Earlier this month, the LGBTQ-focused nonprofit Equality Florida elected Anastasia Hiotis chair of its fundraising charitable arm, reports Frances McMorris for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Hiotis has been a board member for nine months, and is currently the COO for the law firm Carlton Fields.
In her new position, Hiotis will help create policy and strategy for Equality Florida, as well as fundraising and advising on the organization’s budget. Says Hiotis, “We’re in better shape than we’ve ever been.”
More than 88 percent of the money Equality Florida fundraises goes towards the nonprofit’s various initiatives to fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Its major goals are to fight anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, promote workplace diversity, advocate for reasonable gun control, and expand anti-hate crime laws, along with a variety of other purposes.
Equality Florida also raised over $9 million for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. More recently, it has assisted survivors of the Parkland shooting.
Hiotis, who has been with her partner, Connie Lancaster, for 25 years, has been out at Carlton Fields since 2008. Carlton Fields has been considered a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign for almost a decade. The law firm is also currently representing Equality pro bono as they attempt to defend Tampa’s ban on conversion therapy for minors.
Read the Tampa Bay Business Journal article here.