New year, new board: Charlotte Pride welcomes new board officers

Charlotte Pride is pleased to welcome several new transitions at the organization this fall, including the hiring of two new support staff roles. We’re also welcoming new board officers and saying a grateful goodbye to departing board members as we approach a new year.

A heartfelt thank you

Departing board members include Craig Hopkins and Richard Grimstad (pictured left and right), both having served on the board since 2012. Craig, who most recently served as board president, and Richard, who served as treasurer, both joined as development co-chairs of the then Pride Charlotte committee in 2012. Charlotte Pride sends a hearty thank you and note of gratitude for Craig’s and Richard’s multi-year service to Charlotte Pride and the community. Under their leadership as festival co-directors and in other roles, Charlotte Pride was able to accomplish astonishing growth at our annual festival and parade, as well as in other programs and activities. New efforts undertaken during their tenure on the board include renewed Charlotte Pride participation in InterPride and Charlotte’s hosting of the 2015 Prides of the Southeast (POSE) Conference, the addition of the parade in 2013 and more. Many thanks for your commitment, Craig and Richard, and we look forward to seeing you out and about at future events (where, this time, you can sit back and actually enjoy yourselves and not have to work so hard!).

Welcoming new board officers

With the new board transition comes new officer roles for several board members. Daniel Valdez, who has served as vice president for two years, steps into the president’s role. He is joined as vice president by Nan Bangs, who has helped to oversee operations and logistics the past two years. Kacey Grantham has served as secretary and will continue in that role, in addition to her work with the Charlotte Pride Scholarship. Our newest board member, Lee Robertson, joined in Spring 2017. Lee has been appointed treasurer.

You can learn more about each of our board members and read more in-depth biographies on our leadership page, where we’ll also soon provide new introductions for our growing volunteer committees.

(Click here to see all Fall 2017 Newsletter content…)