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Biography Gary G. Godsey GGodsey@atpe.org Gary G. Godsey is a lifelong nonprofit leader. Since 2013, he has served as executive director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the preeminent public educator association in the state of Texas and the largest independent education association in the nation with more than 100,000 members. As ATPE’s executive director, Gary plays a vital role in Texas public education, and leads a team of more than 60 staff members and nearly 4,000 volunteers as they work to achieve ATPE’s vision of an exemplary education for every child in the state. Prior to accepting the role of executive director at ATPE, Gary served as the chief executive officer of the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation from 2011 to 2013. During his time with the foundation, the organization refocused its strategic direction in three key areas: growing and leveraging resources, accelerating treatment to patients, and building strong relationships with its constituents. Gary also previously held roles that made him an integral part of the United Way on the state and national level for nearly three decades. His United Way service began in Johnson City and soon led him to Austin where he raised more than 20 million annually. He then served as president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas from 2000-2011 where he raised more than $60 million per year and led a successful $15 million capital campaign.