Lee Swislow to be New Executive Director of GLADLee Swislow, a top non-profit executive with extensive experience advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and those with HIV and AIDS, has been named the new executive director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, New England's leading LGBT legal rights organization.Swislow
, currently Vice President at the Justice Resource Institute
, will start on May 23, 2005. "We are thrilled and fortunate to have Lee join us during this extraordinary period of success for GLAD," said board president Mark C. Kelley.
...Lee is just the person to lead GLAD in its ground-breaking fight for equal justice under law."
Swislow's appointment comes as GLAD
builds on its historic victory in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, the lawsuit that ended marriage discrimination against same-sex couples in Massachusetts, and set off a national debate about marriage equality.GLAD
has since filed a similar lawsuit in Connecticut, and launched a New England-wide outreach initiative.
"Joining a cutting-edge LGBT organization with perhaps the finest legal team in the country is very exciting," said Swislow
."It's a great time for GLAD
to build on its strengths and fortify its position advancing the legal rights of LGBT people and those with HIV and AIDS.GLAD's accomplishments disproportionate to its size - it's the mouse that roared." Swislow
said a top priority will be GLAD's
new New England Outreach Initiative."To win rights and sustain those wins, we need to enlarge the circles of support for LGBT rights in every state in New England.We'll work in cooperation with local partner to tell the stories of our lives and show everyone the humanity of LGBT people." Swislow
has a long history of non-profit management experience with both large and small organizations.During her
five years at the Justice Resource Institute
as Vice President of Health Services and Executive Director of the Sidney Borum
, Jr. Health Center
oversaw a broad array of programs providing services to underserved populations, with a focus on adolescents and young adults.These include primary health care and behavioral health, outreach and referral, support groups, prevention work, and special services for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. Prior to JRI, she served as chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at the Cambridge Health Alliance (formerly the Cambridge Hospital), where she was responsible for the clinical operations and support services.She
oversaw a successful merger with Somerville Hospital
in 1996. Swislow has an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master's degree from Northeastern University.
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