Chris Lugo is the Executive Director of the OUT Georgia Business Alliance, proudly serving as Georgia’s LGBTQ+ and Allied Chamber of Commerce.
Lugo is a dynamic and energetic queer leader with a passion for serving others with generosity, empathy, and respect. As Executive Director of OUT Georgia, he is charged with advancing the mission and vision of the nonprofit chamber through a focus on Advocacy, Business & Economic Development, and Community Impact.
He has been instrumental in leading the organization’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging efforts; statewide expansion and Membership growth; and strategic planning and program development, including the launch of the OUT Georgia Impact Fund and TGX360, a employment and entrepreneurship program centering Transgender, Nonbinary, and Gender Expansive Georgians.
Lugo is honored to serve on the City of Atlanta Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board as co-chair of its Economic and Community Development Committee; as a Board Member of Out on Film; and as a member of Atlanta Hawks’ LGBTQIA+ Pride Council and Cobb Chamber’s DE&I Council.
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 Pyro Lugo-Allen, who both reside in Atlanta, Georgia, with their dog Varik.
Operations & Programs Manager
Andi Monroe is the Operations & Programs Manager for the OUT Georgia Business Alliance.
Monroe devotes time to the director's dedication to advocacy for the LGBTQ+ and allied business community, ensuring that members across the State of Georgia receive timely, meaningful correspondence. As coordinator, they spend much time working with an incredible team of Volunteer Ambassadors. They are committed to creating nuanced, thoughtful programming celebrating our intersections of LGBTQ+ communities across the state.
Since 2005, Monroe has been active in the Atlanta LGBTQ+ community, first serving with the Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity at Georgia State University. Monroe received accolades in film and video, later graduating with a film degree. They co-founded the production company Your Gay Atlanta in 2012, a brand dedicated to centering LGBTQ+ narratives in media that served local businesses, specifically with producer/influencer Barry Brandon (The Queer Indigo). More recently, they were proudly a founding board member for the Performing Arts Conservatory of Atlanta, working to create more equitable access to formal voice training for children in grades K-12.
Following small business ventures, Monroe worked for a decade in operations, marketing, and event coordination for various Georgia-owned small businesses engaging industries ranging from design to fitness to real estate to tech. Most recently, they served as onboarding manager for start-up Showcase IDX which later operated under the edifice of eXp World Holdings, Inc.
Monroe continues to produce a rotating roster of creative projects, travel when possible, and entertain given and chosen family. They are happily married and proudly reside near Pine Lake, Georgia, with an affectionate senior cat named Merlin.