GLAAD announced on Monday that Sarah Kate Ellis had been elected as the organization's new CEO and president.

“We are excited to welcome Sarah Kate at a time when our community needs more of GLAAD's work in the media to share the stories that create real change,” Steve Warren, national co-chair of GLAAD's Board of Directors, said in an emailed statement.

According to GLAAD, Ellis is an award-winning media executive. “Her vision has transformed and energized leading media outlets including Vogue, InStyle, New York and House & Garden,” the group said. GLAAD credited Ellis with growing Real Simple into one of Time Inc.'s most successful magazines.

“While our community has made great strides in recent years, our movement has an important and critical journey ahead,” Ellis said. “Together with our dedicated staff, I will push for a culture where everyone in the LGBT community not only has legal equality, but is fully welcomed and respected by our neighbors. I look forward to leading GLAAD and creating a world where LGBT people and our families have the freedom to joyously – and openly – live a life they love.”

Ellis will take over the reigns at GLAAD in January. She succeeds Herndon Graddick, who stepped down in May.

Ellis and her wife Kristen Ellis-Henderson are raising two children.