The GetEqual Board of Directors has elected a new Chair, and I am stepping down as Board Chair, though I will continue on the Board. Our new chair is Tanya Domi, a seasoned activist with excellent qualifications.
I am pleased to strongly support Ms. Domi's ascension, effective today. After two years of working with GetEqual, we have moved the organization from a small but dedicated group to a much larger group of trained activists around the country, who have played a major role in both national and local efforts to secure full equality now. While we have many organizations dedicated to LGBT civil rights, thank goodness, only GetEqual is dedicated to the "outside" strategy, working to put pressure on reluctant politicians and to hold accountable those who stand in the way. Now, it will be in Ms. Domi's qualified hands to help us move to the next stage of the outside strategy in this important election season.
Tanya is an Adjunct Assistant Professor for International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, as well as the Senior Public Affairs Officer for International Affairs, Economics and Politics at Columbia University's Office of Communications and Public Affairs. Prior to joining Columbia in 2006, she worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media development, gender issues, sex trafficking, human rights and media freedom. Among the countries where Ms. Domi has worked includes: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Georgia, The Gambia, Kosovo, Nepal, The Philippines, The Republic of Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia. Her previous work in Bosnia-Herzegovina implementing the Dayton Peace Accords, 1996-2000, included stints as the chairperson for the OSCE Media Experts Commission during the 1998 general elections; counselor to Amb. Robert Barry and executive assistant to the late Robert Frowick, and she later served as Spokesperson and Director of Press and Public Information under Amb. Barry from 1999-2000. Prior to working abroad, Ms. Domi served as a congressional aide to the late Frank X. McCloskey, chief of staff to Hawaii State Senator Anthony Chang and served 15 years in the U.S. Army as an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer.