Meet the Team

Michelle LeBlanc

Michelle LeBlanc

Executive Director

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Michelle L. LeBlanc brings 20 years of professional experience to the Free Speech Coalition, with a deep background in technology and marketing. She is a thoughtful, pragmatic leader who has managed large cross-functional and cross-cultural teams on enterprise-level projects spanning all business functions. In addition to Michelle’s corporate and agency background, she has consulted with small businesses, startups, schools, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. 

Michelle earned bachelors degrees in psychology and anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a masters degree in international business from California Lutheran University.

Michelle has lived in Southern California most of her life and serves on the board of a local nonprofit that provides services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Lotus Lain

Lotus Lain

Industry Relations Advocate

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Performer, activist and writer Lotus Lain has joined the Free Speech Coalition team to help manage relationships between the organization, its members, and the wider adult industry.

Lain’s first priority has been to grow the FSC INSPIRE program, which aims to help performers who are new to the industry understand their rights, expectations and the resources available to them. 

Lain’s work continues in partnering with like-minded coalitions and organizations in elevating the experience for everyone from the performer to the production side and pleasure products sides of the adult industry while raising awareness to end discriminatory stigma.  

 

Mike Stabile

Mike Stabile

Director of Communications

Pronouns: He / Him / His

Mike Stabile is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who has written about and advocated for sex workers and sexual speech for over a decade. His work has been published in a wide range of publications, including the Daily Beast, Salon, Buzzfeed, Playboy and the New York Times. Seed Money, his documentary on pornographer philanthropist Chuck Holmes was named one of the Best Documentaries of 2015 by The Advocate.

Stabile founded Polari Media to help non-traditional communities and businesses better communicate with a mainstream audience. He has handled communications for the Free Speech Coalition since 2013.

Ian Timothy O'Brien

Ian Timothy O'Brien

Deputy Executive Director

Pronouns: He / Him / His

Ian works with regulators of both the pleasure products and adult film industries, to compile, analyze and provide accurate, evidence-based research on issues ranging from zoning and lubricants to workplace safety and public health.  He also works on research on the industry as a whole, working to combat pseudo-scientific concepts like porn addiction and the porn public health crisis, a crucial focus at a time when over two dozen states are using such studies to ban or censor adult content.

O’Brien attended graduate school at Columbia University’s prestigious Mailman School of Public Health.