Lee Rubin - The Philanthropist

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As a boy growing up in Philadelphia, Lee Rubin remembers helping his mother deliver meals on wheels for those in need.

“My parents instilled in me the importance of giving back in the community,” Rubin said.

A philanthropist extraordinaire, Rubin lived in Washington, D.C. for many years, getting his start in volunteerism by stuffing envelopes for the Human Rights Campaign. He rose quickly inside the beltway, elected co-chair of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation in 2009 and appointed chair of the Task Force’s 401c3 Action Fund the following year.

Rubin moved to South Florida a few years ago and has settled in Fort Lauderdale with his husband, Jim Walker. The couple is enjoying a renewed community spirit after years in DC. Rubin was a development committee chair at the Pride Center and a board member of Our Fund where he helps raise thousands of dollars for non-profit organizations. Professionally, Rubin is a savvy social networker who runs a blog dedicated to promoting LGBT events in South Florida.

“You could say giving back is baked into my DNA,” Rubin said.

Professionally, Rubin is a senior manager in global reference programs at Citrix. He married Walker, his partner of 18 years, in January.

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