Andrew Park is the International Program Director at the Williams Institute. Previously, Park has held a variety of positions in the field of strategic philanthropy. Park served as Program Director at Wellspring Advisors, LLC, where he managed US and international grant making programs. He has also served as the coordinator of the International Human Rights Funders Group, Co-chair of the Global Philanthropy Project, founding Chair of the Out-of-Home Youth Fund at the Tides Center, and the founding Co-chair of the Civil Marriage Collaborative at the Proteus Fund. He currently serves on advisory committees for programs at the US State Department and several other organizations.
In these positions Park has worked on issues of LGBT rights, treatment access, rights of persons with disabilities, human rights mechanisms, youth, healthcare for transgender people, and other social justice causes. He initiated the process which produced the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and facilitated the creation of the Human Rights Watch LGBT Program, the Council for Global Equality, the Disability Rights Fund, and other programs.
After law school at George Washington University in Washington, DC, he worked at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as a trial attorney in the complex litigation unit. While in Washington, he served as an officer at the Gay and Lesbian Attorneys of Washington, DC, Counsel to the National Council of EEOC Locals, AFGE, AFL-CIO, and he taught at the George Washington School of Law as an associate lecturer.
Park served as an administrative judge in the Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC, subsequent to which he founded the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights and served as its executive director for five years. The Center’s provided legal services and education to LGBT people in Pennsylvania, as well as launched the nation’s first LGBT legal clinic, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania. While at the Center, Park led the coalition which defeated an anti-gay ballot initiative, and successfully advocated for passage of domestic partnership legislation.
He co-founded the Liberty City Democratic Club, which successfully ran large scale campaigns to elect LGBT people to public office in Pennsylvania. He taught Sexual Orientation and the Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and served as a field instructor for the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work.