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
Gary Virginia is in his second year as Pride President 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.
Marsha H. Levine, Vice President
Marsha H. Levine, a 35-year Pride organizing veteran, is the Founder and a former Co-Chair of InterPride — an international organization of almost 250 member Pride committees worldwide since 1982. She is also co-founder and past president of CAPI (Consolidated Association of Pride, Inc.), a consortium of regional Pride committees in the West and Southwest. Previously she 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). She and Ggreg supported the innovative “Year of the Queer” theme and turned footage of Jesse Helms testifying against SF civil rights attorney Roberta Achtenberg’s appointment to a federal position into a tourism PSA (“People should see that Gay Pride Parade…”). Before to moving to San Francisco, Marsha was involved with Boston Pride for five years, the last three years as Board President. She has been SF Pride's Parade Manager for the last 15 years, on top of a 15-year tenure performing that and other roles as a volunteer for this organization. Marsha’s activism began when she was 15-years-old — she joined Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and has always been a strong advocate for civil and human rights.
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.
Larry Crickenberger, Treasurer
Larry Crickenberger brings vast finance and law experience to the Pride board, as well as volunteer experience. Heís 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.
Joey Cain is returning to the Board of Directors, having previously served from 1998 until 2006, including four years as President. Joey was a co-chair of the Harvey Milk City Hall Memorial Committee which placed the statute of Milk in City Hall, Throughout the 1980s and 90s he was a creative force in the Radical Fairy movement. He participated in the White Night Riots and helped organize protests against the closing of Gay Bath houses in San Francisco. He curates exhibits on LGBTQ history at the SF Main Public Library and currently serves on the Boards of the Calamus Fellowship and the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council.. Photo Credit: Dan Nicoletta.
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.
- 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."
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.
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.
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.
Xi'an Chandra Redack
Xi'an Chandra Redack has been involved in a variety of LGBT groups since moving to San Francisco in 1982. She currently works in customer service and is a department coordinator at Rainbow Grocery Cooperative. In her spare time, sheís a musician and composer, recently performing guitar, vocals and live percussion on her first album, ìKiwi.î She is particularly interested in LGBT people of color, women, youth and transgender issues. For the past six months sheís been helping to organize her building of residence at 1049 Market Street against an impending eviction.
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.
Board of Directors Meetings
Public Board meetings generally take place the first Tuesday of every month. Meetings for the 2014-2015 fiscal year take place on the following dates:
|October 7||April 7|
|November 4||May 5|
|December 2||June 2|
|January 6||July 7|
|February 3||August 4|
|March 3||September 1|
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.