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LEADERSHIP

kIMAHLI POWELL

 Executive Director

Kimahli has a wide range of experience in the nonprofit sector and has spent over 15 years advocating for social justice, youth, arts and culture. Prior to Rainbow Railroad, held Director level positions at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Dignitas International, the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival and the YMCA. In addition to holding other director-level positions with non-profit organizations in Toronto and Ottawa.

Kimahli holds a CFRE with a Bacc.Social Science (Political Science) from the University of Ottawa. Among career highlights he helped launch the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network's legal challenge to Jamaica's anti-sodomy law, led community engagement initiatives including the Human Rights Networking Zone at multiple international AIDS conferences and developed a monitoring and evaluation framework on legal advocacy. Since joining Rainbow Railroad as Executive Director, he guided the organization through its first strategic plan, and led the Rainbow Railroad to its transformational growth, which led to successful interventions in Chechnya and Egypt. He and Rainbow Railroad have been recognized with several awards, including the International Lesbian & Gay Travel Association’s Pathfinder Award, the Mark S Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies 2018 Award, and the 2018 Inspire Award for Community Organization of the Year.

Kimahli was listed in Out Magazine Out 100 profile of influential LGBT people and will be accepting an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Victoria in November.

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