November 30, 2006
San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee Announces
New Board and Executive Committee Members
Prominent Community Leaders Join Board

San Francisco, CA – 30 November 2006 – The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC) announced today selection and approval of new board and executive committee members. SFLGBTPCC produces the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade, the largest LGBT event in the United States.

Lindsey Jones, Executive Director:

“This newly elected executive committee and board of directors, lead by our new board president Mikayla Connell, is an exceedingly enthusiastic team with a unified vision. We are strongly positioned to work closely with the community to take San Francisco Pride to the next level. This is an exciting time.”

The new board members were seated on 3 October 2006 and the full executive committee was seated at the November board meeting. The primary criteria in SFLGBTPCC board member selection was a thorough understanding and commitment to the mission and core values of SFLGBTPCC and a strong record of excellence in involvement with community and professional organizations. Below is a summary of some of the member’s activities.

Mikayla Connell, Board President:

“Having worked with Pride for almost two years now, I am deeply honored to be taking this leadership role. San Francisco Pride is an outstanding organization with a rich history built by the community over 37 years. I look forward to working with our talented staff led by executive director Lindsey Jones, our dedicated Board of Directors, our general members, volunteers and community members to continue the legacy of community involvement, inclusion and diversity as we move forward”.

Executive Committee:

Mikayla Connell, President

Mikayla is an attorney with the Administrative Office of the Courts. She is also the chairperson of the board of directors for the Transgender Law Center and is a member of the California State Bar Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination. Her favorite job, however, is being a parent for her 6 year-old son.

Nikki Calma, Vice President

Known to many in the Asian and Pacific Islander Community as Tita Aida, Nikki is the community events specialist for the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center and is very active in the transgender community.

Belinda Ryan, Treasurer

A Welsh native, Belinda is an immigration activist and is president of the board of Out4Immigration. She was a key member of the San Francisco chapter of Immigration Equality when they were voted by the community to serve as the Community Organization Grand Marshal of the 2004 Parade.


Morningstar Vancil, Secretary

Born in Cavite City, Philippines, Morningstar came to the United States to gain political asylum in 1984. An activist for people of color, immigration, human rights, domestic partnership and tribal alliance-building she is also a founding member and former officer of the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits, serves on the LGBT advisory board of the Human Rights Commission (City of San Francisco) and is currently an LGBT board member of the American Cancer Society.


New SFLGBTPCC Board Members:

Lisa Williams

Lisa is the President and owner of One Source Consulting, a firm which does political consulting and community advocacy. She has served as regional director for the California Democratic Party’s Every Vote Campaign, regional director for Governor Gray Davis, and field representative for Mark Leno for Assembly. She is the co-chair of Lesbians and Gays of African Decent for Democratic Action (LGADDA), a board member of the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, and PAC chair for Black Women of Political Action.

Kelly Hart

Kelly Rivera Hart is a Latino/Irish native San Franciscan, proud Bi leatherman and Interfaith minister. He believes that his passion and ministry is for community service and taking a stand for social justice. That involvement in community service and activism over the last 20+ years includes volunteering with Queer Nation, Shanti, Latino Equality, Ministries of Light, Latino Leather, Soulforce Colorado and the Radical Faeries. Kelly was a chapter leader for Marriage Equality CA in 2004 and 2005 and an outreach volunteer to the Leather Community for the Stop AIDS Project. He was an organizer for Turning The Tides and led the interfaith blessing at the opening of the LGBT Community Center in March 2002.

Current Board Members:

Joshua Smith

A former president and vice-president of SFLGBTPCC, he also produces the dance venue at the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration at Civic Center. An organized labor activist, as a person of color Josh is proud of his contribution to the board representing people of color. He is currently employed by Providian Financial Services.

Soni Wolf

Moving to San Francisco in 1976 Soni first rode with the Dykes on Bikes in 1978 and has participated on motorcycle in all but one parade since then. Soni is the secretary of Dykes on Bikes since 1990 and has played a key role in guiding the Women’s Motorcycle Contingent in the fight to register the mark "Dykes on Bikes".

Community members and stakeholders are invited to meet the new board and executive committee members at the upcoming membership meeting and holiday toast on Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m. The primary focus of this meeting will be for members, volunteers and community stakeholders to give their input on the editorial content of the Official Magazine of San Francisco Pride and Inside Pride: The Official Guide of San Francisco Pride. Peter McQuaid, the editor of the Official Magazine and Heather Findlay, the President of HAF Publishing, publisher of Inside Pride, will be in attendance to gather community input on editorial content. This meeting will be held at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center at 1800 Market Street. Please RSVP by the morning of Friday, December 8th at rsvp@sfpride.org.

About San LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC)
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee www.sfpride.org is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to produce the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade. With its office located at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, SFLGBTPCC is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation. A world leader in the Pride Movement, SFLGBTPCC is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SFLGBTPCC has granted over $1 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local not-for-profit LGBT organizations and those organizations serving the HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer communities.

About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade
This year marks the 37th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. This year’s theme is “Pride Not Prejudice” and the event will be held over the weekend of June 23/24, 2007. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors and 18 entertainment stages and venues, San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT event in the nation. For more information please visit our website at: www.sfpride.org.

Additional Biographical information about SFLGBTPCC Board members is located on the board section of the website at www.sfpride.org.