The Rush Center Board of Directors has announced in a press release that Executive Director Linda Ellis, who has been with the organization since its inception in 2008, has resigned.

“I want to extend my sincere gratitude to all those who have worked alongside me to increase Atlanta’s LGBTQ community’s access to health and social resources,” Ellis wrote in her resignation letter. “Thank you to everyone who has served on the Board of…the Rush Center for your leadership throughout the years. And thank you to the Rush Center staff who have shared their considerable talents, strong convictions, and honest opinions with me and the community for years.”

In her letter, Ellis contended that she was most proud of “the number of organizations and groups who call the Rush Center home…Their trust is sign that [the center] did what we set out to do.”

The Rush Center, which encourages coordination and collaboration between Atlanta’s LGBTQ organizations, is currently inviting applications for an Interim Executive Director to replace Ellis, with particular emphasis on people of color and trans/GNC people. They seek an individual with skills in fundraising, human resource management, financial management, accounting, and commercial real estate that can lead the organization through this time of transition.

“We wish Linda all the best in her future endeavors and look forward to her continued involvement with the Rush Center in different capacities,” said Board Chair Gail Cowie. “Her experience and insight will be assets in whatever she undertakes from here.”

The Rush Center provides space, information, resources, and support for ongoing development and collaboration among organizations whose mission or activities advance LGBTQ rights, understanding, and well-being.

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