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Meet GLAAD’s New CEO And President

by David Badash on November 25, 2013

in News

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“While our community has made great strides in recent years, our movement has an important and critical journey ahead. Together with our dedicated staff, I will push for a culture where everyone in the LGBT community is fully welcomed and respected by our neighbors. I look forward to leading GLAAD and creating a world where LGBT people and our families have the freedom to joyously– and openly– live a life they love.”

– Sarah Kate Ellis

GLAAD has just announced their new CEO and president is award-winning media executive and communications strategist Sarah Kate Ellis.

Ellis is joining the LGBT civil rights organization in January after a nationwide search by GLAAD’s National Board of Directors. GLAAD’s previous president, Herndon Graddick, resigned earlier this year.

GLAAD, in a press release, notes that Ellis grew “Real Simple into one of Time Inc.’s most respected and successful magazines. Her vision has transformed and energized leading media outlets including Vogue, InStyle, New York, and House & Garden. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Martini Media, a digital firm specializing in online branding, public relations and marketing. She has earned seven MIN Awards for marketing innovation, two President’s Awards, and MIN’s Sales Executive Team of the Year award in 2012.”

As co-chair of OUT at Time Inc., she led programming to spotlight the diversity of the LGBT community and educated the organization’s straight allies on a wide range of LGBT issues. She is a member of Advertising Women of New York, Cosmetic Executive Women, and the Magazine Publishers of America. Ellis is also a Vestry member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Ellis earned her B.A. from Russell Sage College and also attended the Tuck Executive Education program at Dartmouth.

The Washington Blade notes that “Ellis and her wife, Kristen Ellis-Henderson, are also the first same-sex couple to get married at an Episcopal church in New York.”

Ellis co-authored a memoir with her wife, Kristen Ellis-Henderson, Times Two: Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made.

GLAAD offered the above image of Ellis, and this one, of her and her family:

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{ 1 comment }

Str8Grandmother November 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Hey what a nice family and terrific qualifications!
This is great. GLAAD performs valuable functions, she looks like she will be a terrific Leader.

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