David Kilmnick, PhD, MSW
David Kilmnick, PhD, MSW is a leading national advocate within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and CEO of The LGBT Network. Over the last 24 years, David has worked tirelessly to end homophobia and transphobia by building a successful non-profit organization that serves the LGBT communities in the Long Island, Queens areas and beyond. As a national voice on LGBT issues, David recently served as keynote speaker to the US Embassy in New Zealand at its 2015 national LGBT Conference.
David regularly meets with LGBT and HIV groups, government officials, community leaders and business and education executives to discuss the latest issues and concerns affecting those in the LGBT community. He frequently appears on major news outlets such as CNN, HBO, ABC's 20/20, CBS and NBC to be a voice for suburban and underserved LGBT communities discussing a wide range of equality, social and cultural issues. In addition to extensive media experience, David also works with several leading national corporations including JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Major League Baseball, Delaware Health and Human Services and Colleges and Universities nationwide to train executives on diversity and inclusion.
Most recently, David, in coordination with The New York Mets and Major League Baseball, conducted the very first Pride Night at Citi Field in Flushing New York. Some of his most notable accomplishments include executing the very first suburban prom for LGBT youth in America. The event garnered both national and global media attention aside from local coverage. Other industry firsts for David include the formation of LGBT senior affordable housing in tri-state area and chartering the only Parent-Teacher Student Association in the country to focus on LGBT youth.
David’s long history in serving the LGBT community began 24 years ago when he founded the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) organization and opened its very first LGBT community center on Long Island. Today, David is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Network that serves tens of thousands annually, reaches an additional 100,000 through education and outreach, and employs over 30 full-time staff members in four Community Centers located in the Queens and Long Island areas.
David has been widely recognized for his work on Long Island, throughout New York State and across the country. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the New York Civil Liberties Union Equality Award and the Lawrence Timpa Humanitarian Award for Professional Service from the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission. He is past co-chair of the Board of Directors for Centerlink, the national organization that represents nearly 200 LGBT Centers, was appointed to the Suffolk County Hate Crimes Taskforce in 2009, and was named to the Annual Long Island Press Power List in 2012, 2013 and 2015 as one of the 50 most influential Long Islanders.
In addition to his innovative work in the LGBT community, David is a professor at several colleges and universities, including University of Maryland-University College in Nonprofit Management, Capella University in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management and at Walden University in the School of Public Policy and Administration. Kilmnick received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York in Social Welfare, where his dissertation focused on heterosexist attitudes and changes following contact with an openly gay instructor.