Darra Gordon, Deputy President & Chief Operating Officer

Darra Gordon is a nonprofit executive who leads transformative business strategies and develops innovative solutions to move organizations forward. She has worked in the nonprofit field for over 20 years and dedicated her career to organizations that advance social justice. 

Darra currently serves as Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer at GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization. In these roles, Darra oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations including the Fundraising and Development, HR, IT and Finance departments. Darra joined GLAAD as COO in 2018 and developed the organization during a time of rapid growth which saw GLAAD more than double its annual operating budget and fundraising goals. She created GLAAD’s current three year strategic plan and expanded GLAAD’s capacity and programs centered in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

She previously spent over 15 years at Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service organization, where she achieved national expansion for the organization. Before HMI, Darra was at the Pearl Theatre Company, a classical repertory company, and at Literacy Inc. (LINC), an organization dedicated to helping children become stronger readers. Darra’s work has won her accolades, including the BMW Woman of Xcellence award, the Stonewall Honors for LGBTQ leadership, and the outstanding alumni award at her alma mater, Lycoming College. 

Darra also currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors at Black Trans Femmes in the Arts (BTFA).  

Darra received her MS in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment at the New School University, and her BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. 

Darra lives in Pelham, NY with her wife Nicole, their three children, and their dog, Jasper.