Longtime Episcopal Church staff member Canon Margaret S. Larom has been named interim director of the Advocacy Center, an October 6 press release from the Office of Public Relations announced.
"I am pleased that Margaret Larom will serve as interim director of the Advocacy Center until the new staff configuration plan is ready for launching," Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer Linda Watt noted in her announcement about the appointment. "We are all grateful to Margaret for her willingness to bring her experience and talents to these responsibilities."
Larom will coordinate the work of the Advocacy Center staff in New York, Seattle and Los Angeles as well as the Office of Government Relations, located in Washington, D.C.
Larom has served as program officer for international justice and peacemaking since 2008 and prior to that she was the director of the former Anglican and Global Relations office. She will assume the interim position on October 19 after the Rev. Canon Brian Grieves departs the Church Center staff.
"Brian Grieves has set the highest standards for servant leadership here, and has provided steadfast personal witness to our church's commitment to justice and peace," Larom said. "I will do my best to follow his example, and look forward to working with my colleagues in new ways, as we move through this time of transition."
The Advocacy Center focuses on areas of social, racial and economic justice; environmental affairs; domestic poverty; Jubilee Ministries; Native American and indigenous ministries; public policy and government relations; and international justice and peacemaking.
Larom's career has focused on building international, national and local relationships while maintaining a deep commitment to church or community vision, mission and service.
The full text of the press release is available here.