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Earl Plante has worked his entire professional life in the non-profit sector as a passionate advocate for social and economic justice. He believes that public education, advocacy, and increased visibility are fundamental to combating societal barriers of prejudice and discrimination in our various communities.
Earl is the executive director of One Voice PAC. One Voice is a leadership political action committee, founded by its honorary chair, Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California. One Voice PAC is committed to helping elect progressive candidates to Congress. It also seeks to change the way that our political system works by engaging communities and individuals who have traditionally been excluded from political processes. For more information about One Voice, anyone can contact him.
Prior to One Voice, Earl was employed by The Trevor Project as their chief development officer, where he was chiefly responsible for raising its annual budget of $2.1 million, through individual donors, foundations, corporations, government and special events. Prior to The Trevor Project, Earl worked for the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), a national LGBT nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC where he was the chief operating officer. At NBJC, he managed the $1.3 million budget, along with its finances, technology and human resources. Earlier, Earl was the development director at the National Minority AIDS Council where he administered all aspects of fund raising NMAC’s $7 million budget. Earl has also held previous senior management positions at Union Settlement Association, Gay Men of African Descent, and Funders Concerned About AIDS. Earl attended Dartmouth College.
When asked what first motivated him to work for social justice goals, Earl explained,
"The movement that's nearest and dearest to my heart is the feminist movement. My mom went to Woodstock. She is someone who impressed those values on me at a very early age. One of the big reasons I do the work that I do, in terms of trying to bridge perspectives, bringing people together from different backgrounds and orientations and cultures, is that I come from a mixed background, obviously. My father was killed when I was 5 years old by a racist, white cop. That was kind of the signature moment in my life. That moment instilled in me, at a very early age, the difficulties of society, in terms of it being against miscegenation, mixing of the races. That's why I've dedicated my life to nonprofit activism to try to bring people from different backgrounds together."His passion for his progressive work stems from his belief in the power of grassroots organizing to mobilize and educate people to make positive changes in public policy.
Earl ultimately envisions a world where all individuals are fully empowered to participate safely, openly, and honestly in family, faith, and community regardless of race, gender-identity, or sexual orientation.
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