The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee isn’t going to make its goal of having an interim executive director by tomorrow (Friday, April 1).
Board co-chair Alex Randolph said today, “The logistics of the selection took a little longer than expected” and the board wants to make sure “we have the highest quality candidate who’s a good fit for San Francisco and a good fit for San Francisco Pride.”
Randolph (pictured at right) said there hasn’t been a shortage of good candidates, though. “We’re just spending more time with the candidates individually.” He didn’t say how many candidates there are.
“Our priority and focus is to have someone selected within the next couple of weeks, definitely before the event,” said Randolph. The Pride celebration is June 25-26.
The top post at Pride has been empty since former Executive Director Amy Andre resigned in November, a little more than a year after she started the job.
Andre, who’s never fully explained her departure publicly, left shortly after several beverage partners, who work drink booths at the festival in exchange for a share of the proceeds, complained that they’d been shortchanged by thousands of dollars in 2010.
Pride’s pledged to pay back that money. Community partners are still owed about $44,000.
Randolph said, “We are planning on sending them another installment in April, and depending on our finances in that month, we can determine what that payment will be like.”
The former aide to ex-Mayor Gavin Newsom and out mayoral candidate Bevan Dufty joined Pride’s board recently and quickly became co-chair after former co-chair Nikki Calma quit on March 1.
Calma was the latest in a string of Pride officials to leave the organization since October.
In December, the city controller’s office revealed that the organization was $225,000 in debt. Randolph said earlier this month that $190,000 of that remained. He couldn’t immediately provide an updated figure today.