Learn about our new Executive Director

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Prior to becoming Executive Director, Maria Sjödin served as OutRight’s deputy executive director leading the work of the development and communications teams. In this position, they oversaw a period of extraordinary growth in visibility, diversification and increase in funding, in addition to launching groundbreaking initiatives, such as OutRight’s COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ and Ukraine Emergency Funds and pioneering engagement with international businesses.


Prior to coming to OutRight Maria served as Executive Director of RFSL, Sweden’s largest LGBTIQ organization. While in this position Maria established RFSL's international program, played a key role in ensuring that the human rights of LGBTIQ people become ingrained in the Swedish government's agenda for development and foreign affairs, advocated for marriage equality (achieved in 2009) and the abolishment of forced sterilization of trans people as a requirement for legal gender recognition (outlawed in 2013). 



Maria has conducted leadership trainings for hundreds of LGBTIQ activists on topics including strength-based coaching and appreciative inquiry. They regularly provide expert opinions to governments, foundations, UN agencies, and corporations.

Read our press release now. To learn more about Maria’s vision for OutRight, read our exclusive interview with the Washington Blade.