Bill McDermott, Chief Development Officer

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Bill McDermott joined GLAAD in November 2019 as the Chief Development Officer. In his role, Bill leads GLAAD’s annual fundraising budget through membership, major donor, foundation grants, and corporate partnership programs. In addition, Bill oversees GLAAD’s special events team, which produce GLAAD events including the annual GLAAD Media Awards.

Bill also heads development and fundraising efforts for the GLAAD Media Institute, which trains advocates all over the world and produces studies such as Where We Are On TV and the Studio Responsibility Index.

Prior to GLAAD, Bill served as Chief Development Officer for the Los Angeles LGBT Center where he created and led sustainable fundraising initiatives supporting the organization’s health services, housing, and advocacy programs. During his eight-year tenure, annual giving, membership, planned and institutional giving programs saw double-digit growth. Additionally, he oversaw special events teams responsible for the annual Vanguard Awards and the Evening with Women galas.

Before the LGBT Center, he was the Director of Development for the Stonewall Community Foundation, a New York-based LGBTQ community foundation. He also worked for Quark, Apple and was a Roman Catholic priest in the diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis prior to launching a career in non-profit development and LGBTQ advocacy. He is a co-chair of the OutFund and on the advisory board of East West Players.