The Los Angeles LGBT Center has announced the hiring of Phillip Picardi as the organization’s director of marketing and communications.
“I am so excited to join the Los Angeles LGBT Center at this urgent time in our community’s history,” Picardi said in a statement Thursday morning. “Having worked for more than a decade in the media, I know how powerful storytelling can be as a cultural balm. I’m excited to take the Centre’s marketing and communications initiatives to new heights.
Picardi joins as a member of the Centre’s leadership team, working alongside newly appointed CEO Joe Hollendoner, impact directors Terra Russell-Slavin and Sharon Brown, chief financial officer Ricardo DeLeon, chief development officer Saurabh Bajaj and Director of Health Dr. Ward Carpenter.
Picardi enters the nonprofit world with the Los Angeles LGBT Center after spending a lot of time working in the media industry, serving as chief content officer for Teen Vogue, where he led a content strategy that has integrated the policy into the cover of the publication which increased overall traffic. . He began his media career as an intern for Teen Vogue before eventually returning to a more senior editorial position.
He was later hired by Condé Nast to oversee Allure’s digital operations, and later founded the publishing house‘s first LGBTQ+ brand, Them. He then oversaw the relaunch and rebranding of Out Magazine as the publication’s editor. He recently graduated from Harvard Divinity School, where he was part of the inaugural cohort of the MA program in Religion and Public Life.
“We are thrilled to have Phillip bring his talents to Center in this exciting new capacity,” said Hollendoner. “I am confident he is the right leader to guide our messaging as we continue to embark on a bold new chapter for the organization.”