LGBT Advocacy Group Gets New Head

An advocacy network for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Orange County has announced a new executive director.

Kevin O'Grady will assume the position at the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County starting March 5.

O'Grady comes to the center after serving as the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, Orange County/Long Beach region, where he oversaw programming, including civil rights, government affairs and community relations, according to a news release. He also coordinated the region's response to civil rights issues and hate crimes, monitored extremist groups, and spoke on LGBT rights at public forums.

Before joining the Anti-Defamation League, O'Grady served as the dean of students for Milken Community High School High School, the largest Jewish day school in the country.

O'Grady is the chairman of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network Orange County.

He earned a masters degree in political science from Cal State Fullerton and a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California.

"We couldn't be more pleased to have Kevin O'Grady coming on board as our new executive director," said Lucas Fiamengo, chairman of the center's board of directors, in a statement.

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