Occupation: Executive Director - LGBT Center of Greater Reading

Michelle Dech

What drew you to Greater Reading?
The opportunity for personal and professional growth and the extraordinary people of Greater Reading. There are great things happening here; it’s the place to be!

What’s your favorite thing about playing in Greater Reading?
The variety of events & activities from which to choose. From our beautiful trail systems for hiking, restaurants, breweries, shops, arts and festivals – Greater Reading has it all.

What do you love most about being able to offer residents of Greater Reading with awesome lifestyle opportunities?
It is my absolute privilege, passion and purpose to educate, advocate, support and provide resources for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies, so we may all live a life of inclusion and dignity. LGBTQ+ is not a lifestyle – it’s an identity.

Tell us one thing about your organization/service that we might not know?
We partner and work with more than 40 organizations, businesses and service providers in Berks County to ensure we continue evolving to meet the needs of our community.

Share a hidden gem of Greater Reading.
The people. There’s a movement happening in Greater Reading. It encompasses people of all races, ethnicities, backgrounds, jobs and class. People are coming together, identifying and creating new paths of thought and action to lift Greater Reading to its full potential. It’s powerful, uplifting and exciting! I believe Greater Reading has a very bright future that is inclusive of all, celebrates all and constructs a foundation for future generations.

What is your favorite event or attraction in Greater Reading?
Berks JazzFest and Arts on the Avenue.


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