Zeke Stokes, Chief Programs Officer

A photo of Zeke StokesA veteran of the fights to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) at the U.S. Supreme Court, Zeke Stokes joined GLAAD as Vice President of Programs in 2014.  Now GLAAD's Chief Programs Officer, he oversees GLAAD's advocacy work to advance the stories of LGBTQ people that lead to positive cultural change in the United States and abroad. He leads a staff of media professionals in both Los Angeles and New York City charged with executing GLAAD's campaigns and initiatives in entertainment, news, youth engagement, spanish language, transgender representation, and more.

Before joining GLAAD, Zeke served as director of outreach at Media Matters For America, as well as communications director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, where he played a key role in advancing LGBTQ military equality. Prior, Stokes managed his own practice, consulting for a variety of political, nonprofit, corporate and governmental clients. He is a former publicist for the March of Dimes. He is a native of South Carolina, and began his career there as director of communications for the South Carolina Democratic Party before running and working on a number of winning political campaigns at the local, state, and federal level.

Zeke is a frequent media commentator on progressive issues and has appeared in the pages, online, and on the air of countless local, state, and national news outlets including CNN, MSNBC, Sirius XM Radio, Billboard, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, and The Advocate.