The National Board of Directors of GLAAD — the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation — on Saturday announced that they have named Herndon Graddick as GLAAD’s new President.
Herndon has been serving as the organization’s Vice President of Programs and Communications.“Herndon is already a well-respected leader within the LGBT movement, and we believe will be a visionary and strategic leader for GLAAD’s culture-changing work, said Sheri Fults, National Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, in a statement following the announcement.
“Right now GLAAD and our partners in the LGBT movement are making a significant difference at a time when a difference needs to be made. I look forward to working with our dedicated staff to create a culture where there is a welcoming and respected space for LGBT Americans,” Graddick said.
“GLAAD’s work with the media to inspire Americans to speak out against anti-LGBT actions and support equality is needed today more than ever.”
Graddick has served as Vice President of Programs and Communications at GLAAD since 2010. In his role, he has lead GLAAD’s media initiatives and oversees the organization’s National & Local News; Entertainment; People of Color; Religion, Faith & Values; Advertising; and Spanish-Language Media programs.
Prior to his work at GLAAD, Graddick served as the Executive Producer of the Global Observatory, a media and communications effort which aimed to bring public awareness to the climate change crisis.
He also served as Supervising Producer at E! Networks and the day-of-air news division director at CURRENT TV, the youth-oriented news and entertainment network created by former Vice President Al Gore. As a producer at CNN, Graddick also contributed to the creation of daily prime time programming such as “Paula Zahn Now,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” and “Live from the Headlines.”