Ginny Apuzzo is a native New Yorker whose professional political experience and decades of activism for LGBTQ causes made her the ideal founding leader for the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center. Her experience includes executive service in New York City, New York state and Federal government roles, as well as in the White House itself. Ginny became the first openly gay person to be confirmed by the New York State Senate as a commissioner. During her tenure in Washington, she was appointed assistant to the president of the United States, and became the highest-ranking openly gay person ever to serve at the White House. Ginny has more than 35 years’ experience and activism in the LGBTQ community. She served as first executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and as founding member of national and local LGBTQ organizations, including the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan. She is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz (B.S. in Urban Education) and has advanced doctoral coursework in urban education at Fordham University. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law from Queens College. During Ginny’s five-year tenure as board president, the center achieved non-profit status, purchased and opened its Kingston headquarters and hired its first staff. In 2011, Ginny was named founding president of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, an office which ensures a permanent seat on the board. She also serves as co-chair for the membership committee.