New Leader Named for Nation’s Largest LGBTQ+ Organization

The Los Angeles LGBT Center, the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ organization, has chosen Joe Hollendoner of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation as the successor to CEO Lorri L. Jean.

Jean had announced in September that she will retire in July 2022, when she will have been at the center for 25 years. Hollendoner will join the organization as executive director July 6 and work with Jean until her retirement a year later, when he will become CEO.

The LA LGBT center, founded in 1969, now has nearly 800 employees and offers medical and mental health services, legal services, housing, advocacy programs, and services tailored to the needs of specific populations within the LGBTQ+ community, such as seniors, youth, and transgender people. It has multiple locations in the Los Angeles area, including Hollywood, Leimert Park, Boyle Heights, Koreatown, and West Hollywood. It is larger than 95 percent of all nonprofit organizations in the U.S.  Jean served as the center’s executive director from 1993 to 1999 and returned as CEO in 2003.