Barbara Carpenter has served as the President of the L-Fund Board for the last three years and under her leadership, the L-Fund has developed from a small grassroots organization to a federally recognized 501(C(3). It is with great pride that the L-Fund announces her new role as Executive Director.

In her words: "As one of the founders, I am deeply invested in our mission to provide financial assistance to Lesbians in crisis, to empower Lesbians through education, and to celebrate Lesbians in community. It is time to take this organization to the next level and with the support of The L-Fund Board of Directors and the continued support of the Coachella Valley LGBTQ community at large, we will do just that!"

Barbara was born in The Bronx, New York. She is the mother of three, grandmother of three, and loves her poodle rescue, "Pretty Girl". She is married to Renae D. Carpenter, a former Prosecutor and retired Defense Attorney. Barbara has a BA Degree in Organizational Studies with a concentration in Black Studies from Pitzer College of "The Claremont Colleges" and has been a Palm Springs resident for almost 8 years.

Barbara has worked hard representing the L-Fund and the LGBTQ community at large and has received the following Awards and
Recognition of service during that time.

Palm Springs Pride Stonewall Advocate of the Year Award 2016
My Sister’s Keeper Award from SAGE Riverside 2016
The Human Rights Commission Equality Award 2017
Co-Chair for the National Center For Lesbian Rights Garden Party, 2017
Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Committee 2017,
Co-Chair, Opera Arts, 2018
Desert Business Association Community Leader Award 2018
Vice Chair’s for Pride’s Outstanding Voices Award Celebration 2018

We are delighted that she will be continuing her stellar leadership in the role of Executive Director.

Please support Barbara's efforts by becoming a Member of the L-Fund, and/or sponsoring our events. To download the L-Fund membership form, make a donation, and/or to sponsor our events, go to

Kate Ullman,
Board Chair