Maxx Fenning Becomes Executive Director of PRISM

Maxx Fenning. Photo by Carina Mask.

In its short existence, PRISM has become an important player in South Florida’s LGBTQ philanthropic scene, especially for young people learning how to accept and introduce themselves to the world.

Now, after more than three years, PRISM Founder Maxx Fenning is reorganizing the group. His new title is executive director, which allows him to focus on the organization full time.

“This decision was a long time coming. For the past three years, my work with PRISM has been all volunteer. This transition allows me to do what I love, supporting queer youth, for a living.”

PRISM was founded as a high school club, and Fenning quickly realized that the power of his own perspective and social media skills meant the group had more potential than most people realized. In addition to focusing on LGBTQ-inclusive education and promoting sexual health resources for youth, Fenning also focuses on making sure everyone of every race, gender expression and identity, religion and more, are accepted.

“This transition allows me to focus more of my time and energy into the core of what we do: uplifting queer youth and expanding their access to LGBTQ+ include education and sexual health resources. I'll be able to deepen my relationship with our staff and volunteers, and put my feet more firmly on the ground of our community.”

PRISM and Fenning were vocal opponents of anti-LGBTQ legislation passed in Tallahassee over the past two sessions. They lobbied at the capital and testified before committees. Back in South Florida, they helped organize rallies and spread the word through their social media platforms.

With the need for science-based health resources and increased advocacy, Fenning believes the structural changes will help build a stronger board.

“While we always think that it's important for our board members to have a deep understanding of the programs that we facilitate, this transition allows the board to focus more on the logistical and fundraising components of a rapidly growing organization like PRISM.”

The new board chair is not new to the organization. CJ Walden has been there since the beginning.

“It was a no-brainer for him to step up to the plate,” Fenning said. “He has been with us since PRISM was merely a high school club, and he has grown so much into his role on the board the past three years.”


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