David J. Gacsko (He/Him)
President, Member since 2016
David is the co-owner and president of Hierarchy, Inc., a full-service marketing consultancy that’s focused on the customer experience between brands and consumers.
The team at Hierarchy are results-oriented, analytic problem solvers and thought leaders in creative shopper marketing who helps brands discover “the moment their customers have been waiting for.” Hierarchy merges vision, best practices, and a natural sixth-sense to deliver 360º brand expressions that create buzz-worthy results.
David is an enthusiastic student of human behavior, dedicated to helping clients uncover authentic insights that can be translated into relevant action. His experiences helping fortune 100 brands: AT&T, The Home Depot, Newell Rubbermaid, Georgia Pacific and more with strategy, campaign design, multi-channel content development, retail store design, and merchandising make him an invaluable partner and skilled team leader.
As a 15+ year transplant from Chicago, David has genuinely embraced living in the south and resides in Midtown Atlanta with his impressive feline, Griffin. He is an avid traveler checking off one country at a time and lover of all things ATL.
Luis Ruiz (He/Him)
Vice President, Member since 2014
Continuon Services, LLC
Bio coming soon.
Gabrielle Claiborne (She/Her)
Secretary, Member since 2014
Transformation Journeys Worldwide
Gabrielle Claiborne is Co-founder and CEO of Transformation Journeys Worldwide, an inclusion training and consulting firm with a transgender focus. She travels extensively, helping cutting-edge organizations position themselves to attract and retain the best talent, foster collaborative working environments, thus maximizing innovation and directly impacting the bottom line by creating fully trans-inclusive cultures. Some of her clients include Home Depot, Sun Life Financial, Royal Bank of Canada, Comcast, Mercedes Benz, UPS, Kaiser Permanente, Cox Media, WarnerMedia, New York City Pride, the Atlanta Hawks, Georgia Tech and the Centers for Disease Control, among others.
Gabrielle has been an out and active transwoman since 2010. She served on the Executive Board of Atlanta Pride for the past 5 years, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Mentorship Committee on the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Trans & Gender Expansive (TGX) Initiative, as Co-Chair of the Trans Affairs Committee on the City of Atlanta’s LGBTQ Mayoral Advisory Council, as Chair of the Out Georgia Business Alliance’s TGX360 Initiative and as Advisory Board Member of Out Front Theater Group. In 2020, she published her memoir meets self-help book Embrace Your Truth: A Journey of Authenticity. In 2019, the Atlanta business Chronicle acknowledged her as their Diversity & Inclusion “Outstanding Voice” Award recipient and she delivered a TEDx talk for Centennial Park Women TEDx, Building Your Courage Muscles. In 2018, Gabrielle received the Georgia Small Business Administration’s LGBT Small Business Champion Award in recognition of her efforts in advancing LGBT business ownership. In 2015, Gabrielle was chosen as Atlanta’s Best Trans Activist, and her work was featured in Forbes in 2018 and the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2017.
Recently, Transformation Journeys Worldwide was honored to be chosen as the Out Georgia Business Alliance 2018 Small Business of the Year, and received the Atlanta Hawk’s prestigious 2019 True Comes in All Colors award for their cutting-edge inclusion work. The firm is also proud to be an NGLCC certified LGBT Business Enterprise.
Gabrielle holds a BS in Mathematics from Emory University and pursued a degree in Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech. She is the proud parent of three adult children and lives in Atlanta.
Michael D Daniels-James (He/Him)
Immediate Past President, Member since 2016
JP Morgan Chase Bank
Michael D Daniels-James is a Vice President, Business Banking Relationship Manager for Chase Bank, Georgia. In this role, he is responsible for boosting financial productivity for businesses, their owners, and employees through lending (conventional lines/loans, SBA, equipment, commercial purchases and refinance options), cash management, deposits, and payment services solutions. Michael serves businesses with annual revenues between $1MM- $20MM. Prior to joining Chase Bank, Michael has spent over 15 years in the banking industry, working in a variety of roles with SunTrust Bank and Fifth Third Bank.
During Michael’s time at both SunTrust and Fifth Third, he was very active in the BRG groups earning a leadership position sharing the importance of diversity and inclusion. This year Michael accepted the role as Networking/ Events Coordinator Lead for Chase Pride Southeast BRG, covering Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Jackson State University, Jackson, MS in 2005. He earned a Master’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix specializing in Finance and Marketing Research. He also earned his certification in 2016 for successfully completing Omega and Risk Management (commercial lending) training. Michael has put his degree to good use helping small to mid-size business owners with understanding the importance of financial literacy, networking, and providing financial resources available. He has also been a panelist for Supplier Diversity, Financial Summit, and Inter-Faith organization. Sharing his knowledge and experience with resource groups such as; Small Business Development Center, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Invest Atlanta and SCORE.
He is the proud husband of Anthony James, married in 2016. They are both proud parents of their fur baby son Saint M. James. The family currently resides in Stone Mountain, GA.
Maria A Álvarez (She/Her)
At-Large, Member since 2019
My Virtual CFO – ATL
Maria A Álvarez is the owner of My Virtual CFO – ATL, which provides unparalleled personalized accounting services to a broad range of clients across the Atlanta area.
Maria is an energetic professional with over twenty years accounting, finance, and executive experience in multi-million dollar companies, non-profits, government agencies, and native corporations. The majority of her career has been in leadership roles where she has increased efficiency to maximize profits and reduce costs while improving quality of services.
During her career she strives to cultivate strong relationships with business owners, organizations, and government leaders by being a dynamic representative and spokesperson for her organization.
Since a very young age Maria has devoted herself to volunteering with many LGBTQ+ organizations. For instance, in college she worked with the Women’s Center and organized the Take Back the Night 5K fundraiser, along with several other events. She also organized the Coming Out Day with the Gay Lesbian, Bisexual Student Association at George Mason University . While living in Washington, DC she became involved with HRC and Capital Pride. Once she moved to Alaska she volunteered for Covenant House and became treasurer for two non-profits: Radical Arts for Women and Identity Inc., the main LGBT organization in Alaska. She also has helped organize Alaska Pride.
Maria successfully navigates diverse perspectives and anchors solid business relationships and partnerships. She is a firm believer of change through leadership. Throughout her travels around the world she has encountered many situations where people have been discriminated against and disenfranchised. These experiences have taught her to be more compassionate and accepting. Maria’s goal is to empower by advocating inclusion and to demonstrate leadership wherever she goes and to encourage others to discover their own voice.
Roy Broderick, Jr. (He/Him)
Communications, Member since 2018
In 2016, Roy Broderick, Jr. launched Authentique – an integrated marketing agency – designed to blend two of his passions: positioning LGBTQ and multicultural audiences as an integral component of the brand’s marketing strategy. The agency curates go-to-market plans that create authentic connections to both audiences leveraging its proprietary engagement model, Cul+ure. Additionally, Authentique has delivered a broad spectrum of support and services for brands that need help shifting or embracing culture, community, and purpose (our core pillars).
Lauded by Black Enterprise magazine as a “young marketing genius,” Roy and the Authentique team have worked with several notable brands. Including AT&T, Instagram, The Dallas Mavericks, Target, Papa John’s, IBM, and successfully serving as the Agency of Record for the multi-million dollar National Museum of African American Music. From global to regional brands, Authentique has quickly developed a reputation for delivering superior results.
Since launching Authentique, Roy travels the country sharing thought leadership on avoiding tone-deaf multicultural marketing and the business impact awaiting brands that choose to align with the spending power of this emerging audience. In his spare time, he serves as the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Atlanta Chapter of the American Marketing Association, Immediate Past President of the Association of Black Alumni for the University of Florida, an ambassador for OUT Georgia Business Alliance and a board member for Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company.
Malik Brown (He/Him)
Special Events, Member since 2019
City of Atlanta
Malik Brown is an LGBTQ advocate and political strategist, a first-generation American, and a lifelong Atlantan. He has been featured in prestigious outlets like “CNN”, “NBC News”, and “The Hill”. His writing has been featured in national publications like “Cosmopolitan”, “them.”, and “Out Magazine.”
Appointed as the City of Atlanta’s Director of LGBTQ Affairs by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Brown is the first full-time official in the Southeastern United States to focus on better connecting the LGBTQ community with municipal government. In this role, he advises Mayor Andre Dickens on policies, programs, and initiatives affecting the LGBTQ community. Brown is a founding member of the Mayor’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Additionally, Brown is one of the Administration’s key advisors on human rights.
During the 2020 Presidential Race, Malik was appointed to the Biden campaign’s Out for Biden LGBTQ+ Leadership Council, a national advisory coalition of LGBTQ+ leaders committed to electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. During the 2021 Georgia runoff election, Brown was recruited by the historic U.S. Senate campaign of Reverend Raphael Warnock to serve as the Special Advisor on LGBTQ+ Engagement. In this role, Brown helped the campaign reach, mobilize, and energize LGBTQ+ Georgia voters.
A proud Executive Committee member of the Human Rights Campaign’s National Board of Governors, and the Democratic National Committee’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, Brown brings a unique combination of political experience, LGBTQ advocacy, and HIV/AIDS education and prevention to his work. Additionally, Brown is a member of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2022.
Janaya Davis (She/Her)
At-Large, Member since 2017
BoxFit ATL and JaiFit Academy
Janaya Davis began training with the USA boxing team and later began traveling around the world representing the United States of America as the #1 ranked female amateur boxer.
On a professional level, Jai sparred and collaborated with some of the biggest names in professional boxing to include Laila Ali, Vernon Forrest and Robert Allen. She ended her professional boxing career ranked #4 in the world and Golden Glove Champion.
The last 19 years, her hard work and dedication as a Firefighter and Paramedic in Georgia earned her numerous accolades and awards. Jai selflessly risked her life rescuing a fellow firefighter, severely hurting herself. Due to the seriousness of her injuries, Jai mentally prepared herself for one of the biggest fights of her life. Without surgery she would not be able to walk due to her spinal canal being completely compressed. Despite the gloomy reports from doctors about her recovery and constant back pain, Jai persevered and regain strength and flexibility in her legs and spine. With determination, family support, strength training and sheer will she miraculously recovered from her injuries. Jai’s wellness journey inspired the birth of two new passions, “BodybyJai” and her Nonprofit “Jai Fit Academy.”
BodybyJai specializes in customized training programs for athletes, people with severe injuries and beginners at all stages. Its mission is to provide world-class fitness and dietary counseling, targeting overall health, weight loss and education for personalized goals and especially targeting childhood obesity and diabetes.
Matt Keith (He/Him)
Corporate Relations, Member since 2017
Bank of America
Matt Keith is the Business Strategies & Initiatives Executive supporting the Local Market Organization at Bank of America. Keith is responsible across the enterprise in driving business integration among 8 lines of business with 27 years in the banking industry. He drives timely execution of channel priorities along with championing core processes for the organization.
Keith serves as Executive Sponsor for the LGBTQ+ Pride Georgia, sits on the LGBTQ+ Executive Leadership Team along with being a member of the local Atlanta Leadership Team. He organized Atlanta’s first Pride parade participation, co-founding leader of Banker Pride providing non-profit financial fundraising efforts across all local banks. In addition, serves as co-chair for the Atlanta Mayor’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Board.
Keith is a 2 time recipient of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Award at Bank of America for his extended efforts for work in the LGBTQ space, previous recipient of Out Georgia Business Leader of the Year and most recently named in 2021 the Market Integration Executive for Atlanta.
Keith is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Business Administration and resides in Midtown area in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dewayne Queen (He/Him)
At-Large, Member since 2021
Swank Arts & Entertainment, LLC
Dewayne Queen, a native of Baltimore, MD, is the founder of Swank Arts & Entertainment, A professional service provider specializing in events production, events logistics, media, and marketing. We have also created a multi-media production division that provides space to the Black community, through services to and support of its LGBTQIA+ community to share their stories and perspectives.
After graduating from high school, Dewayne moved to New York to attend Nyack College. During his time at Nyack, he was instrumental in developing the current musical theater program. While in New York, Dewayne was both studying his craft and perfecting it. Dewayne performed in two tours of the musical, Rent, and worked in Patrik-Ian Polk’s, The Skinny.
Moving to Atlanta In 2016, Dewayne became a valued team member of Delta Airlines. In addition to his robust travel schedule, Dewayne is an ambassador and member of Equal, Delta’s LGBQTIA+ Business Resource Group. He is also an ambassador for LGBTQIA+ matters for Delta’s Inflight community. Annually, Dewayne volunteers to work on Delta’s Atlanta Pride Parade committee.
And if that isn’t enough, In 2021, Dewayne created and Chairs the countries first awards program honoring the tireless efforts of the transgender community. The Trans Life Awards is an annual event that takes place during Labor Day Weekend to empower, uplift, and celebrate the beauty of transgender men, women, and gender nonconforming members of our community.
Aaron Rice (He/Him)
Networking, Member since 2019
Aaron Rice serves as the Vice President of Innovation and Partnerships for Families First. Aaron is a critical member of the Families First senior leadership team, working cross-functionally as an organizational leader, and plays a key role in partnering with the CEO to bring Families First into its next chapter of growth and innovation around its new mission, to build resilient families so all children can thrive. He oversees partnership initiatives, ensuring that Families First creates and maintains relationships with key corporate and community stakeholders.
Prior to Families First, Aaron served as Director of Business Engagement for United Way of Greater Atlanta, where he developed and implemented the organization’s first ever LGBTQ+ specific fund in partnership with the OUT Georgia Business Alliance. This fund serves individuals, children and families identifying as LGBTQ+ and support youth to be stable, secure and college and career ready while also addressing urgent needs and securing the resources they need to thrive.
Aaron is a native of East Tennessee and now calls Atlanta home. Since moving here and falling in love with the city and those in it, he has dedicated his time, talent, and treasure to serving those most vulnerable within Greater Atlanta. Aaron’s love of giving back to the community has always been a part of his DNA. He is passionate about working professionally and personally to ensure our city is inclusive and representative of all of our neighbors. Aaron currently serves on the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, Lambda Legal’s Atlanta Leadership Council and Victory Fund.
Stephen Scriber (He/Him)
Legal Affairs, Member since 2012
Modern Estate Planning by Scriber Law Group, LLC
Stephen Scriber is an attorney and the owner of Modern Estate Planning, an Atlanta-based law firm that helps our clients celebrate their lives of our clients and tap into their power to create the legacy of their choice. In addition to running a growing practice, he has numerous involvements with charitable and nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, having served on the board of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia and the Atlanta Leadership Committee of Lambda Legal.
Walter D. Scott-Williams (He/Him)
Inclusion, Member since 2021
FRWRD LLC & Kinetic Solutions LLC
Walter D. Scott-Williams is a native Philadelphia, Pa., with strong roots in Atlanta, GA that spans over 10yrs. He is a Dual Degree Engineering graduate with a Bachelors in General Science from Morehouse College and a degree in Engineering Management from Missouri S&T. While matriculating through college, Walter completed several internships at General Motors where he initially gained exposure to the automotive industry and supply chain operations. Upon graduation, he was selected to participate in General Electric’s two-year Operations Management Leadership Program. Mr. Scott-Williams’ professional work portfolio also includes time as a Senior Consultant with Capgemini serving as a Business Analyst, Project Management Analyst, Data Analyst, and Functional Test Leader. Following his 4yr tenure at Capgemini, Walter served 3yrs as a Performance Improvement Consultant at Ernst & Young (EY). He utilized his experiences to define and drive business transformations through process improvements and best practices.
Walter is now the Co-Founder of FRWRD, an electric vehicle infrastructure company and the Founder & CEO of Kinetic Solutions, a media and strategic consulting company. His goal in entrepreneurship is to leverage his interests in media, design, process engineering, and love for humanity to create new opportunities for others. With a strong interest in community Walter has previously served as an Executive Board Member of Youth Action Philadelphia and contributed significant time with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ronald McDonald House, Junior Achievement, and Habit for Humanity. Walter looks forward to serving on the Board of OUT Georgia Business Alliance in its continuance of making a positive impact on LGBTQ communities throughout Georgia.
Hillary Williams Thomas (She/Her)
Community Relations, Member since 2015
While a student at Spelman College, Hillary Williams Thomas began her 21 year non-profit career working with the Atlanta Bar Association. After graduation, she became a teacher with Atlanta Public Schools.
Hillary worked on her Master of Public Administration/Non-Profit Management degree at the University of Baltimore while working for DC Public Schools and recently completed her Certificate of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of South Florida.
Hillary began with AARP Experience Corps as a Field Manager and later became Program Director. She transitioned to the AARP Georgia State Office as their Program Specialist and was then promoted to Sr. Program Specialist. Hillary is now the Associate State Director of Advocacy and Outreach with a focus on LGBT outreach, fraud prevention, and federal lobbying.
Hillary serves on the OUT Georgia Business Alliance Board of Directors, Emory’s Equality in Caregiving Board and was recently appointed to the City of Atlanta Mayors LGBTQ Advisory Board.
Michael Vescio (He/Him)
Tourism, Member since 2017
Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau
Michael Vescio is currently a Sales Manager for the Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau, located in Tucker, Georgia. In his role he is tasked with bringing inbound business to DeKalb county.
At the Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau his focus is to bring motor coach and LGBTQ groups to the county. He also focuses on the Association, Corporate, and Government markets. Mr. Vescio has been in the hospitality industry for the past 39 years, and he was most recently was the Tourism Sales Manager for the new City of Brookhaven.
Mr. Vescio is one of the Top Reviewers in Georgia for Trip Advisor and is a sought after speaker and trainer in the hospitality industry. He currently is a Board Member for the Georgia Motor Coach Operators Association, Art Station Theatre, and is the Vice Chair of the Discover Chamblee Advisory Committee.
Mr. Vescio grew up in Florida and is a proud graduate of Florida State University.
His interests include watching sports, enjoying live theatre, good food and traveling, and he currently resides in Marietta (near the square) and enjoys all area has to offer.