Board of Directors

Mr.BLK (right)


Mr.BLK (The Black Pomegranate / @BlkPomegranate), President  he/him
Mr.BLK holds a degree in Political Science and has a decade of experience as a dementia caregiver. This disparate background allows Mr.BLK to approach life and BDSM with a balance of clinical pragmatism and fastidious attention to care, competence and understanding. Mr.BLK blogs along with his partner Ms.Pomegranate on matters of sex positivity and kink. Mr.BLK has presented nationally on consent, negotiation, BDSM play techniques, rope bondage and rigging and scene safety locally in Maryland and nationally for Dark Odyssey, Catalyst Con, A Touch of Flavor and The Morpheous Bondage Extravaganza.

H. Leslie Foster II


Leslie Foster ( / @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.

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.