PRESS STATEMENT
October 13, 2009

San Francisco Pride Announces Executive Committee Election Results
Diverse Leadership Reelected to Positions

San Francisco, CA – 13 October 2009 – The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee announced today the reelection of four incumbent members of its executive committee of the board of directors.  Board President Mikayla Connell, Vice President Nikki Calma, Secretary Lisa Williams, and Treasurer Belinda Ryan were all returned to their posts.  The executive committee constitutes the most senior decision-making body of the board and is responsible for working closely with the executive director in guiding the organization in the fulfillment of its mission.

Executive Director Amy André:

This newly reelected executive committee and board of directors, lead by President Mikayla Connell, is an exceedingly enthusiastic team with a strong and unified vision.  Pride is well positioned to make the fortieth anniversary Celebration and Parade a truly memorable commemoration of this movement’s beginnings. This is an exciting time to celebrate who we are as LGBT people and our ongoing struggle for full equality.

The full executive committee was seated on October 6, 2009, at the October board meeting.  The board of directors is currently accepting applications for community leaders interested in joining the board.  The primary criteria in board member selection are a thorough understanding and commitment to the mission and core values of San Francisco Pride in addition to a strong record of excellence in involvement with community and professional organizations. Below is a summary of some of the board’s activities.

Board President Mikayla Connell:

Having worked with Pride for almost five years now, I am deeply honored to be returning to this leadership role.  San Francisco Pride is an outstanding organization with a rich history built by the community over forty years. I look forward to working with our talented staff including our new Executive Director Amy André, our dedicated board of directors, our general members, volunteers, and community members to continue the legacy of community involvement, inclusion, and diversity as we move forward.

The executive committee is composed of:

·    Mikayla Connell, president
Mikayla is an attorney with the Administrative Office of the Courts and presently serves as secretary for the board of directors of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club.  
She is a former chairperson of the board of directors for the Transgender Law Center and former vice-chair for the California State Bar Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination. Her favorite job, however, is being a parent for her nine year-old son. 

·    Nikki Calma, vice president
Known to many, especially in the Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT community, as Tita Aida, Nikki is an HIV Prevention Program supervisor for the A&PI Wellness Center.  She is also one of the esteemed "Ladies of Asia SF" at the three-star tourist landmark/restaurant, Asia SF.  Additionally, Nikki is co-owner of New Guard Production Company which puts on transgender pageants like CATWALK and Goddess of the World Beauty Pageant.  Her alter persona, Tita Aida is recognized for her work in assisting members of the A&PI LGBT community access HIV/AIDS services for the past twenty years.  She is a popular local personality for community events in the Bay Area.
 

·    Belinda Ryan, treasurer
A Welsh native, Belinda is an LGBT immigration activist and is president of the board of Out4Immigration. She was a key member of the San Francisco chapter of Immigration Equality when they were voted by the community to serve as the community organization grand marshal of the 2004 Pride Parade. Her family is one of the lucky California families able to get married prior to the passage of Proposition 8, and she continually works to educate neighbors, friends, and anyone who reads her truck's window paint about equal marriage rights.

·    Lisa Williams, secretary
Lisa is the president and owner of One Source Consulting, a firm which does political consulting and community advocacy.  She served as Northern California deputy political director for the “No on 8” campaign and organized satellite offices for the Obama campaign. She has also worked on campaigns for Senator Mark Leno, District Attorney Kamala Harris and Mayor Gavin Newsom. She is vice president of the African-American Democratic Club, PAC co-chair of the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, and PAC chair of the Bayard Rustin LBGT Coalition.

Current board members are:

·    Kelly Rivera Hart
Kelly is a San Francisco native. He is an openly-bi, interfaith minister and lifelong HIV and civil rights activist.

·    Joshua Hardwick
Joshua has worked in LGBT politics lobbying Congress on issues of education and rights, serving as a student voice on the California Teachers' Association LGBT Caucus and having been elected in 2006 as the student representative alternate to the National Education Association’s LGBT and Gender Issues Committee.

·    Todd Torr
Todd joined the board in the spring of 2008.  He is an avid traveler and is interested in expanding SF Pride’s cooperation with international partner organizations. 

Community members and stakeholders are invited to meet the board and executive committee members at the upcoming membership meeting on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m.  The meeting will take place at Pride’s new office location at 1841 Market Street at the corner of Pearl. The primary focus of this meeting will be for members, volunteers, and community stakeholders to provide input for the fortieth anniversary Pride Celebration and Parade and for the editorial content of San Francisco Pride’s annual publications.

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About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC):
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFPride.org) is a non-profit membership organization founded to produce the annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade. San Francisco Pride is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation. A world leader in the Pride movement, San Francisco Pride is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SFLGBTPCC has granted over $1.6 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local non-profit LGBT organizations and those organizations serving the HIV/AIDS and breast cancer communities.

About the 2010 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade:
2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The theme for the 40th anniversary event will be, “Forty and Fabulous.” The Pride Celebration & Parade will be held over the weekend of June 26 and 27, 2010. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest annual gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation. The two-day celebration is free and open to all. For more information please visit our website at SFPride.org

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan
Deputy Executive Director
1841 Market Street, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA  94103-1112
Phone (415) 864-0831 ext.102   Fax (415) 864-5889

sfpride.org