Lorri L. Jean is nationally recognized as one of the most effective leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) civil rights movement. Jean serves as CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world’s largest LGBT organization. Previously, Jean served as the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. OUT Magazine has twice named her one of the 50 most powerful gay people in the nation and Los Angeles Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in Los Angeles.
Jean has been an activist on LGBT issues for almost three decades. She was the lead plaintiff in the successful landmark lawsuit against Georgetown University to prohibit its discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. She also was the first openly gay or lesbian person to receive a top secret security clearance from the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1989, with her appointment as Deputy Regional Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”), she became the highest-ranking openly gay or lesbian person in the Federal government.
While serving at the helm of the Gay & Lesbian Center, Jean has driven a period of unprecedented expansion, increasing the budget from $8 to $72 million and the numbers of people served annually to more than a quarter million. While running the Task Force, Jean oversaw an organizational turnaround that brought the organization to financial solvency and increased annual revenues to an all-time high.
Jean and her partner of more than 21 years, attorney Gina M. Calvelli, live in Hollywood. They were legally married in 2008.