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spotlight Board Member Cyrus Malbari

Cyrus Malbari was introduced to OutFront Minnesota when a friend invited him to the 25th Anniversary Celebration at Walker Art Center last May. He was so moved by the story of a young woman who spoke at the event that he knew right then that he wanted to become involved with the organization.

“As a young boy growing up in Pakistan, I felt different from my friends and family. I had no knowledge of other gay people. At the time, homosexuality was not something that anyone talked about,” said Cyrus.

Michelle Photo Board member Cyrus Malbari (right) with his partner Barton Olson.

“I was fearful of my feelings and hoped they would go away. I had questions, but didn’t know anyone that I could safely talk to. I didn’t have anyone to reach out to. Once I learned about OutFront and found out about the important work that they do and the difference that they make, I knew I wanted to get involved.”

Cyrus came to the United States in 1989 to attend college. It was then that he first met people who were openly gay. While working on his MBA in Finance at Rochester Institute of Technology, he was hired at Thompson Reuters. Upon graduation in 1997, the company offered him a job in Minnesota. “I came out when I moved to the Twin Cities,” Cyrus explains. “It was a fresh start especially from a personal perspective.”

Cyrus joined OutFront’s board in August. His background in finance is an asset to the organization and, as a member of the development committee, he is acquiring new fundraising skills. It turns out he’s a natural: Cyrus has already challenged his fellow board members and friends to contribute to the scholarship fund for the Equality & Justice Summit, which OutFront held in December.

When he’s not at OutFront board meetings or events, you’ll likely find Cyrus entertaining his friends with Bart, his partner of 15 years, at their Northeast Minneapolis home or travelling for his job as the Director of IT & Compliance Audit & Advisory Services at St. Jude Medical.


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