CSW / LA Pride Names Newly Elected Board Members

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The Board of Directors of Christopher Street West (CSW), the 501(c)3 non-profit that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade, announced the election of five new volunteer board members who will begin their two-year terms effective immediately.

Board elections happen every year. About half of the board seats are typically up for election.

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New members joining the CSW Board of Directors this year include:

  • Jake Brooks-Harris, President of MKG West, Experiential Marketing
  • Candie Davidson-Goldbronn, Associate Senior Vice President, Foundation Operations for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Craig Greiwe, Senior Vice President and Head of Digital for Rogers & Cowan
  • Tracy Paaso, Director of Membership & Events for the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
  • Johanna Padilla, Linkage & Retention Coordinator at Trans Wellness Center
Estevan Montemayor, President of the CSW Board of Directors – Photo by Paulo Murillo

“Every year, CSW and LA Pride has an opportunity to reinvent itself with a fresh infusion of new board members, all who bring different perspectives and skills to our all-volunteer board,” said Estevan Montemayor, President of the CSW Board of Directors. “The members of this year’s class all bring a wealth of personal and professional experience, which will help us continue to evolve and grow LA Pride — from being the best full-weekend pride festival in the country to providing the best year-round pride-focused programming in the world.”

Board members may serve up to three consecutive two-year terms. Two board members with expiring terms — Raul Rios and Shayne Thomas — will continue their service to CSW and LA Pride for another two-year term.

The newly elected and re-elected board members will join the remaining CSW Board, all whom will all be up for re-election in 2019: Gregory Alexander, Mistress Cyan, Gerald Garth, Kevin Kelly, Alexandra Magallon, Estevan Montemayor, Julie Newmark, and Brian Rosman.

Board members that completed their board terms include: Steve Andrews, Chris Classen, Erica Meyer, and Marquita Thomas.

Madonna Cacciatore – Photo credit: Gene Reed

With new board leadership, new board members, and a new executive director, Madonna Cacciatore, appointed earlier this year, CSW is poised to begin a new chapter in its near 50-year history. This will include exciting changes and improvements to the LA Pride Festival and Parade as well as year-long programming that will be announced throughout the year.

CSW’s mission is to create safe and inclusive spaces for self-expression, inspire an authentic sense of activism in the continued fight for equality, and celebrate the unique heritage and diverse cultures of Los Angeles’ LGBTQ+ community and its allies.

To learn more on SCW / LA Pride, visit: https://lapride.org/

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