Jonathan Lovitz is a public speaker, who is the Director of Public Affairs for the US Department of Commerce and was formerly the Senior Vice President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. He has dedicated his life to LGBTQ representation, equal rights and corporate success, as a public policy advocate and small business supporter. When booked for events, Jonathan recounts his incredible achievements and the importance of diversity in the workplace for better idea-sharing and innovation.
In 2015, Jonathan was appointed Vice President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, later promoted to Senior VP the following year. One of his greatest achievements was the success of the LGBT Business Enterprises campaign, a movement that recognised lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-owned businesses. Jonathan continues to ensure the moral quality of public policy initiatives, specifically for LGBT+ individuals and business owners alike.
Following a highly successful Broadway career, including tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar, Jonathan conducted interviews for Logo TV on LGBT issues. He later took a stand against the lack of marriage equality by refusing jury duty, marking the start of his LGBT advocacy. At events, Jonathan discusses with audiences how he became an “accidental advocate”, and the roles they play in perpetuating a discriminatory system.
In 2020, Jonathan took a stand during the US election and founded the PhillyVoting.org initiative. Combining digital resources, like QR codes, with valuable conversations on politics, the campaign successfully inspired 300 newly registered voters in the first month alone. Jonathan focused his attention on Black and LGBT+ voters, who were underrepresented in the region, by discussing the project on mainstream television and encouraging state-wide registration.
In recognition of Jonathan’s incredible influence on LGBT+ equality, he has been named in several prestigious lists, including Business Equality Magazine’s 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40, Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and The Advocate Magazine’s 2019 Queer Icons. He also received the 2018 Sam Ciccone Community Service Award, for his inclusion initiatives with the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) of the NYPD. At events, Jonathan shares personal anecdotes and his experiences as a gay man. Such honest storytelling leaves a resounding impact on audiences, inspiring open minds and hearts for LGBT rights.
In November 2023 we sat down virtually with Jonathan Lovitz and discussed how organisations are able to build inclusive societies for the LGBTQ+ community as well as the benefits that pink money can have on small and large organisations. Watch our Exclusive Interview with Jonathan Lovitz.
“Jonathan is an incredibly talented force of nature in his field. I find him an incredible, valuable resource, someone who will truly shine and make extraordinary contributions for years to come. Thank you for all of your wonderful work and for inspiring other to work at the level of excellence you continually put forward.”