Braden Lay-Michaels brings more than 25 years of professional experience navigating the corporate, political, and nonprofit fields. Before joining the American India Foundation, Braden most recently served as Chief Development Officer at The Trevor Project and as Chief External Relations Officer at NPR’s StoryCorps before that.
Braden began his career at the iconic Voyager Company and Criterion Collection followed by mission-focused work at organizations such as Refugees International, i-SAFE, GLAAD, GLSEN, and Los Angeles Universal Preschool. Braden is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and received his master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts. In his career, he has raised over $450m for social justice, education, and arts organizations.
A native of Southern California, Braden has called New York City home since 1993. He is an avid writer and traveler with a lifelong interest in India and its people. He is thrilled to be joining the AIF family and excited to expand the needed resources to fulfill this organization’s vital mission.