The Gill Foundation was established in 1994 by openly gay software entrepreneur Tim Gill to help fund LGBT civil rights campaigns.
It initially worked with groups in Colorado but has since expanded to help fund groups across the country. Today it is the nation's largest funder focusing primarily on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights.
The Action Fund was created in 2005 to fund issue campaigns.
From its Washington office the Action Fund will work with existing LGBT rights groups - the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Victory Fund and Lambda Legal.
"Having a presence in Washington will allow Gill Action to be a more active participant in the political process at the local, state, and federal level,” said Executive Director Patrick Guerriero, who previously headed up National Log Cabin Republicans.
Guerriero also announced a new leadership team.
Robin Brand joins Gill as chief operating officer. Brand most recently served as senior vice president of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Institute.
Bill Smith has been named Gill Action's national political director.
A political media and general consultant, Smith has filmed television commercials in over 16 states for candidates including governors, congressmen, state legislators, and judges, as well as several national political organizations.
In 2004, he produced Log Cabin's widely publicized print and television campaign against the Federal Marriage Amendment, as well as advertising that aired during the 2004 Republican National Convention.