Alex Sheldon, MA
Alex Sheldon is a professional researcher, strategist, and advocate with over 15 years of experience in the field of human rights with a concentration in LGBTQ rights. They live in Charlotte, NC with their partner and two dogs, Oatmeal and Coconut. Prior to joining GLMA, Alex was the Head of Research & Social Impact at Daylight, where they specialized in economic inclusion for LGBTQ people. Previously, Alex served as the Deputy Director of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) at the Clinton Foundation, and they held roles at Everytown for Gun Safety, the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), and several international nonprofits. They received an MA in International Human Rights with a concentration in Global Health Affairs from the University of Denver, a BA in Psychology from Whittier College in California, and a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Alex currently serves on the Board of Directors at both the Brooklyn Community Pride Center and the Equality Federation.
Mason Patenaude, LMSW
Operations and Events Manager
Mason Patenaude is an advocate for advancing health equity with over 10 years experience working to make healthcare more accessible and affirming. Mason received his Master's of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University. Prior to joining GLMA, he led recruitment and retention efforts within the Office of Diversity Affairs at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Langone Health. During his time at NYU, Mason facilitated LGBTQ+ best practices trainings and managed identity-based mentoring programs for historically marginalized medical students, residents and faculty. He has provided health education and care coordination for people living with HIV/AIDS and run a community housing program for LGBTQ+ unhoused youth. Mason currently lives in Boston, MA with his partner and two cats which he hopes will someday turn into dogs.