Hudson Pride Connections Center Announces Departure of Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
Hudson Pride Connections Center
32 Jones Street, Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-963-4779 ext. 112, Fax 201-963-7983
nancy@hudsonpride.org
www.hudsonpride.org

HUDSON PRIDE CONNECTIONS CENTER ANNOUNCES
DEPARTURE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

JERSEY CITY, NJ – Nancy Caamaño, Executive Director of Hudson Pride Connections Center will be leaving the Center on October 31, 2011. Ms. Caamaño has served Hudson Pride in various roles since 2005, including Project Manager, Director of Programs, and most currently, as the Executive Director. She has contributed to the organization’s rising prominence as an unwavering advocate for our LGBT community and individuals impacted by HIV and AIDS.

Celebrating its 18th anniversary as a social service provider and 4th anniversary as an LGBT community center with its own building, Hudson Pride has grown to become Hudson County’s only LGBT multi-service organization. It has five programmatic focus areas: YouthConnect, which serves LGBT teens and young adults; SAGE Northern NJ, which serves the needs of LGBT individuals over 50; HIV Linkage to Care, which links HIV positive people into primary medical care; Community Connect Training and Education Program, which provides LGBT and HIV sensitivity and educational workshops to local service providers and the community at large; and the Hudson Pride Festival and Parade to fulfill the cultural needs of the LGBT communities.

During her time at Hudson Pride, Ms. Caamaño has increased the infrastructure of the organization by developing its staff and volunteer base and growing its community involvement and support. In the fall of 2010, she was responsible for attaining county-based funding for an energy conservation project to renovate the 100 year-old three-story Victorian house Hudson Pride calls home. In the spring of 2011, the Center launched the first ever New Jersey based Chapter of SAGE, a program which serves the needs of LGBT individuals over 50. In addition, under her leadership, the organization has become the lead organizer of the local Jersey City Pride Festival and expanded it to encompass all of Hudson County. The 11th Annual Hudson Pride Festival and Parade will take place on Sunday, October 9th at One Exchange Place.

“Nancy Caamaño is a visionary leader who has been the driving force of the Center for the past 5 years,” said board member Liz Edman. “Her vision, perseverance and dedication to Hudson Pride have been extraordinary and has put us in exactly the right place to move into even higher levels of service to the LGBT and HIV-affected communities. We will miss her, and we will build on the foundation she helped establish at Hudson Pride.”

Board Treasurer, Jonathan Lucas, who has been serving as Director of Operations since July, will step in as Interim Executive Director while the search for a new Executive Director begins. “As part of this succession plan, I have spent the last few months learning the ins and outs of the great work that the Center does. I am thrilled to be able to work with our Board in finding our next leader,” says Mr. Lucas.

“We have a group of dedicated Board of Directors who recently conducted an in-depth organizational analysis which has further strengthened our focus in meeting the ever-changing needs of our diverse community,” says Ms. Caamaño. Leaving Hudson Pride after five years was not an easy decision to make; however, I am confident our board leadership will provide a bright future for the Center.

On Saturday October 29th, the Board of Directors will host a Farewell Party at Hudson Pride Connections Center on 32 Jones Street from 7pm-11pm to celebrate Ms. Caamaño’s successes.

Hudson Pride Connections Center, a 501c3 community benefit organization founded in 1993, exists to bridge the gap in services and respond to the unmet needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender community, as well as HIV positive people of any orientation or identity, through supportive social services, prevention, outreach, advocacy and development trainings for other service providers, to educate, empower, and unite all of our communities. For more information, visit: www.hudsonpride.org.

FROM Jersey City Independent
September 27, 2011

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