JERSEY CITY, NJ - Longtime Hudson Pride Center (HPC) staff member Elizabeth Schedl has been named as the organization’s new Executive Director, a statement announced Wednesday.

According to Obsetee Korme, Board Chair for the Hudson Pride Center, “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.”

A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with her M.A. in International Studies and B.A. in Criminal Justice, Schedl has been with the organization for more than six years, most recently as the Center’s Chief Operations Officer. She previously served as the Deputy Director as well as Community Relations Director. During her time with the Hudson Pride Center Schedl has helped to drive transformational change resulting in its 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, the statement read. 

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“Working for Hudson Pride has been my pleasure. 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” Schedl said, adding “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 towards 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 will continue to oversee everyday operations of the Hudson County based organization that was founded in 1993 by a group of activists who recognized the need for an agency that focused on the safety and well-being of its LGBTQ+ residents during the AIDS epidemic. Since the Global health crisis of COVID-19, the Center has moved to remote and virtual operations and continues to connect with our LGBTQ+ population to ensure that support, resources, education and socialization is available in a number of areas including HIV outreach and linkage to care, PrEP and transgender affirming counseling, crisis intervention counseling, mental health care coordination and social support groups. 

“I have watched Elizabeth grow over the past few years and watching her evolve into a strong and determined leader has been an honor,” Korme added. “I have no doubt this evolution will lead the Center to new heights.”

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