By BTL Staff
NEW YORK – The Tyler Clementi Foundation, based in New York City, has named Sean Kosofsky as its first full-time executive director. TCF was formed in 2012 to honor the memory of gay Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who tragically took his life in 2010 after being targeted for his sexuality by his roommate. With this full-time hire, the organization continues with its growth strategy to have a greater national impact in curtailing bullying.
“We are very excited to have someone with Sean’s experience, skills and passion join our organization,” said Jane Clementi, the mother of Tyler Clementi. “Our organization has tremendous goodwill around the country that we build on with Sean at the helm. We also want to thank our departing executive director, Steven Guy, for the early infrastructure and leadership he provided us as a startup.”
Kosofsky’s background includes 12 years as the Policy Director for Michigan’s Triangle Foundation (now Equality Michigan) where he helped build public support for the eventual passage of the state’s anti-bullying law “Matt’s Safe Schools Law.” He served as co-chair for the campaign to stop North Carolina’s anti-marriage equality ballot measure in 2012. He has led several state and national organizations working on a broad range of social justice issues including voting access, women’s reproductive health and generally helping organizations grow their capacity.
“I am honored to partner with the Clementi family and the Tyler Clementi Foundation in leading this valuable organization,” said Kosofsky. “Bullying, harassment and humiliation destroy the human spirit and people’s lives. When the world lost Tyler Clementi, his family didn’t retreat. They dedicated their lives to telling their story and working to prevent the suffering and marginalization of others. I am very excited to work with them on that journey and together we plan to expand the impact of the organization in the coming years.”
TCF encourages individuals to be “upstanders,” not bystanders, when they witness bullying, harassment or humiliation. Individuals can sign a pledge at http://www.tylerclementi.org