Welcome New EQNY Board Members 


Equality New York is excited to expand their current Board of Directors. We are adding four new amazing activists who will help us promote our mission of improving the lives of LGBTQI New Yorkers and their families. 

Lindsay Jones (She/They)

Lindsay serves two years on EQNY’s Advisory Council and is now joining the Board of Directors. They are active in LGBTQI+ Advocacy for New York State Legislature. Presently, Jones is on the Youth and Families Team and advocating for the #TGNCNB Student Protection Bill sponsored by Holyman/Gottfried, the Suicide Prevention Bill, and the Inclusive Sex Ed Bill for NY State. Jones and family are part of the Gender Family Project with Ackerman Institute where Jones serves as a Parent Advocate. Previously, Lindsay has advocated for GENDA, Ban on Conversion Therapy, Walking While Trans Ban, Trans Panic Defense Ban, and is currently working on bills in alignment with Equality NY Policy Platform. Lindsay attended the United Nations first ever Gender Diversity Conference. Jones has attended training with GLAAD Media, Gender Conference NY hosted by GFP Ackerman, Equality New York Advocacy Institute and Harvard University.   Jones has been recognized for their contributions by Queens Borough President, Donovan Richard at the JR. 2021 Pride. Jones is a fashion designer with Mused, which was founded to integrate political and social intentions into design. Jones is a mother of two.

Christopher Oldi (He/Him)

Christopher is a public interest attorney practicing in the Hudson Valley.  He currently serves as the Pro Bono Director at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) where he oversees the implementation and development of pro bono programming.  Prior to serving as Pro Bono Director, Christopher spearheaded and served as the staff attorney of LSHV’s LGBTQ Legal Project where he represented low-income LGBTQ individuals in the Hudson Valley in areas such as discrimination, name changes, landlord/tenant matters, disability advocacy, and other civil legal services.  

Christopher is the Chair of the Westchester County LGBTQ+ Advisory Board, where he and his board regularly advise the County Executive on issues important to the LGBTQ+ community. He is also a member of the Family and Matrimonial Committee of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.  Christopher also serves as a member of the Ryan White Tri-County Steering Committee.  Recently, Christopher was appointed to be a member of the 9th Judicial District Access to Justice LGBTQ+ Subcommittee. Because of Christopher’s community work throughout the County, the Westchester County Legislature named two “Christopher Oldi” days in his honor.  Further, State Senator Pete Harckham has honored Christopher with a Senate Proclamation for his dedicated advocacy to the LGBTQ+ community. Christopher lives in Pleasantville, New York.

Omar Herrera (He/Him)

Omar is a native NY’er who is the proud son of Cuban & Nicaraguan immigrants. He has spent the last 15 years as a community organizer/ activist, elected & appointed official fighting for equity, equality, tenant rights & affordable housing. Prior to his public service, Omar managed his own Event Production and Consulting business in Westchester County. As a communications professional he has worked within the political & non-profit sphere. Today, he leads events & outreach for Columbia University’s Climate School communications department. 

Robert Knox Hayes (He/Him)

Robert is a Wealth Advisor at J.P. Morgan Advisors who focuses on providing investment and wealth planning services to LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies.  With nearly a decade of Wealth Management experience, Robert understands the importance of queer visibility and representation in all spaces.  He has made it his goal to make sure that LGBTQ+ individuals are seen, heard, and considered by empowering their voices through his work as an Advisor & as a Volunteer. Robert is also on the Young Leaders Council for The LGBTQ+ Center in Manhattan and has worked in various .

Pride employee network leadership roles throughout his career. Robert lives on the Upper West Side with husband Paul, a Painter, and their Italian Greyhound, Mies.  Robert majored in Philosophy at Hunter College.  He enjoys reading different philosophies, cycling, CrossFit, and indulging in the Arts.
This comes at a great time as we looking forward to introducing you all to them at our next in-person event. We will be hosting our EQNY 6th Anniversary Celebration on November 3rd, 2022 6:00-8:30pm at Industry Bar, 355 W 52nd St, New York City. EQNY will honor three LGBTQI trailblazers. 

Join us as we celebrate six years of advocacy and action, bringing together activists and organizations, and serving the community. 

Host Committee (in formation): Alexandre Autrand  •  Amanda Babine  •  Ansell Hawkins  •  Brian Esser  •  Chris Oldi  •  David France  •  Gabriel Blau  •  Jeff Lewis  •  Joe Williams  •  Lindsay Jones  • Mitch Draizin • Omar Herrera • Robert Knox Hayes  •  Ryan Karben  •  Teri Wilhelm  •  Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan