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Alex Gossage – Executive Director

Alex Gossage PortraitAlex Gossage is executive director of the Ann Arbor, Livingston, and Monroe Centers for Independent Living. Since becoming interim executive director in 2017, Alex 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. It goes without saying that Alex is also a rock star at the exciting executive director duties of reporting, budgeting, and compliance monitoring for Federal, State, and community funders, and he has a love of burning midnight oil when funding proposals are due.

Alex is passionate about the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout our community, and within the organization, he prides himself on promoting a culture of collaboration and empowerment among staff to best meet the needs of our community.

Alex first joined the CIL in 2004 as a volunteer and then an AmeriCorps*VISTA, providing research for new grant programs. He became a full-time employee in 2006, and has since served progressively responsible roles. In August 2015 he became associate director for the CIL.

Alex earned a Bachelor’s 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.

When he’s not advocating on behalf of people with disabilities, Alex enjoys checking out new local breweries with his wife and having good conversations with friends. Favorite music?  Nah, when he wants to take it easy, Alex loves a good audio book more than anything.

Want to send Alex a message? He welcomes input from the community and invites you to share your ideas and concerns. You can reach him at the email address below.  |  734-971-0277 x 25


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