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Urvashi Vaid is an attorney and political activist who moved to the United States from India at age eight with her family. She is best known for her years dedicated to promoting civil rights issues for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons.
Since January 2001, Vaid has worked at the Ford Foundation where she is the Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Unit, managing a grant-making portfolio on U.S. civil society. From 1986-2001, Vaid worked for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), the oldest national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) civil rights organization, first as Media Director (1986-1989), then Executive Director (1989-1992), and Policy Institute think-tank Director (1997-2000). She is a former staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project, where she initiated the organization’s work on HIV/AIDS policies in prisons.
Source - Arcus Foundation http://www.arcusfoundation.org/pages/news_cur_vaid_bio.shtml