Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 50 / 14 December 2017
 

SF Pride looking for fundraiser as interim ED

It looks like it’s going to take more than “a glorified fucking office manager” to lead the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee.

That’s how Audrey Joseph, Pride’s main stage producer and frequent critic, recently described Amy Andre (pictured at right), the last executive director.

Pride’s looking for an interim executive director and they recently laid out exactly what they want. Whoever they select will only serve until September 1.

Fundraising will be 60 percent of the job, according to the specifications, which are dated January 10. Among other things, the new leader will be tasked with bringing in $500,000 in cash sponsorship and $1.5 million of in-kind hotels, media, flights, and other necessities.

The new director will have their work cut out for them. The city controller’s office recently revealed that Pride’s board of directors allowed a debt of $225,000 to accumulate, apparently giving total deference to Andre, who said she had an MBA.

Pride’s annual budget is about $1.7 million.

Joseph recently quipped that the only decision longtime board members ever made was “what dress to wear on the float.” Pride Treasurer Jamie Fountain essentially admitted last month that Pride’s longtime board members are incapable of overseeing the group’s finances.

Andre, who was often unable or unwilling to answer questions about Pride’s finances whenever the Bay Area Reporter asked her, announced her resignation in October, about a year after she started in the position. She never told the B.A.R. exactly why she resigned. She didn’t respond to an e-mail today.

Pride also recently lost their corporate sponsorship director, Eddie Valtierra. He quit earlier this month, after less than six months on the job. He’s declined interview requests.

Board Chair Nikki Calma hasn’t said whether Pride has obtained commitments from any corporate sponsors yet. The Pride celebration, one of the world’s largest, is five months away.

The group also owes almost $50,000 to beverage partners, the community groups that sell drinks at Pride in exchange for funding help. Several of them received payments that were thousands of dollars less than they’d expected last year. Pride eventually blamed a “miscommunication” involving Andre for the problem.

Pride now has only two paid staffers. They’re currently on furlough to save money, but they’re supposed to be coming back in February.

The interim director will also work oversee Pride’s seven contractors who do everything from bookkeeping to parade management, seemingly unaffected by the troubles in Pride’s leadership.

The last director did apparently excel at some things. At Pride’s annual membership meeting in September, Andre, who’s salary was $105,000, was lauded for work such as revamping the employee handbook and leading efforts to clean out storage units.

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to employment@sfpride.org by February 4.

For more information, visit Pride’s website.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 21, 2011 @ 4:28 pm PST
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