SF Pride elects 3 new Board members and a new Board Executive Committee, reflective of diversity within the LGBTQ+ community

November 7, 2022

SF Pride elects 3 new Board members and a new Board Executive Committee, reflective of diversity within the LGBTQ+ community

Election marks the first time historically that 3 of 4 officers are members of the trans community

SAN FRANCISCO – Nov. 7, 2022 San Francisco Pride members have chosen three new Board members and the Board elected new Board officers, reflective of diversity within the LGBTQ+ community.

George Smith III, Linda Martley-Jordan and Robert Louie were all elected to SF Pride’s Board of Directors with Anjali Rimi reelected for another three-year term. The newly elected, trans-majority Executive Committee is led by Nguyen Pham, the first gay Vietnamese man to become SF Pride’s president. Pham was formerly Vice President of SF Pride from 2021-2022 and served as Secretary of the organization from 2017-2021. They also welcome Vice President Janelle Luster (who served as SF Pride’s Treasurer from 2021-2022 and is a member of the trans community), Secretary Spring Collins (a Board member since 2021 who is also trans) and Treasurer Robert Louie (also part of the trans community), who is new to the Board.

The diversity among the board members exemplifies one of SF Pride’s most fundamental values, honoring and protecting trans lives; especially the lives of trans people of color, who are so often resilient in the face of vulnerable positions. The Board’s composition also speaks to the San Francisco-based organization’s solidarity with the AAPI community, which comprises one-third of all San Franciscans. Many are broadly under attack by heightened hate and violence since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Radical diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is at the core of our purpose, and our Board is representative of that,” said SF Pride president, Nguyen Pham. “We want Pride to look like all of our communities and to welcome all in our communities — with particular emphasis on those who are most marginalized.”

About San Francisco Pride

The San Francisco Pride Celebration Committee is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded to produce the SF Pride Celebration and Parade. The mission of the organization is to educate the world on LGBTQ+ issues, as well as commemorate the heritage, celebrate the culture and liberate the people of all LGBTQ+ communities. A world leader in the Pride movement, SF Pride is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SF Pride has granted over $3 million dollars in proceeds to local nonprofit LGBTQ+ organizations and organizations working on issues related to HIV/AIDS, cancer, homelessness, housing rights and animal welfare.

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