President and CEO
Jeffrey got his start as a mainstream journalist, moving to NYC in 1997 as senior editor with ABCNews.com and TheStreet.com, a position created specifically for him. A year later, given a unique opportunity, he left journalism to to launch a groundbreaking Wall Street-based financial website for the LGBT market, as well as serve as the founding President and CEO of OUT.com. The latter launched with the first online streaming of a gay wedding to an unprecedented audience of one-million.
Aside from his work with the homeless for more than a decade, Jeffrey was an early crusader in the fight against HIV and AIDS, at a time when there was much fear and stigma about the epidemic. He is been open about his own journey having coming out as HIV-positive in 2001. Newman is also an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights and suicide prevention, especially among our at-risk LGBT youth.
Exec-Vice President and Chief Creative Officer
Jayson is a long time advocate for the homeless. From 2003 to 2004, Jayson was homeless himself; first in San Francisco, then New York City. “It was soul-crushing. You never know where you’ll find respite day after day, or if you’ll eat or find warmth. One time, I fell asleep in the park, and woke up to find my camera stolen,” he says. “Another time, a friend who was letting me crash on his couch, locked me out, in the dead of winter, with no shoes on, because he had a date over.”
What finally changed was someone showing him compassion and helping him find his footing. “I’m grateful to have survived. I can’t imagine helping others who are out there, trying to survive.”
Barkpacks For The Street CCO (Chief Canine Officer)
Stewie Conner Newman