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.”
Sober since 2015, Jayson is open about his struggles with alcohol and drug addiction as well as body dysmorphia, something he often talks about on social media.
Levi Fernandes De Assis
Barkpacks For The Street CCO (Chief Canine Officer)
Stewie Conner Newman