John D’Emilio, President, is a professor emeritus of history and of women’s and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He continues to research and write about the U.S. since World War II, social movements, and the history of sexuality. A pioneer in the field of gay and lesbian studies, he is the author or editor of more than half a dozen books, including Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: the Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States, Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, with Estelle Freedman and Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin.
Hal Shipman, Treasurer, is the Associate Director for Enterprise Systems & Application Development at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Hal was first exposed to the high quality of Gerber/Hart’s collection when he was trying to track down a text he needed for his coursework at Northwestern for his MA in Literature. He began volunteering at the Library after he read Jim Down’s Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation and was struck by how vital it is to preserve our history as a community. Hal is particularly interested in the efforts to make the archives’ material available to a wider audience through technology. He is currently working with the Library Director, Wil Brant, on a data visualization of the LGBT spaces in Chicago over time. When this tool is complete, it will be available on the Gerber/Hart website. Hal is a co-founder of the Chicago Dragons Rugby Football Club and a past member of the Victory Fund Campaign Board.
Tony Neuhoff is in-house counsel for GCM Grosvenor, where he was recently recognized with their GCM in the Community Award. Previously, he served as counsel for Allstate Investments and practiced with the law firm Sidley Austin LLP. Tony has been named among the Best U.S. Lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. Prior to his career as an attorney, he worked in the art and museum fields. Tony is excited to assist in leading Gerber/Hart Library and Archives as it grows from a vital community resource to a preeminent nonprofit organization.
William R. (Bill) Gordon brings forty years of public library service to his position on the Gerber/Hart Board. He managed public libraries in Washington State, Idaho, Minnesota and Maryland before coming to Illinois. His last professional position was with the American Library Association, located in Chicago, where he served as the Executive Director. Over the years he has served on numerous boards and commissions and has extensive experience in management, administration and fund raising in non-profit organizations.