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Duane C. Ingram joins board of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

Date: 
October 09, 2009

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund is pleased to announce the election of Duane C. Ingram to its board. The election occurred at the organization’s September meeting in Denver, Colo. The Task Force is the oldest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organization and a leading progressive voice for full LGBT equality.

“I am extremely proud to be selected to join the board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund and look forward to working with the talented and dedicated board and staff led by its executive director, Rea Carey, to assist in building our capacity to ensure full equality for the LGBT community,” says Ingram. “Community outreach and grassroots efforts have been at the core of my social and political interests since I was a young professional working as a legislative aide in the United States Senate. Since then, my passion has grown exponentially, but my focus has narrowed to those issues that are both personal and universal at the same time.”

Ingram is a public interest professional with 15 years of nonprofit and legislative experience. He has worked for a diverse array of organizations and institutions, including the U.S. Senate, People for the American Way, the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Citizens Commission on Civil Rights, and the Democratic National Committee. His areas of expertise are legislative and public policy, community outreach and advocacy, public education, and diversity, with an emphasis on racial minorities, women, and the LGBT community.

“The Task Force Action Fund is among the premier nonprofits representing LGBT issues. Since its founding it has refused to retreat from its core value and mission to fight the good fight for LGBT communities on federal, state and local levels through public policy, grassroots organizing and advocacy,” says Ingram. “Today’s sense of urgency on LGBT issues cannot be overstated as we collectively work to achieve parity at this historic moment in time, and I believe that the Task Force is uniquely suited to tackle anti-LGBT ballot initiatives, monitor policy positions among prospective elective officeholders, hold our legislators accountable and, as important, foster greater understanding and respect between all peoples in the United States.”

Ingram most recently served as vice president of programs at the Urban League of Philadelphia where he was responsible for public policy, education, youth and health initiatives, program development, government relations and community engagement. He also served as a vice president for Planned Parenthood in South Florida, where he oversaw public policy, government relations, issue advocacy and community outreach.

Ingram’s board and volunteer public service includes current membership on the board of directors of WOMEN’S WAY, the country’s oldest and largest women’s federation committed to ensuring public awareness to fight for and achieve women’s equality, safety, self-sufficiency and reproductive freedom through women-centered funding, advocacy and education. He is also on the board of InterAct Theatre, a Philadelphia-based theatre that examines social justice issues in contemporary society. Ingram is a current member of the Pennsylvania Society of Washington, D.C., and is a 2009 fellow of the D.C.-based Center for Progressive Leadership. A graduate of Villanova University, Ingram currently resides in Philadelphia, Penn.

Read the full listing of the board of directors.

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, founded in 1974 as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund are not tax deductible.