March Gallagher was elected to serve as the Ulster County Comptroller effective January 1, 2020. March is an attorney with master’s degrees in public policy and environmental studies. She is a mother and lives in Rosendale. March grew up in Saugerties and Woodstock and graduated from Onteora High School. March’s family owns three Main Street businesses: Jarita’s Florist in Woodstock, and Inquiring Minds Bookstores in Saugerties and New Paltz.
March Gallagher served on and chaired the Ulster County IDA from 2006-2008. During that time, the IDA approved over $150M in projects, including Woodland Pond, Emerson Resort, 346 Washington Street medical building and more. Under her leadership, the IDA enacted major compliance and transparency reforms, including instituting wage requirements and clawbacks of benefits from noncompliant projects. March was instrumental in implementing the first ever “Shovel Ready Bonding” to finance water, sewer and road infrastructure in Saugerties and Marlborough.
March served previously on the Touro Medical College Community Advisory Board, the Ulster County Workforce Investment Board, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation, and the Hudson Valley Regional Council. She was a founding Board member of Esopus Creek Conservancy.
March worked as Deputy Director of Planning/head of Economic Development for Ulster County from 2009-2013. After leaving county service, March worked as Chief Strategy Officer for Pattern for Progress where she wrote and presented regional studies on infrastructure and healthcare. She enabled Pattern to initiate the Urban Action Agenda by securing a major Ford Foundation grant to support Pattern’s work.
March previously served as President and CEO of Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. She secured funding from five foundations to initiate the FeedHV food waste mobile app. In her continuing role at the Foundations, March counsels hundreds of nonprofits on governance and financial matters and assists the region’s donors in finding worthy charitable causes to support.
The Comptroller has established a dedicated and highly qualified professional staff to serve the needs of UIster County's taxpayers.