Diosdado G. Gica, Ed.D.Chief Program Officer
Diosdado "Dio" Gica is the Chief Program Officer of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. It is Dio’s passion to help articulate and implement SAGE’s strategic vision, and evaluate the effectiveness of services according to this vision and strategic plan. He is accountable for developing, leading, managing and coordinating all aspects of programs and services. In this process, he aspires to build and motivate a team of exceptional leaders to actively engage with external peers, assess the results, and recommend transformative services in collaboration with the LGBT community.
Previously, at Queens Library where he served as the Director of Learning and Literacy, he developed, lead, managed and coordinated all aspects of formal and informal learning services, as well as other educational programs and public services to ensure continuum of service for all ages across they system's 62 community libraries. In this role, he helped ensure that the Library continued to be the leading public library provider of literacy programming in the United States. In the capacity of strategic planning and program development and implementation, Dio has also worked for the YMCA of Greater New York as the Executive Director of its International Services and New Americans Initiative, the NYC public school system, several higher education institutions, and various other non-profits and community-based organizations.
Dio has taught and mentored graduate students at City College’s Masters Program in Public Service Management, and undergraduate courses at New York Institute of Technology. He has also developed several curricula for the NYS Department of Education, NYS Department of Labor, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. He has presented at the White House Champions of Change, and was one of the writers for a YUSA Manual on "Strengthening Inclusion." He also has served as an advisory or board member for the Asian Leadership Network, Asian AIDS Project, and Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center.
Dio received his Doctorate in May 2012 from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education, Division of Education Leadership, Administration and Policy. A Permanent NYS-certified Teacher of English with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Language Arts and Literature from Brooklyn College, and a graduate of the NYC Fellows Program where he taught the Balanced Literacy and Advanced Placement Programs at a NYC inner-city high school. Dio received his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.