Dear families and friends,
After a careful search, Our Family Coalition’s (OFC’s) Board of Directors and I are pleased to announce the unanimous selection of Sam Ames as OFC’s new Interim Executive Director!
“We couldn’t be more pleased that Sam was as eager to work with OFC as we were eager to work with them,” said outgoing Executive Director Renata Moreira. “Sam has had many years of experience working in the LGBTQ movement and is very familiar with OFC’s work. I am thrilled to be passing the baton to someone so skilled and passionate, to co-lead our next chapters with our brilliant board and team.”
Sam comes to Our Family Coalition most immediately from Trans Lifeline, where they served as Interim Executive Director for over a year while the organization conducted its own transition to their new Executive Director. Sam brings to their work deep experience in Bay Area-based, national-impact LGBT social justice work, having served as Staff Attorney and Policy Fellow at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where they founded and coordinated the very successful #BornPerfect campaign to protect LGBTQ children and youth by enacting state laws to end conversion therapy.
Sam has also served as Chaplain at UC San Francisco’s Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. Sam received a Master’s in Divinity from Harvard, a law degree at George Washington University School of Law, and their undergraduate degree from UC Santa Cruz.
We invite the community to join OFC’s staff and board in extending Sam a hearty welcome to Our Family Coalition, and look forward to discovering together what’s in store for our organization and the community we so passionately serve.
Outgoing Executive Director