Nick Pfost is the director of marketing and communications for the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity. With over a decade of experience in queer advocacy, strategic communications, and leadership, Nick tells the Institute’s story and works to advance the organization’s mission through visibility and public engagement.
At Michigan State, Nick chaired the Alliance of Queer & Ally Students, a division of the undergraduate student government and the nation's oldest LGBT campus student organization. In that role, they led a coalition of fellow student leaders and activists in a public engagement and policy development campaign that persuaded the university to pilot and fully implement gender neutral housing on campus. With a close friend and colleague, they also created MSU's I Am An Ally campaign, designed to name and promote meaningful best practices for allies across difference. In recognition of this work, they were named to Campus Pride's 2011 list of Top 12 Leaders in Action, and received Michigan State's Campus Impact and Outstanding Senior awards that same year.
An Eagle Scout, Nick has operated a freelance graphic design business since 2014, counting among their clients a state agency, Congressional and state political campaigns, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education. They designed the conference logo for MBLGTACC in 2013, along with the Institute's logo, the new MBLGTACC wordmark, and the MBLGTACC 25th anniversary mark. They also served on the board of directors of the Michigan State University GLBT Alumni Association from 2012-2018.
Nick earned a Bachelor of Arts in social relations & policy and international relations from Michigan State University’s James Madison College in 2011 and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in 2015.