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The Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD Fund) was established to provide thought leadership in promoting inclusive organizations and institutions through research and education on issues related to diversity, social responsibility, human and civil rights. The LEAD Fund is a “Think and Do” tank, which advances new knowledge and tested strategies aimed at eliminating prejudice and discrimination. The scope of the Fund’s activities is both domestic and international. The LEAD Fund places a special emphasis on the emerging demographics in the United States in all of its work.


We were established by officers of the American Association for Affirmative Action, now called the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED).



The LEAD Fund seeks to eliminate barriers and promote opportunities that fully and productively integrate the nation’s populace into the social, economic and political fabric. This is not only a matter of social justice; it is a national imperative.  To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this is the “Fierce Urgency of Now.”


Consistent with the Public Education program, the LEAD Fund conducts research on persistent and cutting-edge issues that expand our knowledge and provide effective strategies and best practices to ensure access and opportunity for all.

The Fund seeks to support and promote research and education in the fields of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access, Inclusive Excellence, Social Responsibility, Human and Civil Rights. Also, the Fund supports:

  • Education and training of Leaders seeking Inclusive Excellence in Organizations and Institutions

  • Policy Analysis and Thought Leadership in the Preparation for the Demographic Shift

  • Access and Equity in STEM and other fields

  • Research and Education on International Diversity Issues

  • Promoting Collaboration within institutions seeking diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Preparing and promoting the next generation of leaders


LEAD Fund Board Members are available to speak on issues related to access, equity, diversity, social justice and affirmative action. Contact the Fund at for more information.


Accessibility Statement


The Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD Fund) is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards.

Conformance status

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. LEAD Fund is partially conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content may not fully conform to the accessibility standard.


We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the LEAD Fund’s website. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on

Phone: +1 240 893 9475


Postal address: 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006

We try to respond to feedback within 5 business days.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD Fund) does not discriminate or condone discrimination including harassment on the basis of race, sex, gender/gender identity and expression, color, religion, creed, age, genetic information, disability, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, veteran’s or marital status in any of its programs or activities.

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