As Chief Innovation Officer for Children’s Services Council (CSC) of Broward County, Sue Gallagher’s duty is providing opportunities for all children “to realize their full potential, their hopes and their dreams, supported by a nurturing family and community.”

Gallagher, in her ninth year as CIO, leads efforts to support community partners to collaborate on improving programs, service systems and communities so young people and their families can thrive. One of these collaborations, the LGBTQ Youth Task Force of the Broward Children’s Strategic plan, she says, creates “a cadre of Lambda Legal trainers on LGBTQ youth issues for local non-profits and established data systems to improve life outcomes for LGBTQ youth.”

Gallagher also mentors emerging LBT women for the Aqua Foundation Scholars program. She has been out for her entire career working in non-profits and serving people with developmental disabilities as well as at CSC.

Gallagher says her work is “grounded in the sacred worth of each person and the need for individual and collective healing,” lessons from her degrees in religious studies and pastoral ministry.

An upstate New York native, Gallagher is also an adjunct professor at Florida International University where she teaches organizational and community strategic planning in the College of Education graduate school. She lives in Broward County with her partner of four years.