Board of Directors
Lisa Williams, President
ONE SOURCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Lisa Williams is President of One Source Public Affairs, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in the management of state, local and national political campaigns and strategic programs for non-profit organizations.
Since 2006, Lisa has served on the San Francisco Pride Board and currently serves as Board President. As President, she has recruited diverse community leaders to implement new ideas and programs that enhance the success of San Francisco Pride.
Lisa holds various leadership positions in numerous community organizations including the African American Democratic Club (Vice President), Black Women Organized for Political Action (State Board), African American Voter Awareness Project (President), and the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club (Board Member, PAC Committee). Lisa is a native San Franciscan with deep ties to the community and active in the local music scene as a promoter of musicians and DJs in San Francisco and Oakland.
Michelle Meow, President
Michelle Meow, host and producer of "The Michelle Meow Show," on both radio and TV, is a leading voice in the San Francisco Bay Area for the LGBTQ community. She attended San Francisco State University and received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and shortly after, started her career in radio. Michelle’s show can be heard in San Francisco and nationally on the Progressive Voices Network. The local TV show can be seen on KOFY TV 20-Cable 13. Michelle has also been a co-host of the San Francisco Pride Parade broadcast since 2006. She is a self-described LGBT history geek, information sponge, and a lover not a fighter. On the weekends, she can be found laying around with her cat and partner humming a song she's never heard of. www.michellemeow.com
Melanie Nathan, Secretary
Melanie Nathan is a South African born attorney who immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1985, where she founded a mediation and human rights advocacy practice. An award-winning advocate for LGBTI equality and global rights, she publishes a popular blog, O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-da. She is the Executive Director of the African Human Rights Coalition, and also directs the Peacemaker Museum, World Tour. She served as Grand Marshal for Cape Town Pride (2011) and San Francisco Pride Community Grand Marshal (2014), speaking on main stages at both. She is an internationally renowned speaker on homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia. Her advocacy has included the issues of so called ‘corrective’ rape of lesbians in South Africa, immigration rights for bi-national same-sex couples in the U.S., humanitarian aid and advocacy for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. She is a former Marin County Human Rights Commissioner and has served on several boards. She is also the proud mom of two daughters.
Larry Crickenberger, Treasurer
Larry Crickenberger brings vast finance and law experience to the Pride board, as well as volunteer experience. He has worked as an administrative law judge, attorney, financial advisor, and most recently as Vice President-Senior Account Executive at Fidelity Investments in Burlingame, CA. His community involvement spans organizations concerned with hunger, wildlife, the environment, and LGBT rights. Previously he served as treasurer and vice president of Independent Living Resource Center in San Francisco.
as an openly queer woman leader in the global solar energy industry, helping to secure a sustainable future for generations to come.
Through my mechanical engineering and MBA education, I have learned in-depth problem solving and strategic thinking skills. I have also learned what it is like to keep moving forward and trust my instincts as a gender minority in a male-dominated environment.
In 2011, my wife and I re-located to San Francisco, where I joined a global engineering and consulting firm and currently serve as a principal consultant. I have been continually inspired by the energy of the LGBT community in San Francisco. Like so many transplants to the Bay Area, my first time being here for Pride and seeing the pride flags, not only in the Castro, but also all along Market Street, literally brought tears of joy to my eyes. The fierce LGBT community and the power of Pride have further reinforced my appreciation to be a member of this amazing community. I have valued the opportunity to become more involved with LGBT organizations and SF Pride, including becoming a Breakthrough Conversation leader, and marching in the SF Pride Parade as a volunteer with Our Family Coalition.
Lori Bilella is an environmentalist who has been a leader in the solar energy industry for 10 years. She brings to the board business, finance, and project management expertise, as well as a decade of experience in fighting for a sustainable future for generations to come through working to legitimize renewable energy.
Since moving to the bay in 2011, Lori has volunteered with numerous LGBT organizations and initiatives including Our Family Coalition, California's largest LGBT family organization, and Breakthrough Conversations, a public education campaign of the Courage Campaign. Lori also currently serves as a Board Member on the Finance Committee of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club.
Lori lives with her wife and dog Petey in Oakland, and are expecting their first child in February of 2016. Lori enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as meditating, being outdoors, and playing music. She is thrilled to be serving on the SF Pride Board.
David is a serial tech entrepreneur and startup catalyst who came out later in life. David has served on the pride board starting in April of 2012 and has volunteered for The Courage Campaign and Barrack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign. He has also served on multiple commercial and non-profit boards. David resides with his partner of five years, his two kids from a prior marriage and their scruffy dog. He enjoys being an out gay man in San Francisco, being of service, global travel, economics, history, fiction, scuba and long hikes on warm indian summer days.
Jesse Oliver Sanford
Jesse Oliver Sanford comes to the Board of Directors with Board experience in Nomenus, the faerie religious nonprofit. Jesse is a software developer, and owns a web and mobile app consultancy. He is also IT Manager of the National Organization of Women Legal Defense Fund and assistant to the development director of GLSEN.
Joey Stevenson is a working class punk rock Mission femme dyke. She has lived in various rent control apartments on the same five blocks of the city since 1999 and is a senior stylist at Glama-Rama! Salon on Valencia Street. She's been very involved in the San Francisco queer scene as a performer, activist and artist. In April of 2015 she ran and hosted a memorial for the Lexington Club, the last lesbian bar in San Francisco. A couple of months later she organized an action about the systemic displacement of dykes and trans folks brought on by the housing crisis in the form of a splinter Dyke March. She is a trained community organizer who enjoys motorcycles, french bulldogs, and feminist dance parties.
Justin is a long standing community activist with a background in economics. Justin has served in leadership positions within many community non-profits and activist groups. Justin has held program management positions for HIV/AIDS prevention, queer youth counseling, and political advocacy for LGBT issues. Justin has volunteered for a large variety of causes including working with the Diversity Center, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara's AIDS walks, Pacific Pride Foundation and the “No on 8” campaign. Justin also holds the distinction of being one of San Francisco’s Good Samaritan award recipients. In his free time Justin enjoys political engagement, macro-economic monetary policy, music venues and swimming.
Gary Virginia is in his third year as a member of the Board, after being elected by the membership in 2013. Since moving to SF in 1987, he’s held numerous community titles and built a legacy of fundraising and activism for local, national and international causes. Past careers in university development and fine art sales prepared him for giving back to the community after surviving an AIDS diagnosis in 1995. Gary was Mr. SF Leather 1996, served as president of Positive Resouce Center, was a columnist for SF Frontiers, co-founded the Pride Brunch in 1999, served on the SF HIV Planning Council and Human Rights Commission LGBT Advisory Committee, founded Krewe de Kinque Mardi Gras club in 2004, and is on the SF Bay Times Advisory Board. He brings to the board extensive experience in networking, community building, fundraising and grassroots activism.
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Board of Directors Meetings
Public Board meetings take place the first Wednesdays of every month.* Meetings for the 2015-2016 fiscal year take place on the following dates:
|October 6||April 6|
|November 4||May 4|
|December 2||June 1|
|January 6||July 6|
|February 3||August 3|
|March 2||September 7|
Unless noted, all meetings take place at 7pm at the San Francisco Pride Office, at 1841 Market Street, Fourth Floor, please enter around the corner at 30 Pearl Street.
*Changed at the Tuesday, October 6 Board of Directors' Meeting.