Executive Resume

L. Michael Gipson, BFA, MS
▪     (m) 216-534-9017     ▪      faithwalkllc@gmail.com    ▪

Objective: To utilize my demonstrated skills and experience as an editor, educator, administrator, fundraiser, technical writer, instructional designer, and as a founder of agencies to serve and strengthen marginalized communities.


Employment History

Founder/Principal  01/11 – Present
Faithwalk Enterprises, LLC Washington, DC; Chicago, IL
  • Manage an $80,000-100,000for-profit training,organizational development and technical writing firm; duties include: project management, program and organizational development, sustainability planning, client relationship development, subject matter expert recruitment, and coordination of sub-contractual teams to meet clients’ needs.
  • Raised $846,000 of a $2,300,000 budget over 1 year(with an additional $500,000 over the next year and $400,000 over the next four) for Metro TeenAIDS through the development of winning foundation ($90,000), corporate ($100,000), and government ($656,000) grant proposals.
  • Drafted the faith-based manual HIV/AIDS:What You and Your Community Can Do for the White House Office of HIV/AIDS Policy as a sub-contractor for Altarum Institute.
  • Researched, created, and presented Transitioning HIV Positive Youth into Adult Care: A Manual for the Ohio AIDS Coalition and Camp Sunrise targeting clinical social workers.
  • Developed for the DC Department of Health HIV/AIDS Administration a three-year DC HIV and Substance Abuse Prevention Service Integration Plan 2010-2013 to reduce IDU HIV infection by 20% over the next 3 years and increase quality continuum of care services for DC residents with HIV, mental health, and substance a bus eco-morbidities.
  • Providing fundraising, program and organizational development technical assistance to Us HelpingUs, Pediatric AIDS, and DOH Effi Barry Capacity Building Initiative, among others.
  • Managed the business and marketing affairs of artists rep life and Marcell & The Truth.


Executive Consultant; Executive Director 09/11 – Present; 09/10 – 09/11
Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts  Washington, DC
  • Managed and now consult with a 25-year old, small $150,000 pro bono legal services nonprofit targeting Greater Washington Area artists and small arts nonprofits.
  • Supervised a staff of four contractors and two interns to meet the needs of over 335 individual members, law firms, and non-profit organizations.
  • Developed and executed strategic multi-year development plans that increased operating revenue by 15% over 12 months and membership by 20% over 12 months.
  • Launched the organization’s first multi-session creative entrepreneurship youth program.


Program Manager/Supervisory Public Health Analyst  06/06 – 12/07
DC Department of Health /HIV/AIDS Administration Washington, DC
  • Supervised an HIV prevention unit of 10 full-time public health analyst/project officer staff monitoring a portfolio of 15-20 HIV intervention programs targeting high-risk residents.
  • Managed a $6,000,000 portfolio out of a total $92,000,000 administration budget.
  • Administered two $2,000,000 grant cycle processes from RFA development to award distribution of Centers for Disease Control pass-through dollars to support HIV services.
  • Developed from research and planning to publication and launch the DC Youth and HIV Prevention Plan 2007-2010, a municipal plan to reduce 30% of DC youth HIV infections.


Founder/Principal 11/00 – 12/05, 06/06 – 09/07
LMG Consulting, Inc. Washington, DC; Cleveland, OH
  • Cultivated in 4 months $2,000,000 incorporate sponsorships and foundation grants for the Black AIDS Institute’s Black AIDS Summit at the International Conference on AIDS, development formalization support, and its national HIV education initiatives.
  • Coordinated the logistics and programming for the all day Racial and Economic Justice Institute at the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) annual conference, and researched and developed NYAC’s living wage and affirmative action hiring policies.
  • Produced and directed 6 youth-led social events attended by an avg. of 200 youth per event, a DVD short film distributed to 1000 youth, and a 3-day run of a Cleveland Public Theater play for the LiveArt program of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland.


Director of Education
Associate Director of Youth Programs/Consultant  
07/05 – 06/06
04/02 – 07/05
AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland/Beyond Identities Community Center Cleveland, OH
  • Co-founded, managed, and secured $450,000 a year over 5 years in Centers for Disease Control funding for the only comprehensive lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth of color social service center in Ohio; the Beyond Identities Community Center supported 1500 heterosexual and sexual minority youth in 5 years.
  • Managed $782,000 programming budget of local, state and federal funding resources out of a total $4,000,000 operations budget for Ohio’s largest AIDS service organization.
  • Reported to the Deputy Director as third on the organizational chain of command and served as a senior member of the agency’s 7-member executive leadership team.
  • Administered 11 local to federally funded programs and supervised an HIV and Hepatitis prevention education and HIV testing division of 10 full-time and 13 part-time employees.
  • Supervised and trained rotating team of 10 peer educators over 4 years who implemented 4 city-wide, multi-media social marketing campaigns reaching over 64,000 urban youth.
  • Raised a personal total of $35,000 through independently coordinated donor parties over 3 years and increased program funding through grants by $665,000 in 1 year.


Club 1722 Youth Project Coordinator/Consultant     04/02 – 01/04
BlackOut Unlimited      Cleveland, OH
  • Generated $200,000 in funding through a year of successful grant proposals, and provided executive-level technical assistance over several years to assist the agency in growing its programming resources from $10,000 to $100,000 over 3 years in government funding.
  • Designed and facilitated board development training sessions resulting in board fundraising plans for the primary grassroots agency serving local black LGBTQ communities.
  • Initiated and facilitated weekly HIV and drug prevention,lifeskills, and workforce development sessions for 40 Black and Latino LGBTQ young people ages 13 to 24.


Racial and Economic Justice Coordinator  01/00 – 04/02
National Youth Advocacy Coalition  Washington, DC
  • Co-led a 3-year charge to transition—from board to membership—the$2,000,000, 133- member national queer youth advocacy organization from operating with a single-issue focus into a multi-issue advocacy organization responding to queer youth issues in policy,practice, and procedure from a social justice, anti-oppression framework.
  • Managed an $80,000 a year, 3-year Ford Foundation funded program budget, coordinated a mini-grants process, and served as a project officer for the resulting 5 grant-awarded youth activism demonstration sites set in 5 US urban centers.
  • Assisted in grant development, and fostered collaborative relationships with national civil rights organizations to identify common ground and address oppression intersections.


Program Associate 01/98 – 01/00
Advocates for Youth (National Office) Washington, DC
  •  Conducted and presented primary research on condom accessibility for U.S.youth in urban, rural and suburban communities in New York, California, and Washington,DC.
  • Completed secondary research and literature reviews for the development of a series of published fact sheets and issue briefs on young women of color (YWOC) sexual health and the best practices of comprehensive sexuality education programs servicing YWOC.
  • Designed and implemented over 100 adolescent sexual health development skills- building trainings nationwide for grassroots agencies, health departments, and youth service professionals, with an emphasis on services for YWOC and sexual minority youth of color.


Summer Membership Outreach Assistant 05/97 – 10/97
Human Rights Campaign (National Office) Washington, DC
  •  Assisted national canvassing coordination efforts for voter education and member cultivation at 20 of 155 urban, rural, and suburban area gay prides across the U.S.
  • Conducted 20 issue briefings for grassroots environmental organizations to recruit 100 canvassers for organized canvassing efforts at 20 pride events targeting potential members and financial donors for the Human Rights Campaign political lobbying efforts.


SIMBA Program Coordinator 04/96 – 04/97
Whitman Walker Clinic Washington, DC
  •  Recruited black gay and bisexual community gatekeepers to host safer sex education house parties and then facilitated interventions in their homes, educating a total of 275 black gay and bisexual men in the Washington, DC area over 1 year.
  • Coordinated bar, club, and sex venue outreach to supply 5,000 black gay and bisexual men with safer sex tools, education materials, and linkages to HIV testing services.
  • Developed Safe In My Brothers Arms(S.I.M.B.A.), the first DC HIV prevention social marketing campaign targeting black gay men, over 5,000 materials distributed to BGMs.


Youth Program Associate 04/95 – 04/96
Columbia Heights Youth Center Washington, DC
  •  Assisted the Youth Program Director in creating and implementing the daily educational and recreational activities for an est. 200 neighborhood youth ages 6 through 19.
  • Responsible for the delivery of adolescent physical and sexual health education curricula, and coordinated teen HIV/STI screenings with local clinical service partners.
  • Supervised 2 teen summer interns who assisted in various arts and youth development services provision.


Constituent Services Intern 09/95 – 05/96
Office of Ward 7 City Councilman Kevin P. Chavous Washington, DC
  • Assisted the Director of Constituent Services in managing and closing an est. 75 constituent service cases over 1 school year on a host of human and social service matters,from intervening with public utilities on delinquent constituents’ behalf to assisting with community charges of local police harassment within ward 7.


Full Sail University
Masters of Science in Education Media Design and Technology(5/14 projected grad date)
11/12 – Present
Goddard College
Bachelors of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (completed)
01/06 – 08/08
University of the District of Columbia
Sociology/Fine Arts
09/95 – 05/99
Harold Washington College
Fine Arts (Theater)
09/92 – 12/93
Fundraising Super Training for Global Youth Leaders
Courses: Building Lifelong Donors (Terry Axelrod Model)
Fundraising from the Heart (Lynne Twist Model)
08/26/01 – 08/30/01
Pacific Grove, California
Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University/
The Fund Raising School
Principles and Techniques of Fundraising
(40 hr. training)
Fall 2000
Indianapolis, Indiana
OutGiving/Gill Foundation
Ask People for Money Resource Development Track
07/25/98 – 07/29/98
San Francisco, California

Publishing Credits (Columnist/Contributing Writer)

Lambda Literary
Associate Editor/Literary Critic
07/11 – Present
Music Editor
01/2007 – Present
Senior Writer
11/08 – 01/12, 10/13 – Present
Creative Loafing Atlanta
Music Reviewer
06/08 – 12/12
Windy City Times
Freelance News Contributor
06/13 – 09/13
Port of HarlemEntertainment Writer 06/08 – 1/10
BET/Centric Soul Sessions
Blog Leader
12/09 – 12/10
11/08 – 04/10
Pulse Magazine
Features Writer Contributor
11/04 – 01/08
Clik Magazine
Features Writer Contributor
12/05 – 04/08
Urban Dialect
Features Writer Contributor
01/03 – 10/04
Gay People’s Chronicle
Features Writer Contributor
12/02 – 12/05
Arise Magazine
Features Writer Contributor
01/99 – 7/03

Publishing Credits (Government Resources/Anthology Contributor/Book Author)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
DHAP HIV/AIDS Listening Series Report
Magnus Books
For Colored Boys: Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Still Is Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, Coming Home— Contributor
Red Dirt Publishing
Collisions: A Collection of Intersections — Author
Edeclectic Publishing
From Us To You With Love: Black Men Writing About The Black Women They Love — Contributor
DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education
NASBE Education Report — Principal Writer
Effusses/Sangha Publishing
Mighty Real: Anthological Works By African American SGLBT People
— Contributor
DC Department of Health
HIV and Substance Use Strategic Plan 2010-13 — Principal Writer
Ohio AIDS Coalition
Transitioning HIV+ Youth Into Adult Care: A Manual
Office of AIDS Policy
HIV/AIDS: What You and Your Community Can Do — Principal Writer
Springer Books
Health Issues Confronting Minority MSM — Contributor
DC Department of Health
DC Youth and HIV/AIDS Prevention Plan 2007-10 — Principal Writer
Lexington Books/PRAAC
Poverty and Race in America: 2001-2005 — Contributor
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Healthy People 2010 LGBT Companion Document — Contributor, Editorial Committee

Volunteer Experience

Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus (CBGMC)
Board Member, Program Co-Chair
10/12 – Present
Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library 
Volunteer Creative Writing Arts Instructor
01/12 – 07/12 
Us Helping Us
Board Member, Volunteer Creative Writing Arts Instructor
05/09 – 07/12
Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League
Board Member
01/97 – 01/99
National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum
Youth Program Coordinator
01/97 – 12/97
Aetna Post-Saturday Academy/Howard University
Male Mentorship Coordinator
09/95 – 04/97
DC Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays
Membership Co-Chair
10/94 – 10/95


AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
Founders Award for Community Achievement
Ohio Society of Journalism 
Nominated for Arts/Cultural Criticism Award
NAACP/African American AIDS Policy Institute
Leaders of Tomorrow Today Award
National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum
Finalist for the Joan Fountain Award for Youth Activism
DC Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays
Youth Activist of the Year


National Association of Recording Industry Professionals 
Associate Member
01/11 – Present
Black Philanthropic Alliance 
Individual Member
10/10 – Present
Association of Fundraising Professionals   
Associate Member
05/09 – Present


Available upon request

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