NEW YORK -- GLAAD's National Board of Directors has elected Sarah Kate Ellis as the organization's new CEO and president.
As a respected media executive and outspoken advocate for LGBT equality, GLAAD says that Ellis is uniquely qualified to lead the national LGBT media advocacy organization.
"GLAAD's unparalleled history in shifting American beliefs on LGBT families paved the way for our recent legal victories and will be instrumental in inspiring more and more Americans to stand with LGBT people and our families. We are excited to welcome Sarah Kate at a time when our community needs more of GLAAD's work in the media to share the stories that create real change," said Steve Warren, national co-chair of GLAAD's board.
“While our community has made great strides in recent years, our movement has an important and critical journey ahead. Together with our dedicated staff, I will push for a culture where everyone in the LGBT community not only has legal equality, but is fully welcomed and respected by our neighbors. I look forward to leading GLAAD and creating a world where LGBT people and our families have the freedom to joyously-- and openly-- live a life they love," said Ellis.
An award-winning media executive and salient communications strategist who has led national media brands to their biggest successes, Ellis most notably helped grow "Real Simple" into one of Time Inc.’s most respected and successful magazines. Her vision has transformed and energized leading media outlets including "Vogue," "InStyle," "New York," and "House & Garden." Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Martini Media, a digital firm specializing in online branding, public relations and marketing. She has earned seven MIN Awards for marketing innovation, two President’s Awards, and MIN’s Sales Executive Team of the Year award in 2012.
As co-chair of "OUT" at Time Inc., she led programming to spotlight the diversity of the LGBT community and educated the organization’s straight allies on a wide range of LGBT issues. She is a member of Advertising Women of New York, Cosmetic Executive Women, and the Magazine Publishers of America. Ellis is also a Vestry member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Ellis earned her B.A. from Russell Sage College and also attended the Tuck Executive Education program at Dartmouth.
In 2011, Ellis co-authored a memoir with her wife, Kristen Ellis-Henderson, titled “Times Two, Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made," released by Simon & Schuster. The autobiography chronicled their simultaneous pregnancies and road to motherhood.
The two are outspoken advocates for LGBT equality and were featured on the groundbreaking “Gay Marriage Already Won” cover of Time Magazine. They were also profiled in a special New York Times Style section devoted to marriage equality on the day it became legal in New York State and were the subjects of The Huffington Post's three part documentary web series titled "Here Come The Brides." They were named one of GO Magazine's Most Captivating Couples of 2012 and are the proud mothers of two children. The couple held the first same-sex marriage ceremony performed in the Episcopal Church of New York State.
"Sarah Kate is a new kind of leader, one that will take the LGBT movement into the next decade and beyond. Her history as a brilliant, articulate, and proudly out media executive makes her an ideal fit to lead GLAAD. When she and her wife appeared on the cover of Time, she became a living symbol of the fight of marriage equality and her selection as GLAAD's new leader is a clear sign of where the LGBT movement is going next: toward equality for all LGBT Americans in the workplace, in the family, and in local communities," said Jenny Boylan, national co-chair of GLAAD's board of directors and chair of the search committee.
Boylan and Warren were announced as co-chairs of GLAAD's national board of directors earlier this month. Professor Boylan is the first transgender woman to serve as co-chair of GLAAD's board.
Ellis will take on her new role in January 2014 and will be based in GLAAD's New York City office.