GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Guilford Green Foundation (GGF), the Triad-area’s largest LGBT charitable foundation, on March 12 announced the hiring of a new executive director.

Luck Gambrell Davidson replaces the group’s first executive director and Cecelia Thompson, who left to take a position with Action Greensboro late last year. Thompson had served as the foundation’s first full-time staffer.

“We are very excited about Luck coming on board and leading GGF to new heights,” GGF Board Co-Chair Ivan Canada said in a statement. “Her knowledge of the Triad’s nonprofit community will prove invaluable as she spearheads development efforts, as well as efforts at garnering national attention for the LGBT community’s needs.”

The GGF board said Davidson brings a “wealth on nonprofit experience and fundraising expertise.” She has previously served in leadership roles with National Conference of Community and Justice, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Joseph’s House, YWCA, Greenhill Center for NC Art and the Greensboro Public Library Foundation. In the political arena, Davidson has worked on the campaigns for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and former Gov. Jim Hunt.

“I have a love for my community, which is manifested in my participation in the civic and cultural life of Greensboro,” Davidson said. “My involvement in Greensboro’s public sector and nonprofit community has given me a wide range of experience and has led me to form relationships with people from all walks of life, backgrounds and cultures.”

The Guilford Green Foundation annually grants funds to Greensboro-area LGBT community groups. Last year, they granted out more than $70,000. Their endowment includes more than $350,000 in funds. GGF also produces the popular “Green Queen Bingo,” held several times a year.

[Ed. Note – This writer is a former member of the GGF Board of Directors.]

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.