EqualityMaine, a statewide organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, announced on Friday the resignation of its executive director, Elise Johansen.

The group announced that state Rep. Matthew Moonen, D-Portland, will take over as interim executive director as its board conducts a search for a new leader.

“Under Elise Johansen’s leadership, EqualityMaine has been able to successfully implement a broad mission with a focus on strengthening relationships with our coalition partners, making Maine a safer place for LGBTQ youth, and tackling the critical work at ending health care discrimination against transgender Mainers,” Meredith Hunt, EqualityMaine’s board president, said in a written statement. “We will miss her talent, devotion and enthusiasm for the important work we do, but we couldn’t be happier for her as she takes on her new opportunity.”

Johansen joined EqualityMaine in January 2014, a little more than a year after the organization led a successful campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine. She succeeded Betsy Smith, who stepped down in August 2013 after leading the organization for more than a decade. Johansen is resigning to pursue a new career opportunity, according to the announcement.

“I know that EqualityMaine’s work is far from done, and that we have much to accomplish before every single member of our community is able to live a safe and authentic life,” Johansen said in the statement. “Our rights and protections continue to be threatened, but EqualityMaine, its board, staff and supporters, are as committed and talented as ever to tackle this critical work.”