Serving over 200 LGBT community centers across the country in 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, as well as centers in Canada, China, and Australia, CenterLink assists newly forming community centers and helps strengthen existing LGBT centers, through networking opportunities for center leaders, peer-based technical assistance and training, and a variety of capacity building services. Our efforts are based on the belief that LGBT community centers are primary change agents in the national movement working toward the liberation and empowerment of LGBT people. Serving over 2 million people annually, they are the heart and soul of the LGBT movement and are vital to our current well-being and dreams for the future. Whether they provide direct services, educate the public or organize for social change, community centers work more closely with their LGBT constituency and engage more community leaders and decision-makers than any other LGBT network in the country.
Based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, CenterLink also works with other national organizations to advance the rights of LGBT individuals and to provide LGBT community centers with information and analysis of key issues.
CenterLink develops strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and builds a thriving center network that creates healthy, vibrant communities.
CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources.
CenterLink offers technical assistance, leadership training, and networking opportunities to centers in all stages of formation, and is a national voice for the LGBT community centers movement. Our programs include:
Q Chat Space
ActionLink: The Center Action Network
Annual LGBT Leadership Summit
Annual LGBT Executive Director Boot Camp
LGBT Center Awareness Day
Biennial LGBT Center Survey Report
LGBT community centers serve 40,550 people each week, and refer over 5,500 people per week to outside services - more than any other LGBT organization in the country! Center leaders consistently express an ongoing need for CenterLink to provide continuing education and training for their staff leaders and Boards of Directors, while also facilitating networking opportunities face-to-face, online and through conference calls. The 2018 Community Center Survey Report (a project of the Movement Advancement Project and CenterLink) showed that LGBT community Centers rely on CenterLink more than any other LGBT movement organization for technical assistance and support. Sixty-eight percent of all Centers responding to the survey said they received help from CenterLink.
Lora Tucker is the CEO of CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers. Founded in 1994, CenterLink plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers across the country and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources in support of their programs. CenterLink also acts as the voice for LGBT community centers in national grassroots organizing, coalition building and awareness-raising in order to strengthen and build a unified center movement. Lora assumed the CEO role on April 3rd, 2017 and is responsible for providing leadership in achieving the agency's mission to assist community centers in building a movement that honors and promotes full human rights and dignity for LGBT people. She spends much of her time working with centers on board governance, fundraising, capacity building, leadership development and strategic planning. Lora is an ACC Certified Leadership Coach.
Lora brings a rich background in organizational and team leadership with over 30 years of experience including a long distinguished career in the military where she retired as a Colonel from the United States Army. She previously served as the Owner and CEO of Leading With Heart, (a leadership coaching and consulting business), Council Advisor with GSUSA, and CEO of the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.
Lora has a master's of strategic studies from the United States Army War College, a master's in administration from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor's from Boston College. Lora's military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.
Paul Moore, Board Co-Chair - Program Officer - David Bohnett Foundation
Cece Cox, Board Co-Chair CEO - Resource Center Dallas
Stacie Walls-Beegle, Board Secretary - CEO - LGBT Life Center (Norfolk, VA)
Marvin Webb, Board Treasurer - Director of Finance and Administration - Funders for LGBTQ Issues (New York, NY)
Chris Bartlett, Executive Director - William Way LGBT Community Center
Robert Boo - CEO - Pride Center at Equality Park
Linda Elliott Former Executive Director - one n ten
Lorri L. Jean - CEO Los Angeles LGBT Center
David Kilmnick - CEO - Long Island GLBT Community Center
Michelle Kristel - Partner - McCormack+Kristel
Lorraine Langlois - CEO - Metro Wellness & Community Centers
Jay Maddock - Executive Director - Out Front Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo, MI)
Debra Pollock - CEO - The Center (Denver, CO)
Gautam Raghavan - Consultant - GR Strategic, LLC (Washington, D.C.)
Glennda Testone - Executive Director - The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (New York, NY)
Modesto Tico Valle - CEO - Center on Halsted (Chicago, IL)
LGBT community centers across the United States in 45 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, as well as centers in Canada, China, and Australia