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Edgar Gierbolini, Board Chair
Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
512-761-LGBT (5428)

AGLCC Hires Ceci Gratias as Its First President and CEO

AUSTIN, Texas (December 1, 2015) — The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) has hired Ceci Gratias, a longtime volunteer in Austin’s LGBT community, as its president and CEO — the first full-time paid staff member in the chamber’s history.

Aside from more than two decades of business experience, Gratias has worked extensively with various nonprofits, including AGLCC, Out Youth, the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. During more than a dozen years as an AGLCC volunteer, Gratias has filled many roles, including vice president, treasurer, membership engagement chair and Pride chair.

"LGBT chambers of commerce like AGLCC serve an essential role in the broader business community and serve a critical support role for LGBT business members and LGBT consumers," Gratias says. "As president and CEO of AGLCC, I want to help move the AGLCC from the volunteer-run organization that it has been for almost 20 years to a fully staffed, well-run economic engine for success in the LGBT community and all of Austin."

Gratias will assume the new position Dec. 16, 2015. As president and CEO, Gratias will oversee day-to-day operations of AGLCC. Her duties will include cultivating AGLCC’s membership, building and maintaining relationships with Austin businesses, and serving as a liaison between AGLCC and government entities such as the City of Austin.

Edgar Gierbolini, chair of AGLCC, says: "AGLCC is a dynamic and growing LGBT chamber that is dedicated to promoting its members and strengthening its community through advocacy, education and partnerships. The hiring of Ceci Gratias as our president and CEO will help ensure that mission is achieved."

The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) is Central Texas’ home for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) supportive businesses and organizations. The chamber is the best resource to learn about LGBT-friendly businesses, services, community resources and events in the Austin area.

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