fordhamGill Action, the national political organization founded by philanthropist and entrepreneur Tim Gill, today announced it has hired Kirk Fordham to be its next executive director.  Fordham, currently CEO of the Everglades Foundation, is a longtime political adviser and operative with extensive experience on Capitol Hill and in electoral politics.

“Kirk has a great mix of political experience and personal character to impressively lead the work of Gill Action in the years ahead,” said Tim Gill. “He is a seasoned political operative, successfully works with both Republicans and Democrats, and is deeply committed to winning full equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families–including his own. We welcome his leadership and vision.”

“Gill Action has proven itself one of the nation’s most nimble and impactful organizations advancing equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families,” said Fordham.  “I can think of no more exciting opportunity than to partner with some of the best advocacy groups and most passionate individuals across the country to enhance the quality of life for those living deep in the heartland of America.”

Fordham’s appointment was met with praise from national political leaders who have worked with him, including Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chairs the Democratic National Committee.  ”Kirk practices a bi-partisan approach to problem-solving that has earned him the respect of many friends on both sides of the aisle.  As we continue our march forward to protect the right of every LGBT person to enjoy every opportunity this nation has to offer, I look forward to working with Kirk to build on the progress that has been made by groups like Gill Action,” said Wasserman Schultz.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Florida, said, “Kirk is well regarded in Tallahassee and on Capitol Hill as a staunch supporter who has used his knowledge and experience in government affairs to further important causes.  I look forward to working with him to ensure that our nation–and our laws–treat everyone fairly and equally.”

Fordham is a former member of the Victory Fund’s Victory Campaign Board, a national committee of community leaders who help identify, endorse and raise money for openly LGBT political candidates.  Victory Fund President and CEO Chuck Wolfe said in a statement, “Those of us who fight for LGBT equality are truly lucky to have someone with Kirk’s extensive political skills and acumen leading an organization like Gill Action.  Kirk is unquestionably experienced, deeply talented and committed to winning, and I look forward to working alongside him.”