San Francisco Pride Appoints Two New Board Members

Michelle Meow

(San Francisco) – The board of directors of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee appointed Michelle Meow and Don Wagda to board seats at their meeting on February 4, 2014.  Both appointees bring needed skills and experience to the board.

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 and television. Michelle has been a co-host of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade for the past seven years and brings expert media and business skills to SF Pride.  She shares a cat with her partner and is excited to be expanding the board’s diversity.

Don Wagda 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 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Jones Day.  He is a graduate of Cornell University and Northwestern University School of Law.  Wagda grew up in the Bay Area and has been involved in LGBT community organizations, including Castro Community on Patrol and Cornell University Gay and Lesbian Alumni of the Bay Area.

Don Wagda, Photo credit: Rick Gerharter

Board President Gary Virginia commented on the appointments stating, “Both Michelle Meow and Don Wagda bring enthusiasm, experience and needed media, business and legal skills to Pride’s board.  They are hitting the ground running as we simultaneously secure sponsors for the June 28 and 29 Celebration and Parade, review our governance policies, and begin long-term strategic planning this spring.”

With the addition of the two directors, the SF Pride board expands to 10 directors. The Committee is still seeking three additional directors to fulfill desired diversity and skill set needs. Encouraged to apply are candidates from the transgender, women’s and persons of color communities, as well as those with experience in fundraising, finance and nonprofit governance. Those interested should contact SF Pride at president@sfpride.org

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