Who's Who of Top Executives

Joe Negrelli

Title: Member
Company: Service & Advocacy for GLBT Elders
Location: New York, New York, United States

Joe Negrelli, a member of Service & Advocacy for GLBT Elders, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in community service and activism.

Mr. Negrelli’s professional journey began after earning an Associate of Arts in computer science from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1971. Throughout his career, he has been deeply involved in various initiatives and organizations, including co-founding the Gay Youth Organization in 1970 and pioneering a Gay Synagogue in New York City in 1973. Additionally, he has served as a volunteer at Holy Apostles since 1999 and held significant leadership positions within the Manhattan Region of the Zionist Organization of America, including chairman and board of directors roles during the 1980s.

In his current capacity, Mr. Negrelli works as an independent contractor specializing in computer science. He also dedicates his time to advocating for the GLBT Elder community as a member of Service & Advocacy for GLBT Elders since 2012. Throughout his career, Mr. Negrelli’s contributions have been recognized with prestigious awards, such as being featured in People Magazine in 2023 and acknowledged as a True Stonewall Veteran by NBC.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Mr. Negrelli is deeply committed to civic and community service. His involvement with various organizations, including Holy Apostles and the Zionist Organization of America, underscores his dedication to making a positive impact in his community. Mr. Negrelli’s activism dates back to the 1950s, when he collected pennies to provide bail for African American individuals arrested for disobedience. He has attended significant milestones in LGBTQ+ history, including the 25th and 50th anniversaries of the Stonewall uprising, and continues to be recognized for his enduring contributions to the community.

Reflecting on his journey, Mr. Negrelli attributes his involvement with GLBT Elder advocacy to the kindness he experienced during a period of illness, which inspired him to give back to the community. Looking ahead, Mr. Negrelli will remain dedicated to his activism and community engagement. He draws inspiration from his mentor, Bernie Hannigan, whose teachings on listening and empathy have greatly influenced his approach to activism and service.

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