Chris Lugo, Executive Director
Chris Lugo is the Executive Director of the OUT Georgia Business Alliance, proudly serving as Georgia’s only 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, and Inclusion efforts; statewide expansion and Membership growth; and strategic planning and program development, including the launch of the OUT Georgia Impact Fund and TGX360, an initiative centering Georgia’s Transgender, Nonbinary, and Gender-Expansive community.
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, and he is a member of the Atlanta Hawks’ LGBTQIA+ Pride Council and the Cobb Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion 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 Tommy Allen, who both reside in Atlanta, Georgia, with their dog Varik.
Andi Monroe, Operations & Programs Coordinator
Andi Monroe is the Operations & Programs Coordinator 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 a great deal of time working with an incredible team of Volunteer Ambassadors. They are committed to the creation of 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 spent seven and a half years working in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood after graduating film school. Drawing from an arts background, they also co-founded production company Your Gay Atlanta in 2012, a brand dedicated to centering LGBTQ+ narratives and that served local businesses in conjunction 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 that 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.