Urvashi Vaid

President | The Vaid Group


Urvashi Vaid is a creative strategist and consultant who has long worked in civil rights and social change movements.  She is President of The Vaid Group LLC, a social innovation firm that advises donors and organizations, and incubates original initiatives to advance equity, justice and inclusion.  

Vaid is a founder of the Donors of Color project, and co-author (with Ashindi Maxton) of The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color (2017).  

Vaid has held leadership roles in legal, advocacy, grassroots, philanthropic and academic institutions.  She was Senior Fellow at Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law; and a Senior Fellow at the Graduate Center of the City of New York (CUNY).  Vaid served as Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation and was Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Unit at the Ford Foundation. She is a former-Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, where she worked in several roles, and a past staff attorney at the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  Vaid is author of several books, original reports and articles, including, Irresistible Revolution:  Confronting Race, Class and The Assumptions of LGBT Politics (Magnus, 2012); and Virtual Equality:  The Mainstreaming of Gay & Lesbian Liberation (Anchor/Doubleday, 1995).

Vaid is Chair of the national Board of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund; and a member of the Boards of Roadwork Center for Cultures in Disputed Territories; LPAC, the lesbian Super PAC, and the American Museum of LGBTQ History & Culture. She is a graduate of Vassar College and Northeastern University School of Law.