San Francisco Pride Board of Directors Appoints New CEO

The board of directors of San Francisco Pride is pleased to announce the appointment of Earl Plante as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Plante is recognized as a long time advocate and executive leader of major non-profit organizations that work to empower the LGBT community.

Mr. Plante joins SF Pride from the Latino Commission on AIDS in New York City, where he served as Director of Development. The Commission is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community by spearheading health advocacy, promoting HIV education, developing model prevention programs for high-risk communities, and by building capacity in community organizations.

Prior to the Commission, Mr. Plante was the Executive Director of One Voice PAC, an organization committed to electing progressive candidates to Congress and to changing the way that the political system works in the process.  Prior to One Voice PAC, he was employed by the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), a national LGBT nonprofit organization where he was the Chief Operating Officer, in which he managed the $1.3 million budget, along with its finances, technology and human resources.  Prior to NBJC, Earl was the Development Director at the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) where he administered all aspects of fund raising NMAC’s $7 million budget.  Earl has also held previous senior management positions at Union Settlement Association, Funders Concerned About AIDS, and the Empire State Pride Agenda.

“We are extremely pleased that Earl has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer of San Francisco Pride and will be joining our team,” said Lisa Williams, President of of the board of directors of SF Pride. “Earl’s diverse organizational leadership experience make him an excellent leader for our work to move SF Pride forward as not only one of the world’s largest Pride Celebration and Parade events, but as a key fund raiser for critical community based organizations and services we are proud to support. The SF Pride Board and staff are eager to have the benefit of Earl’s accomplishments and vision in providing leadership as our new CEO.”

“I am honored and humbled by this exciting opportunity to serve as CEO for SF Pride, a truly groundbreaking, inclusive organization in the forefront of progressive social and economic justice for LGBT equality, “ said Mr. Plante. “I look forward to working closely with SF Pride leadership, sponsors, and the diversity of community stakeholders as we continue to build upon SF Pride’s mission and visionary legacy.”

Mr Plante will begin transitioning to the San Francisco Bay Area in mid-December.

The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee® is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization founded to produce the San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade. SF Pride is dedicated to education, to the commemoration of LGBT heritage and to the celebration of LGBT culture and liberation.

A world leader in the Pride movement, SF Pride is also a grant-giving organization through our Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SF Pride has granted over $2.1 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local non-profit LGBT organizations and those organizations working on issues related to HIV/AIDS, cancer, homelessness, and animal welfare.


Media Contact:
Lisa Williams
Board President
1841 Market Street, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA  94103-1112

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5 Responses to San Francisco Pride Board of Directors Appoints New CEO

  1. anonymous says:

    Woohoo! Great job! He has a wealth of experience working with DIVERSITY! Now that is one helluva Executive Director.

  2. Paul Gross says:

    And he is being payed a hefty salary to oppress the gay community. He should be removed at once!!

  3. Jeff Wallace says:

    cant wait for parade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Mauri el Verdugo says:

    COWARDS! Bradley Manning was chosen as a grand marshal for the SF gay pride parade last month, and now you cowards changed your mind?

    are we only fighting for gay freedom, not universal freedoms?

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