Work It! Local LGBT leaders on the move

Clayton Skinner appointed as LNFY’s chief operating officer
Lost-n-Found Youth has appointed Clayton Skinner as its new chief operating officer. Skinner will be responsible for ensuring the organization operates effectively and efficiently in partnership with executive director Rick Westbrook.

“Having previously served as pro-bono counsel and seen the amazing work done by the people at Lost-n-Found Youth for LGBT homeless youth across Georgia and the Southeast, I’m proud to have joined the team,” Skinner tells Georgia Voice.

“There are many exciting projects underway, including the renovation of a historic building in Midtown that will provide expanded space for the Youth Center and triple the number of beds for the Housing program. I’m looking forward to both continuing the amazing work already accomplished and providing operations support to further expand the critical services offered.”

Lisa Pane, Associated Press journalist, promoted to national crime beat

Longtime Associated Press journalist Lisa Pane has been promoted to a new “cross-format” role with the Associated Press. Payne’s new role will require her to cover crime and law enforcement from a national perspective, filling in key coverage on major breaking crime stories.

“In this role, Lisa will develop strong short-and longer-term enterprise on stories about crime and law enforcement aimed at national and global audiences, and will dig in on some of the key issues that occupy Americans’ thoughts — guns and the Second Amendment, safety and security and the threat of terrorism in all its forms. She will do that using the strength of AP storytelling in all formats,” said Brian Carovillano, Vice President and managing editor of US News in a statement.

City Winery Atlanta to host star-studded artist line-up

City Winery, the popular live-music venue and restaurant with locations in New York City, Chicago, Nashville and now Atlanta is gearing up for a series of concerts in its intimate 300-seat Midtown venue. Located at Ponce City Market, the intimate venue will be home to over two-dozen renowned acts such as Mavis Staples, Amel Larrieux and 10,000 Maniacs to name a few beginning on May 7 and running until July 14.

“We are attempting to create the perfect setting to share with friends your passion for wine, music and great food. We believe strongly that the design and set-up of the physical space which combines the wine country vibe in an urban setting sets the stage for our unique customer experience,” says Michael Dorf, City Winery founder and chief executive officer.

U.S. SBA to hold small business event in Atlanta

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) will recognize and award outstanding small business owners in several cities around the country, including Atlanta on May 3.

SBA administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet recently announced the dates for this year’s National Small Business Week to be held from May 1-7. This year’s theme will be “Dream Big, Start Small.”

National Small Business week will kick-off in Washington D.C. before heading to Atlanta, Denver and Phoenix. The week will wrap-up with visits to Oakland and San Jose, California. Additionally, recognition and educational events throughout SBA’s 10 Regions and 68 Districts will be held throughout the week.

As details are finalized, more information on the Atlanta event can be found on: