Jerry ChasenDevelopment Committee Chair
Jerry Chasen is a member of the board of directors of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults.
As a board member, Jerry serves on the organization’s Strategic Planning Committee, and on the Planned Giving Committee. Having worked for many years as an estate planning attorney with a focus on LGBT families and charitable gifts, he is well versed in the legal and practical issues that this type of planning presents, and routinely wrote and spoke about these issues all over the country. As part of his practice, he founded the Advisors Project, a program for professional advisors that promoted the importance of client values in philanthropic planning.
In addition to his law practice, Jerry was also trained as a life coach. Being a boomer and aware of the tremendous challenges his generation would face in the social and non-financial aspects of retirement, his coach training focused on the challenges of successful aging. No longer practicing as a coach, he now finds expression for these same concerns in his work with SAGE.
Jerry has been very active in his local Miami, FL LGBT community, which was acknowledged with the 2007 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award. He was responsible for the 2004 agreement by which the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force assumed responsibility for producing two signature Miami events, the annual Miami Recognition Dinner, and the fabled Winter Party. Revenue from these events is shared between the Task Force and the local community, and since 2004, the GLBT Community Projects Fund at the Miami Foundation, which fund Jerry chairs, has distributed over $1,000,000 in support to local organizations. He also served on the national board of Lambda Legal, and was chair of its development committee.
Since 2009, Jerry has been the Vice President of the Alliance for Global Good, a non-profit that encourages and supports collaboration, innovation, leverage, sustainability, and scalability in global development efforts. He lives in Miami with his husband, Mark Kirby, and their fabulous dog Buster.