Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 50 / 14 December 2017
 

EQCA launches ED search

Equality California this week has launched a search for its next executive director, nearly six months after former ED Roland Palencia abruptly resigned.

And similar to when the organization last sought an ED, stakeholders are invited to submit names of people they think should be considered to Morris and Berger, the firm running the search.

Running California’s only statewide LGBT lobbying group is a big task. Not only would the person oversee the lobbying and other legislative work, EQCA also has its affiliated Equality California Institute is responsible for the public education work. Additionally, the EQCA political action committee makes endorsements in a variety of state and local races.

A summary of the executive director position notes that the successful candidate needs to be a “politically sophisticated, knowledgeable, passionate and articulate advocate and leader.”

Over the past year or so, EQCA has seen its finances shrink, although its condition has recently become more stable, spokeswoman Rebekah Orr told the Bay Area Reporter. Following the departure of Palencia last October, EQCA went for several months with no leader. Then in late February it hired Laurie Hasencamp, 53, to serve as interim executive director. Hasencamp is a straight ally and is based in Los Angeles.

The job description notes that the position can be based either in LA or San Francisco. Kors was from SF, while Palencia lived in southern California.

According to the job announcement, the ED reports to the boards of directors of EQCA and the EQCA Institute. The executive director is responsible for implementation, oversight and management of all programs as well as the financial health of the organization. “Ideally, candidates will have a strong background in leading a nonprofit organization and must be able to act as a strategic partner to the board in the development and execution of EQCA/I’s mission and vision,” the description states. “Experience reaching out to diverse communities and involvement in the LGBT community specifically, is critical.”

EQCA’s board presidents said that the organization’s next decade will be “transformative.”

“The decade ahead will be transformative … with unprecedented opportunities to not only enhance legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, but also to advance full acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in California and beyond through public education and community empowerment,” board president Clarissa Filgioun and Cary Davidson, board president of the institute.

EQCA is currently sponsoring several bills in the Legislature. Additionally, the group is following the effort by anti-gay organizations who are gathering signatures to try to repeal the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act. The law, signed last year by Governor Jerry Brown, mandates that textbooks and instructional materials include contributions of LGBT Americans.

Interested candidates can find the position description and application instructions at www.eqca.org/jobs/ed. Candidates are urged to submit their resume and cover letter by May 18.

Interested stakeholders should submit names for consideration and outreach to mb_at_morrisberger_dot_com.

— Cynthia Laird, April 27, 2012 @ 12:14 pm PST
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