Lyle Matthew Kan

Lyle Matthew Kan

CHANGE Philanthropy, AAPIP

Lyle Matthew Kan (he/him)  works to advance racial, economic, and gender justice in philanthropy as both a Senior Fellow at CHANGE Philanthropy and the Interim Vice President of Programs at Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). His reports and infographics on the scale and character of LGBTQ and AAPI grantmaking have been cited by numerous academic journals, think tanks, non- governmental organizations, government agencies, newspapers, blogs, and other media.

He currently leads the Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals (DAPP) work, which aims to help the philanthropic community better understand its workforce and leadership. Between 2013 and 2020, Lyle worked at Funders for LGBTQ Issues. As the Vice President of Research and Communications, he led the organization’s analysis of trends, gaps, and opportunities related to LGBTQ grantmaking, oversaw its communications and public policy work, and managed strategic partnerships.

Prior to Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Lyle led development and communications efforts at Stonewall Community Foundation. Before that, Lyle worked at the Foreign Policy Association and in the private sector specializing in business development and branding. Lyle is a trustee of the forthcoming American LGBTQ+ Museum in New York City and an advisory council member for The City University of New York (CUNY) LBGTQI Student Leadership Program.

He previously served on the board of directors for I’m from Driftwood, an online LGBTQ story archive, and sat on the grants review committee for the Queer Youth Fund at Liberty Hill Foundation, which invested approximately $5 million in work that empowered LGBTQ youth. He has also served on several committees for CHANGE Philanthropy and United Philanthropy Forum.

Lyle holds a B.A. in individualized study from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an M.Sc. in political sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. When not traveling for business or pleasure, he calls New York City’s East Village home.