Staff Bio: Andy Garcia
Leoncio “Andy” Garcia has been the Director of Creating Change at the National LGBTQ Task Force since May of this year. In his new role, he succeeds Sue Hyde, who’d led the conference since its founding in 1987. Creating Change is the country’s largest LGBTQ advocacy and activism conference, with over 3,500 people expected to attend the conference next month in Detroit.
Andy is a seasoned activist with over twenty five years of experience working for social justice and LGBTQ movements. He brings to the Task Force a wealth of skills and knowledge in a range of areas including LGBTQ conference and event planning; diversity and inclusion training; HIV testing, prevention and decriminalization; and LGBTQ youth service provision.
His activism began during his time as a Women’s Studies major at Cornell University. Since then, he’s worked on numerous conferences including the National Lesbian and Gay Health Conference, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition’s regional and national summits, and, most recently, the Equality Federation Leadership Conference. He also cherishes his seven years as director of the BAGLY Prom at Boston City Hall, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth prom.
Andy has also worked as the Diversity Specialist for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and was part of the original two-person team at the Pipeline Project, a leadership advancement initiative and fellowship program that increased the number of people of color working in the LGBTQ movement. In his free time, Andy is a self-taught chef, amateur photographer, and avid gardener. He refuses to own a car and thinks archivists make the world a better place.
Director of Creating Change