Executive Director
Next City


Executive Director
Next City

Lucas Grindley is executive director for Next City, a nonprofit journalism organization that reports on solutions for the problems facing our cities. He is the former President of Pride Media and oversaw leading LGBTQ brands Out magazine, The Advocate, PRIDE, Out Traveler, Chill magazine, and Plus magazine. Grindley was also editor in chief of The Advocate, the longest running LGBTQ magazine in the country. In 2016, NLGJA named Grindley as “LGBT Journalist of the Year” with its Sarah Pettit Memorial Award. Grindley led coverage at The Advocate through two Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality, the Pulse tragedy in Orlando, and he helmed The Advocate during its 50th year anniversary. In 2014, he led a GLAAD-Award-winning series that raised awareness about PrEP by publishing a new story on every day for 31 consecutive days. Grindley’s stories and columns for The Advocate magazine always lend a compelling voice for equality, and he won Best Column Writing this year from NLGJA. Grindley came to Pride Media in 2011 from Washington, D.C., where he was managing editor for online at National Journal magazine, covering politics and policy making during the 2008 election and President Obama’s first term. Grindley was married in Washington, D.C. on the very spot where the district’s marriage equality law was signed, and he now lives in Philadelphia with his husband and twin daughters. He also serves on the board of directors for Extraordinary Families, a nonprofit helping create more families like his through foster-adoption. Grindley is a graduate of University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a certificate in Leadership.


November 10, 2018

6pm to midnight

University Plaza

Hotel & Convention Center


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Springfield Black Tie, Inc. is exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions made to Springfield Black Tie, Inc. are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code and bequests, devises, transfers or gifts are qualified as tax deductible under section 2055, 2106 or 222 of the Code.