Michele D'AmatoProgram Manager, SAGEWorks
Michele D'Amato is the Program Manager of SAGEWorks at Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. SAGEWorks, a national employment support program for LGBT people 40 and over, has been providing hands-on workshops, technology training and job hunting skills in New York City and in five affiliates across the country since June 2010.
Over 1,000 LGBT older adults have participated in SAGEWorks programming and 170 participants have been placed in jobs. Michele oversees the day-to-day implementation of the program and serves as the primary liaison for participating affiliates as well as community, business and educational partners. Before managing SAGEWorks, Michele was the dedicated staff person for SAGE’s Friendly Visitor Program, a volunteer service involving over 100 clients and volunteers. In addition, she was responsible for creating and producing SAGE programming for women, handling constituent relations and facilitating a women’s support group. Prior to coming to SAGE, Michele provided one-to-one client advocacy and trainings at GMHC.