SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Kevin O’Grady, PhD, will become executive director of The Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County (The Center OC), effective March 5.
O’Grady comes to The Center OC after serving as the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Orange County/Long Beach region, where he oversaw all programming including civil rights, government affairs, community relations, education and law-enforcement relations.
He coordinated the region’s response to civil rights issues and hate crimes, monitored extremist groups, and spoke at public forums on issues of civil rights, diversity, anti-Semitism, LGBT civil rights and education.
Before joining the ADL, O’Grady served as the dean of students for Milken Community High School, the largest Jewish Day School in the country. He has also served as director of the Hawaii Technology Project, a statewide project that introduced online technologies into small schools across the state’s five primary islands. He authored a study of gay and lesbian high school teachers and is considered a national expert in the area of gay and lesbian issues in education.
Also, O’Grady is chair of GLSEN Orange County and an advisory member to the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs. He holds a master’s degree in political science from California State University Fullerton and a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California.
O’Grady lives in Long Beach with his partner and their son.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Kevin O’Grady coming on board as our new executive director,” said Lucas Fiamengo, chair of The Center OC board of directors. “Kevin combines an understanding of Orange County with an expertise in LGBT issues, which we feel makes him an outstanding person to lead The Center OC in its next phase of growth and advocacy.”
The Center OC is one of the country’s oldest organizations dedicated to serving the LGBT community. Its mission is to advocate on behalf of the Orange County LGBT community and to ensure its well-being.
As one of the few organizations focused solely on the needs of the LGBT community in Orange County, The Center OC serves as the safety net for health and social services for the local LGBT community. Its programs include mental health counseling; community support groups; a cyber center; LGBT cultural-competency training to schools, medical providers and social agencies; the Rainbow Youth Program; and HIV prevention, education and counseling.