Laura Gillen is the Town of Hempstead Supervisor, sworn in January 2018. She's committed to providing much-needed openness and transparency to Town government. Previously, she served as Counsel to the Uniondale law firm of Westerman Ball Ederer Miller Zucker & Sharfstein, LLP, where she practiced commercial litigation.
Gillen, a Nassau County native, has long served her community. She volunteered in her youth 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. After graduating cum laude from Georgetown in 1991, Gillen returned to New York to study at the Stella Adler Studio. She later became an agent for a leading speakers bureau. During these years, Gillen was also a GMHC volunteer, assisting people living with HIV/AIDS.
From 1995-1996, Gillen embarked on transformational visits to China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and India. The focal point of her travel was an extended volunteer mission in Calcutta with the Missionaries of Charity, where she worked in Mother Teresa’s home for the dying.
Laura Gillen returned to Georgetown for law studies by night, while interning for Hon. Marian Blank Horn of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In 1998, Gillen transferred to New York University’s School of Law.
Gillen resides in Rockville Centre with her husband, Chris, and their four children. She is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and a parishioner of St. Agnes Cathedral, where she serves as a catechist.