Richard Burns

Richard Burns

Museum Board Chair & Johnson Family Foundation

Richard D. Burns (he/him) is the Interim Executive Director of the Johnson Family Foundation.  He is a nonprofit management consultant and executive coach who has served as interim executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Lambda Legal, the North Star Fund, PENCIL, the Funding Exchange, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and the Stonewall Community Foundation.

He was previously the chief operating officer of the Arcus Foundation and was executive director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City for 22 years, from 1986 to 2009.

Richard serves on the boards of directors of the Proteus Fund and the New York City AIDS Memorial Park. He recently retired from the board of Nonprofit New York and was a longtime member of the selection committee of the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. He serves on the advisory boards of the Center for HIV Law & Policy and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.

Richard was Managing Editor of Gay Community News in the late 1970’s and was president of the founding board of directors of GLAD in Boston from 1978 through 1986, was co-chair of the founding board of Centerlink, and is an alumnus of the board of directors of Lambda Legal.

From 2013 to 2019 Richard developed and led the Arcus Foundation LGBT Leadership Initiative, a national coaching/mentoring program for executive directors working in social justice. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and Northeastern University School of Law.