March 12, 2014 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Alston Foundation names new director
The Wanda Alston House,

The Wanda Alston House is located at 804 46th St., N.E. (Washington Blade file photo by Henry Lisner)

The Wanda Alston Foundation, which operates the city’s Wanda Alston House for homeless LGBT youth, announced on Tuesday that its board has named Ken Pettigrew as the foundation’s interim executive director.

“Ken recently served as the director of programs for the Wanda Alston Foundation and has extensive experience in program management, fundraising and advocacy for the LGBTQ community,” said Christopher Dyer, chair of the foundation’s board, in a March 11 statement.

Dyer said that prior to joining the Alston Foundation, Pettigrew served as Chief of Programs at the local D.C. group Metro Teen AIDS and as Senior Program Director of the local HIV/AIDS services group Us Helping Us-People Into Living.

In a separate action, the board promoted Lisa Dupree, who had been serving as the Alston Foundation’s director of operations to become director of programs and operations, according to Dyer.

“Brian Watson, previous executive director, has resigned to pursue other opportunities,” Dyer’s statement says. “The board thanks him for his service and wishes him success in his future endeavors.”

Dyer said the Alston House is operating at full capacity with eight residents and has a waiting list for youth seeking to move into the facility.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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