Welcome to the Cornell's LGBT Alumni Association!


About the Cornell's LGBT Alumni Association

First organized in 1979 and then incorporated in 1980, Cornell University Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association (CUGALA) is one of the oldest and largest LGBT university alumni organizations in the country. Over the past three decades, CUGALA has grown from a handful of individuals to a network of over 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender alumni and straight allies—each with a unique story, but collectively committed to making Cornell a more supportive and inclusive place for members of the LGBT community.

CUGALA's mission is to foster community among, and build stronger connections between, Cornell's LGBT alumni and students, staff, faculty, parents, and straight allies. We achieve this mission in a variety of ways, such as sponsoring social and networking events on campus and across the United States, participating in community service and student mentorship programs, organizing regional chapters, and supporting LGBT initiatives and institutions at Cornell both financially and through leadership. CUGALA also serves as the voice of LGBT alumni to the Cornell Alumni Association and Cornell Mosaic, and regularly cosponsors events with other Cornell alumni groups and the LGBT alumni organizations of other colleges and universities.

This website serves as a resource to our members and others interested in learning more about CUGALA and the Cornell LGBT community. Check back from time to time for announcements of upcoming CUGALA programs and events, how you can get more involved with CUGALA and connect with your friends and classmates, and ways to support the Cornell LGBT community. As we continue to grow and reimagine CUGALA for the next thirty years, your support and participation will be crucial. We appreciate your interest, and hope you choose to get (and stay) involved!


Meet the Board


Emanuel Tsourounis, II '00, Arts and Sciences, JD '03, Cornell Law School
New York, NY

Vice President

Erica Kagan '05, Human Ecology 
Brooklyn, NY


Ankur Bajaj '13, Arts and Sciences
New York, NY 


Alexander Lussenhop '11, Arts and Sciences 
Boston, MA

Emily Bick '13, Agriculture and Life Sciences 
Davis, CA

Kevin Chung '11, Architecture, Art, and Planning
Palo Alto, CA

Ted Holmquist '04, Industrial and Labor Relations
Washington, DC

Michael Karp MBA '15, Johnson Graduate School of Management
New York, NY


Elyse Kantrowitz '00, MS '01, Human Ecology
New York, NY

Daniel Meyer '87, Arts and Sciences 
Hagerstown, MD

Josie Simonis PhD '13, Agriculture and Life Sciences
Portland, OR

Olivia Tai '08, Arts and Sciences
Los Angeles, CA

Committees and Co-chairs

We welcome new volunteers to our committees! Contact a co-chair or the executive board committee liaison if you’d like to get involved.

  • Campus Engagement: works closely with our campus partners to develop alumni engagement opportunities. TBD (Executive board liaison: Emanuel Tsourounis)
  • Development: manages fundraising efforts to encourage support for Cornell and LGBT partner organizations. Matthew Danzer '12 (Executive board liaison: Emanuel Tsourounis)
  • Executive Officers: manages overall operations of CUGALA. President: Emanuel Tsourounis '00; Vice President: Erica Kagan ’05; Secretary: Alex Lussenhop ’11; Treasurer: Ankur Bajaj '13 
  • Governance/Strategy and Implementation: manages CUGALA board organizational structure procedures such as nominations, on-boarding and training. Ted Holmquist '04 (Executive board liaison: Ankur Bajaj)
  • Nominations: oversees the elections process for the CUGALA Board of Trustees on an ad-hoc basis. Emanuel Tsourounis '00

Charter and Bylaws

Certificate of Incorporation [PDF]

Certificate of Amendment (Ratified in April 2013) [PDF]

Bylaws (last amended March 27, 2014) [PDF]

Regional Chapter Leaders

Our  regional chapter leaders coordinate events to bring alumni, students, and friends together for social, educational, cultural, and networking events throughout the year. If you would like to help plan an event, please contact the regional leader for your area.