Steering Committee

Lester F. Aponte


Lester F. Aponte is Senior Counsel with the law firm of  Young, Zinn & Bate, LLP, where he specializes in the representation and counseling of employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Lester has been a proud Angelino for over 20 years.

Lester has been a member of Stonewall's Steering Committee since 2008.  He is a founding member and a member of the Board of the Latino Equality Alliance, and a member of the Board of Love Honor Cherish, a Los Angeles-based marriage equality organization.  He also formerly served as Regional President and Chair of the LGBT Committee of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Lester received a B.A. degree in Political Science from Haverford College in 1986 and a J.D. degree from the Columbia University School of Law in 1989.Marilyn Grunwald has been a member of SDC for about 15 years, and very active in the last five.



Garry ShayGarry Shay


Garry Shay - Past President, and currently serving as Parliamentarian, Stonewall Democratic Club.  Member:  DNC Executive Committee, DNC, and both the DNC and CDP LGBT Caucii.

Co-Publisher CA DNC Press Democrat.  Member for eighteen (18) years of DNC Rules and Bylaws (1994 - 2012).

Lead Chair CDP Rules Committee (Committee Member since 1979 and Chair since 1981).  Workers' Compensation Attorney.

Partnered 31 years to husband, Burt B. Belant.  Guardian of two dachshunds, "Xena" and "J.D".


Reuben Zadeh


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