October 7, 2005
San Francisco LGBT Pride Leadership Transition
Acting Executive Director Lindsey Jones assumes the helm

The Board of Directors of San Francisco LGBT Pride announces today that Lindsey Jones has been named Executive Director of San Francisco LGBT Pride after serving as acting director since March 2005. She replaces Teddy Witherington, who is moving on to pursue new projects after eight years leading the nation’s largest LGBT Pride event.

“The board unanimously voted to promote Lindsey to Executive Director and we are thrilled to have her on board,” said Joey Cain, Board president. “Lindsey is an experienced leader who has made substantial contributions over the past two years. She has talent and drive to take this event to the next level while respecting our model of openness and community inclusiveness.”

Jones, 43, joined San Francisco Pride March 2004 as an independent contractor to work on sponsorship and marketing. She was promoted to Deputy Executive Director November 2004 before being named acting Executive Director. Prior to coming to San Francisco Pride Jones was AIDS Walk San Francisco event director, raising $3 million annually for Bay Area AIDS services.

Jones moved to San Francisco in 2001 from Tucson, Ariz., where she was an AIDS fundraiser, produced large-scale outdoor fundraising events, coordinated political campaigns and worked on behalf of rights for women and children. After leaving Arizona she took a temporary assignment managing logistics for AIDS Walk Los Angeles before moving to San Francisco after Sept. 11, 2001.

“Working with Teddy and Pride over these almost two years has been a privilege and I am truly honored to be entrusted with the responsibility of guiding this great organization,” Jones said. “With the support of the Board and the strong and talented team Teddy developed, I look forward to building upon a legacy of excellence, keeping our focus on quality, community and inclusion.”

Witherington, 43, became the Executive Director of San Francisco Pride in 1997 at a time when the organization was facing significant organizational and financial challenges. He is credited with skillfully and creatively turning the organization around during his tenure.

"The past eight years have been the most memorable and rewarding of my life,” Witherington said. “As I leave Pride for new horizons I am confident that my successor, Lindsey Jones, will set new standards and take the event to even greater heights."

For further information please contact Joey Cain at: (415) 336-4070