LGBTQ Atlanta business group elects first trans president

Directors of the Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals elected August Wogsland as their new president and CEO – the LGBTQ business group’s first openly transgender leader. 

Wogsland (photo) was one of four new officers picked to steer MAAP in 2020. One of his main goals is to increase the group’s diversity “across all spectrums.”

“I want to make sure we are an organization that serves everyone in Atlanta,” he told Project Q Atlanta.

Wogsland is the group's youngest-ever leader at 22. He joined MAAP as a member in 2018 after attending one of the group’s events. 

“After that event, I knew I wanted to join the organization because it seemed absolutely wonderful,” he said. “It was a group of LGBTQ people that seemed like-minded to me.”

He joined MAAP’s board of directors in 2019, according to a press release. 

Wogsland graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science, Mathematics & Economics from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., in 2016, according to his LinkedIn profile. He joined real estate research and consulting firm Kingsley Associates later that year. He is now a survey and data specialist with the firm. 

Wogsland takes over MAAP's leadership duties from Joshua Lorenz, who has served as president and CEO since 2014. 

“I am excited to see August as he leads MAAP as we continue to grow, and I’m excited that the trans community will be given this spotlight with his role as president and CEO,” Lorenz said in the press release. “I’m also excited to see this new group of officers and board members get busy on continuing the work of our organization.”

Woody Goff was elected vice president, Travis Hampton as secretary and Howard Burkat as treasurer. Lorenz will remain on the board as president emeritus.

The group will hold its 2020 kickoff on Thursday at the AC Hotel Atlanta Midtown. The event will include open networking and a Q&A with MAAP’s new leadership.

MAAP was founded by Allen Jones as the Atlanta Executive Network in 1992. It relaunched as MAAP in 2014. Jones died in December at the age of 82.

Photo by Kira Davis