Who is Gia Drew?
Gia is a compassionate teacher, policy expert, and nature lover. She lives and works to create a more peaceful world through community building, education, and dialogue.
Gia has called Maine home for twenty years and has lived in Kennebunkport since 2006. She graduated from Syracuse University and Savannah College of Art and Design, and was a teacher and coach for two decades, including 9 years at Kennebunk High School.
Currently, Gia works as Program Director at EqualityMaine, overseeing all education and trainings, programs for youth and older adults, and advocates for policies and laws that protect the LGBTQ community. Gia's pronouns are she, her, and hers.
What people are saying about Gia
"You are helping that future!!! You are an inspiration to me to try and do more."
"Thank you for all the work you've done for our community in Maine."
"You give hope to those who need hope. You're opening the minds and hearts of those who would have never cared."
"I speak for many...in saying that if...Maine and the entire country was in the hands of leaders like
Gia Drew we would all be better off."
25+ years teaching and inspiring people of all ages
Gia's experience working with local, state, and national agencies is vast and far reaching. Her work at EqualityMaine has connected her to numerous statewide coalitions, boards, and advisory committees. Currently she serves on Maine Health Access Foundation's Community Advisory Committee, MaineCare Advisory Committee, Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault's LGBTQ Advisory Board, University of New England's School of Social Work Community Advisory Group, Maine LGBTQ Youth Coalition, and Violence Prevention Network. She previously served as board president of Maine Transgender Network, board member for GLSEN Southern Maine, and on the Oxford County Domestic Violence Task Force.
More about Gia's Experience and Values
Gia is proud of her French Canadian and Irish American heritage. She was raised Catholic, in a full house with nine family members and was taught that love, forgiveness, and compassion are at the core of who we are as people.
Gia has been creative her entire life, from writing poetry in 2nd grade to studying art and painting in college and eventually teaching art for 20 years. She believes her creativity helps her solve difficult and challenging problems.
Bringing people together is at the core of who Gia is as a community organizer. Her work at EqualityMaine has always been centered around listening to community needs and helping people work together to find common sense solutions.
About Gia's Campaign
Gia's campaign to become Maine's 1st out Transgender State Representative is indeed historic, but is not the reason she is running. Gia is running to become a representative because she is driven by a lifelong commitment to serving her community and the public. She is supported by friends, family, and neighbors because she cares about people and their lives and has always strived to make this world better for all of us.