January 2, 2007
Richard Ferraro Director of Communications (646) 871-8011

January 2, 2007, New York, NY — The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) President Neil G. Giuliano has appointed Rashad Robinson to the post of Senior Director of Media Programs. In his new role, Robinson will report directly to Giuliano and work with other members of his senior leadership team to identify, map and execute GLAAD's strategic direction, and will lead GLAAD's programmatic work and oversee Entertainment Media, Media Field Strategy, National News, People of Color Media Strategy and the newly created Young Adult and Faith programs. Robinson replaces widely respected lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement veteran Glennda Testone who recently resigned to become the Vice President at the Women's Media Center.

“I have admired Rashad's integrity, knowledge and determination and the key role he has played in driving GLAAD's programmatic work over the past two years,” said Giuliano. “His deep understanding of the cultural struggles for acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and families and broad background and demonstrated expertise in the media and grassroots efforts of the movement will be critical in supporting GLAAD's strategic direction and ongoing dedication to our mission.”

“I am excited and humbled by the new opportunity at GLAAD,” said Robinson. “I look forward to working closely with GLAAD's board of directors, the talented leadership team that Neil has put in place over the past year, and a dynamic, passionate and highly competent media programs team.”

Robinson brings with him a unique set of experiences, having most recently served as GLAAD's Director of Media Field Strategy. Before joining GLAAD, he served as Communications Director for the Right to Vote Campaign, a collaboration of national civil rights organizations, including People for the American Way, NAACP, ACLU and the Brennan Center for Justice, among others. Prior to Right to Vote, Robinson served as National Field Director with FairVote and currently sits on the organization's board of directors. In 2004, Robinson appeared for ten weeks as a campaign manager on the Showtime Reality Series “American Candidate”, finishing second in the competition based program. He graduated from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Communications, and served as Student Body President for two years.