Board of Directors

Carlton Perry

 

Carlton Perry, President he/him
Perry has worked with the Foundation for many years in various roles. He is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. Perry is also a well-known sex educator, rigger, and award-winning blogger. His disparate professional background as an SEO optimizer and dementia caregiver allows him to approach life with a balance of clinical pragmatism and fastidious attention to care, competence, and understanding. Perry has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and is pursuing his graduate degree.

H. Leslie Foster II

 

Leslie Foster (http://www.lesliefoster.art / @leslie_muse) he/him

Leslie Foster is a polyam, queer, cis male experimental filmmaker who has lived in Los Angeles for over a decade. As an artist, he strives to create work that is beautiful and uncomfortable and his love for storytelling is inspired by a childhood spent in Southeast Asia Leslie has shot music videos in Serbia, founded the 501(c)(3) Traveling Muse Pictures, spent five weeks undercover in Jamaica shooting a documentary about violent homophobia, gone to Burning Man eight times, and talked Vice Media into saying nice things about his art. His first solo show "Ritual Cycle" debuted in March 2016, followed by 2017 solo show, "59", for which he shot 11 films in 11 months with 11 different collaborators. He currently serves as the director of Art Residency at Level Ground and frequently daydreams about find sea-faring band of vagabond artists with whom to run away, fulfilling a childhood fantasy.

Michael Handler

 

Michael Handler, Secretary he/him
Michael Handler is a queer man living in San Francisco working in technology with a notable fondness for bears and bicycles and speculative fiction, which clearly distinguishes him from everyone else in his peer group, or something like that. He's been a sysadmin/ops person/devops/SRE for his entire career at companies like AOL, Google, and Stripe. Michael is currently part of the delightful team of humans at Quip, which was acquired by Salesforce in late 2016. He tries to expect the unexpected, knows technology is secretly actually all about people, and would like to remind you that wherever you go, there you are.

Jay Watts

 

Jay Watts (Jay Tha’ Loveologist/@JayThaLoveologist) she/they         
Jay Watts (She/They) is an Affrilachian Queer Sexuality & Diversity Scholar and currently a DE&I Vice President for a domestic violence organization. She has a Bachelors in Social Studies Education from the University of Louisville; Masters of Art in Human Services from Eastern Kentucky University; Master of Education in Cultural Foundations of Education; and nearing completion of a PhD in Mental Health with a focus in Race, Sexuality & Healing from Walden University in 2022. They have over a decade in Sexuality and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with experience in working with over 32 K-12 school districts, 17 higher education institutions, 4 National Conferences, and over 60,000 touch points in training. Her academic journals and writing can be found in the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education; Encyclopedia of Social Justice & Diversity; Journal of Social Research; ScholarWorks; and three in progress publications on sexual shame and sex & Necropolitics.

Jay is currently focusing her dissertation research on Sexual Racism’s Moderation on Sexual Shame and Sexual Satisfaction of Black Women. She also is an AASECT Sex Counselor & Sex Educator in Training and a Certified Sexologist through World Association of Sex Coaches and the American College of Sexologists International. Jay is the CEO of The Center for Inclusive Sexuality Education and Healing, LLC. where she offers sex education, toy consultation and sales, and a Clinical Sexologist with Washington Wellness Institute, LLC where she practices sex coaching and sex counseling.

Julia Tuttle

 

Julia Tuttle, Treasurer she/her
By day, Julia Tuttle is a Boston-based, CMU-trained software engineer; by night, she's a geeky kinkster. She plans to use her tech skills and connections to contribute to the Effing Foundation's sex-positive mission.



Past Directors

Emma Persky, she/her; President, 2016-2020

Emma Persky is a storyteller, geek, and adventurer originally from London now living in San Francisco. She's passionate about feminism, gender diversity in tech, and her cat Lollipop. Emma is thrilled to bring her interests and experiences in activism to the Effing Foundation.