Porter Gilberg serves as Executive Director for The LGBTQ Center Long Beach where he oversees all operations, programs, outreach efforts, special projects, events, advocacy, fund development, budgeting, and communications. Gilberg joined The Center Beach as a volunteer in 2007 and began working at The Center in 2010. After serving as Operations Manager and Administrative Director, in 2014 he became the organization’s Executive Director.
Since being appointed Executive Director, Gilberg has grown The Center into one of the largest LGBTQ centers in the United States with a budget in excess of $2,000,000 and staff of 30. He has increased programming at The Center to include additional health services, mental health services, youth and family services, and expanded the organization to include dedicated programs for transgender people, legal services, and victims of domestic violence.
Currently Gilberg serves as Vice President for the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations and serves on the Long Beach Citizen Police Complaint Commission. He is also Board Secretary for the national organization CenterLink, Vice President for the 4th Street Business Association Board of Directors, and serves on the Advisory Boards for the Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center and California State University Long Beach Masters of Public Health Program. He is a previous Board Member of the Alamitos Beach Neighborhood Association, a previous member of the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Study Committee and the Mayor’s Everyone Home Homeless Advisory Task Force, and has served on Advisory Board for the Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach Rising, CSULB’s Elder Village, the Historical Society of Long Beach’s Coming Out in Long Beach exhibit, and served on the Trans and Women’s Work Groups for the California Reducing Disparities Project, a groundbreaking research initiative documenting mental health disparities in the LGBTQ Community.
A much sought-after speaker and presenter, Gilberg has worked extensively with the League of California Cities to create a first of its kind toolkit, “Transgender in the Workplace,” to support municipalities with creating more inclusive workplaces. This curriculum has been used to train thousands of employees across the corporate and public workforce sectors. Widely recognized as a subject matter expert on the LGBTQ community, Gilberg and his team have successfully advocated for the adoption of trans-inclusive policies by the City of Long Beach and Long Beach City College in addition to major policy revisions at the Long Beach Police Department to prohibit profiling the LGBTQ community in criminal investigations. Gilberg has also served as a keynote speaker at California State University Long Beach’s Lavender Graduation, California State University Fullerton’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department Graduation, and in 2019 was the keynote speaker at Lynwood’s inaugural LGBTQ Pride Brunch.
Gilberg has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in the community including Steward of the Second District (2012), Long Beach Post’s 40 Under 40 (2013), Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club Human Rights Banquet Person of the Year (2014), Amp Org’s Queer of the Year (2014), the California Conference for Equality and Justice Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award (2016), Pride Real Estate Professionals Association Community Service Award (2017), and Long Beach Pride Parade Community Grand Marshall (2018).
Prior to joining The Center’s staff Gilberg obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters of Arts in Applied Women’s Studies from Claremont Graduate University. He resides in Long Beach with his rescue dog Augustine.