GLSEN appoints Willingham-Jaggers as new chief executive

Melanie Willingham-Jaggers

The Board of Trustees of GLSEN, the national nonprofit organization that ensures K-12 education is safe and assertive for all students, including LGBTQ youth, announced today: today (Wednesday, January 26) that Melanie Willingham-Jaggers was named the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Willingham-Jaggers said his vision for the next chapter of GLSEN’s work is “rooted in the belief that education can and should be a safe, empowering and liberating experience – and that we can only achieve this when we integrate the race, gender and disability justice in our education system as a key indicator of success.

Prior to joining GLSEN in 2019 as Deputy Executive Director, Willingham-Jaggers served as Associate Director of The Worker Institute Program at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. As a member of the leadership team there, she worked to ensure the strategic, programmatic and operational excellence of the Institute.

She has extensive experience in the social justice movement and organizations as a manager and consultant, including work in program design, facilitation, organizing within and beyond diverse marginalized and intersecting communities, including those currently and formerly incarcerated and involved in the underground economy, the LGBTQ community, youth, immigrants, people with disabilities and the elderly.

Willingham-Jaggers has a long history of creating and managing high-impact programs, training and developing individuals and team leaders, and designing effective, values-aware infrastructures that generate levels performance and impact across the organization. At the heart of their success is a relentless passion for innovation and continuous improvement, as well as a personal commitment to lifelong learning, building authentic relationships, and community engagement.

Since 2018, Willingham-Jaggers has taught at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies, in the Master of Applied Theater program. They earned their BAs in politics, peace and justice studies, and philosophy from the University of San Francisco, and their MAs from the School of Professional Studies in Applied Theater at City University of San Francisco. New York.

From 2016 to 2019, Willingham-Jaggers served as Chair of the Board of the Audre Lorde Project, the oldest community organizing center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, transgender, and gender non-conforming people of color in the United States. New York area. Their work on the ALP Board was rooted in the belief that as long as there are organizations linked to freedom movements, these organizations should be safe, healthy and vibrant internal spaces that movements can rely on. if they wish.

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