Please meet some of the members of our hard-working and dedicated staff.
Bill Harrison, President and Executive Director
Bill Harrison has served as our president and executive director since 2012. Bill brings years of nonprofit experience, having served with the Fan Free Clinic as development and community resources during the height of the HIV epidemic. He was also the first public information officer with the Virginia Department of Health’s Bureau of STD/AIDS. Before joining the Diversity team, for 17 years he was the Government and Public Affairs Director with the American Red Cross, Greater Richmond Chapter. He served the month of October, 2001 at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks of 9-11.
A longtime activist, Bill co-chaired Richmond’s first pride festival in 1978, also serving with a number of LGBT organizations such as Dignity-Integrity, the Episcopal Diocese Commission on Human Sexuality Communities and the Richmond Gay Pride Coalition.
A prolific writer, Bill’s op-ed that was printed in the Richmond Times Dispatch, “Gay Marriage, the Biggest Civil Rights Issue of Our Time,” was recognized by the Richmond Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America with the “2104 Best In Show Award.” In 2015, Virginia Pride recognized Bill with the inaugural “Firework Award.”
Under Bill’s leadership, our rebranding campaign which included a name change, along with greatly raising the community’s awareness of our organization, are but two of our accomplishments. In 2015 the Association of Fundraising Professionals named Diversity Richmond as “Foundation Philanthropist of the Year,” the first time an LGBT organization had received the recognition.
Rodney Lofton, Deputy Director
Rodney Lofton has been a voice and advocate for those living with HIV for almost 20 years. He has served as a keynote speaker and requested facilitator by the New Jersey World AIDS Day Celebration, the United States Conference on AIDS, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Conference among others. He served on the United States – Saratov Oblast HIV prevention partnership program, in the Saratov-Oblast region in Russia.
He is a former freelance writer and public relations professional, having worked with Kool and the Gang and Mary Wilson of the legendary Supremes. He served as a columnist for the online website GBMNews. His column focused on issues around HIV/AIDS and African-American gay men. His debut novel, The Day I Stopped Being Pretty: A Memoir along with his sophomore effort No More Tomorrows: Two Lives, Two Stories, One Love were both nominated for Lambda Literary Awards. He is a member of the Balm in Gilead’s Community Advisory Board and the 7th District Health and Wellness Initiative in Richmond, VA under the leadership of City Councilwoman Dr. Cynthia Newbille and a former board member of VAPride.
Rodney is also being recognized by Equality Virginia as an Outstanding Virginian for 2015.
Dia Idleman, Controller
Dia Idleman has been with the Richmond Gay Community Foundation since February of 2010. She has been working in accounting and financial management since 1998 and in the non-profit sector since 2001 when she began working for Warren Whitney and Sherwood, a Richmond area management consulting firm. She then moved to Preservation Virginia where she worked as Accounting Manager and then as the Statewide Retail Manager. Prior to 1998, Dia was a designer and small business owner in the fashion accessories industry.