Laura A. Gillen
Town of Hempstead Supervisor
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen is a Nassau County native from Baldwin and the mother of four children. Ms. Gillen has had a passion for serving others from a very early age, when she would regularly volunteer at South Nassau Communities Hospital and Camp Anchor.
Her interest in public service ripened while a student at Georgetown University, where she concentrated her studies in government. At Georgetown, Ms. Gillen participated in the Baker Scholar program, which impacted the direction of her life profoundly with its focus on community service. After graduating cum laude, Ms. Gillen returned to New York to study at Stella Adler Studio. She later became an agent for a leading speakers bureau. During these years, Ms. Gillen was also a GMHC volunteer, assisting persons living with HIV/AIDS and later embarked on transformational visits to destinations in China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and India. The focal point of her travel was an extended volunteer mission in Calcutta with Missionaries of Charity, where she worked in Mother Teresa's home for the dying.
Afterwards, Ms. Gillen returned to Georgetown for law studies at night while also interning for Hon. Marian Blank Horn of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims by day. It was here where her passion for the law blossomed. Eventually, Ms. Gillen would take on securities regulation, defamation, employment and intellectual property cases, while also volunteering her time to assist victims of domestic abuse.
Ms Gillen currently resides in Rockville Centre with her husband and their children. She is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and a parishioner of St. Agnes Cathedral, where she serves as a catechist.
Responsibilities of Office
The Supervisor serves as the Chief Executive Officer of town government. She presides at all Town Board meetings, directing the legislative and administrative functions of that body. The Supervisor also oversees the day-to-day operations of a municipal government of 24 departments, employing just under 2,000 people, and providing services to over 760,000 residents. As the Chief Financial Officer of the township, the Supervisor is responsible for the implementation of the town's budget.