GCSEN Director of Operations and alumni, Ronald Zorrilla, was appointed to Conservation Advisory Council of the City of Newburgh

The Newburgh City Council appointed Ronald Zorrilla to the Conservation Advisory Council during last Monday’s council meeting.

“I just really quickly want to say that Ron Zorrilla has been a very important member of the Downing Park Planning Committee for a couple of years,” said Councilwoman Patty Sofokles.

“I’m always looking for a new challenge,” wrote Zorrilla on his website ronaldzorilla.com, “I joined the Board of Directors of the Downing Park Planning Committee to help steward this precious resource in Newburgh, NY and increase community access to our local park. Fun Fact: I got married in this park!”

Chuckling, Sofokles said, “Older members of Downing Park said we all need young blood to come in and revitalize the committee and he’s been just amazing with our website and everything.”

“I think his addition to the CAC is going to be equally good and I’m proud to vote to appoint him,” said Sofokles.

Mayor Torrance Harvey said he had an opportunity to meet him in February at the Shelterhouse Cafe.

“He’s really a go-getter,” said Harvey. “So I definitely support this.”

Zorrilla is director of operations for the Global Center For Social Entrepreneurship (GCSEN) Foundation, an organization aimed at teaching college students and adults how to turn their passion into a viable business. He is also the founder and CEO of Outdoor Promise. An organization that offers programs “centered around equitable access for youth, families, and individuals that have been traditionally underrepresented in outdoor recreation.”

Ronald Zorrilla leads volunteer day at Downing Park in Newburgh, NY