EQCA Is Pleased To Announce The New Executive Director of Equality California, John O’Connor!

October 24, 2012

Dear Lacy,

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After an extensive search, we are pleased to announce the new Executive Director of Equality California, John O’Connor.

John is a seasoned nonprofit leader with deep ties in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and will begin serving as executive director of Equality California and Equality California Institute on December 3.

It’s no secret that Equality California is coming off a long transition and John’s extensive experience leading nonprofits through turbulence and into solvency and stability made him the ideal candidate. Most recently, working as executive director of the LGBT Community Center of the Desert, he brought in new staff, established a new counseling center and forged important partnerships with area schools to introduce anti-bullying and suicide prevention workshops, while overseeing substantial budget growth and returning the organization to solvency.

John also brings important national and foundation experience to his new role. O’Connor was national director of the Gill Foundation, a foundation dedicated to advancing LGBT equality. He also served as program director of The David Geffen Foundation.

On behalf of the boards of directors, we are very pleased to welcome John aboard, knowing that his background and experience are exactly what we need as we chart our future. John is a bold leader with a history of steering nonprofits into the next phase of their journeys. He brings the experience that EQCA and EQCA Institute need to broaden our work and move forward to achieve LGBT equality in California.

In Solidarity,
Clarissa Filgioun, Equality California Board President
Cary Davidson, Equality California Institute Board President

Equality California is dedicated to achieving equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.



The Uncle Earl

"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can." - Nikos Kazantzakis The art of success begins first within your heart, no better example to attain this claim than the man of many talents that we have come to know thru the years in the industry as Lacy Darryl Phillips. Lacy Darryl Phillips aka THE UNCLE EARL, an Award Winning American Recording Artist, Songwriter, Producer, Actor, Radio Personality & DJ. President of Earl Hitz Records, a NYC label created to embrace the sounds of house, dance, electronic pop, and funk music. As an avid culture curator of performance & music for the world, he wanted to pay homage by creating "The New Paradise Garage Experience". He is also the Creator/Producer of Ultimate Underground, Host/DJ of his weekly radio show, The Ultimate Underground Experience now celebrating it’s 9th successful anniversary. Lacy Darryl Phillips has a career in the entertainment industry which spans four decades, in the disciplines of acting, singing, dancing, directing, choreography, and songwriting. He has worked with recording artists, such as Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Vanessa Williams, Grace Jones, Sheena Easton, Peabo Bryson, CeCe Peniston, James Ingram, Lou Rawls, The Bette Davis, Debbie Allen, Ray Chew, Randy Jackson, N.W.A. (Dr. Dre & Eazy-E), Jimmy Z., and Lonnie Gordon, among others. Past performances include: The Triad (NYC), House Of Yes (Brooklyn, NY), Coney Island Baby (NYC), Gold Sounds (Brooklyn, NY), Friars Club (NYC), The Delancey (NYC), Madison Street Theater (Chicago), Jazzmobile Summerfest (NYC), Marcus Garvey Park (NYC), JCC Manhattan (NYC), Broadway Sings For Pride (NYC), Gay Pride Festival (NYC), The Landmark (LA).