FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 06, 2020
ATLANTA – MAAP announced today the organization's officers for 2020, including a new President & CEO. August Wogsland (He/Him) will step in as President & CEO, Woody Goff (He/Him) as Vice President, Travis Hampton (He/Him) as Secretary, and Howard Burkat (He/Him) as Treasurer. Former President, Joshua D. Lorenz (He/Him), will remain on the Board of Directors as President Emeritus.
August Wogsland starts his role as the first ever transgender President & CEO of an Atlanta-based business networking organization. August joined MAAP as a member in June 2018 and quickly decided to start volunteering with the organization, moving up to the board as Director of Data and Analytics by the end of March. He moved down to Atlanta three years ago, and has found great purpose working with MAAP.
“The accomplishments of MAAP and our team over just the last year is extremely inspiring, and I cannot wait to see how we can improve in 2020. I hope to push the organization forward to provide better support for the marginalized groups within our LGBTQ community. I plan to listen to people within those groups to ensure we are doing our best to serve our entire community,” Wogsland said.
Joshua D. Lorenz, MAAP’s outgoing President & CEO of the past six years, as well as the only President to date of the organization under the MAAP Brand, first made the announcement of the 2020 officers at the organization's holiday party in December.
“Looking back on the last six years of service to MAAP, I could not be more proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish. The organization has grown and connected Metro Atlanta’s LGBTQ professional community in ways I never imagined. I am proud of all that we have done, and I am thankful for the service to the community I have been fortunate enough to provide these past years” Joshua D. Lorenz said.
“I’m also excited to see this new group of Officers and Board Members get busy on continuing the work of our organization” Lorenz added. “I am excited to see August as he leads MAAP as we continue to grow, and I’m excited that the trans community will be given this spotlight with his role as President & CEO.”
Founded in May 1992 by 15 people, MAAP’s mission is individual and professional development through networking, relationship-building and education for Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ professionals and our allies. MAAP currently has a connection network of more than 2,000 professionals.
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