Justin Taylor

"My life has always revolved around Pride. The product of lesbian parents, I have strived first for the justification of my family and their relationship. Being raised in the American South, I know the hope that things like SF Pride can provide in historically narrow minded communities. Arriving in California I became deeply involved in this community and its struggles. I have spent years in non-profits, from HIV prevention and outreach in some of the darkest alley-ways to political advocacy and campaigning for marriage equality. I’ve spent years developing Pride festivals in other cities. This is the community I’ve always gone to bat for. I bring non-profit experience, festival experience, and grass-roots organizing balanced with a sense of fiduciary responsibility. All the contractors know me and during the event you won’t likely see me as I’m happy behind the scenes pulling my weight to help produce the event that our community, this city, and I, truly love. ."

Non-Profit Board Membership Experience:

Having served on the SF Pride board since February, 2013, my primary engagement with other Boards has been to act as liaison or in an advisory capacity. I was the representative for the Education and Prevention Department to the Board of the Santa Cruz AIDS Project and acted as that board’s liaison to the Santa Cruz Department of Public Health, The Diversity Center and Santa Cruz Pride. Additionally I acted in an advisory capacity to the Board of Pacific Pride Foundation while serving on the Committee for Santa Barbara Pride.

Other LGBT Movement or Organizational Experience:

Most recently I was one of the core organizers for both the March 4 Equality and the Day of Decision events. The former resulted in an approximately 3,000 person demonstration preceding the SCOTUS hearings for the Prop 8 and DOMA cases. The latter Day of Decision event oversaw tens of thousands of LGBT and allies celebrating their victory in the Castro. In southern CA I worked with Vote for Equality doing targeted outreach in dense voting districts which had previously voted over 70% Yes on 8. In Santa Cruz, I volunteered for the No on Prop 8 Campaign. I have been a volunteer counselor for Queer Youth and helped facilitate a queer youth camp for 2 years. I have been a core organizer for both Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara’s AIDS Walks. With the Diversity Center I helped develop grants and doubled the size of the Santa Cruz Pride Festival creating a celebratory space that encompassed a larger portion of the youth, clean and sober, and latino communities. I also worked with Horizons to organize the first Watsonville Pride festival.

Professional/Work Experience:

My professional career began with working for the SCAP as an outreach worker assigned to drastically increasing high risk testing rates in the “rural” county of Santa Cruz. I was eventually promoted to manage that program which served as a proposed state model since it was cited in an audit by the CA Office of AIDS as being responsible for securing continued funding for SCAP’s E&P departments state level grants and protecting over a 3rd of the organization's annual operating income. I am a proud member of Local 2 and served in Reno during the 2012 Obama campaign for over 2 months, winning the bellwether county of Washoe Nevada with 50.2% of the vote. I work for Hilton International between union leaves of absence.

Education or Training:

Bachelors in Economics from University of California Santa Cruz. I have formal training and experience filing federal and state level grant submissions as well as experience and training regarding mediation, just cause, and contract negotiations.