SAN FRANCISCO — A political strategist from California who has played a leading role in trying to overturn the state’s same-sex marriage ban was named Friday as the new president of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest and most influential gay rights group.
The Washington-based campaign’s directors voted to hire Chad Griffin, 38, to replace outgoing president Joe Solmonese, who announced last year that he would step down after seven socially transformative and sometimes internally stormy years at the organization’s helm."
“We’re ecstatic to have someone of Chad’s caliber as our next president,” Tim Downing, chairman of the campaign’s lobbying arm, and Sandra Hartness, who chairs its nonprofit education foundation, said in a statement. “His superior credentials and achievements, both as a visionary and strategist, make him uniquely qualified to lead this organization forward.”
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