Gianni Fogliano

Full name: Rev. Marcus Giovanni De Antonina Fogliano (They/Them)

Manager and Strategist for Equity, Belonging, and Change

Office of the President in Administration


Telephone: (617) 948-4211

Rev. Gianni Fogliano | They, Them, Theirs | Manager and Strategist for Equity, Belonging, and Change

UUA Administration Staff Group

Beginning July 1, 2023, Rev. Gianni Fogliano (they/them) will join the Equity, Belonging, and Change (EBC) team as Manager and Strategist.

Gianni has served at the UUA for over five years, first as project manager to the Commission on Institutional Change (CoIC), in the development of the 2020 report, Widening the Circle of Concern. At the completion of the CoIC work, they joined the Office of the President as Project Manager, managing key institutional priorities and administrative initiatives including CoIC Implementation and Mission Alignment Team and the Article II Study Commission.

The purpose of the Manager and Strategist role is to lead, manage, and support critical projects and programs for the Equity, Belonging, and Change area of the Office of the President, as well as to serve as a thought partner and key representative for across departments.

On July 3rd, 2004, Gianni dedicated their life to the ministry ordained as one of Jehovah’s Witness, they marked the beginning of their nearly served for 20 years ministry, through full submissions baptism. Gianni was outed as a queer person in 2010, and expelled from the Witnesses and their home. Removed from their deaf parish ministry, they found new purpose community ministry organizing around LGBTQ rights, racial justice, and housing throughout Central Illinois.

Through their advocacy work Gianni came to Unitarian Universalism in 2012 through the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington-Normal,IL. They became a member of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, IL in 2014 where they have been actively involved in church committees and served as a congregational delegate to the UUA General Assembly.

Gianni is based in Peoria, Illinois and has a degree in Interpreter Preparation, studying American Sign Language and Deaf culture, and a degree in Organizational Leadership. They have also done graduate studies in religion at Meadville-Lombard Theological School.