Lambda Legal's board of directors announced it has named Kevin Jennings, the founder of Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), as the organization's new CEO.
"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 statement.
Currently the president of the Tenement Museum, Jennings' contributions to the LGBT movement began in 1988, when he helped students create the first school-based Gay-Straight Alliance club, leading him to found and lead GLSEN for 18 years. He also is a Lambda Literary Award-winning author of seven books, with his memoir, Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son: A Memoir, having been named a Book of Honor by the American Library Association in 2006.
Jennings will start Monday, Dec. 2.