Memphis, TN, August 6, 2018:  In July, OUTMemphis bid farewell to Will Batts, the organization’s first full-time staff member and Executive Director for 10 years.  As the search continues for a new Executive Director, Jonathan M. Ealy will serve as the organization’s head in the interim. Ealy currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at OUTMemphis and Director of Special Events and Venue Director of Opera Memphis and the Clark Opera Memphis Center.

While this transition is bittersweet, OUTMemphis staff are excited to welcome Jonathan M. Ealy to the team. The last five years have been ones of tremendous growth for the organization, and Ealy is committed to continuing that growth as a new Executive Director is sought.

Jonthan Ealy Courtesy of OUTMemphis

“OUTMemphis is poised for exponential growth and potential, thanks to Will Batts and this team of professional, dedicated, passionate individuals. This year we are breaking ground on the Metamorphosis Youth Emergency Center, a drop-in center and emergency shelter focused on temporary housing for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. OUTMemphis is known in the Mid-South for innovative HIV and sexual health services, critical supportive services for transgender adults and youth, and for the network of safe, peer-led social groups that allow LGBTQ people in this region to have a space that feels like home. OUTMemphis is on an upward trajectory, and I look forward to supporting the staff as they provide and implement programs and services vital to not only the city, but to all of the Mid-South.”

The search for a new Executive Director is ongoing, and highly qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Please direct all applications and questions about the position to with“OUTMemphis Executive Director Search” in the subject line.

Please do not contact OUTMemphis staff or Board members directly about this position.