Board Members

Through research, financial efforts and outreach, Livelocity empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people of color (POC), encourages them to live their lives openly, provides education, advocacy, & social support services, and seeks to change the hearts and minds of others to the side of equality. Livelocity also provides funding support for initiatives that empower LGBTQ persons in urban communities.



Keeve Denis

A young man who strives on equality and challenges, Keeve Denis cherishes his Caribbean descent. After moving to New York, he switched his major from Social Work to pursue a degree in Fashion Design where he graduated on the Dean’s Honor Roll. His keen interest and creative flair for the fashion industry has granted him opportunities and contributed to his yearning to learn about Business Operations. As of early 2011, Keeve’s proudest achievement is the promotions he has received three times within a year in the company he works for. Keeve considers himself to be an Author at heart. Perhaps, not one to write novels, but one to write his own stories in life. Keeve has much experience working with not-for-profits to create effective events. He serves as Chair of the Events Committee.

Anthony Keith, Jr.

Tony Keith is a Washington, D.C., area native that identifies as a poet, educator, and a nerd. As a poet Tony has traveled around the world teaching poetry and empowering young people to engage in the art of spoken word. As an educator, Tony has committed his life to working with first-generation, low-income, racial and ethnic minority students and engaging in cultural education and social justice programming on college campuses. As a nerd, his thoughts, writings, teachings, and performances are centered on topics dealing with race, gender, poverty, culture, and sexuality. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Maryland ’03, and a Master of Education degree in College Student Affairs from Penn State University ’07. Tony currently serves as a Student Success Specialist for the University of the District of Columbia’s Community College. He formerly served as a Program Manager for Public Allies, Washington, DC and was the coordinator for Intercultural Competency & Diversity with the Fall 2010 Voyage of Semester at Sea. Prior to that, he was the Interim Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center and instructor of Racism and Sexism at Penn State University. Tony has also worked for the Multicultural Resource Center at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, a Civil Rights Office for the USDA, as well as for the Institute for Youth, Education and Families with the National League of Cities. Tony is currently a member of Livelocity’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Programs, Policy, & Research Committee.

Eric Rivers, Chair

Originally from Hampton Roads, VA, Eric Rivers has over twelve years of experience working with not-for-profits and helping them raise funds and market themselves to their donors, clients, and communities. In 2010 Eric joined with a few colleagues and created Syncoplan, a fundraising, management, and marketing firm geared towards not-for-profits. Prior to working with Syncoplan, Eric served as Director of Knowledge Management for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. in Washington, DC, Director of Annual Giving at Xavier High School in New York City, and Director of Development and Marketing at Greenhope Services for Women also based in New York City. He has worked with not-for-profits and other organizations in a fundraising, strategy, and marketing capacity since his days as a student at Georgetown University. In the past twelve years, Eric has raise over $40 million in new funds for various not-for-profits. Always wanting to give back to his community, Eric, with some friends, decided to use all of his knowledge, experience, and skills to create Livelocity and provide much needed services to the LGBTQ people of color community. Eric currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Livelocity, Inc.

Juan Valdez, Vice Chair
Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Juan Valdez moved to New York in 2008 and works in a high volume retail environment as a Department Manager. Juan lives in Brooklyn, maintains an active lifestyle and considers himself a big advocate of individual rights. He has many years of experience running a multi-million dollar department with of staff of over 40+ team members. Juan have a great understanding of the needs of running an effective organization, and brings personnel and human resources experience to the board of Livelocity, where he serve as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and a member of the Communications & Marketing Committee.

Our Mission

Through research, financial efforts and outreach, Livelocity empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people of color (POC), encourages them to live their lives openly, provides education, advocacy, & social support services, and seeks to change the hearts and minds of others to the side of equality. Livelocity also provides funding support for initiatives that empower LGBTQ persons in urban communities.