Governor Josh Shapiro and The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ+ Affairs selected Michelle Dech, CEO of the LGBT Center of Greater Reading, to serve on the statewide commission. Dech will be sworn in with the newly appointed commissioners at an upcoming meeting.
“Michelle has been instrumental in leading our organization’s efforts to provide vital resources, support, and community-building opportunities for LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies. Her visionary leadership has driven us forward, enabling us to make a positive impact on countless lives within our community. This appointment is a testament to their tireless work and its recognition at a broader level,” said Anita Matson, President of the Board of the LGBT Center of Greater Reading.
As a commissioner, Dech will join legislators, professionals, and activists from across the Commonwealth in advising Governor Shapiro and state agencies regarding policies, programs, and legislation that impact LGBTQ communities and to serve as a resourceful intermediary between LGBTQ communities and state government.
“I am honored to serve on the commission with a team of purpose-driven colleagues, and enthusiastic to serve Governor Shapiro, ” said Dech. ”Governor Shapiro has proven to be a staunch ally to the LGBTQ+ community, and is committed to justice and equality for all. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him.”