The Human Rights Campaign today announced that Chad Griffin, a founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights the force behind the challenge to California’s Proposition 8, will take over as the next president of HRC after Joe Solmoneses (overdue) departure.
The Los Angeles-based activist has roots both in Hollywood and Washington. During the Clinton administration, Griffin became the youngest staffer ever to serve in the White House. He was also an executive producer of Mike Roger’s 2009 film “Outrage” which discusses the hypocrisy of closeted individuals in power who promote anti-gay policies.
The founding partner of strategic communications and campaign firm, Griffin|Schein, Griffin has taken on entrenched, well-financed interests like Big Tobacco, Big Oil and the far right, and shaped national policy debates around equal rights, clean energy, universal health care, stem cell research, and early childhood education. He has also led groundbreaking ballot initiative campaigns including the largest ballot initiative ever recorded, Proposition 87: California’s Clean Alternative Energy Initiative; the Proposition 10 campaign, which generates $600 million a year for early childhood education; and Proposition 71, which secured billions of dollars for stem cell research despite the Bush Administration ban.
Griffin will remain on the board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the organization he co-founded in 2009 to organize, publicize, and fund the Prop. 8 lawsuit while taking on his new position at HRC in June
As for Joe Solmonese, after years of kissing ass at our expense he will be assuming the position and the role as one of the national co-chair for the Obama campaign upon his departure.