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Want to join Charlotte Pride as a volunteer? Interested in serving on an organization committee? Contact one of the people below for more information or email your resume to info@charlottepride.org.
 

Charlotte Pride Board of Directors

 

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Craig Hopkins

President
craig@charlottepride.org

Craig Hopkins joined Charlotte Pride in 2012 as the Co-Chair of Development. Originally from Columbia, SC, Craig currently lives in Concord and works as a Senior Community Relations Specialist for Food Lion Corporate in Salisbury. Prior to that, Craig created and managed event and hospitality programs for corporate sponsors at NASCAR. In his desire to give back to the community, Craig supports several non-profits through pro-bono consulting work with organizations such as Jacob’s Ladder, Silent Images, and Sow Much Good. Craig received his BS from the College of Charleston in Business Administration and recently completed his Masters in Organization Development from the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte.


 
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Daniel Valdez

Vice President
daniel@charlottepride.org

Daniel is the Southeast Regional Manager for Welcoming America. He has more than 10 years in nonprofit management working with organizations like Crisis Assistance Ministry, the Latin American Coalition and Carolinas CARE Partnership. He is passionate about using his talents and experience to advance the mission of organizations working on systemic changes in an effort to make the world a better place for all. Daniel was born in Acapulco, Mexico and grew up in North Carolina. He holds a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Daniel has served on the boards of The Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund, The Bruce Iron Camp Fund, and The GayCharlotte Film Festival. He is excited to be serving his first term on the Board of Governors for Charlotte Pride.


 
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Abdul Green

Secretary
abdul@charlottepride.org

Originally from Wilmington, NC, Abdul Green joined the Charlotte Pride Board in the spring of 2016 having held several leadership and volunteer positions with other non-profit organizations, including The Human Rights Campaign, Harvest Center Ministries, and The Latin American Coalition. Abdul holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an MBA in International Business from The McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Organization Development, also at Queens University. He is currently the Learning and Development Manager for NAVEX Global, an ethics and compliance firm headquartered in Portland, OR where he oversees recruiting, curriculum and talent development, training, and M&A initiatives.


 
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Richard Grimstad

Treasurer
richard@charlottepride.org

Richard Grimstad joined Charlotte Pride in 2012 as the Co-Chair of Development and went on to serve three years as Co-Director alongside Craig Hopkins. Richard graduated summa cum laude with a BS in accounting from the Belk College of Business at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). Richard continued graduate studies there, earning his MACC with a specialization in taxation. He is a licensed CPA in the state of North Carolina and has worked at GreerWalker LLP since 2006, focusing on state & local tax matters, corporate/small business taxation and inbound international tax and consulting, primarily for clients in the manufacturing and distribution industries. In 2015, Richard transitioned out of GreerWalker’s tax department into their Litigation Support Services Group, assisting with expert witness testimony, forensic accounting, and bankruptcy engagements. Richard has sponsored an annual accounting scholarship for nontraditional students entering into the MACC program at UNCC since 2011.


 
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Marc Alexander

marc@charlottepride.org

Marc Alexander has volunteered with Charlotte Pride in numerous roles over several years and is returning as the volunteer committee chair. He is a regional human resource director at Masonite. He attended Wright State University.


 
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Nan Bangs

nan@charlottepride.org

Nan Bangs is the Director, Safety, Health and Risk Reduction for UTC Aerospace Systems, headquartered in Charlotte. Nan has responsibility for the execution of the safety programs, technical and program support, integration plans, and driving risk reduction for approximately 140 sites worldwide. Nan has over 29 years of experience with environment, health and safety. Nan holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Maine and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a retired Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, a role in which she supported 9/11, Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts and the BP oil spill cleanup activities.


 
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Matt Comer

matt@charlottepride.org

Matt Comer joined Charlotte Pride in 2008 and has served in several roles, including secretary and chair of the media and marketing committee. Matt is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., and has more than a decade of experience in LGBT community advocacy, community organizing, journalism and media/marketing. He has worked or volunteered with several LGBTQ organizations regionally and nationally. From 2007-2015, Matt worked as editor of QNotes, Charlotte’s LGBTQ community newspaper. His writing has appeared in a variety of local and national news outlets and his advocacy work and reporting has been widely cited by community and mainstream news-media, as well as academic writers.


 
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Kacey Grantham

kacey@charlottepride.org

Kacey is serving in her first year on Charlotte Pride’s Board of Directors. She is currently the Executive Director of Golden Door Scholars. Prior to GDS, Kacey worked as a vice president at Red Ventures. In her five years at Red Ventures, Kacey served in multiple leadership roles and launched two new business units. Kacey’s professional experience also includes senior operations management and technology consulting roles at Bank of America and Accenture. Kacey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Wake Forest University. Kacey’s also volunteers with other organizations in the community, including The Council for Children’s Rights, KIPP Charlotte charter school, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and NothingPink.org.


 
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Gwen Pearson

gwen@charlottepride.org

Gwen Pearson is serving her first year on the Charlotte Pride Executive Committee. In the past, Gwen has served on the board of Charlotte Black Gay Pride and is currently the publisher of VisitGayCharlotte.com. Gwen is from Virginia Beach, Va., and studied human resources counseling at Old Dominion University.


 
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Jeff Sampson

jeff@charlottepride.org

Jeff Sampson has served on the Charlotte Pride Executive Committee or as a volunteer with the organization since 2010. He is returning in his operations chair role, overseeing the logistical operation of the annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade.

Last updated: Feb. 2, 2017