The ‘Comings & Goings’ column chronicles important life changes of Blade readers.
The Comings and Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at: email@example.com.
The Comings and Goings column also invites LGBTQ+ college students to share their successes with us. If you have been elected to a student government position, gotten an exciting internship, or are graduating and beginning your career with a great job, let us know so we can share your success.
Zach Ford (Photo courtesy Ford)
Congratulations to Zack Ford on his new position as Press Secretary at Alliance for Justice (AFJ). According to their website “For 40 years, AFJ has been a recognized leader in advocating for a judiciary that upholds the rights of all. AFJ has longstanding ties to Senate ofﬁces, legal organizations, and state and local advocates. Senators rely on our research and know our advocacy, making us a ‘go-to source’.” Upon accepting the position Zack said; “I think a lot of people understand that President Trump has appointed many judges, but fewer understand the impact that will have on our lives, and I’m looking forward to helping change that.”
Prior to taking this position Zack had worked for 8.5 years at ThinkProgress the news source of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. While there he covered both LGBTQ issues and Trump. He also wrote the LGBTQ political newsletter Fording the River Styx. He was the Founder/Editor of ZackFordBlogs.com; and worked as a Graduate Assistant, Multicultural Student Services, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Zack received his Bachelor of Music, Music Education (Piano), magna cum laude from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY and his Master of Education, Higher Education/Student Affairs from Iowa State University, Ames, IA. There he taught a course in Gender Justice and was a Teaching Assistant, Musical Theatre I and II. He currently serves on the Ithaca College Alumni Board of Directors. In 2014 The Advocate named him me one of its 40 under 40 voices in LGBTQ media. He is an accomplished pianist and still accompanies and directs musical theatre when opportunities arise.
Congratulations also to Shane Larson on his new position as Assistant to the President, Communications Workers of America (CWA). The Communications Workers of America represents 700,000 workers in private and public-sector employment. CWA members work in telecommunications and information technology, the airline industry, news media, broadcast and cable television, health care, public service and education, law enforcement, manufacturing and other fields. Prior to this appointment he was Director of Legislation, Politics and International Affairs for them. Before joining CWA Shane was Government Affairs Director for the Association of Flight Attendants. He had also worked on Capitol Hill for Sen. Tom Daschle.
Shane has served a stint as Board co-chair National Stonewall Democrats and is President of the Progressive Congress Action Fund. He has also served on the Board of Pride at Work, National LGBT constituency group of the AFL-CIO. He earned his Bachelor of Science, International Politics at Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C.
Shane Larson (Photo courtesy of Larson)