Ann Kaner-Roth Becomes Project 515 Executive Director

Project 515 prepares for 2010 advocacy and education about the benefits, obligations denied to same-sex families

Jan 19, 2010, 11:34 ET from Project 515

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Ann Kaner-Roth will serve as the new full-time executive director for Project 515, a 501(c)(4) organization working to ensure that same-sex couples and their families have equal rights and consideration under Minnesota law.

Kaner-Roth will provide leadership, public policy and fundraising expertise to Project 515, and also will lead the Project 515 Education Campaign, a 501(c)(3) organization that educates Minnesotans and conducts research to quantify the benefits and obligations denied to same-sex couples and their families by Minnesota law.

"Project 515 is very fortunate to have someone with Kaner-Roth's credentials serve as our executive director," said Lee Anderson, chair of Project 515's board of directors.  "Her background growing a small non-profit and her public policy and political experience are wonderful assets for our needs today."

Kaner-Roth brings more than 20 years of management and public policy expertise in the non-profit, foundation and state government arenas. She is the past executive director of Child Care WORKS, a Minnesota-based grassroots advocacy organization focused on child care and early childhood education.  Most recently she served as the associate director of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. Prior to that, Kaner-Roth worked in San Francisco for California State Assemblywoman Carole Migden. She received her master's of social work from Boston University and her bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three young children.

Founded in 2007 by Minnesotans concerned about how state laws affect same-sex families, Project 515's public awareness and advocacy efforts at the Capitol have already changed the debate related to fairness. The group's efforts led to passage of the Medical Lien bill in 2009. Project 515 is preparing to continue its legislative work and education outreach in 2010, providing Minnesotans the information and voice necessary to ensure Minnesota laws treat all families fairly.

For more information about Project 515 and its research called, "Unequal Under the Law: 515 Ways Minnesota Laws Discriminate Against Couples and Families," visit

SOURCE Project 515