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2024 SCI Idealist: Jean Dolin

Jean Dolin (He/Him/His)

Founder of the Boston LGBTQ+ Museum of Art, History & Culture

Jean Dolin is the visionary Founder & President of the newly launched Boston LGBTQ+ Museum of Art, History and Culture. With a passion for celebrating and preserving the rich heritage of the LGBTQ+ community, Dolin has demonstrated exceptional leadership and creative acumen through his innovative curation of spaces and artistic projects. Notably, he has launched Rainbow Tales, an LGBTQ speaker documentary series. And, he has masterminded the Portraits of Pride exhibits, a set of powerful public art installations featuring large-scale portraits that vividly illustrate the vibrant stories and diverse influential leaders within the LGBTQ+ community.


Originally an immigrant from Haiti, Jean Dolin’s career is a testament to his unwavering commitment to driving both social and cultural impact. His cross-sector expertise spans the realms of nonprofit organizations, community and political engagement, activism and advocacy, social impact entrepreneurship, public health, and the arts. His impact in these fields has earned him a spot on this year’s Forbes Magazine 30 UNDER 30 for Boston 2023.

Beyond his work with the LGBTQ+ Museum, Jean Dolin actively contributes to the greater community. He serves on the Harvard University Area Institutional Review Board and the Community Coalition for Equity in Research, where he continues to shape policies and practices that promote diversity and equity in public health research. His advocacy extends to immigrant and LGBTQ+ rights, a reflection of his deep commitment to helping create a more inclusive and equitable society.

Jean Dolin is an inspiration to those who seek to forge a more inclusive world. And his work is a testament to his unyielding dedication to the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, and other historically excluded groups.