1n10 Hires New Executive Director

NEWS Media Contacts: Toby Urvater

(602) 200-9790
July 26, 2011


1n10, Inc. is proud to announce that the Board of Directors has hired Linda Elliott as Executive Director. Linda has decades of experience in executive-level management, as well as extensive fundraising and board experience with local and national non-profits working in support of LGBTQ causes. She co-founded the Arizona Steering Committee for the Human Rights Campaign and has been one of the most visible and active members of the Phoenix LGBTQ community.

“We are thrilled that Linda has accepted the position of Executive Director of 1n10. From several candidates and two rounds of interviews, the 1n10 Board chose Linda based on her proven record of success,” said Toby Urvater, Board Chair. “We expect big things from her,” she added.

Linda received her Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Denver. Previously she was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for ING Security Life and has extensive executive-level management experience. She has also served on dozens of boards and committees, including for the Human Rights Campaign and the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, a critical 1n10 partner. Linda was recently awarded the 2011 Individual Equality Award at the 7th Annual Human Rights Campaign Arizona Gala Dinner for her pioneering efforts on behalf of the community and her tireless advocacy for LGBTQ causes.

“1n10 is in a unique position right now to really change lives in Arizona,” said Charlotte Adcock, Past Board Chair of 1n10, Inc. “Teens and young adults throughout the region need access to supportive, empowering programs that embrace their strengths. Linda will help the program staff and volunteers continue to serve more youth with even bigger and better programs. It’s an exciting time.”

Over the past 18 months, 1n10 served an increasing number of youth and added additional staff to meet growing demand for programs and services. In addition, a new weekly group meeting in the West Valley was established. 1n10 continues to experience sound financial management because of the generous contributions of community groups, individuals, and corporate partners.

“Linda is really in a position to take 1n10 to that next level,” said David Simmons, a 1n10 board member and member of the Executive Search Committee. “She can help 1n10 serve even more youth over the next 20 years and continue to responsibly grow the organization. With Linda, we know we have a fabulous future.”

1n10, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving and assisting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. 1n10 provides youth ages 14-22 with tools to improve their self-esteem and increase acceptance of who they are. 1n10 creates a safe space, mentally and physically, for youth of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Weekly discussion groups cover a wide range of social, educational, health, and community issues. Youth with particular needs have the option to speak with peers or volunteers one-on-one in a supervised setting. 1n10 offers resources for healthy living and making healthy choices, as well as social networking opportunities appropriate for developing leadership skills and having fun.
1n10, Inc. has been a proud member of the Phoenix community since 1993 and looks forward to many years of continuing to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth in Phoenix. For more information, please contact Toby Urvater, Board Chair.