Chris Lugo, Executive Director


Chris Lugo is the first Executive Director of the OUT Georgia Business Alliance, proudly serving as Georgia’s only LGBTQ+ and Allied Chamber of Commerce.

In this role, Lugo is charged with leading the nonprofit chamber’s focus on serving the LGBTQ+ and allied business community by advocating for the most inclusive and equitable business environment; providing support and resources to fuel economic growth; and driving meaningful community connections and impact across the State of Georgia.

He has been instrumental in leading the organization’s rebranding effort, statewide expansion, and COVID-19 response, in addition to launching several key programs and initiatives, including the 2021 launch of the OUT Georgia Impact Fund, powered by United Way of Greater Atlanta.

Lugo is honored to serve on the City of Atlanta Mayor’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Board alongside fellow corporate, nonprofit, and community leaders, and he is co-chair of its Economic and Community Development Committee. 

He is also a member of Cobb Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and the LGBTQIAP Advisory Council led by Dr. Sheila Gregory of Clark Atlanta University for a special research project identifying strategies to improve access to resources for LGBTQIAP students of color.

Lugo previously held marketing, fundraising, and nonprofit management positions with IBM Corporation, Direct Energy Business, Alzheimer’s Association, and most recently The Cavaliers, a Chicago-based nonprofit developing young leaders through the performing arts, where he served as the organization’s first-ever Executive Director.

Lugo is a proud alumnus of the University of Florida and is married to his long-time partner and husband Tommy Allen, who both reside in Atlanta, Ga., with their dog Varik.