C. Nathan Harris

Director of Leadership Gifts and Centennial Campaign
C. Nathan Harris

C. Nathan Harris is the Director of Leadership Gifts and Centennial Campaign at the ACLU of Northern California. In this role, Nathan helps craft winning partnerships with philanthropic stakeholders and guides the affiliate’s participation in a historic, nationwide fundraising initiative to advance civil liberties and civil rights in celebration of the ACLU’s 100-year anniversary in 2020.

Nathan has been an LGBT and social justice leader for 18 years with a 13-year career in philanthropic development. His work and thought-partnership has informed research and educational initiatives produced by prominent social justice funders to strengthen LGBT and other movement-based organizations’ philanthropic development programs from coast to coast. Nathan believes in the power of philanthropy to affect positive change and achieve transformational outcomes for our diverse communities.

Prior to joining the ACLU, Nathan served as Director of Advancement at Transgender Law Center — the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to changing law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. There he worked alongside supporters to shatter the glass ceiling on individual-donor philanthropy to trans-specific, trans-led organizations – helping to fund impact litigation and policy advocacy programs that secured unprecedented legal protections for trans and gender non-conforming people at federal, state, and local levels.

Nathan has also directed individual giving programs at Center on Halsted — Chicago’s LGBT Community Center, as well as Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders in New York, NY. He began his career advancing access to higher education through philanthropic development, serving Central Washington University during Transforming Lives (a $20M campaign) and then Brilliant Futures: A Campaign for the University of Illinois (a $2.25B campaign).

Nathan received his B.A. in Music from Central Washington University as a Pride Foundation Scholar and attended Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, LA.

Nathan lives in Oakland, CA with his partner Alan Francisco-Tipgos, their two dogs Fitz and Beni, and over 60 houseplants. As a volunteer leader, he serves on the board of directors and as development committee co-chair for the San Francisco LGBT Center; he also serves as treasurer of HYPE, a philanthropic fund of Horizons Foundation, which is the oldest LGBT community foundation in the United States. Nathan is an avid gamer on Xbox360, Xbox1, and Wii U consoles, and is active in board, role-playing, card, and other gaming genres.