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.
Gary Virginia, President
A former SF Pride Community Grand Marshal, Judges Coordinator and Main Stage MC. He and Donna Sachet co-founded the Annual Pride Brunch 15 years ago netting $42,000 this year. He intends to improve SF Pride as a “member-driven” organization, believing the wealth of creativity and passion in San Francisco has yet to be fully tapped to produce a world-class event that WOWS young and old alike. Democracy, transparency and accountability are critical to him. He brings to the Board extensive experience in networking, community building, fundraising and grassroots activism.
Marsha H. Levine, Vice President
Marsha H. Levine is a 32-year Pride organizing veteran, and previously served on the SF Pride Board of Directors as President (1990) and Vice President of Production (1994–1995), as well as the pre-ED position of overall Co-Chair (with Ggreg Taylor in 1993). Marsha is also founder and a former Co-Chair of InterPride, as well as co-founder and past president of CAPI (Consolidated Association of Pride, Inc). Previous to moving to San Francisco, Marsha was involved with Boston Pride, serving three years consecutively as Board President. She has been SF Pride's Parade Manager for the last 13 years, after performing that and other roles as a volunteer.
Justin Taylor, Secretary
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.
David Currie, Treasurer
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.
Joey Cain is returning to the Board of Directors, having previously served on the Board from1998 until 2006, including four years as President. He has also been a member of the SF Pride Community Advisory Board from 2011 until 2013. Photo Credit: Dan Nicoletta.
Joshua Smith, Secretary
A former president and vice president of SF Pride, Joshua also co-produces the Community Dance
Arena and Soul of Pride venue at the San Francisco Pride Celebration at Civic Center. He also serves
as board president for SF Lovevolution. As a person of color Josh is proud of his contribution to the
board representing people of color.
- Jose Cital is studying film at City College of San Francisco. In his own words:
"I’ve been working on Castro since I’ve lived in San Francisco and I’ve gradually discovered the multitude of thriving communities inhabiting this city. From the very beginning I had my ear to the floor straining with blind faith to hear San Francisco’s heartbeat. Now that I’ve finally heard its colorful sound I’m filled with a sense of duty to share it with the global community. As a transparent vessel to the community, I have the vision to make San Francisco Pride a model for respecting the dignity of every human being. No one should feel left out, ignored or disrespected at any Pride event, and I will work tirelessly to make Pride the most welcoming event in this city."
- John Caldera is a former Treasurer of San Francisco Pride (1999) and is an officer of the Bob Basker Post of the American Legion. He has served Pride in a number of ways, including membership in the Safety team, Board member, and for the past six years, along with with the Bob Basker Post, as host and staff of the Pride Parade Grandstands.
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.
- Michelle Meow, host of Swirl Radio and Swirl 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. Host of Swirl Radio, Michelle's show can be heard in San Francisco and has since been syndicated in 4 additional markets. Over the past 8 years, her success in radio has afforded Michelle the opportunity to expand her message of inclusion through her television show, Swirl TV. Michelle has also been a co-host of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade for the past 7 years.
- Michelle is a true journalist with an inquisitive passion and disarming sense of humor. This combination is illustrated in her entertaining yet knowledgeable approach to her show. Throughout her radio and television career, Michelle has interviewed several notable political figures, community activist and media personalities; Margaret Cho, Sarah Palin, Gavin Newsom, Janice Dickinson, Chaz Bono, Sarah Silverman, Kate Kendell, and Wanda Sykes to name a few. Her open and approachable personality make a discussion with her like having a conversation with an old friend. Recently, Michelle has expanded her media horizons by launching a video production and broadcast company, specializing in live streaming. Michelle's professionalism and diligent proclivity make her truly a force to be reckoned with.
Don is an attorney in private practice specializing in corporate law, including nonprofit governance, with recent experience in First Amendment litigation. Formerly, he practiced law at the internationally recognized law firms of Jones Day and Skadden, Arps. Don grew up in the Bay Area and has attended every San Francisco Pride since 2008. He has been involved in various LGBT community organizations, including Castro Community on Patrol and Cornell University Gay and Lesbian Alumni (CUGALA) of the Bay Area.
Board of Directors Meetings
Public Board meetings take place the first Tuesday of every month. Meetings for the 2013-2014 fiscal year are:
October 1, November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2
Unless noted, all meetings take place at the San Francisco Pride Office, at 1841 Market Street, Fourth Floor, please enter around the corner at 30 Pearl Street.
Board of Directors Standing Rules
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013