Stan Gruszynski was awarded the President’s Award at the WISCAP Fall Quarterly luncheon on November 1st at the Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

Gruszynski was the recipient of this award due to his leadership on the state and national levels. He has always shown the need to address rural poverty and advanced the cause of affordable housing. In addition, he has been a tireless advocate for advancing the mission of Community Action and that of WISCAP in particular.

Gruszynski was appointed by President Obama as USDA Rural Development State Director for Wisconsin in August of 2009. Prior to his appointment he directed the Rural Leadership and Community Development program for the Global Environmental Management Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources.

From 1996 until 2003 he served as the Director of Public Affairs and Outreach for USDA Rural Development in Wisconsin where he managed external communications and media relations. Gruszynski also served as Acting State Director for Rural Development for seven months in 2003.

From 1984 to 1994, he represented the 71st District in the Wisconsin State Assembly and served on both the Rural Affairs and Natural Resources committees. He served for six years as the Chair of the Assembly Colleges and Universities committee.

He has served as a board member on several State-wide conservation, environmental and citizen organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology/political science from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.

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