August 4, 2009

San Francisco Pride Announces Interim Leadership
Board Member Joshua Smith Steps into Interim Executive Director Position While National Search for Next Director Continues

San Francisco, CA – 4 August 2009 – The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee announced today the selection of long-time board member Joshua Smith to the position of Interim Executive Director.  Smith is stepping in as San Francisco Pride continues its national search for the next Executive Director.  Smith has stepped down from the board of directors of Pride after fifteen years of service to take the position. 

Smith is taking the reins from outgoing Executive Director Lindsey Jones who led Pride as its chief executive over the past six years.  Jones officially left her position on July 31.

Smith brings years of experience to Pride and a proven track record of effective outreach to the community.  As co-founder of Lovevolution, formerly LoveParade/LoveFest, Smith holds years of experience in the nonprofit sector and event planning.  Lovevolution is the nation’s largest electronic dance music gathering held annually in San Francisco.

In addition to his service to Pride as a board member, Smith has also coordinated community-run stages at the annual Pride Celebration & Parade for years.  Smith has been a member of the planning committee for the Soul of Pride African Diaspora Stage and Village since its inception.

Smith stated, “I am driven by the role that San Francisco Pride plays as a platform for bringing our community together, where people can find empowerment and pride through collective gathering.”

Born out of his role as Pride’s outreach representative to the Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) LGBT community, Smith also co-founded Bibi, a charitable fundraising event for the SWANA community to celebrate its culture and to support the community through grants.

Smith further stated, “I firmly believe that Pride is the central ritual of the LGBT community.  Pride belongs to the community, and must remain responsive to our changing needs.”

SF Pride has tapped CompassPoint as a consultant in the search for the next Executive Director. A six-month, extensive search is already underway to recruit and interview diverse talent from across the U.S.  Applicants for the Executive Director position may send resumes and cover letters describing their qualifications and interest to employment@sfpride.org. 

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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. With its office located at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 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, 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 serving the HIV/AIDS and breast cancer communities.

About the 2010 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade:
2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The theme for the 40th anniversary event will be selected by Pride’s membership in September. The Pride Celebration & Parade will be held over the weekend of June 26 and 27, 2010. 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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For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan
Deputy Executive Director
1800 Market Street, PMB #5
San Francisco, CA  94102
Phone (415) 864-0831 ext.102   Fax (415) 864-5889
media [at] sfpride.org

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