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Roland Palencia Named Executive Director of Equality California

Roland Palencia has been named executive director of Equality California, according to the organization:

Palencia Equality California and its Board of Directors announced today that Roland Palencia, a trailblazing LGBT activist with extensive experience in leading and managing multi-million dollar non-profit organizations, will serve as the new executive director for Equality California and Equality California Institute. Palencia will begin his tenure on July 5.

"I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve California's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and to build upon Equality California's tremendous success," said Palencia, who currently serves as the Community Benefits Director for L.A. Care Health Plan, a $1.2 billion public health plan. "I am committed to creating a better future for all LGBT Californians and to connecting the LGBT movement to the broader movement for socio-economic justice. Although permanently ending discrimination against LGBT people can be a daunting task, I am confident that together we will prevail. I look forward to getting to know and working with our dedicated membership, legislators and coalition partners as we strive to further Equality California's mission to achieve full equality for all LGBT Californians."

Said Board Chairs Cathy Schwamberger and Clarissa Filgioun: "On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are thrilled that Roland will lead the next chapter of Equality California. Roland is an inspiring leader who has done groundbreaking work for the LGBT community and beyond. His impressive track record of advancing equality and justice makes him a perfect fit for the organization." 

Karen Ocamb at LGBT POV has the first interview with Palencia.

(image via teach-in for equality)

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  1. BRILLIANT CHOICE. QUITE AMAZED. Hopefully a new era for EQCA!

    Posted by: David John Fleck | May 16, 2011 3:42:56 PM

  2. Reaching out and building support in the black and Latino communities needs to be a priority.

    Posted by: candide001 | May 16, 2011 4:26:18 PM

  3. "extensive experience in leading and managing multi-million dollar non-profit organizations"

    Not commenting on his selection but I shuddered at that line.

    Posted by: BobN | May 16, 2011 4:39:08 PM

  4. Hopefully he can help to remove the stench of Geoff Kors tenure at EQCA.

    Posted by: ggreen | May 16, 2011 4:54:36 PM

  5. @GGREEN Amen, Brother!

    Posted by: Keppler | May 16, 2011 5:28:22 PM

  6. Just happy it isn't Kors and hoping this isn't Kors pt2

    Posted by: Person | May 16, 2011 6:59:20 PM

  7. "socio-economic justice"? this guy is a gay karl marx. stick to equality and stop the re-distribution of my wealth!

    Posted by: ric | May 17, 2011 11:50:37 AM

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