Ann Marie DeGroot has been the Executive Director of the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board since October 2008. She comes into her current position after serving 21 years as the founding Executive Director of OutFront Minnesota. In her role there she was instrumental in the passage of the 1993 Amendment to the Minnesota Human Rights Act which added legal protection for people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition, she worked successfully with the Minnesota business community to add domestic partner benefits for couples in same gender relationships and was intimately involved in defeating efforts to pass a constitutional amendment which would ban the legal recognition of same gender relationships.
Ann has received several honors including the Grand Marshall of the 1989 Twin Cities Gay Pride Parade, the OutFront Minnesota Legacy Award, the Human Right Campaign Brian Coyle Leadership Award, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus Legacy Award, Rainbow Families Community Hero Award, and the Minnesota Women’s Consortium Community Leadership Award.