Morgan Meneses-Sheets, the former Executive Director of Equality Maryland, has landed a new job as Development Director with gay labor org Pride At Work. She either quit her job as the head of the group or was forced out (depending on who you believe) after both marriage and trans employment rights failed in the Maryland legislature last year despite original reports that both bills would easily pass. Maryland Equality announced severe financial difficulties following her departure and laid the blame for their peril squarely on her shoulders.
A press release from Pride At Work touts:
"Morgan is an exemplary, tireless worker and someone deeply committed to the fight for equality and justice," said Peggy Shorey, Pride at Work's Executive Director. "We are thrilled to have Morgan dedicate her skills and experience in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender labor and our allies."
Morgan Meneses-Sheets has spent the past twelve years fighting for social justice, with work including 501(c)3, 501(c)4 and PAC fundraising, writing grant proposals, membership development, event organizing and developing major donor programs.
Most recently she served as the Executive Director of Equality Maryland taking both marriage for same sex couples and gender identity anti-discrimination protections further than ever before in the state legislature. Prior to that Morgan worked with the Amputee Coalition of American building a government relations department from the ground up and successfully shepherding over a dozen health care reform bills in state legislatures throughout the country. Morgan was a Field Manager overseeing the national training program at NARAL Pro-Choice America and serving on the team that helped plan the 2004 March for Women's Lives. She was also the Executive Director of the Montana affiliate of NARAL where she helped to defeat several measures designed to limit reproductive freedom.
Morgan was awarded as one of "40 under 40" by the Advocate Magazine earlier this year, plus as "Ally of the Year" with the Youth Pride Alliance and "Top Leader of an LGBT Organization" by BaltimoreOutLoud in 2010.
In addition to her tireless efforts for equality and women's rights, Morgan comes from a union family - her father is a recently retired 30+ year active member of the IBEW. Morgan currently resides outside of Baltimore with her wife, daughter and their two pugs.
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