I am so excited to announce that later this month, I'll be joining the +You Can Play Project
team as their Vice President for Program Development and Community Relations: http://youcanplayproject.org/news/entry/224
. YCP does incredible work, and I'm thrilled about this next step in my career.
Leaving my current job is bittersweet, since I have truly loved my time serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Representative for Rep. Brian Sims and I could not have asked for a more fantastic or supportive boss. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the experiences I've gained working for Rep. Sims along with my Team 182 colleagues Mason B. Lane, Tim Keller, and Sarah Allyson Rabot.
As the former Executive Director of GO! Athletes, I also want to say THANK YOU to the fantastic past and current board members, dedicated volunteers, partners, members of the LGBT Sports Coalition and the inspiring student athletes who I have had the privilege of getting to know. I'm thrilled about the new GO! board of Chris Mosier, Sean Smith, Nora Cothren, Monica A. Rochon, Katie Barnes, Lauren Neidigh, and Josh Bryan Sanders and the work they will continue to do to support young athletes. To that end, I still plan to serve in an advisory capacity for GO! Athletes Mentoring Pilot Program, which is starting here in Philadelphia.
Looking back on a journey that began in 2006, when I decided to come out as bisexual while I was Division I athlete at the University of Pennsylvania, I'm reflecting on how many amazing people I've met as a result of my activism. I think back to my Penn Track family, PATH - Penn Athletes & Allies Tackling Homophobia the Penn LGBT Center, and (in 2010) beginning to work with Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project, the NCAA Our Group Athletes (which became GO! Athletes), You Can Play, Campus Pride, Outsports, Nike and the LGBT Sports Coalition
Thank you to Wade Davis and Patrick Burke and the rest of You Can Play for an amazing opportunity to join this team. In addition to the people and groups mentioned above, I am very grateful to Pat Griffin, Helen Carroll, Kye Allums, Paul Farber, Shane Windmeyer, Cyd Zeigler, Jenelle Marie, Brian Goldthorpe, Jeff Sheng, Andrew Langenfeld, Nevin Caple, Stephanie Laffin, Joanna Lohman, Karen Morrison, Lisa Hunefeld, Lypheng Kim, Anthony Nicodemo, Eliana Yankelev, Rose Pitkin, Mai Foringer, Corinne Rich, and so many more who I've been honored to work with within the LGBT sports equality movement.
And, thank all you tweeting, posting, and texting me with your love and support.
Right now, I am grateful, reflective, but most importantly I am inspired to get to work.