GLAAD National Board of Directors Elects New Members

June 9, 2009
Richard Ferraro Director of Communications (646) 871-8011

June 9, 2009, Los Angeles, CA – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today announced that the Board of Directors has elected three new Board Members: Jocelyn Bramble of Washington, D.C., Larry Kifer of Las Vegas and Scott E. Miller of San Francisco.

"The diverse ranges of professional experiences that our new colleagues bring are incredible assets as we prepare to transition to a new President and continue work on our five year strategic plan," said Laurie Perper, Co-Chair of GLAAD’s Board of Directors.

Jocelyn Bramble is an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of international law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP where she practices securities litigation and white collar defense. Bramble brings a commitment to legal and political advocacy and a vested interest in GLAAD’s work to shape the culture. As a lawyer, she is dedicated to civil rights advocacy through the courts and as a soon to be parent, she is increasingly concerned about the impact of cultural images of LGBT families. She holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College, a M.A. from St. John's College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Bramble and her partner, Heather Capell Bramble, are expecting their first child this summer.

Larry Kifer is Chairman/CEO of Algiers/Lilack, Inc. in Las Vegas. He began his career with the Central Telephone Company of Nevada where he served as Vice President of Marketing. Kifer served as President of Tie Industries before being named Chairman & CEO of Technicom International of Darien, CT. He retired following the last public offering and returned to Las Vegas where he purchased the Algiers Hotel, a small hotel on the Las Vegas strip which he operated and then sold for redevelopment. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona.

Scott E. Miller is a Principal with Scott Miller Executive Search and has two decades of experience with leading retained executive search firms, professional services firms and in the public sector. He most recently was a Client Partner at Korn/Ferry International where he served as a member of the firm’s Education, Diversity and Association/Nonprofit/Government specialty practices. He also served at the U.S. Department of Labor, working in the areas of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity, and later recruited individuals for political appointments at the White House in Presidential Personnel. He earned his B.A. in communications with a focus in public relations from the University of Alabama. Miller previously served as a Co-Chair of the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco where he lives with his partner, Doug Piper.

"GLAAD’s work in the media is shaping our culture today and growing acceptance of LGBT people," said Co-Chair Yvette Burton, “This cultural change is paving the way to the legal victories our community is experiencing and we are confident that the diverse range of legal and business expertise that our new Board Members hold will help advance our work.”