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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Outfront Minnesota Announces New ED

From Outfront Minnesota ENews:

Dear OutFront Minnesota Friends,

We are very pleased to announce that we have chosen attorney and long-time community advocate and leader Amy Johnson to become the new OutFront Minnesota Executive Director.

Amy brings extensive experience in public policy and advocacy, fundraising and management and has a demonstrated track record of commitment to GLBT equality. She has served as board chair or member of numerous GLBT organizations including PFund, where she helped endowment funds grow to more than $1 million, as well as District 202, the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association and the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association. An attorney for 20 years, she lobbied the American Bar Association to ensure passage of a national policy to prevent discrimination against same-sex couples in adoption cases. She has served on several political campaigns including for state legislature, city council, mayor, governor and Minnesota Supreme Court.

Johnson's selection concludes a five-month process that included eight community conversations about the future of OutFront Minnesota and its leadership needs; a search committee composed of community leaders and board members which interviewed and recommended candidates to the board for final selection.

Amy will provide OutFront Minnesota with the leadership and vision it needs as it embarks on an ambitious agenda that includes the pursuit of marriage equality and elimination of discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Minnesota. She'll officially begin at OutFront Minnesota on January 5.

Our work to end GLBT discrimination has only been possible because of your enduring support. We hope you'll be as inspired and excited about this announcement as we are to continue the work to achieve full equality and that you'll work side-by-side with us to achieve that goal.

Tomorrow, look for the story in the media including the Minneapolis Star Tribune and other publications; and listen for interviews with Amy on Minnesota Public Radio's All Things Considered with Tom Crann (3-6:30pm); and The Mark Heaney program on KTNF 950 AM (Air America Minnesota) at 5:30 pm.

Watch for our future announcement about a community event in late January to welcome Amy.

We look forward to seeing and working with you in the New Year.

I hope Amy Johnson is a results oriented person when it comes to politics.