Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor earlier this month announced the appointment of Travis Radina to serve as the new LGBTQ liaison to the mayor’s office. Radina was appointed to replace former LGBTQ liaison, Brad O’Furey, who resigned earlier this month due to work conflicts.
“While Brad O’Furey continues to be an important voice in Ann Arbor’s local LGBTQ community, I am proud to announce that Travis Radina will succeed him as the next LGBTQ liaison to the mayor’s office,” Taylor said. “As president of the Jim Toy Community Center, Travis is already well-connected to many of our region’s LGBTQ residents and organizations, and he is uniquely positioned to ensure the voices and perspectives of an incredibly diverse LGBTQ community are always well-represented within City Hall.”
Radina is currently serving in his second year as president of the board of the Jim Toy Community Center, Washtenaw County’s LGBTQ Resource Center and has served on the organization’s board of directors for nearly four years. Radina is also a senior global engagement manager, supporting the engagement efforts of alumni association chapters on the East Coast and in western and northern Michigan, as well as, working with several global affiliate groups, including the U-M LGBTQ Alumni and U-M Black Alumni. Radina previously spent five years working in the legislative office of former Michigan State Representative and Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal — initially as her constituent services director and later as her legislative director.
“I look forward to working with Mayor Taylor, Sgt. Dawn Murphy — the police department’s LGBTQ liaison — the Human Rights Commission and Ann Arbor’s diverse LGBTQ community to ensure that Ann Arbor continues to be a welcoming and equitable place to live, work, raise a family and visit,” Radina said. “Under Mayor Taylor’s leadership, Ann Arbor has received perfect scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, and our city has made significant progress toward achieving increased visibility and equity for our LGBTQ residents. I am honored to be given this opportunity to build upon Ann Arbor’s already long history of leadership on LGBTQ rights and to continue the work that Mayor Taylor and Brad already started.”
Radina’s appointment as LGBTQ liaison to the mayor’s office is effective immediately. Residents can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.