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Equality Maryland continues search for new executive director

Equality Maryland announced today that is seeking applicants for the organization’s executive director position. While Lynne Bowman has served as the interim executive director of Equality Maryland since May of this year, Patrick Wojahn, board chair of the Equality Maryland Foundation, says as of yesterday no one has applied for the position. 

On its web site, Equality Maryland states that it is looking for a “dynamic individual with a passion for achieving full legal equality” for LGBT Marylanders:

The Executive Director reports jointly to the Board of Directors of Equality Maryland Foundation and Equality Maryland Inc. The Chairs of both Boards supervise the Executive Director. Additionally, the Executive Director is a member of the Executive Committee of both Boards and attends all Board meetings.

The Executive Director is responsible for managing the daily operation of Equality Maryland and implementing the vision, strategic goals and objectives of the organization. The Executive Director supports the Chairs and respective Boards, and manages and directs the staff of the organization to accomplish the mission and achieve agreed upon results.

Most importantly, the Executive Director represents Equality Maryland to the community, policymakers, donors and others to advocate for its mission and programs. Expect significant in-state travel and occasional out-of-state travel, including work on evenings and weekends.

According to Wojahn, Bowman has committed to staying on board as the interim executive director on a month-to-month basis until a permanent one is found. While Wojahn says board members have a few candidates they would like to speak to in mind, he would not disclose who those people are just yet. 

With the governor Martin O’Malley’s (D) recent declaration that he would support marriage legislation in Maryland in 2012, and the formation of Marylanders for Marriage, a coalition of organizations working to secure those laws, Wojahn says he remains optimistic. 

“I’m very optimistic moving into this next year,” he says. “We’re going to be in a good position to pass marriage legislation and the gender identity anti-discrimination act, and we will win real victories for the LGBT community.” 

For more information about the executive director position, visit

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