Ron Buckmire (Board President and Co-Founder, Jordan/Rustin Coalition) is known best for creating the Queer Resources Directory, the first comprehensive directory of LGBT and HIV/AIDS information on the Internet, in 1991, before the World Wide Web was invented. The QRD was one of several named plaintiffs in a successful Supreme Court challenge to the 1996 Communications Decency Act that was unanimously ruled unconstitutional in ACLU et al. v. Reno (521 U.S. 844, 1997). In 2006, he co-founded the Barbara Jordan/Bayard Rustin Coalition, a Black LGBT advocacy organization in Los Angeles.
He currently serves as Board President for the Center for Health Justice and Jordan/Rustin Coalition and is a member of the national board of directors of Immigration Equality. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Equality California and the PlanetOut Corporation. In his day job, Ron has been on the faculty of Occidental College, Barack Obama’s first alma mater, since 1994 and is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Mathematics Department. He lives in North East Los Angeles with his husband Dean Elzinga and their two dogs Leenah and Dezmond.