The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Gossage as executive director of the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, which also includes the Livingston and Monroe Centers for Independent Living.
Gossage has served as interim executive director since 2017. During his leadership tenure he has led the launch of new services, including employment services, benefits counseling, and the EmpowerYou business incubator, growth of disability awareness programs for school age youth and transportation workers, the establishment of a wide range of social and recreation programs, and the expansion of both the Monroe and Livingston locations.
“We are very fortunate to have the wisdom, energy, and creativity of Alex’s leadership, and the board is very pleased to appoint Alex as our executive director,” said Jim Egerdal, Board chair. “Alex has been involved with the CIL for over fifteen years, and not many organizations have the privilege of such a thoughtful and experienced leader who cares as deeply as Alex does. He has brought about tremendous growth in services and improved the financial stability of the CIL since serving as interim executive director, and we are confident that through his continued leadership this trajectory of strong community service will continue.”
Gossage believes that the next five to ten years of services for people with disabilities will see an increasing emphasis on counteracting the social determinants of health as well as preserving home- and community-based living opportunities. “Particularly in the Ann Arbor and southeast Michigan region, issues related to affordable housing, the aging population, and social and geographic isolation will be at the forefront,” he says. He plans to position the organization to meet these community needs and stay ahead of issues. He also says furthering community inclusion related to employment, public facilities, and transportation will continue to be a key issue. Gossage prides himself on promoting a culture of collaboration and empowerment within the organization, and he looks forward to leading staff in responding to these issues.
Gossage first joined the CIL in 2004 as a volunteer and then served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA, providing research for new grant programs. He became a full-time employee in 2006, and has since held progressively responsible roles. In 2015 he became associate director for the CIL, enhancing relationships with community partners and improving services.
Gossage earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has engaged in a variety of leadership and grant development trainings during his tenure at the CIL.
Gossage encourages members of the community to reach out and share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns. He can be reached at email@example.com or 734-971-0277.