Seventh 21st Century Fellow to Take Helm of Organization

The Victory Fund and Institute Names Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, 21st Century Fellows Program Alumnus, President and CEO

Contact:  Clarence Patton [cpatton [at]]

New York - The board of directors of the Victory Fund and Institute today announced that Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, an accomplished leader in the LGBT equality movement and a prolific media presence, will become the organization¹s next President and CEO in April. Moodie-Mills comes to Victory from the Center for American Progress (CAP) where, as a Senior Fellow, she launched the FIRE initiative, a program that explores the intersections of race, class, and sexuality.

Aisha becomes the seventh 21st Century Fellow or Alumnus to take the helm of an organization, the third to lead a national organization, and the second at a national LGBT organization.  At the national level, Aisha joins Rashad Robinson at Color of Change and Hector Vargas at the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association.

In addition Janson Wu leads Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Sultan Shakir heads Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), Bernadette Brown now runs the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) at Duke University, and Miguel Rodriguez heads Boston Baroque.

"What is clearly happening, not just at the Executive level, but also elsewhere within the LGBT and broader progressive movements where our Fellows Program is operating, is what we envisioned when we created the 21st Century Fellows Program,” said Clarence Patton, the Pipeline Project’s Director.

"I'm so excited to see another 21st Century fellow move into top leadership.  It shows that investing in fellowships like this one really does build the next generation of leaders and a stronger, more-diverse LGBT movement,” said Linda Wood, Director, Haas Leadership Initiative.

“Our goal was to provide additional preparation to existing LGBT People of Color leaders and support them in not just being ready for, but able to excel at Executive leadership, and in that, realize a vision of changing the face of movements to better reflect and connect to the diversity of our communities,” continued Patton.

The 21st Century Fellows Program is a year-long program for LGBT people of color managers currently working at human rights, service and advocacy organizations, with an emphasis on those working at LGBT organizations.   It is managed by the Pipeline Project, conceived by the Pipeline Project, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, and The Flexible Leadership Awards Program.  The program is supported by the Arcus Foundation, the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, the Ford Foundation, the David Bohnett Foundation, and the H. van Ameringen Foundation.