BOARD & STAFF
Meet our Team
Juan Franco became DVLF executive director in July 2018. Juan’s leadership role in the organization helps to empower and the advance the LGBTQ+ community through grant-making, scholarships, advocacy, education, and community leadership development. Much of his time is spent working towards DVLF's future funding goal that aims to fund all qualified grant applications by their 30th anniversary (2023) and continuing to increase DVLF’s capacity to support the LGBTQ+ community.
Prior to this, he worked at Temple University’s School of Social Work on HIV prevention and communications strategies in underserved Latinx and other diverse communities. This involved developing dynamic relationships with other community based LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS organizations. He also had the opportunity to work was a navigation specialist at the Mazzoni Center. Additionally, during his tenure Juan had the honor to work as a congestive-heart-failure outreach worker as well as a Spanish interpreter for patients at Temple University Hospital.
Outside of work, Juan considers it privilege to take his passion to serve the community beyond his career as he focuses his volunteer efforts on uplifting and elevating marginalized communities. Serving in various leadership roles for the Philadelphia Falcons LGBT+ Soccer club, he has led initiatives for fundraising, sponsorship, marketing, and event planning. Furthermore; as Co-Chair of the Latinx Institute’s host committee for the National LGBTQ Task Force, “Creating Change” conference, Juan championed an ambassadors program that raise funds to provide attendance scholarships for attendees from marginalized communities. With a deep passion for photography, he leverages his skills to provide free services to support events such as the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.
In his spare time, Juan loves to hone his craft as photographer and continue to build his photography brand, @Thatlittlemomentphoto on Instangram. When not working, volunteering, or in the eye of a camera, Juan can be found on the soccer field, traveling, or spending time with his nephew who is has affectionately deemed, “mini me.”
The DVLF Board is recruiting candidates to join the board:
Why Apply for the Board of Directors?
Make a lasting difference in the LGBTQ+ community
Give back to a worthy cause and those in need
Help grow this outstanding organization's reach and membership
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