Michael Pomante, Chair

Pomante PicMichael Pomante attended Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, where he double majored in Psychology and English, with a self-created minor in Queer Studies. He served as President of the school’s LGBT Student Alliance from 1998 through 2002. Pomante began his nonprofit career just months after graduating college, when he served as the Operations Manager at Greater Philadelphia Cares, a volunteer recruitment and management agency that trained and connected civic-minded Philadelphians with volunteer opportunities throughout the city. In 2005, Pomante was recruited to the position of Managing Director of Equality Forum, where he worked directly with Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director, to coordinate and produce the largest annual international LGBT civil rights summit. In 2007, Pomante received his Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Drexel University. From 2007 through 2011, Pomante served as the Director of Development at the Jewish Publication Society (JPS), the oldest nonprofit publisher of Jewish works in the United States. There, he developed a complex and lucrative annual fund program and designed and produced the 120-year-old organization’s most successful fundraising event, which raised over $350,000. At JPS, Pomante served directly under Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Ellen Frankel, renowned author, storyteller, and lecturer. While Pomante was at JPS, he also launched his own event management company, Belle Affaire, specializing in upscale social, corporate, and nonprofit events.  He also received his Masters of Science in Fundraising and Grantmaking from New York University. Today, Pomante is the Director of Development of the William Way LGBT Community Center, where he is responsible for writing and submitting grants, coordinating and implementing appeals and campaigns, and managing a portfolio of current major donors and prospects. In collaboration with other staff members, Pomante produces the Center’s two annual events, Homecoming and Indigo Ball. Pomante is honored to be working for a nonprofit, whose primary focus is to provide a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ individuals and allies from across the Delaware Valley. Pomante chairs the Center’s Resource Development Committee and sits on the Attic Youth Center’s Event Planning Committee and the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund’s Marketing and PR Committee. He lives with his partner, Dr. Michael Anthony, and his two children, Henry and Luke, in the Graduate Hospital area of the city. He’s also a fulltime dad to his dog, Foxy, and four cats, Chloe, Pixel, Marge, and Cider.