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LGBT Community Center of the Desert names new executive director

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The LGBT Community Center of the Desert has named Gary Costa as its new executive director.

Costa has served as The Center’s interim executive director since November 2012.

A nationwide search for the position was conducted by McCormack & Associates, a national executive search provider specializing in diversity recruiting. Included in the search committee was The Center’s board chair, Randy Lowe, who said: "Gary has worked at the Center as an executive assistant and has done an outstanding job on the operations of the organization. I look forward to working with him as our new executive director. Gary fully understands our long term vision at The Center and is totally dedicated to the organization's success."

Costa has a wealth of experience in working with not-for-profit and LGBT organizations, including program director at The Center OC and as executive director of Being Alive, Los Angeles.

“I am honored to have been selected to be the next executive director of the LGBT Community Center of the Desert. This is an exciting time for our community, on both the local and national level; with same-sex marriage, and the overturning of DOMA both within reach,” Costa said.

Before coming to The LGBT Community Center of the Desert, he was the resource coordinator for the Coachella Valley Autism Society. Additional credits include a 10-year stint as associate director at Dartmouth College, where he worked on their $1.5 billion capital campaign and coordinated major gifts and pledges for the entire Western Region.

Over the years, Costa has served on over a dozen non-profit boards, county and state commissions.

"I envision a stronger vibrant community center that will continue to be welcoming to the senior population while offering additional programs and events on our path to be more inclusive of women, transgendered individuals, youth and gay men of all ages. We have an incredible cadre of volunteers, a talented staff and an active, growing membership base," Costa said. "I anticipate that my transition into this new role will be seamless.”

About the LGBT Community Center of the Desert

The LGBT Community Center of the Desert is a 501[c]3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of the entire LGBT community in the Coachella Valley through health, wellness, and social and educational programming to benefit members of all ages and backgrounds. The Center advances its mission through a clinical counseling and internship program, a weekly NestEggg Food Bank, senior programming, youth anti-bullying and suicide prevention/support programs, extensive social and recreational offerings, computer training in the David Bohnett Cyber Center, a growing volunteer program and signature special events in the community for its members and allies.