Pride Foundation staff and board at a recent retreat in Seattle, WA.

Pride Foundation staff and board at a recent retreat in Seattle, WA.

With a compliment of sixteen staff working throughout the Northwest including Anchorage (AK), Boise (ID), Helena (MT), Portland (OR), and Ellensburg (WA), Pride Foundation’s main office is located in Seattle, WA.

Project Coordinator

TITLE: Project Coordinator

PRONOUNS: He/Him/His
Seattle, Washington

Jeremiah Allen is a Queer, Trans* African-American and Indigenous tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and Lakota Sioux tribe. Jeremiah received his Bachelors of Science in Public Health: Health Promotion and Behavior at Oregon State University where he worked as a liaison for SOL: LGBTQ Multicultural Support Network with OSU’s Diversity and Cultural Engagement, he was also the Coordinator for OSU’s first Health and Social Inequity Symposium. Currently, he’s a Masters of Public Administration candidate with an emphasis in Policy and Governance at Seattle University. Jeremiah is passionate about the intersections of race, gender, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation, the power of courageous story-telling, and looking critically at the social systems he belongs to. In his free-time, Jeremiah enjoys spending time with his three amazing children and reading and writing poetry.

Contact Jeremiah about getting involved with Washington SAFE Alliance and trans* resources.

Director of Community Engagement

Title: Director of Community Engagement

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Seattle, Washington

Alli Auldridge used to consider herself the Pecos Bill of rural Vermont, having been raised by a pack of wild lesbians (ok, only two). She grew up in New England with her two moms, her siblings and a rotating cast of beloved pets including dogs, cats and the occasional goat. She spent 7 years in New York City before moving upstate to work in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration as an Empire Fellow in the Department of Economic Development. She has also served as the Policy Associate at Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) helping to improve the lives of LGBT older adults. Alli has years of experience in nonprofit communications, advocacy and development, managing these efforts for the Roxbury Film Festival in Boston and the Brooklyn Historical Society, prior to working at SAGE. She currently serves on the Board of COLAGE, an organization dedicated to empowering youth with LGBTQ parents. She now lives in Seattle with her wife and daughter. Alli received her Bachelor’s degree from Smith College and her Master’s degree in Urban Policy from The New School for Urban Policy and Management.

Contact Alli regarding a gift to Pride Foundation, starting a donor advised fund, making a gift of stock, hosting a house party, or starting a giving circle

Regional Philanthropic Officer, WA

Title: Regional Philanthropic Officer in Washington
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ellensburg, Washington

Tylene began her employment with Comprehensive Healthcare in 2003, then Comprehensive Mental Health, in a short-term contracted position in medical records. Since May 2008, Tylene facilitates a Clubhouse model psycho-social rehabilitation program for people with severe and persistent mental illness.

Tylene is a small-town girl who likes the sense of community felt by seeing her neighbors at the grocery store or the post office. She relocated from Portland, Oregon in 2001 following the beginning of her transition to re-gain that small-town love for life. Tylene, a 2007 graduate of Central Washington University, also enjoys working in her yard, attending community events and spending time with family and her friends. More recently, she enjoys settling into her new role as Grandma to her new grandson.

Tylene left her small town of Haines, Oregon to begin her transition in 2000 and relocated to Portland, Oregon “to find others like me.” In doing so, she met an incredible group of women living their lives openly and authentically, and who were instrumental in her gaining the strength and courage to do the same. Not long after, she moved to Ellensburg; Tylene was introduced to Pride Foundation through a grassroots organizing training that led to a grant opportunity for V.O.I.C.E.S of Gender program. Since that time, Tylene has worked to support transgender people and educate others about the challenges faced by transgender people in rural areas. Tylene volunteered with Pride Foundation through their Regional Outreach Committee as well as the grant and scholarship programs since 2004. When the opportunity arose to join the Board of Directors, Tylene not only saw it as a privilege to support the work of Pride Foundation, but also as a way to continue to pay forward the opportunities that have been afforded her by those who lived their lives openly and authentically before her.

Contact Tylene Carnell regarding Central & Eastern Washington grants and scholarships, or volunteering, and donating in this area.

Database Administrator

Title: Database Administrator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Seattle, Washington

Halley Cody, before joining Pride Foundation staff, spent three years working in a similar position for a corporate law firm. A native of Seattle, she graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania but has always felt Seattle would be her forever home. Halley is very passionate about issues regarding intersectionality, race and ethnicity, and social justice. In her spare time, Halley enjoys making dumplings, backpacking, hiking, running, weight lifting, petting other people’s dogs, and spending time out of the city at her family’s cabin in Eastern Washington where she carries water and chops wood.

Community Engagement Manager

Title: Community Engagement Manager


Seattle, Washington

 

Volunteer Manager

Title: Volunteer Manager

Pronouns:
Seattle, Washington

TBD

Contact Gunner about our scholarship program, community grants program, or volunteer opportunities.

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Title: Director of Strategic Partnerships

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Portland, Oregon

Katie Carter is originally from the Midwest and moved to Portland, Oregon in 2008. She dove head-first into Oregon’s thriving nonprofit world, serving as the Program Director at In Other Words Feminist Community Center, and then going on to work at the Oregon Food Bank and Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. Inspired by the life-changing work so many other organizations are doing in Oregon, she spends much of her spare time volunteering. She has worked with Trans Active Gender Center, co-founded Feminist Agenda PDX, served on the advisory board at the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC), and was the fundraising chair for the Oregon End Violence Against Women PAC. Currently she spends many of her Saturdays working with a restorative justice organization, facilitating a gender & sexuality seminar for folks who are incarcerated. Katie was involved with Pride Foundation for a long time before joining the staff, serving on the grant & scholarship review committees, and as a member of Oregon’s Leadership Action Team.

When she’s not volunteering and working, Katie will most likely be found with her cat Arnie, reading, or talking all kinds of politics with friends late into the night.

Contact Katie regarding Oregon grants and scholarships, or volunteering, and donating in Oregon.

Regional Philanthropic Officer, AK

Title: Regional Philanthropic Officer in Alaska

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Anchorage, Alaska

For the past two years, Josh has served Planned Parenthood of Montana as Outreach Educator in the Billings, Montana area, facilitating support groups for teen mothers, and strengthening leadership skills at local high school GSAs. Drawn to return to the state he calls home and the natural beauty it brings, earlier this year, he returned to Alaska and currently serves on the board of the ACLU of Alaska, and is enrolled part-time in UAA’s Master in Public Health program. Josh will begin work at Pride Foundation in late May.

Contact Josh regarding Alaska grants and scholarships, or volunteering, and donating in Alaska.

Chief Executive Officer

Title: CEO

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Seattle, Washington

A self-described “country girl” from rural Wisconsin, Kris has nearly two decades’ experience and expertise as a program manager, fundraiser, and nonprofit administrator. Before joining Pride Foundation, Kris was the deputy director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she both led the development department, provided day-to-day internal management of the organization, and advised on strategic direction. Prior to that, she was a program officer with The Rhode Island Foundation, where she created Equity Action, a field-of-interest fund for LGBTQ concerns, and developed the grantmaking program for the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island.

As well, Kris worked for Brown University’s Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service, which builds links between the university and the local nonprofits by developing partnerships that address community-identified needs. She earned a Masters of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In addition to her professional work, Kris served on the board of directors of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and is a partial owner of the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. An avid non-fiction reader and sports enthusiast, she is looking forward to further exploring every corner of the Northwest.

Contact Kris regarding ideas for community partnership, suggestions for our work, to talk about collaboration, or Pride Foundation’s strategic plan.

Communications and Outreach Manager

Title: Communications and Outreach Manager

Pronoun: She/Her/Hers
Seattle, Washington

A native of Spokane, Washington, Katelen moved to Seattle and joined the team at Pride Foundation in 2013. Previously, she worked as an intake counselor and liaison with LGBTQ youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in Portland, OR. After receiving her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Portland, Katelen taught English in South Korea for 18 months and then returned to Spokane where she worked to support women and children living in transitional housing. Katelen then went on to receive her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California with a focus on organizational development and workplace wellness programs.

When she’s not crafting communications or meeting with amazing Pride Foundation family and friends, you can find her in the woods, swinging in a riverside hammock with a novel and a strong cup of french press coffee.

Contact Katelen with questions related to storytelling, communications, or media.

Regional Philanthropic Officer, MT

Title: Regional Philanthropic Officer in Montana

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Helena, Montana

Kim was born and raised in Helena, Montana and graduated from the University of Montana in 2003. Throughout her career in Montana, she has worked with many of our closest partners and allies first with the YWCA of Missoula Domestic Violence shelter as an advocate and also with the ACLU of Montana. Most recently, Kim has served as the Program Director at NARAL Pro-Choice Montana, working both on the policy level as well as doing grassroots advocacy throughout the state to ensure that reproductive freedoms remain protected in Montana.  She volunteered on several political campaigns as well as both Non-Discrimination campaigns in Montana (Helena and Missoula).  She is eager to continue the important LGBTQ work in Montana.  Away from work, Kim enjoys spending time hiking, playing soccer and tennis, and general merriment with her friends and family.

Contact Kim regarding Montana grants and scholarships, or volunteering, and donating in this area.

Regional Philanthropic Officer, ID

Title: Regional Philanthropic Officer in Idaho

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Boise, Idaho

Steve joined Pride Foundation as the Regional Development Organizer in Idaho in January 2011 after a 20-year career in journalism, and many years of social justice volunteerism for many LGBTQ organizations and events in Idaho, including chairing The Community Center in Boise, organizing activities related to Boise’s annual Gay Pride celebration, and leading a gay theater troupe, Spontaneous Productions. Steve has resided in the Boise area for 30 years, graduating from Caldwell High School, and earning a degree in English from Boise State University. Since 1997, Steve has lived in Boise’s North End, where he shares his life with his husband, Jim Smith, a biology professor at Boise State.

Contact Steve for everything Idaho: grants, scholarships, donating, and volunteering.

Regional Philanthropic Officer, OR

Title: Regional Philanthropic Officer in Oregon

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Portland, Oregon

Kim was born and raised in the Northwest and was honored to participate in the inaugural Momentum Fellowship prior to her role as Regional Philanthropic Officer in Oregon. She brings with her experience in higher education, donor relations, grant writing, field organizing for electoral campaigns, and issue-based advocacy. Kim believes that social justice and mission-driven philanthropy are the keys to sustaining and strengthening our collective movement towards a more equitable and just society. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric & media studies from Willamette University. Outside of work she enjoys reading, paper crafts, and exploring the beautiful scenery of the Northwest.

Contact Kim with questions across all facets of Pride Foundation’s work, including programmatic support with the Foundation’s grants, scholarships, and initiatives.

Director of Programs

Title: Director of Programs

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Seattle, Washington

Trading in the Northeast for the Northwest, Gunner left Boston with his two cats and his husband for Seattle’s music scene, dog friendly culture (promptly adopting Betty, a rescue dog), and Pride Foundation. Previously, he was the executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition where he led the successful Transgender Equal Rights campaign which added non-discrimination protections for transgender youth, adults, and families in Massachusetts. Gunner brings over two decades of experience leading change in the LGBTQ community along with extensive experience in training and curriculum development, program management, public education and legislative campaigns, fundraising, and communications. He received a B. A. in Liberal Arts from Goddard College, where he completed the oral history project entitled “Boston Area Transgender Community Leaders and the ENDA Crisis.”

Gunner believes that equality should know no boundaries, including state lines, city limits, or rural routes and Pride Foundation’s work will help to advance equality for LGBTQ youth, adults and families across the Northwest.

Contact Gunner about Pride Foundation’s programmatic efforts and special initiatives throughout the Northwest.

Office Manager

Title: Office Manager

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Seattle, Washington

Jack of All Trades. Renaissance Man. The Catherine O’Leary of his time. These are a few of the ways Craig’s professional life has been described. He prefers when things run smoothly and finds he has a knack for making that happen (except for that one time…). Craig grew up in New York and adores the east coast, but Seattle is truly his home. Originally, the University of Washington was only going to be a place to pursue his degree in Architecture, but once he came out west he just couldn’t leave. Craig loves the fact that his job involves helping people pursue higher education. It was the first step for him to get out in the world and a wonderful one at that. He likes long walks on the beach, dinner by candlelight, and his humor dry. Did we mention he’s a Sagittarius?

Contact Craig regarding scholarships, fellowships, and internships.

Director, Finance & Operations

Title: Director of Finance and Operations

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Seattle, Washington

Order. Jimbo loves order. If it can be alphabetized, color-coded, or aligned, he’ll probably go there. Jimbo left the tornadoes and black widows and rattlesnakes of his Arkansas dairy farm for Washington State over twenty years ago. When he’s not counting numbers and paperclips, he writes and records music, works on his little orange house, and plays with his adorable puppy, Bodie. Oh, and he loves peanut butter. Mmm, peanut butter.

Contact Jimbo regarding Financial Documents, Fund Balances, or Accounts Payable.

 

Current Board of Directors

Pride Foundation is led by a twenty-one person Board of Directors comprised of donors, volunteers, grantees, and scholars with representation from each of our Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The Board of Directors is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction to ensure we are achieving our mission, working towards our vision, and living our values. All board members listed below are independent, voting members.

Attorney, Holmquist & Gardiner

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Seattle, WA

 

 

City of Portland

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Portland, Oregon

Caryn Brooks (just “Brooks” to many who know her…except for her family, because that would be weird) is a Portlander by way of Philadelphia and still has the attitude to prove it. Her career has spanned both journalism and politics and now she proudly calls herself a civil servant. After editorial stints at places such as The Associated Press, Time, and Willamette Week, Brooks played the role of Communications Director for former Portland Mayor Sam Adams…who played the role of Assistant to the Mayor on Portlandia. She currently works as a communications operative for the City of Portland.

In 2013, Brooks joined the Equity Foundation board to help the organization in its mission to fund equality. She participated in Equity Foundation’s plan to merge with Pride Foundation and assisted with the transition. She is a new member of the Pride Foundation board and is excited to carry forward the positive difference Equity Foundation has made in the area’s LGBTQ community.

Free time activities include playing softball, bicycle riding, driving around town in her Subaru, walking her rascally mutt Duchess, and wondering how she got to be such a stereotype.

Puget Sound Regional Council

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Ben is an urban planner, specializing in long-range land use and transportation planning, regional growth management policy, and intergovernmental affairs. Currently, he manages initiatives designed to implement the Puget Sound region’s adopted long range transportation plans through public engagement, research, analysis, and collaborative decision making at Puget Sound Regional Council.

Ben moved to Seattle to indulge in the tail end of the grunge scene, fully intending to return to the San Francisco Bay Area. After meeting his husband Eric, a Seattle native, he decided to make it permanent. Ben loves travel, politics, and urban design, and finds that these days he spends most of his free time on the sidelines of kids’ soccer games. Ben and Eric live with their kids, Christian and Elizabeth, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Ben was initially attracted to Pride Foundation by the critical support that it provides to community-based organizations serving the LGBTQ community. He began as a volunteer and donor but wanted to get involved in a more direct way, joining the Board in 2011.

Retired

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Portland, Oregon

Ron grew up in a small rural community in upstate New York. After college he moved to Austin, Texas, where he taught political science at the University of Texas. By the time he retired in 2004, Ron was the associate vice president for Instructional Resources and Technology at Austin Community College.

Ron met his husband, Richard, in 1975 at a hippie vegetarian potluck. They became partners in 1977. In 2006 they moved to Portland to pursue their passion for the outdoors, hiking, and great food and drink. After a very long engagement, they married in 2013.

Shortly after moving to Portland, Ron became a volunteer with Equity Foundation. He served on the Grants Committee and Juvenile Justice Committee. In 2011 he was appointed treasurer of the Equity Foundation board. Serving on these committees and the board strengthened his commitment to help bring about equality for the LGBTQ community. Ron views the acquisition of Equity Foundation by Pride Foundation as a strategic move by both foundations to provide more resources to meet the needs of the LGBTQ community in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

University of Washington

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Nicole’s professional expertise lies at the intersection of marketing, communications, and community relations. Currently, she oversees these areas for the University of Washington’s Division of Student Life.

A native New Englander and alumna of Cornell University, Nicole has called the Northwest home for ten years after moving here as an elite athlete to take advantage of Seattle’s active rowing scene. She is also an avid runner and cyclist whose hobbies include experimental cooking and exploring the world with her wife Anne and baby daughter Leighton. They live in Seattle’s Arboretum neighborhood with their whiskered sidekicks, Karl and Leon.

Nicole became a donor and volunteer with Pride Foundation’s scholarship program in 2007, joining the board in 2012. As board President, she continues to be moved by the trust Pride Foundation has built with its donors over the past 30 years; inspired by the way the organization’s strategic investments make a difference for scholars and grantees at the local, state, and regional level; and is energized by the way Pride Foundation’s work continues to move the needle on chronic and emerging issues facing LGBTQ people across the Northwest.

Russell Investments

Pronouns: He/Him/His

With over 12 years of experience in the mutual fund operations team at Russell Investments, Jason manages the agency functions of US retail mutual funds. He has extensive experience within the operational team in designing and implementing oversight and controls. In addition, Jason is an active leader in the LGBT diversity & inclusion network at Russell Investments.

Jason grew up in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Sociology. He has lived in the Seattle area for more than 17 years, and he currently lives in the Issaquah Highlands with his husband, Robert Heuer, and their dog, Indy.

Beginning his relationship with Pride Foundation nine years ago as a volunteer, he loves participating in the scholarship review committee. Being able to directly impact the future leaders of the LGBTQ community has been a rewarding experience. Pride Foundation has been a positive learning experience regarding specific LGBTQ issues across the Northwest, and has provided a great opportunity for Jason to give back to the community in a meaningful way.

Associate Director, FSG
Community Activist

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Emilie retired from a 38-year career in Civil Engineering Design and Construction Management with a local highway agency as the Supervisor of Construction. Since retirement, Emilie dedicates her activities to community activism, civil/human rights advocacy, education, and community volunteering. She envisions a world that honors diversity, fosters mutual respect, and celebrates complete equality.

Emilie is the parent of two adult children; grandparent of four; and great-grandparent of one. She spends her private time as a voracious reader, in addition to her attempts to better the lives of those in her community.

Emilie likens her current role as a Pride Foundation Board member and donor to the civil engineering design and construction management profession she retired from in 2005. She says the work she does today with the Pride Foundation will build those bridges of hope and pave the way in nurturing our youth to become future leaders and role models. For Emilie, she believes that donor-supported organizations, such as Pride Foundation, must receive the necessary financial resources so that legitimate progress toward understanding, acceptance, mutual respect, and equality can become a genuine reality instead of just a hopeful dream.

Pierce County AIDS Foundation/Oasis

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Seth Kirby is passionate about working with individuals and groups to achieve social justice. Seth has a background in HIV prevention, civil rights implementation, and youth development. He believes that the next generation of LGBTQ youth will pave the way for lasting change, which is why he loves his role as Executive Director of Oasis Youth Center.

Seth holds a Master of Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College, is a recipient of the Trans100 award in 2014, and is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum-Pierce County. Seth volunteers as Chair of Washington Won’t Discriminate, the campaign to retain longstanding statewide protections for transgender people.

Born and raised in Nebraska, Seth made his way West and has been in the South Puget Sound area for 20 years. He lives and works in the City of Destiny (Tacoma, WA). He’s married to Anna, his partner of 17 years. In his spare time, Seth enjoys birdwatching, backpacking the Olympics, reading biographies, cooking, and working with others to make the world a better place.

Seth initially became involved in Pride Foundation in 2000 as a grants and scholarship volunteer, eventually joining the board in 2009. He loves community-based philanthropy and the opportunity to be part of the process. Pride Foundation’s vision—a world in which all LGBTQ youth, adults, and families enjoy the freedom to live safely, openly, and genuinely—is something that Seth takes to heart every single day. Finally, Seth loves taking part in a five-state movement to advance equality for all of our LGBTQ community.

Summer Search

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Seattle, Washington

Melanie began mentoring and investing in the power of young people when she was in her teens and has never looked back. Over the past 20 years she has worked in nonprofit organizations that support young people to use their power, potential, and talent in personal, local, and global leadership. Melanie currently serves as Associate Director in the Seattle office of Summer Search, a national youth leadership development organization.

She attended the University of Washington where she received a BA in Community, Environment and Planning, and subsequently, a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration. As a transplant from Connecticut, she will forever be a double Husky—go UCONN and UW—and travels to visit family whenever she can, including her 7 nieces and nephews who are growing up so fast! Melanie craves outdoor adventures and can often be seen cycling around town on her light green bicycle named Sweet. Melanie has made a fun, friend, and yummy food-filled home in Seattle with her wife Tina and their beloved puggle, Theo. 

As a Pride Foundation volunteer she is inspired by the progress made toward equity for the LGBTQ community through its commitment to courage and perseverance. This progress gives her hope for social, environmental, and racial justice. Beginning in 2010 as a volunteer with the Scholarship Program, Melanie now chairs the Resource Development committee at Pride Foundation.

Community Organizer and Volunteer

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Susie is a native Idahoan currently living in Pocatello. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Idaho because she is inspired by her belief that nothing is more foundational than “family” in our society—all families.

She is an accidental activist—having worked diligently to ensure passage of an inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance in Pocatello and going on to work on the campaign to prevent its repeal by way of the ballot.

In her spare time, Susie enjoys gardening, cycling, and downhill skiing. Susie has two grown children, both of whom are married. Because Susie wants her son to be happy and safe, she wants everyone’s child to be happy and safe. Every parent—every person—deserves that. That is why she joined the board—Pride Foundation and its mission and vision are so incredibly important for all of us. As her son’s husband shares all the time: “Idaho needs Susie!”

The Evergreen State College

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Greg is the Academic Dean and Dean of the Library at The Evergreen State College, where he previously taught literature and queer studies. His research and publications lie at the intersection of human rights, sex, and gender.

In 1998, after a peripatetic life spent on four continents, Greg settled in Washington State. He enjoys traveling, attending the theater, biking, and yoga. He splits his time between Seattle and Olympia, but lives with his partner in the Madison Park neighborhood in Seattle.

Greg’s admiration for Pride Foundation’s Scholarship Program led him to volunteer as a scholarship reviewer. Hearing the stories of the lives that are transformed through the work of Pride Foundation convinced him to devote more time and energy to the organization, and he joined the Board in 2015. A history buff, he keenly appreciates the leap forward that this community foundation has made possible for LGBTQ people in the Pacific Northwest.

Davis Law Offices

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Brandy is the founding attorney of Pirtle-Guiney Law LLC, where she focuses her practice on employment and civil rights law, working with both individuals and progressive small businesses.

Brandy lives in the Alberta neighborhood of Northeast Portland with her wife, Elana, and their young son. She’s an avid baseball fan and roots for the Boston Red Sox, the Portland Pickles, and the Hillsboro Hops. You can often find her in her garden or at a local pub trivia game. She is an expert entertainer, and is always on the lookout for an excuse to throw a good cocktail party.

Brandy first became involved with Pride Foundation as a volunteer with the scholarship program. Impressed by the organization’s leadership and deep involvement across the region, Brandy joined the Board in 2015. She’s committed to helping grow Pride Foundation’s presence in Oregon and across the Northwest.

Doyon Emerald

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Elias is a communications and marketing professional with an extensive background in legislative campaigns, media relations, public relations, communications, marketing, and advertising. He owns Alaska Digital Strategies, an Anchorage-based digital marketing agency.

Before moving to Anchorage, Elias grew up in California and then lived in New York where he was a senior field organizer for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He earned his MBA from Alaska Pacific University and holds a B.A. from San Diego State University. In his spare time he enjoys playing soccer, going to the gym, learning about the latest trends in communications and marketing, and having coffee at a local coffee shop.

Elias was introduced to Pride Foundation in 2009, and served on its 5-state regional committee. In 2010, he joined the board of Pride Foundation to further promote Pride Foundation’s mission and impact in Alaska.

MA, Licensed Psychotherapist

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Greg is a priest and mental health therapist—both of which allow him a unique glimpse into our common humanity. He has an interest in helping people live authentic and beautiful lives.

Growing up in a small town in Montana, Greg desired to attend seminary in Rome after graduating high school. He was an active priest for 10 years before coming out and moving to Seattle, where he earned an MA from Seattle University, landing him a position at Seattle Counseling Service (a Pride Foundation grantee). Upon finishing his experiencing in Seattle, Greg moved back to Montana where he became a passionate HIV educator and advocate for HIV-infected people, eventually serving on the Montana HIV planning Group for six years and leading AIDS Outreach in Bozeman for five years. He officially transitioned to become an Episcopal priest in 2015, serving as a priest part-time while running his full-time counseling practice which focuses on assisting LGBTQ persons and their families. He recently married his partner of nine years, Ken Spencer, in his church, accompanied by their three dogs Bandit, Phyllis, and Laddie.

Pride Foundation was a significant part of Greg’s experience while living in Seattle and working at Seattle Counseling Service in 2002, as he often helped students fill out scholarship applications. After he moved home in 2007, he was asked to be on Pride Foundation’s Montana Leadership Action Team (LAT) for Montana.

Greg’s goals and Pride Foundation’s goals for lived and legal equality in Montana align perfectly. He loves lifting people up and working with people in rural areas who may not have the support from their families, community, and organizations to be who they are.

Seattle Works
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Seattle, Washington

Wakefield is an HIV-negative health care advocate with over thirty years of involvement in projects that increase community participation in HIV prevention research and ethics. Currently, Wakefield is the External Relations Director for HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). He also founded The Legacy Project, HVTN’s program to increase racial and ethnic population involvement in trials.

In addition to his role at HVTN, Wakefield currently serves on AVAC: Global HIV Prevention Board. With thirty-five plus years of non-profit management and public service on Chicago’s Board of Health, global and U.S. advisory groups such as WHO’s UNAIDS, he is excited about this current time for implementation of evidence-based strategies to end the epidemic. In his spare time, Wakefield finds immense joy in the performing arts.

The years before moving to Seattle provided Wakefield with an opportunity to work with youth experiencing homelessness. He initially volunteered with Pride Foundation as a scholarship reviewer and as a donor. He notes, “There is nothing more heartwarming or heartbreaking than connecting with LGBTQ persons, strengthened by their struggles to creatively find ways to build useful and generous lives. Stories of their quests for higher education always move me to tears, laughter, hope, and inspiration. The love Pride Foundation shows is always reflected in these exchanges.”

EnviroIssues

Prounouns: He/Him/Him
Seattle, Washington

Jean-Paul is the Executive Communications Specialist at University of Washington, supporting the communication needs of University leadership. Previously, Jean-Paul worked for a private communications consulting firm assisting public and private clients in conducting public outreach work for large scale transportation and energy projects in the Puget Sound region.

Prior to his career in communications, Jean-Paul completed his Masters in Geography at McGill University in Montreal, Canada focusing on the changing gay-identified urban landscape in Western cities as influenced by emerging mobile social application technologies.

Jean-Paul, the son of immigrant parents from France and Mexico, has one sister in Seattle with whom he is close. When he’s not being an energetic Husky fan, Jean-Paul is an avid traveler, having visited over 30 countries across six continents. He is also deeply passionate about social justice issues, including adequate access to K-12 and higher education, regional mobility and transportation access, and LGBTQ equality.

Jean-Paul was a 2006 Pride Foundation Scholar and he is thrilled at the opportunity to give back to the Foundation as a board member.

Click here for published board minutes from Fiscal Year 2015.