Equality NC and its Board of Directors announced today that Stuart Campbell, a skilled policy advisor, advocate and administrator with extensive experience in leading and managing private, government and non-profit entities, will serve as the new executive director for Equality NC, the state’s premier lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization. Campbell will begin his tenure on October 24.
“I am deeply honored and excited about the opportunity to serve North Carolina’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and to build upon Equality NC’s tremendous success,” said Campbell, who most recently served as the Community Services manager in the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs in Austin. “I look forward to getting to know and working with our dedicated supporters, legislators and coalition partners as we strive to further Equality NC’s mission to secure equality and justice for the LGBT community in North Carolina.”
Campbell is a seasoned professional whose non-profit experience includes several years as an advocate and lobbyist on disability and anti-poverty issues, ultimately serving as Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Campbell joined the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, first as a senior policy advisor and then as Community Affairs manager, where he administered over $220 million in federal and state funds aimed at alleviating poverty.
From 2003 to 2009, Campbell served on the board of Equality Texas, Equality NC’s sister organization in Texas. He was actively involved in the state’s anti-LGBT amendment fight in 2005. Equality NC Board Chair Dan Gurley noted that Campbell’s experience in another large southern state would serve the organization well during its current campaign against a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am thrilled that Stuart will lead the next chapter of Equality NC,” said Gurley. “Stuart has seen first-hand the challenges facing LGBT populations in the South and I know he is committed to Equality NC’s mission of securing equality and justice for LGBT North Carolinians. His impressive work to advance this mission for all makes him a perfect fit for the organization during the amendment battle ahead.”
Campbell was selected by Equality NC’s Board of Directors after an extensive, national search. Search Committee Chair Sarah Ford reflected on the search that began in May. “It was inspirational to see so many candidates from across the state and the nation eager to bring their talents to the fight for equality and justice at this crucial time in North Carolina’s history. “
Equality NC Foundation Chair Rod Goins invited the public to meet Campbell at the Equality NC Foundation’s annual Conference and Gala, on Saturday, November 12, in Greensboro. “Join us as we welcome Stuart to North Carolina and come together to educate, share and prepare each other for the work ahead.” Registration for the 2011 Equality NC Foundation Conference and Gala is currently available at equalitync.org/conference/registration.
Campbell joins a distinguished group of leaders at Equality NC. During its more than four-decade history, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization has been instrumental in protecting North Carolina’s notable standing in the South as the only state without an anti-LGBT constitutional amendment, as well as the first state in the South to pass legislation specifically protecting LGBT children from bullying. Campbell will be instrumental in continuing that charge.
Equality NC now boasts over 45,000 online activists, 26,000 supporters, 600 volunteers, 24 active board members, and an experienced team of staff, lobbyists and contract organizers. Today, the organization is a force to be reckoned with and has earned a reputation as one of the strongest statewide LGBT advocacy groups in the nation. With a strong coalition of respected partners standing by its side, Equality NC is well positioned to move forward as an ever-stronger organization in size, scope and influence.
“While we may not be able to change the minds and hearts of everyone in the seven short months leading up to the election in May, I am confident that the majority of fair-minded North Carolinians who oppose this amendment will make their will known and we will prevail,” Campbell added.
Equality NC is a statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender North Carolinians.
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