Ben Francisco Maulbeck has more than a decade of experience as a leader for LGBT rights, racial equity and social change. He has an exceptional track record of building the capacity of nonprofit organizations and leaders, raising money for underserved communities and developing and implementing innovative grantmaking initiatives.
From 2007 through 2012, Maulbeck worked at Hispanics in Philanthropy ("HIP") in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently serving as Vice President. During his time at HIP, he played a leadership role in launching several new programs and initiatives, including a national Latino aging initiative and a funding collaborative to strengthen education nonprofits in Puerto Rico. He also oversaw the continued success of the Funders' Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities, a multimillion-dollar initiative to build the capacity of Latino-led nonprofits, and spearheaded a roundtable of more than 50 philanthropic leaders on LGBT Latino movement-building.
Prior to his service at HIP, Maulbeck served as the director of programs for the William Way LGBT Community Center and as a program associate at The Philadelphia Foundation. He also has significant experience providing independent consulting services to nonprofits and funders, specializing in grantmaking, fundraising, and organizational development. His consulting clients have included Philanthropy New York, the Attic LGBTQ Youth Center, Spiral Q Puppet Theater, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Genocide Intervention Network.
Maulbeck earned a bachelor of arts at Swarthmore College and a master of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where his areas of study included participatory leadership, social marketing, and international political economy. In 2004 he organized and co-chaired the Harvard University LGBT policy and law conference, with the theme "Gay Rights as Human Rights," exploring LGBT rights globally. His volunteer service has included the leadership of the boards of the Gay & Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative ("GALAEI") and the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project ("CHAMP"), steering both organizations through periods of executive transition.
In his spare time, Maulbeck writes fiction under the name Ben Francisco, with stories published in Best Gay Stories 2012, Realms of Fantasy and From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction.