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Sarah Kate Ellis

CEO & President, GLAAD

After a successful career as a media executive, Sarah Kate Ellis was named President and CEO of GLAAD in 2014. In short order, she refocused GLAAD’s crucial advocacy to accelerate acceptance of the LGBTQ community through a variety of compelling and effective initiatives, campaigns, and programs. For example, Sarah Kate uses GLAAD’s position as the world’s leading media advocacy organization to demand fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community and fight against discriminatory legislation. She also commissioned GLAAD’s annual Accelerating Acceptance report, and launched GLAAD’s first international operation in London. Sarah Kate’s advocacy for LGBTQ acceptance has appeared in numerous influential media, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, TIME, and Vanity Fair, and she has spoken about the crucial impact of GLAAD at elite universities and organizations nationwide. Sarah Kate also understands the importance of being on the ground where it matters most. Under her leadership, GLAAD has traveled to many states in the U.S. South to meet with LGBTQ leaders and community members. Prior to joining GLAAD, Sarah Kate Ellis led national media brands, notably growing Real Simple into one of Time Inc.’s most respected and successful magazines and serving as co-chair of Out at Time, Inc.