Our Society formally inducted Gerry Migliore into membership today. In introducing Gerry, Membership Co-Chair Ron Schwartz said he has a decades-long relationship with Ethical Culture, starting with his involvement with the Encampment for Citizenship, founded by former Ethical Culture Leader Algernon Black in New York City.
After college, Gerry spent three years working with VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), and then had a rich and satisfying public service career working for five New York City administrations, beginning with Mayor John Lindsay. He worked in the Office of Neighborhood Government, presenting and recommending capital budget items to the planning board, then as Deputy District Manager of Rockaway, and later as spokesman and director of public information for the New York City Department of Probation, where he spent 13 years arguing for a more humane justice system. During that time, Gerry put together a group of journalists, city commissioners, and non-profit advocates for off-the-record discussions about promoting justice.
Gerry also loved working as the spokesman for Partnership of Faith for New York City, a small group of clergy people whom he describes as change agents. Now retired, Gerry lives in Teaneck with his pet parrot. He said he is very interested in helping to create programs and build our congregation.