Carlos Torres

Carlos Torres will be the next executive director of the LGBTQ Center Long Beach.

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach will soon have a new leader.

The Center announced Wednesday, March 3, that its board has chosen a new executive director, six months after the nonprofit opted not to renew the contract of former leader Porter Gilberg.

Carlos Torres — who is currently the interim executive director of the Persad Center in Pennsylvania, which provides mental health services, with a particular focus on the LGBTQ community — will begin working with The LGBTQ Center Long Beach on March 22. He was chosen after a competitive nationwide search, according to a statement from The Center.

“After an extensive recruitment and selection process, we are thrilled to have Carlos join The LGBTQ Center as our new executive director,” Stella Ursua, board chair for The Center, said in a statement. “Carlos will be instrumental in leading the organization towards our ambitious strategic plan, including enhancing our programs and services and expanding our physical space to meet the Center’s current and future growth needs.”

Andrew Dorado has served as The Center’s interim executive director since Gilberg left amid allegations of racist and sexist behavior — allegations that Gilberg denies.

“While we are excited for Carlos to start, we want to thank Andrew Dorado for his stewardship of the Center over the past eight months” since Gilberg was first placed on leave, Ursua said. “He provided strong leadership through a period of change, and for that, we are incredibly grateful. We anticipate Mr. Dorado will continue with the Center in a senior role.”

Torres, for his part, said he was “humbled” by the opportunity.

“I am excited that I get the chance to work alongside dedicated and passionate staff, board and volunteers and believe my experience, especially with marginalized groups, will help the Center achieve its short and long-term goals,” he said in a statement. “My husband Matt, our dog Scotty and I, look forward to joining the Long Beach community.”

The Center will hold a virtual meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, to introduce him to the local community.

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