August 4, 2009
San Francisco Pride Announces Interim Leadership
San Francisco, CA – 4 August 2009 –The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee announced today the selection of long-time board member Joshua Smith to the position of Interim Executive Director. Smith is stepping in as San Francisco Pride continues its national search for the next Executive Director. Smith has stepped down from the board of directors of Pride after fifteen years of service to take the position.
Smith is taking the reins from outgoing Executive Director Lindsey Jones who led Pride as its chief executive over the past six years. Jones officially left her position on July 31.
Smith brings years of experience to Pride and a proven track record of effective outreach to the community. As co-founder of Lovevolution, formerly LoveParade/LoveFest, Smith holds years of experience in the nonprofit sector and event planning. Lovevolution is the nation’s largest electronic dance music gathering held annually in San Francisco.
In addition to his service to Pride as a board member, Smith has also coordinated community-run stages at the annual Pride Celebration & Parade for years. Smith has been a member of the planning committee for the Soul of Pride African Diaspora Stage and Village since its inception.
Smith stated, “I am driven by the role that San Francisco Pride plays as a platform for bringing our community together, where people can find empowerment and pride through collective gathering.”
Born out of his role as Pride’s outreach representative to the Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) LGBT community, Smith also co-founded Bibi, a charitable fundraising event for the SWANA community to celebrate its culture and to support the community through grants.
Smith further stated, “I firmly believe that Pride is the central ritual of the LGBT community. Pride belongs to the community, and must remain responsive to our changing needs.”
SF Pride has tapped CompassPoint as a consultant in the search for the next Executive Director. A six-month, extensive search is already underway to recruit and interview diverse talent from across the U.S. Applicants for the Executive Director position may send resumes and cover letters describing their qualifications and interest to email@example.com.
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