Analese Alvarez replaces Nick Komives, who was elected to the Toledo City Council last fall.

By Prizm News

Analese Alvarez

Analese Alvarez, a longtime LGBTQ activist and educator, is the new director of Equality Toledo, the civil rights and advocacy group in Northwest Ohio.

“I am very excited to begin my role here at Equality Toledo,” she said in a statement released by the organization. “Serving an organization that does such powerful and important work in our community is a great honor.”

Alvarez replaces Nick Komives, who served as executive director for five years until his election last fall to the Toledo City Council.


“It’s bittersweet to say goodbye, but I’m so excited about the future of the organization,” Komives said via Facebook. “I’ll still be around and fighting the good fight, it’s just from a different seat.”

Alvarez will begin her new job immediately, Equality Toledo’s board of directors said.

A doctoral student at the University of Toledo, she holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and master’s degree from Northern Arizona University, both in music education.

Alvarez is a native of California.

“Several candidates were interviewed and screened for this position. Analese simply rose to the top as an individual who could offer so much knowledge and leadership to our organization,” Equality Toledo board president Elaine Korenich said.

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