Madonna is proud to join the JJ-LA team. She most recently worked in partnership with Jeff and team as Executive Director of Christopher Street West|LA Pride. During that time, the organization saw the largest growth in its 50-year history, improving community and local business engagement, financial stability, and the most successful and inclusive Pride in the organization’s 50-year history. There were many firsts in 2019, including a blessing by 2-spirits leaders at the free Friday night Opening Ceremony with headliners Todrick Hall and Paula Abdul; Pride on the Boulevard, a free weekend celebration; and the first in a multi-year live parade broadcast by ABC7, a tradition which they continued with a virtual 3-hour PrimeTime broadcast in 2020.
Madonna was recently appointed to the Board of Directors as Vice President of L-Project Los Angeles, a historically lesbian non-profit, working to promote, support, and inspire LGBTQI+ BIPOC artists through educational opportunities, music, art and technology.
Prior leadership roles include Director of Special Events at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where she oversaw the growth of events fundraising, and successfully cultivated and managed relationships with leadership, board of directors, high-profile event co-chairs, celebrities, and volunteer committee members.
Madonna began her professional nonprofit career at AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) in 2006. She joined the organization shortly after losing her brother Johnny to AIDS-related complications. She worked as a volunteer for 3 quilt displays at The NAMES Project – AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington, D.C.
Her activism, though, began in her 20’s, protesting, marching, calling and knocking on doors for equal rights. With a background in theatre and dance, she continues to focus on projects that advance social justice through artistry and creativity.
On August 5, 2017, Madonna legally married her partner of 14 years, Robin McWilliams.