate developer and private business owner. But his work has not stopped there.
He coordinated a Christmas Giveaway for the Atlanta Braves' baseball team, delivering more than 450 meals to children of two Metro-Atlanta schools during the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020. His acts of kindness only built further on his years of charitable work with the Boston Children's Hospital and Habitat for Humanity. His charitable support reaches many aspects of the nation’s non-profit community: healthcare, education, animal welfare, as well as cultural and social services organizations.
Stephen holds a Master of Nonprofit Management from the DePaul University. He lives in Seattle with his husband, Kris, and their fur babies, Rocky, Spence, Gabby and Sebastian.
Vice President & Treasurer
Megan serves Rainbow Youth Project USA, Inc. as Treasurer and brings an enormous amount of compliance and budgeting experience to the organization.
Megan graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy/Computer Information Systems and achieved her Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. She also currently works for an international law firm where she specializes in Audit Management & Fiscal Compliance to the firm's nonprofit companies.
Prior to joining Rainbow Youth Project USA, Megan held various roles with two major international human rights foundations and continues to volunteer with several social welfare organizations. She currently resides in New York with her cats, Molly and Mr. Pringle.
As Media Representative, Michael responds to questions from journalists, creates press releases, develops our stories and campaigns, arranges for staff and clients to speak to the press, and keeps an eye on media coverage.
Michael is also our Digital Media Master which means he invests his soul and imagination into every product that he works on. He creates content, schedules posts, interacts with audiences, monitors social media activity, and develops marketing strategies for social media.
Trained in the exclusive City Design School, he has several years of experience in the field and dozens of highly successful projects and campaigns. Michael was even named Most Promising Digital Content Creator in his field of expertise in 2019.
Michael graduated in 2022, magna cum laude, from Southern New Hampshire University with a Master of Arts in Communication - New Media and Marketing. Michael is a Los Angeles native currently residing in Long Beach.
As our Legislative Master, Rebecca tracks and maintains up-to-date information regarding state and federal legislation that stands at variance to our core beliefs and directly impacts the safety, health, and well-being of youth. She coordinates with our Team and outside counsel to determine the best approach to inform communities of the negative impacts proposed legislation will have and to formulate the most effective ways to challenge them in the community, at the legislative level, and through court proceedings.
Rebecca works closely with both our attorneys to draft responses and challenges to legislation, regulations, policies, and rules negatively impacting the LGBTQIA+ community at local, state, and national levels.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Public Management and Policy from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Policy at Northeastern University. She lives in Boston and is a proud new mom to Bailey, a lab-mix puppy.