Aalap Shah Becomes Co-Chair of the Board

During the last meeting of the board of OutRight Action International in February 2021, Aalap Shah was voted in as the new Co-Chair of the Board. Former Co-Chair Micheal Ighodaro stepped down after his term ended. Co-Chair Jenny Pizer continues in her role. 

Aalap Shah leads Product and Platform for Customer Hardship at Capital One. He is a mission-driven innovator, who is passionate about human centered design and has successfully led strategy, product, growth, and M&A for startups and Fortune 500 companies. He has a deep commitment to social innovation, financial inclusion, and LGBTIQ human rights. Aalap lives in Brooklyn, New York with his partner Gregg.

Aalap Shah comments on his new role as Co-Chair:

“I was inspired to join OutRight’s Board over 5 years ago because I truly believe they are tackling some of the most important, urgent, and inspiring work. It is not lost on me that in over 65 countries I could be thrown in jail, or worse, for who I am or whom I love.

This has become my life’s calling - and after last year - I recognize, through my privilege and agency, I have to do more. As Co-Chair, I am thrilled to help our Board and this organization prepare the global LGBTIQ movement for the future...and all its opportunities, challenges, and resilience.

OutRight has been fighting for the rights of LGBTIQ people around the world for over 30 years. I am humbled to be able to lend my voice and my platform to continue this important fight so that all people, everywhere, can live, love, and be their authentic and fierce selves.”


OutRight thanks outgoing Co-Chair Micheal Ighodaro for his long-standing commitment to the global LGBTIQ movement. Micheal was the youngest Co-Chair OutRight has had. Under his leadership we continued to strengthen our commitment to solidarity with grassroots organizations, analyzed and shaped OutRight's commitment to racial justice, and strived for an ever more integrated intersectional lens to our work. Micheal remains a member of the Board. 

OutRight looks forward to working with Aalap in his new role as Co-Chair!