Advisory Board

The Workplace Equality Index® Advisory Board is tasked with providing feedback and knowledgeable perspective on marketing and advertising strategies. The board also provides a critical function of approving any changes to the index and index rules as part of the Index Committee.


Steve Brandwein

Steve is the Vice President, Finance and Administration of Arcadia Biosciences, an agricultural biotech firm. Prior to joining Arcadia, Steve was the CFO of Rulebase, Inc., a software company. Previously, he spent ten years as an executive with Dial Corporation, much of that time based in London as the VP and financial controller of Dial’s European Financial Group. Steve is a trustee of the Kevin J. Mossier Foundation. He received his Masters in International Management from Thunderbird Graduate School, and his BA in International Relations from the University of Minnesota. Steve and his spouse, Jerry Underdahl, were married in 2010. They live In Phoenix, Arizona, where Jerry is a pediatric ophthalmologist.


Robert Corzo

Robert Corzo brings two decades of experience financing Hollywood movies to the Workplace Equality Index Advisory Board. He is currently the President and Founder of Century Park Consulting, focusing on the media and entertainment industries. Prior to founding his own firm, he served as the CFO of New Regency Productions, coordinating all financial functions of the motion picture and production company. Robert has also worked at Largo Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios. He started his career as an accountant at Ernst & Young after graduating from UCLA. Robert and his husband, Rodrigo Goncalves, live in Beverly Hills, California.


John Farnam

John Farnam represents the Morgridge Family Foundation and Mile High United Way through his public relations firm, Market Anticipators. In this role he works to advance the mission of both organizations through discovery of innovative approaches to education and aligning resources for both organizations behind a common goal. Previously, he served as Vice President of Marketing for Goodwill Industries of Denver and as Executive Director of the Northern Colorado AIDS Project. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Denver Academy and volunteers at the Tennyson Center for Children and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. John is a graduate of the University of Wyoming.


J. Kevin Jones

Kevin joins the Workplace Equality Index Advisory Board with over 25 years’ experience in financial services in addition to significant involvement on global LGBT workplace issues as both a volunteer and as an executive. His career on Wall Street began as a credit analyst for complex corporate debt transactions, after which he eventually lead North American loan and letter of credit operations at Barclays Capital. He was also the managing director role for a global risk management support organization at Citigroup. Kevin was a long-serving member of HRC’s Business Council, was a member of the GenderPAC and TrueChild Board of Directors, and represented Citi on the Board of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates – eventually joining Out & Equal’s executive leadership team in San Francisco after leaving Citi. Kevin holds an MBA and JD from Washington University in St. Louis. Kevin is the founding chair of the Sonoma County Stonewall Democrats. Along with his husband, Tony, he enjoys following the stock markets and is passionate about broad social justice issues, especially as they impact the workplace and the LGBT community.


Bill Lewis

Bill brings 25 years of media experience to the advisory board. He was a vice president and officer of the board of family owned Mac America Communications, where he was intricately involved in the 400 employee operation. He also ran Desert Production Center, a video and film production and post-production division of Mac America. Currently he is involved in numerous real estate projects. He has served on numerous boards including of COMPAS (Combined Organization for Metropolitan Phoenix Arts & Sciences), The Phoenix Symphony, Girl Scouts, and Pro-Act. Bill was involved in the creation of Arizona’s first LGBT Human Rights organization, Arizona Human Rights Fund, now called Equality Arizona. He served on the board of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund for eight years. He and his husband, Rick Underwood, call both Phoenix and Telluride home, depending on the season.


Debra A. Neiman, CFP®

Debra is principal and founder of Neiman & Associates Financial Services, LLC, a Massachusetts-based financial planning and investment advisory firm. She specializes in investment, retirement, and tax planning issues for individuals and families, both traditional and non-traditional. Debra is a Certified Financial Planner licensee and is Past President of the Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts. She is the co-founder and member of the board of directors of Pride Planners™, a non-profit organization that provides professional development, networking, and resources for financial advisors who serve LGBT couples and families. Debra co-authored the book Money Without Matrimony: The Unmarried Couple’s Guide to Financial Security, published by Dearborn in 2005. Debra holds a BA from SUNY Buffalo and an MBA from University of Rochester. She and her partner live in the Boston area with their daughter.


Charlie Rounds

Charlie Rounds is Managing Director at Out Think Partners where he leads efforts with domestic and international organizations on how to improve the lives of the global LGBT community. Charlie is currently busy building Give Out Day, the first ever national LGBT day of giving. Previously, Charlie spent 30 years in the travel industry, formerly as President of both RSVP Vacations and The Forward Motion Group. He has served on numerous boards including The Center for Victims of Torture, Minnesota Aids Project, and The Kevin J. Mossier Foundation as well as being the Board Chair of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Foundation. In addition, he served in Peace Corps in Cameroon, and is a graduate of University of Minnesota. Charlie and his husband, Mark Hiemenz, are happy to call Minnesota their home.


Todd Sears

Todd Sears is the Founder and Principal of Coda Leadership, a strategic advising firm which helps companies move diversity beyond traditional programs and integrate it into business objectives by positioning diversity as an imperative component of a firm’s competitive success. A key initiative of Coda is Out Leadership, a series of innovative and forward-thinking initiatives to leverage LGBT opportunities across a range of industries. Designed to engage senior leaders, our global initiatives seek to impact business results, develop talent and drive equality forward. These initiatives operate within three industry-specific verticals: Out on the Street, Out in Law, and Out in Insurance. Todd began his career as an investment banker at Schroders as well as DeSilva & Phillips, before becoming a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, where he created the first private banking team to focus on the LGBT community. He later led the firm’s diversity strategy, before moving to Credit Suisse as Head of Diversity & Inclusion Americas. He is a graduate of Duke University.


Meghan Stabler

Meghan Stabler is an Advisor at CA Technologies, an IT management software and solutions company, where she focuses on global marketing and communications. Meghan has deep expertise of enterprise and security software, including assorted platforms from cloud to mainframe. She has consulted with IT departments for governments and corporations on the best approaches to maximize their return on investment to spur growth and accelerate business opportunities. Prior to joining CA Technologies she was a Senior Director at BMC Software. Meghan is a member of the Human Rights Campaign national Board of Directors and Business Council, with a focus on LGBT workplace issues, policy and practices. She plays an active consulting role in Federal, State and Local legislation and politics. As a nationally recognized LGBT advocate Meghan has appeared on television, radio and print media representing a number of IT industry, LGBT and political issues. Meghan lives in Austin, TX with her partner Erin and their daughter.

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