Joe Solmonese

Pam Spaulding at Pam’s House Blend is reporting that Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese will announce Tuesday that he plans to step down from the organization in December.

Spaulding says she obtained the information “from a trusted source in a position to know the details.”

She reports that Solmonese’s replacement has been identified. It’s someone not currently on HRC’s staff but who’s worked with the organization as a consultant for some time. She also says Solmonese’s departure will signal a larger staff shakeup at HRC.

Solmonese was named HRC president in March 2005 after serving as CEO of EMILY’s List.

UPDATE: The Washington Blade is reporting that Solmonese will step down when his current contract ends on March 31, 2012. HRC is expected to release a statement this afternoon announcing Solmonese’s decision, according to The Blade.

Both the Blade and MetroWeekly are reporting that Solmonese’s replacement has not yet been selected.