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Galaei Appoints Francisco Cortes to Interim Executive Director

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Galaei's Board of Directors is proud to announce Francisco Cortes will be serving as the Interim Executive Director effective May 1, 2018. "During his time at Galaci, Francisco has grown into a visionary leader and, due to his efforts, the Youth Program is in a period of unprecedented success." said Board Chair Tianna Kalogerakis, "We are confident that while in this role, Francisco will utilize the skills hc has learned at Galaci to effectuate our mission with the unwavoing commitment he has continuously shown to our organization and to the community"

Francisco has been involved with Galaci in various capacities for six years. staning with an exciting internship propgram in 2012 while receiving his Bachelor's of the Arts in Psychology and LGBT Studics from Temple University. Currently Francisco is the Youth Programs Manager. Francisco will continue running the thriving youth program in congruence with his intcrim directorship, overseeing thc organization as the Board of Directors begins the exciting search for a permanent Executive Director.

"I'm thrilled to serve as Interim Executive Director and support the staff and community while the board begins the search for the permanent position," says Francisco. "I reflect on how far the organization has come in the last six years and how grateful I am to have been a part of these fundamental moments. From the expansion of the youth program to the critical move to West Kensington, 1 am humbled to have witnessed these imponant times." Mr. Cortes adds, "I look fonvard to working with our Galaei familia and community to continue the vital work that Galaei uniquely provides as well as expanding collaborations with key individuals and organizations."

During Galaci's organizational transition, the Interim Executive Director will be supported by the dedicated Board of Directors, and the program services staff at the Urban Affairs Coalition. Galaei is a Program Partner of the Urban Affairs Coalition.

Galaci's Board of Directors is committed to implementing a community-engaged, staff-involved, and transparent hiring proce. Therefore, the Board, in collaboration with Mr. Cortes, will be creating a community advisory board to support the hiring process for the new Executive Director. In the coming weeks, the application for the community advisory board will be released. Candidates interested in the Executive Director position should email a copy of their resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to

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