SF Pride Announces Interim Executive Director Brendan Behan

Former Deputy Director Returns to the Organization as Sponsorship Commitments Roll In

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee announced today the hiring of Brendan Behan as the Interim Executive Director of the organization.  With Behan’s hiring comes the return of a familiar face to the organization’s top position.  Behan last worked with SF Pride through four events, from January 2006 through February 2009, working his way up through the organization, starting as the Administrative Assistance and Volunteer Coordinator and ending up as the Deputy Executive Director position, where he directed the organization’s outreach and communications, interfaced with sponsors, oversaw elements of the annual event’s logistics, and founded Pride’s membership outreach fund to support the organization’s year-round educational and outreach initiatives, like Pride’s speaker series Threat Level: Lavender and a non-partisan voter registration project.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Brendan back to SF Pride,” stated Board Chair Lisa Williams. “His experience and leadership will provide the kind of continuity for this organization and our community that will help keep us on track toward a strong future for Pride.”

“Pride has been a pillar in our community for over 40 years, so I am very honored to have the opportunity to serve this organization in a new capacity and humbled by the legacy of all those who have helped build it,” Behan said.  “We have a lot of important work ahead of us for the sake of Pride and the LGBT community, and I am aware of the challenges that we face; however, what matters most today is that this organization and its board of directors remain committed to keeping Pride on the path toward a more solid footing so that we can continue to fight on behalf of our community.”

“Brendan is a talented leader and someone that I’ve had the pleasure of working with for many years.  Pride means so much to our community, so I’m excited to see the organization taking this new positive step,” stated former City Supervisor for District 8 Bevan Dufty.

SF Pride also announced the addition of two new board members, Lord Martine and Bill Hemenger.  Hemenger will be taking on the position of Board Treasurer.

Lindsey Jones, a former executive director of SF Pride for over six years, has returned to work on sponsorship this year with SF Pride.  To date, Pride has confirmed $400,000 in sponsorship commitments and is currently in negotiation with fifteen additional sponsors.  Several of Pride’s confirmed sponsors are also considering adding additional initiatives to their sponsorship commitments.  Behan stated, “In my years with Pride, I have seen first-hand the commitment that our sponsors have shown to Pride and the LGBT community.  This year is no different.  Our sponsors are stepping up to the plate and working closely with Pride to make sure our community has yet another memorable and vibrant Pride Parade and Celebration this year.”

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About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC):
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFPride.org) is a non-profit membership organization founded to produce the annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade. San Francisco Pride is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation. A world leader in the Pride movement, San Francisco Pride is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SF Pride has granted over $1.6 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local non-profit LGBT organizations and those organizations serving the HIV/AIDS and breast cancer communities.

About the 2011 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade:
2011 marks the 41st anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The Pride Celebration & Parade will be held over the weekend of June 25 and 26, 2011. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest annual gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation. The two-day celebration is free and open to all. For more information please visit our website at SFPride.org.

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2 Responses to SF Pride Announces Interim Executive Director Brendan Behan

  1. Tim says:

    Thank you for the updates on working to break the negative press from the last year. SF Pride does need to take a step back, and regroup on how to re-cultivate past relationships. In an era of economic downturns, most companies are reconsidering “sponsorships” with external organizations. For those in charge of soliciting for sponsorships, please be sure to “take care” of these organizations no matter the size and financial strength of the organization. In some organizations, we have to defend the business plan, (i.e. – return on investment) and most of the time, get placed towards the end of the parade route.

    Also, I do admire the history of SF Pride and their achievements over the past 50 years. But we are in a new age, and SF Pride also needs to “change with the times.”
    We should be able to reach out to other non-profit organizations, partner with them on their fundraising events and get that much needed visibility.

    • Brendan Behan says:

      Hey Tim,

      I appreciate that support and your feedback about how we can move Pride forward. So that you know, with only a few exceptions, nearly all of our sponsors are back with us this year and some are even considering new initiatives in addition to the ways that they already partner with Pride. I think one of the things that is valuable when we have these kinds of long-term, deeply committed partnerships with our sponsors, like we do, Pride is in a much better place to weather the occasional storm. It also means that when we have that solid backing from the business community, we can also explore new opportunities like the kinds you have mentioned to find an even stronger future for Pride. Please continue to stay in touch with your ideas and suggestions. These are invaluable to us as we move ahead.

      - Brendan

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