Amit Paley is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25.
Amit comes to Trevor from the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he was an Associate Partner serving numerous non-profit organizations, Fortune 500 companies and governments. He served as a leader of McKinsey’s LGBTQ group and spearheaded the firm’s global efforts on inclusion for transgender and gender non-conforming people. Amit is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College with an MBA from Columbia Business School and Master’s from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and before joining McKinsey he was a reporter at The Washington Post. He covered numerous beats, including as a foreign correspondent based in the paper’s Baghdad bureau, where his work was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Earlier in his journalism career, he uncovered the existence of an 80-year-old secret court at Harvard University that persecuted gay students, several of whom died by suicide.
A six-year counselor on the The Trevor Project's 24/7/365 Trevor Lifeline where he answered thousands of calls from youth in crisis, Paley is the first volunteer to become the CEO of the organization in its 19-year history.