Brian Bond named as Executive Director at PFLAG

Brian Bond will join PFLAG as its new Executive Director, effective February 1, 2019.
Brian Bond will join PFLAG as its new Executive Director, effective February 1, 2019. Photo credit: Obama White House Archives.

PFLAG National announces Brian Bond as executive director

Brian Bond will join PFLAG National as its new executive director, effective Feb. 1.

“I am thrilled to welcome Brian to the helm of PFLAG National,” said board president Kathy Godwin. “He has a proven record of success unifying people across communities, building strong alliances and partnerships, and working in challenging environments and moments to effect change. His personal story—as a young gay man raised in rural America—will resonate with so many people, including our supporters and members. I know Brian is the leader PFLAG needs to continue our work, and greatly expand our reach.”

Bond, a Missouri native with a degree in public administration from Missouri State University, is a former Obama Administration official and LGBT advocate with an extensive background in constituency outreach and coalition building. He most recently served as the coalitions director for the Climate Action Campaign in Washington D.C., working to protect clean air and promote action to limit climate change. Prior to that, he was the deputy CEO for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Within the Obama Administration, Bond served as deputy director for the White House Office of Public Engagement and primary liaison for the LGBT community. After the re-election of President Obama in 2012, he moved to the Environmental Protection Agency to work on climate initiatives as associate administrator for public engagement and environmental education. Prior to that, he was the executive director of the Victory Fund, where he was credited with expanding the success of the organization and support for LGBT candidates during his six-year tenure.

“I know what it is to be the scared kid growing up in a rural community feeling different and alone, struggling with accepting who I was and living in fear because I knew I was different,” said Bond. “Arm in arm with the hundreds of thousands of exceptional people who are the backbone of PFLAG, it is my goal to intensify all our efforts serving our diverse families and communities.”

The news of Bond’s appointment was welcomed by many leaders in the LGBT equality movement, as well as other leaders in the fight for social justice among marginalized communities.

“During my time at the White House I saw firsthand PFLAG’s legacy of loving, affirming families and actively engaged allies at work,” said Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama. “PFLAGers are changing hearts and minds in every corner of our country in support of equality for the LGBTQ+ community. I also witnessed Brian Bond’s commitment to moving equality forward with passion, empathy, and humility. Brian’s skill set, collaborative leadership style, creative thought process, and ability to build bridges across diverse communities and life experiences will serve PFLAG well…during this pivotal and critical moment in time.”

Earl D. Fowlkes Jr., president and CEO of the Center for Black Equity, said, “I have known Brian for over 20 years both professionally and personally. I am amazed by his ability to move within multiple communities—especially Communities of Color—with respect and humility, to achieve common goals. Brian has both the skill set and professionalism to build upon PFLAG’s success to expand the organization’s reach to provide more support for African-American parents who want to understand the struggle of their LGBTQ+ children in an oft-hostile world.”

Jeff Trammell, former co-chair of the Victory Fund commented, “The smartest hire I ever made was recruiting Brian Bond to lead the Victory Fund when I was co-chair. PFLAG will benefit from that same vision, tenacity and work ethic that has made Brian a success throughout his career.”