The Board of Directors of the Hudson Pride Center (HPC) announced that it has appointed longtime staff member Elizabeth Schedl as the organization’s new executive director.
“Elizabeth has been a shining star and along with her team has proven their commitment and love for the work they do for the LGBTQ+ community here in Hudson County and beyond,” said HPC’s Board Chair Obsetee Korme. “I have watched Elizabeth grow over the past few years, and watching her evolve into a strong and determined leader has been an honor. I have no doubt this evolution will lead the center to new heights.”
Schedl is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with an M.A. in International Studies and B.A. in Criminal Justice.
While she most recently served as the center’s Chief Operations Officer, she has also served as the Deputy Director and Community Relations Director over the six years she has been with the organization.
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According to the center, she has “helped to drive transformational change resulting in the Center’s operational sustainability and growth and is currently working closely with the Board of Directors on a revamped comprehensive strategic plan to expand the Center and its development opportunities.”
Schedl will continue to oversee everyday operations of the Hudson County-based organization, It was founded in 1993 by activists who recognized the need for an agency that focused on the safety and well-being of its LGBTQ+ residents during the AIDS epidemic.
Today, HPC is a home and a voice for the diverse LGBTQ+ population of New Jersey, offering HIV outreach and linkage to care, PrEP and transgender affirming counseling; crisis intervention counseling; mental health care coordination; and social support groups.
Since the COVID-19 crisis, the center has moved to remote and virtual operations and continues to connect with the LGBTQ+ population to ensure that support, resources, education, and socialization are available.
“Working for Hudson Pride has been my pleasure,” Schedl said. “I have had the honor of helping this agency grow and expand, taking on new programs and partnerships to further support the LGBTQ+ community and those most at risk within it. It is a joy to be part of this team and to collaborate with so many agencies and individuals that support us. Our staff and board are working toward some significant changes for our center that will further enhance the growth of our services and ability to connect with individuals, while also securing our center’s future for the years to come.”
Schedl is currently the Chairwoman of the Early Identification of Individuals with HIV/AIDS (EIIHA) Committee and an active member of both the Executive and Minority AIDS Initiative Committees in Hudson County. She is a committee member of the Municipal Alliance to Combat Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in Jersey City and Union City and serves as a committee member on both the Hudson County Alliance to End Homelessness and the Human Service Advisory Council.