Mazzoni Center Board Outlines Permanent CEO Search Plan, Names Stephen Glassman to Interim Leadership Role


Mazzoni Center’s Board of Directors announced today a transition plan for interim and permanent leadership for the organization. The plan focuses on ensuring continued fiscal and operational stability in the near term, while also laying the groundwork for future leadership that is dynamic, innovative and accountable to the needs and priorities of the diverse communities the nonprofit healthcare and wellness organization is committed to serving.


Stephen Glassman, former executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut and former chairperson of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, will join Mazzoni Center as interim CEO, effective immediately. In this role, Glassman will focus on operations, finances, programming, development and other day-to-day issues during this critical transition period, until a permanent leader for Mazzoni is identified. He will report directly to the Board of Directors.


Mazzoni Board President Anthony Rodriguez, MD, said, “The Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Stephen Glassman to lead Mazzoni Center through the transition. Stephen will provide critical stability and executive-level guidance for the organization drawing on his years of relevant experience in LGBTQ equality and human relations work as we engage in a comprehensive, national search for a permanent CEO.”


The Board has engaged with an independent executive placement firm, Advanced Corporate Research Solutions, LLC, to conduct a nationwide search for the permanent CEO.  The national search will involve staff from across the agency and solicit community input during the review and selection process.  Glassman, whose tenure is expected to be between six and nine months, will not be eligible to apply for the permanent position.


In August, the board will convene a search committee that will include staff representatives from various program areas and levels of responsibility, as well as leaders within the Philadelphia LGBT Community.  Advanced Corporate Research Solutions, LLC, which specializes in recruiting visionary, strategic thinkers for nonprofit leadership roles, will review all applicants for the permanent CEO position, identify a set of finalists, and then work closely with the board and the search committee to make the final selection.


“Our goal is to help ensure the best possible set of diverse candidates, and ultimately to select the right person to lead the organization into the future,” Mazzoni Board President Anthony Rodriguez, MD, said.


Rodriguez noted that with the installation of Glassman as interim CEO, the board can step back from day-to-day operations and focus on its own development to support Mazzoni's mission and longer-term priorities.


“I am extremely proud of the entire staff and management of Mazzoni who have worked diligently through a challenging period, helped to successfully navigate a major move to 1348 Bainbridge Street, and continued to provide the exceptional level of patient care and services that have been the core of the agency’s work,” Rodriguez said.


More about Stephen Glassman


Glassman has dedicated his career in public service to the advancement of LGBTQ equality, racial justice, anti-bullying efforts, civil liberties, and human rights.  He was the founding chair of the Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Committee in Baltimore in 1988, and became that city’s first openly gay political appointee when he served as the civic design commissioner from 1990-1995. Glassman became the first openly gay head of a state agency subject to Senate confirmation to serve the nation during his tenure as the chairperson of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the body that promotes equal opportunity for all and enforces the state's civil rights laws to protect people from unlawful discrimination. Glassman was twice unanimously confirmed by the state Senate in that role, where he served under Governor Edward G. Rendell from 2002-2011. He also served as vice chairman of the Governor’s Cabinet on Disability Rights from 2006-2011.


Glassman was a founding board member of the National Center for Transgender Equality and served for nine years on the national board of the Human Rights Campaign.  He served as CEO of the Design Center in Pittsburgh from 2011-2014, and as Executive Director of the ACLU of Connecticut from 2014-2016. Early in his career, he practiced architecture for 25 years and ran his own firm, Art and Architecture Design, serving commercial, nonprofit, and residential clients.


“Stephen has proven leadership skills,” Rodriguez said, “and, more importantly, has a passion for, and deep experience in, fighting for the rights of LGBTQ people, people of color, people of different abilities, members of various ethnic and religious backgrounds, and other underserved communities.”


Glassman’s abilities as a thoughtful communicator and connector between individuals and organizations were other important factors making him the right person for the interim role, Rodriguez continued.


Glassman said, “I am honored to accept this interim role with such an important organization that has led the way in direct service and advocacy for LGBTQ people and people living with HIV in the Philadelphia region. As the Mazzoni Center continues to engage in its critical work for marginalized communities my focus will be on providing a steady hand, along with effective, transparent, and accountable leadership, during this time of significant transition, in order to usher the organization into its next phase.”


Glassman earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Brown University, a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University, and completed his postgraduate work at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  He currently teaches in Temple University's Institute of Protective Services.