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Today, The Trevor Project announced the selection of its new Executive Director and CEO, Abbe Land, following an extensive nationwide search.

She will begin her tenure in March with The Trevor Project, the nation’s leading provider of crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. She succeeds interim CEO David McFarland.

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“Abbe brings an exceptional skill set as an effective organizational leader, a visionary in providing support to under-served populations and as an elected official,” said Ricky Strauss, Interim Chair of the Board of The Trevor Project. “Her experience in assisting youth and being an advocate for LGBT issues will fortify The Trevor Project and those who depend on its services.”

Land is joining the organization from her position of co-CEO of The Saban Free Clinic. During her tenure since 2003, she co-led the Clinic’s growth from a $6 million to a $16 million budget, including the opening of two new clinics and the building of a $22 million endowment. She oversaw all aspects of Saban’s operations ensuring integration of physical and mental health; providing medical, dental and mental health services to over 21,000 patients annually; and managing a full-time staff of 140 with more than 300 volunteers.

Land has served the City of West Hollywood from 1986-1997 as a council member and was elected twice as mayor. She was re-elected to office in 2003 and is currently serving a 4-year term, having won re-election in March 2011.

“I am honored to have been chosen as executive director and CEO of The Trevor Project, one of the most crucial and critical organizations of its kind in the world,” Land said. “The work of helping to prevent suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth is of paramount concern and importance to a community I care deeply about.”

In her new role, Land will be responsible for strategically managing and growing the Trevor Project’s $5 million budget with responsibility for all operations of the organization. Land will also serve as the lead executive and chief ambassador for The Trevor Project supporting the organization’s life-saving mission and vision.

She steps into the role following ten months of growth under McFarland’s leadership. In that time, The Trevor Project’s budget grew from $2.2 million to $5 million, with a program investment of 81% in FY2011, (compared to 70% in FY2010). The organization has been recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” in suicide prevention; has gained an expanded role within the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention; and has worked with the U.N. Commission on Human Rights to improve lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth worldwide.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people under 24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. Honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change,” The Trevor Project is a leader and innovator in suicide prevention.

Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org

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