March 16, 2009

San Francisco Pride Announces Nation-Wide Search for Next Executive Director

San Francisco, CA – 16 March 2009 – The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC) announced today that they will be conducting a nation-wide search for the organization’s next Executive Director.


“We are looking for an experienced, dynamic individual to lead San Francisco Pride in fulfilling its mission to educate the community about LGBT issues and celebrate LGBT culture and heritage,” stated Board President Mikayla Connell.  “San Francisco Pride holds the central ritual of the LGBT community in a sacred trust and the Executive Director is the central figure in seeing that sacred trust realized.  Accordingly, we want to invite the broadest and most diverse pool of applicants possible so we are asking the community to spread the word, submit their suggestions, or to ask us their questions about the process.  The opportunity to lead this country's pre-eminent Pride celebration is the opportunity of a life-time, and we hope all those who are interested apply.”


Executive Director Lindsey Jones will be transitioning out of her position after the 2009 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade.  She may continue to stay involved with the organization after her departure by providing support in sponsorship and fundraising as the organization responds to shifts in the economy resulting from the global financial crisis.


Under Jones’ leadership, the Pride Celebration Committee increased its educational and outreach programming, launching the quarterly Threat Level: Lavender speaker series, publishing an online non-partisan voter registration guide, expanding its membership and volunteer enrollment, and modernizing Pride’s online outreach strategies by harnessing social networks.


The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee is a non-profit membership organization founded to produce the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade.


A world leader in the Pride movement, SFLGBTPCC is also a grant-giving organization and distributes funds to Bay Area non-profit organizations through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SFLGBTPCC has granted over $1.4 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local non-profit LGBT organizations and those organizations working on issues related to HIV/AIDS and breast cancer.


“As we approach our 40th annual event in 2010, the next Executive Director will work with the Board of Directors to continue San Francisco’s Pride’s commitment to honoring the civil rights heritage of this movement and our community,” stated Mikayla Connell.  “San Francisco Pride is an example to the world of the beauty and power of diversity, and we expect that this search will attract top talent from diverse sectors of the nation.”


About the 2009 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade (
This year marks the 39th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. This year's theme is "In Order to Form a More Perfect Union…," and the event will be held over the weekend of June 27 and 28, 2009. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. The two-day celebration is free and open to all. For more information please visit our website at


For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan
Deputy Executive Director
1800 Market Street, PMB #5
San Francisco, CA  94102
Cell (619) 347-3714
Phone (415) 864-0831 ext.102   Fax (415) 864-5889
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