Gia Drew

Executive Director


As Executive Director, Gia oversees the financial stability of the organization, cultivates and maintains important relationships, manages all education and training, youth empowerment initiatives, programs for older adults, as well as advocating for policies and laws that protect the LGBTQ+ community. She serves on multiple committees and boards, including Maine Advisory Board to the US Commission on Civil Rights, the MaineCare Advisory Committee, Maine Health Access Foundation’s Community Advisory Committee, and on the board of directors for the Equality Federation. Before joining EqualityMaine as a volunteer in 2012, Gia was a high school teacher and coach for twenty years. During that time she transitioned on the job becoming one of the first transgender public school teachers in Maine and the first trans high school coach in the country. Originally from Boston, Gia has lived in Maine for over 20 years, and calls Portland home.   Gia’s pronouns are she, her, and hers.

Why we list our pronouns

Names aren’t the only way we refer to people. We share our gender pronouns and encourage you to do the same. Gender pronouns are the way you like to be referred to: she, her, hers; they, them, theirs; he, him, his; or something else. We share these because we do not want to assume another person’s gender. 

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