Elizabeth Schwartz and Doug Harris bring experience and passion to their roles as board co-chairs[New York, NY] – In advance of its successful SAGE Awards & Gala celebrating its 40th anniversary, the SAGE Board of Directors gathered for its annual fall meeting. The nationally distributed board voted in six new members and bid farewell to David Canter-McMillan, Charles Middleton, William Weinberger, and Kevin Williams, all of whom had completed their board service.
The board also named new officers to its executive committee. Elizabeth Schwartz remains as co-chair; Doug Harris was welcomed as her fellow co-chair.
“While we will miss David, Chuck, Bill, and Kevin, we look forward to our expanded board and the leadership of our new executive committee,” says SAGE CEO Michael Adams. “All of our board members bring significant skills to the table, and I’m excited to work with all of them during this critical time in the LGBT movement.”
Incoming co-chair Harris says, “I am honored to serve an organization that provides such critical services and advocacy on behalf of our LGBT elders. I look forward to partnering with my fellow co-chair Liz Schwartz, our CEO Michael Adams, and the other members of the SAGE board as we meet the challenges to our LGBTQ elders posed by the current political and social environment.”
New executive committee officers include Michael Burke, treasurer and chair of the finance committee, Linda Scott, secretary and chair of the nominating and governance committee, and Lisa Davis, chair of the development committee.
“It’s an immense joy to be welcoming these new voices to our executive committee,” said Schwartz. “As SAGE embarks on its fifth decade working for the benefit of our LGBT pioneers, it’s critical that we have this kind of deep and diverse bench to push forward on our ambitious strategic plan and vision.”
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older people. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers. SAGE also advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT elders, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT community organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competency training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE also coordinates SAGENet, a growing network of affiliates in the United States.