NEW YORK — Legal advocacy group Lambda Legal announced this week they have hired GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings as the new CEO.
He is currently president of the Tenement Museum, former leader of LGBTQ foundation Arcus Foundation and a former Assistant Secretary of Education under President Obama.
“Kevin’s deep roots in the LGBT movement, his expertise with federal public policy, his advocacy for immigrants, and his personal experience as an educator raised in the South is a blend of attributes that make him the clear choice as the next CEO of Lambda Legal,” said Anne Krook, chair of Lambda Legal’s board of directors, in a press release.
According to the group, he has received several awards, both national and international recognition, including: Lambda Literary Award, the “Friend of Children” Award from the National Association of School Psychologists, the Human and Civil Rights Award of the National Education Association, the Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Diversity Leadership Award of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Bob Angelo Medal from COC Netherlands, and the “Appalachian Hero” Award from the Appalachian Community Fund.
“Being Lambda Legal’s CEO is a dream job that anyone would love to have, and I am thrilled to be stepping into this role at such a critical time for Lambda and our nation,” said Jennings. “From my childhood as the son of Southern Baptist preacher to when I became a member of the Obama Administration, I’ve known what it’s like to be the target of hateful, anti-LGBT bullies, but those attacks only made me more determined to challenge them. I’ve devoted my life since I was a high school history teacher to advocating for LGBT people and everyone living with HIV, and I’m excited to join Lambda Legal to continue that work.”
Jennings will start on December 2, 2019.