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PFLAG National Names Dr. Jaime M. Grant as New Executive Director

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017
Jaime M. Grant
Jaime M. Grant  

Today, PFLAG National -- the nation's largest and oldest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) -- named Jaime M. Grant, Ph. D. as its new Executive Director. Dr. Grant, a longtime social-justice leader and innovator, assumes leadership of an organization, founded in 1972, with over 200,000 members and supporters, and nearly 400 chapters nationwide.

PFLAG National Board President Jean Hodges spoke for PFLAG board leaders: "As PFLAG enters its 45th anniversary year in 2018, we are thrilled to have Jaime's strong and visionary leadership moving us forward. She has extensive experience as a thought leader in progressive movements, and formidable credentials as a researcher, author, and fundraiser."

Hodges added, "Having Jaime at the helm signals PFLAG's resolve to advance the fight for LGBTQ people and their families, who continue to struggle in this increasingly stressful and violent environment; and to educate, engage, and empower a new generation of allies, who are so crucial to this movement. She is a bold choice for PFLAG National, at the right time."

Dr. Grant was named after an extensive national search by the PFLAG National Board of Directors, assisted by McCormack+Kristel, an executive search practice specializing in diversity recruitment. The PFLAG National board extends its thanks to Deputy Executive Director Elizabeth Kohm, who has served as Interim Executive Director since December 2016.

Jaime Grant has been active in feminist and LGBTQ movements for three decades, serving previously as the Policy Institute Director at The National LGBTQ Task Force, and as Founding Executive Director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College.

Recently, she was founder and director of the Global Trans Research and Advocacy Project, supporting transgender researchers and activists in the Global South. Grant has numerous books to her credit, including a co-author and principal investigator credit for Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, co-published by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National LGBTQ Task Force.

"I've been 'in training' for this job my whole life," said Dr. Grant. "I survived an extremely painful coming-out process in my family-an estrangement that lasted over a decade. And I am Mom to two wonderful children, including a proud bisexual son who ran his high-school GSA. I believe so strongly in PFLAG and its work, which, over the past 45 years has created a tremendous cultural shift in parenting values, and fires up advocacy by families and allies. I am honored and thrilled to accept this position."

PFLAG is the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ). PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy, and has nearly 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

For more information, visit pflag.org

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