Judge Seth M. Marnin was appointed to the New York State Court of Claims by Governor Kathy Hochul on June 7, 2023. Judge Marnin is the first out trans person to serve on the bench in New York and the first out transgender man to serve anywhere in the country.
Prior to his appointment, he was the Director of Training and Education for the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at Columbia University. In this role, he led Columbia’s harassment and discrimination prevention efforts. Judge Marnin has been a longtime leader and advocate in higher education and the law. He began his career in student affairs and residential life at the University at Albany; he later joined the University of Connecticut as the Director of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Resources. He moved from higher education to practicing employment law at Outten & Golden LLP and subsequently served as the Vice President for Civil Rights at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) where he oversaw ADL’s domestic civil rights agenda.
Judge Marnin has spoken nationally and internationally on LGBTQ issues, hate crime laws, discrimination, civil rights, religious liberty, the First Amendment and academic freedom. Prior to becoming a judge, he co-authored friend-of-the-court briefs in numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts around the country, including Obergefell and Windsor.
He previously served on the planning committee for the National LGBT Bar Association’s Transgender Roundtable, the World Professional Organization for Transgender Health (WPATH) Legal Committee, and as a board member for Out for Work. Judge Marnin resides in New York City with his wife and their blended family.
Stuart Kurlander is a Past President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. He has previously served as Vice President for Financial Resource Development, Vice-President for Israel and Overseas, Vice President at Large, Co-Chair of the Campaign’s Philanthropic Leadership Group, and Co-Chair of Operation Promise, all for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Jewish Endowment Fund. Mr. Kurlander serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). He currently serves on the JDC’s Legal and Resource Development Committees and is chair of the JDC’s Government Relations Committee He is Board Chair of the American Committee for the Tel Aviv Foundation. He is also a Trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. And he also serves on the board of the Jewish Electorate Institute which is affiliated with the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA).
Stuart Kurlander is the Founder and past Chair of the Kurlander Program on Gay and Lesbian Outreach and Engagement (GLOE) at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, the first program of its type at a Jewish Community Center. In 2012 and 2014, GLOE was selected by Slingshot as one of the 50 most innovative nonprofits in North American Jewish Life. Stuart was also a funder and adviser for the Human Rights Campaign Jewish Organization Equality Index released in 2012. He was National Chair of the first UJC LGBT Pride Mission to Israel in 2005. He served as the National Chair of the 2016 JFNA LGBTQ Mission to Israel which brought to Israel more than a 100 LGBTQ persons from around the country. In 2018, Stuart co founded with Rabbi Gil Steinlauf the Hineni Fellowship for LGBTQ Jewish Leadership.
He is a Wexner Heritage program alumni and a former member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of United Jewish Communities. He is also an owner of WJW Group, which includes the Washington Jewish Week and The Baltimore Jewish Times. Stuart is a member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the distinguished Cosmos Club of Washington D.C. He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC. Stuart Kurlander is a Health Care and Life Sciences Corporate and Litigation Partner in the Washington office of the international law firm Latham & Watkins LLP. He is the Founding Partner and former Chair of the Washington, DC Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Group (HLS) and is also former Global Co-Chair of the HLS Practice Group. Mr. Kurlander is the Global Co-Chair of the Israel Practice.
Martin Tannenbaum brings over 40 years of experience helping nonprofit and for-profit organizations learn, grow and innovate. He developed his expertise through a series of senior leadership positions at Merrill Lynch (as Group Vice President, Business Financial Services), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (as Executive Director of New and Traditional Products), and as Chief Operating Officer at The Idea Factory. He also gained deep insights as a consultant with several premier nonprofit organizations: The Boston Foundation, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and Yale-New Haven Medical Center. He currently consults with Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Martin serves as Resource Development Chair and a board member at Sha’ar Zahav as well as Rhoda Goldman Plaza. He is also a past board chair of Keshet. Martin received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and an MBA, with honors, from Boston University.
B. Andrew Zelermyer served as the Keshet Board Chair from January 2014 through December 2018. He was previously the Board Treasurer, and he has been a board member since 2010. Andrew is a board and executive committee member of Greater Boston Legal Services and a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. Andrew has been involved in several other nonprofit and community organizations, including his synagogue, Temple Israel, where he served as a board member and treasurer, the Boston Preservation Alliance, where he served on the board, the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and Mass Equality, where he was a founding board member. He is an alumnus of Lead Boston and CJP’s Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program. Andrew and his husband, Dan Romanow, have committed their time to improving the lives of those whose voices are not often heard, in particular, inner-city youth, LGBTQ people, and those who are subject to bigotry and discrimination. In 2016, Andrew made the decision to retire from his active law practice at Goulston & Storrs to be home full-time with his children, Isaac and Julia. Andrew, Dan, and their children live in Brookline, Massachusetts.