Board of Directors
Nicholas R. Francescon
Joseph Hawkins Ph.D.
Director, Archives and Special Collections, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Greg Williams has been an archivist and curator for thirty-one years, working in archives in Oregon, Virginia, South Carolina, New Jersey and California. He holds degrees from the University of Oregon and Michigan State University. He has written funded grants from NHPRC, NEH, LSTA, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Film Preservation Foundation, and has curated several exhibitions and published numerous collection guides, collection related articles and served as photo editor for three coffee table books. He has volunteered at ONE since 2005.
Associate Professor, English and Gender Studies, University of Southern California
Chris Freeman teaches English and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He earned a Ph.D. in English and Gay Studies from Vanderbilt University. Much of the work he has done as a scholar has direct links to Los Angeles. His first book, The Isherwood Century: Essays on the Life and Work of Christopher Isherwood, which he co-edited with James Berg, won the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Studies in 2001. He and Berg have followed that collection up with Conversations with Christopher Isherwood and a collection about queer Los Angeles called Love, West Hollywood. Chris also edited a Hollywood memoir by John Carlyle, Under the Rainbow.
Chris received the Monette-Horwitz Trust Award in 2005, and he joined the advisory committee for the Monette-Horwitz Trust in 2006. He was proud to join the board at ONE Archives in 2009. As a scholar who teaches and writes about queer history, he is committed to the mission of ONE and to the importance of ONE’s place in that history.
Jeffrey W. Erdman, Esq.
Managing Partner, Bennett & Erdman
Jeffrey W. Erdman is the managing partner of the law firm of Bennett & Erdman, a full-service Southern California law firm that handles the broad range of legal issues including family law and LGBT law as well as civil litigation matters. Mr. Erdman received his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1995. Prior to law school, Mr. Erdman received a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Washington in 1987, and had a pre-law career in hotel management with Westin Hotels and Resorts.
Mr. Erdman has previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (including a term as Co-President), the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association and the Mountains AIDS Foundation (including three years as President of the Board). He has also previously sat on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and served as a member of the California State Bar Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination (including a term as Chair of the committee).
Mr. Erdman has also served as an adviser to the Access and Fairness Committee of the Judicial Council of California, and has been active in a variety of other community organizations, including Equality California; Volunteers in Parole, Inc.; Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund; the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation; the Human Rights Campaign and others.
Joseph Hawkins Ph.D.
Director, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
Lecturer, Anthology and Gender Studies, University of Southern California
Joseph Hawkins, Ph.D., currently teaches anthropology and gender studies at the University of Southern California. His anthropological research focuses on homosexuality and identity in the postwar period of Japan His translation of “A Tour of Gay Town,” from the Yomiuri Shimbun appears in the recent volume Queer Voices Out of Japan, from Rowman and Littlefield. Professor Hawkins has also completed an ethnographic film about a Japanese Naked Festival. He was the President of the Board of Directors of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives since the fall of 2003 and is currently Director of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.
With a BA and MA in English, Tracy’s career began as high school teacher, with sidelines as tax preparer and painting contractor. After earning an MBA (1990, USC), she became a nonprofit management and fundraising professional, working at NYU Law School, UCLA, Lambda Legal, and 89.3KPCC. Now retired, she plies her fundraising trade on a volunteer basis for ONE Archives and for the queer Jewish synagogue, Beth Chayim Chadashim, where her wife, Lisa Edwards, is rabbi.
“In the life” since college in the early 1960s, Tracy’s earliest movement work was in Women’s Liberation and radical lesbian activism in Iowa City, Iowa. Her passion for grass-roots periodicals began while a member of the collective that published Ain’t I a Woman? from 1970-74. In 1981, she co-founded Common Lives/Lesbian Lives, a quarterly journal with a mission to record and preserve the culture and life experiences of ordinary lesbians, which ran until 1996.
While living in Jerusalem for a year when Lisa was in rabbinic school, Tracy recorded 27 oral histories of Israeli lesbians, which were published as Lesbiot: Israeli Lesbians Talk About Sexuality, Feminism, Judaism, and Their Lives (Cassell 1995).