June 29 and 30, 2013

Photo Credit: Rick Gerharter

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride

Board of Directors

Lisa Williams, Board Chair

Lisa Williams, President


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

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

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.

Jose Cital

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.

Lori Bilella

Lori Bilella

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.

Jesse Sanford

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

Joey Stevenson

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 trans folks and all dykes 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. Joey enjoys she/her pronouns.

Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor

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

Gary Virginia

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.

John Weber

John Weber

My name is John Weber and I'm excited to serve on the SF Pride Board of Directors. I've been inspired by the 45 years of this march and protest movement that has evolved into a world-class event that serves as a beacon and huge platform for our LGBTQI community locally and abroad.

Pride is very personal to me, having grown up as the youngest of nine children in New Orleans, and now as an out and proud African American gay man. I plan to add that perspective and diversity to the Pride Board, along with my years of well-honed skills in fundraising, activism, governance, and community building.

In October 2006, I was honored to be elected Mr. Gay San Francisco 2007. Miss Gay SF 2007 Mercedez Munro and I were the first African American pair to serve San Francisco. My tenure as Mr. Gay focused on fundraising and fighting for queer equality, disability rights, access to affordable housing and health care, increased employment benefits and eradicating discrimination on all levels.

In 2008 I was elected Emperor XXXVI, After Norton, of the Imperial Council of SF and was the first African American to achieve that honor. Along with my Empress and our Court, we raised $50,000 for charities.

Along with having produced commemorative events honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., beneficiaries of my fundraising efforts include Magnet, Maitri, Alexander Hamilton Post 448, San Francisco AIDS Emergency Fund, Hands on Bay Area, Black Coalition On AIDS and the Stop AIDS Project’s OUR LOVE program.

Currently I’m the Employment Program Site Manager for two America’s Job Centers of California located in Santa Clara County, the epicenter of Silicon Valley.

I’m committed to advocacy for the voiceless and those who have been ignored. My pragmatic and collaborative style will be a good fit for the current Pride board as it enters strategic planning leading to its 50th anniversary. Having just served as Board Chair during the Imperial Council's 50th anniversary, I have great insight to maximize this opportunity.

Understanding Pride's desire to diversify funding and improve stability, my goal is to put a 10-year bond initiative before voters of the City and County of San Francisco. Create a commercial product to generate long-term revenue. And finally, develop an endowment fund to fund pioneering programs on the LGBTQI community. My three point plan This will help Pride secure long-term funds to continue the tradition of an authentic, pioneering Pride Parade & Celebration for decades to come.

Thank you for your confidence in me.
John Weber
San Francisco Pride Board of Directors Member

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.