- January 22, 2013
As we head into 2013, we’re more focused than ever on bringing everything we have to bear on the fight for full equality. Our recent historic victories are a reminder that we have a responsibility to put forth our best efforts on every single issue impacting our community
That’s why I’m excited to announce that Jeff Krehely will be joining HRC as our Chief Foundation Officer. Jeff currently serves as the Vice President of the LGBT Research & Communications Project at the Center for American Progress. Jeff is a thought leader on some of the most pressing issues facing our community – from healthcare and workplace equality to youth homelessness and aging. Prior to his time at CAP, Jeff served as director of the Movement Advancement Project, a think tank that provides the compelling research, data and analyses needed to advance equality. Before MAP, Jeff worked at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, serving first as NCRP’s research director and later as its deputy director. He also held positions at the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Urban Institute. Throughout his career, Jeff always has shown a commitment to advancing progressive changes that can help people who are most in need.
We conducted an exhaustive search to identify the very best individual to lead our Foundation and we found that person in Jeff. Under Jeff’s leadership, we look forward to leveraging not only our programs, but the Foundation’s own visibility, reach and potential. Jeff possesses unparalleled expertise across the issues our Foundation works on and he is intimately familiar with the strategic policy, research, and communications agenda needed to deliver results. He is also aware of the divisive tactics and deceitful messages our opponents use to attack us, our families, and our youth, and is ready to help shine light on their increasingly extreme attempts to thwart progress.
We know that we have a big task ahead of us. Last year, HRC conducted a groundbreaking survey of LGBT youth to help focus our work. We learned that 42 percent of LGBT youth say they don’t live in accepting communities and a whopping 92 percent say they hear negative messages about being LGBT. But 77 percent of those same youth say they know things will get better, and under Jeff’s leadership our Foundation programming can help improve their lives. We won’t rest until equality reaches every single person in every corner of this vast country. As we approach our work with this renewed vigor, I’m proud to say that Jeff is an extraordinary candidate to lead the HRC Foundation.
The HRC Foundation has proven itself to be an invaluable force in driving real change in the lives of everyday LGBT Americans – from creating more equitable workplaces and safer, more welcoming schools, to providing the invaluable resources and education couples need to start a family, to tackling inequalities in the healthcare system, to amplifying the voices of LGBT people of faith. The work of our Foundation staff has improved the lives of LGBT people in very real and tangible ways.
Jeff will be joining us effective March 1. We look forward to welcoming him to HRC.