Johnson Family Foundation Welcomes Dylan Hoos as the New Executive Director

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Johnson Family Foundation Welcomes Dylan Hoos as the New Executive Director

The Johnson Family Foundation (JFF) is pleased to welcome Dylan Hoos as its next Executive Director. Dylan will succeed Richard Burns, who has served as Interim Executive Director since June of 2020.

"We are pleased to welcome Dylan into this leadership role and thrilled to have him lead JFF into the future. We are grateful to Richard for guiding JFF through this transition while providing unwavering and inspirational leadership" said JFF Board Chair, James M. Johnson. “We are proud of Dylan and Richard’s collaboration through this transition, and of their substantial achievements at JFF and contributions to the nonprofit sector more broadly. It continues to be a great pleasure to work with them as we share a commitment to JFF’s mission and values.”

"I am honored to step into this new role. After eight years of working with JFF, I am more energized than ever to continue its efforts,” said Dylan. “I look forward to working with our staff and board to support more just and inclusive communities, a stronger American democracy, and the advancement of LGBTQ rights. In our work ahead, we remain committed to creating opportunities for rising social justice leaders and look forward to launching the JFF Justice Fellowship program.”

Dylan’s tenure as JFF’s executive director began on January 1, 2023. Richard will continue to work with JFF as an executive coach and consultant for grantmaking and the emergent Johnson Justice Fellowship Program.

About JFF

Through place-based and national grant-making programs, JFF works to develop healthy, vibrant, and just communities where individuals, families and the next generation of leaders will thrive, with an emphasis on LGBTQ rights, education and entrepreneurship, and promoting equality and social progress. JFF has staff in New York, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.

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Dylan Hoos has been working with JFF since 2015 and has served as the chief operating officer for the past two years. Prior to serving as chief operating officer, Dylan served as a consultant, program manager, and program officer at JFF.

He will continue to lead JFF’s Colorado and LGBTQ grantmaking and oversee JFF’s grantmaking interests across all portfolios. His grantmaking experience ranges from large-scale national advocacy and policy development to rural community building. Previously, Dylan worked at the Telluride Foundation to help structure and implement new economic development programs in rural communities on the Western Slope of Colorado. In his time with the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, Dylan helped design procedures for the execution of over $40 million in grants focused on early childhood education and leveling the playing field for those living in poverty and adversity.

Dylan holds a degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia where he also studied architecture. He serves as chair of the board of directors of Mountainfilm and on the executive committee of the Fund for a Safer Future. Dylan is based in Telluride, Colorado.

Dylan is passionate about the outdoors. For five summers, he guided outdoor adventure trips in California, Colorado, and Puerto Rico. He spends his free time skiing, mountain climbing, and traveling.

Richard Burns is a nonprofit management consultant and executive coach who has served as interim executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Lambda Legal, the North Star Fund, PENCIL, the Funding Exchange, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and the Stonewall Community Foundation.

He was previously the chief operating officer of the Arcus Foundation and was executive director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City for 22 years, from 1986 to 2009.

Richard is the chair of the founding board of directors of the American LGBTQ+ Museum and serves on the boards of directors of the Proteus Fund and the New York City AIDS Memorial Park. He recently retired from the board of Nonprofit New York and was a longtime member of the selection committee of the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards.

He serves on the advisory boards of the Center for HIV Law & Policy and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project. Richard was Managing Editor of Gay Community News in the late 1970’s and was president of the founding board of directors of GLAD in Boston from 1978 through 1986.

Richard is a graduate of Hamilton College and Northeastern University School of Law.

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