Bill McDermott, who served as Chief Development Officer for the Los Angeles LGBT Center for eight years, has been tapped as GLAAD’s Chief Development Officer.
Deadline reports that McDermott will sit on GLAAD’s senior leadership team, which establishes the LGBTQ organization’s advocacy work and its fundraising efforts such as membership, major donor, foundation grants and its corporate partnership program.
McDermott will also oversee GLAAD’s special events team which produces GLAAD’s events including the annual GLAAD Media Awards. The GLAAD Media Awards has welcomed LGBTQ entertainment icons and allies over the years such as Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Madonna and the casts of “Pose” and “Queer Eye.”
In addition, McDermott will lead the development and fundraising efforts for the GLAAD Media Institute, which launched in 2018. The Institute trains LGBTQ advocates and allies on “local organizing, telling personal stories, and leveraging local, national, and social media to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance.” The Institute also oversees “GLAAD’s research, including its annual reports on LGBTQ inclusion on television and film, as well as GLAAD’s consulting work with Hollywood, the video game industry, publishing, journalism, and global brands to ensure fair, accurate, and culture-changing LGBTQ representation.”
McDermott begins his work with GLAAD in the fall.