Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) announced its search for an Executive Director in early July and at its second annual Olympus fundraiser on September 21, announced that acting Executive Director Chris Sanders would step into the position on a permanent basis.
Naming Sanders as Executive Director marks more growth for the nearly ten-year old organization and Sanders is looking forward to the challenges ahead. "We can provide more public education about the values of equality and inclusion, train more people in advocacy skills, and do more to advance good policy in Tennessee now,” says Sanders. “In the last two months we've significantly raised the profile of the issue of marriage equality in Tennessee and we're working with more local governments on employment non-discrimination and partner benefits measures. I'm excited to get the opportunity to expand my previous work. The TEP team is strong across the state and we're ready to fight for full equality."
Hundreds turned out for this year’s Olympus event fundraiser, helping TEP celebrate a year’s worth of victories. Those in attendance included Knoxville Mayor, Madeline Rogero and Chattanooga Mayor, Andy Berke. See photos from Olympus here.