Leadership

Charlotte Pride Board of Directors

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Daniel Valdez

President
daniel@charlottepride.org
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Daniel is the Director of North Carolina and Mid-South Operations at the Hispanic Federation. He has more than 10 years in nonprofit management working with organizations like Welcoming America, 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 Reel Out Charlotte.

 

Lee Robertson

Treasurer
lee@charlottepride.org
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Lee joined Charlotte Pride in 2017 after serving on its Board of Advisors. Lee is an attorney at Robertson & Associates, where he practices construction and commercial litigation, representing business and contractor clients in all types of disputes. Lee is a lifelong Charlottean who has extensive experience advising nonprofit LGBTQ organizations on matters of policy and governance. Lee is also heavily engaged with the Mecklenburg County Bar, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, and the Charlotte School of Law Alumni Association. Lee earned his B.A. in History from NC State and his JD from the Charlotte School of Law.

 

Brisa Ramirez

Secretary
brisa@charlottepride.org
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Brisa is an Analyst at 25 Capital Partners. Her responsibilities include portfolio analytics, investment research, and supporting the firm’s capital raising activities. Prior to joining 25 Capital, she worked as an Analyst in the Model Validation group at U.S. Bank. Brisa Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Through the duration of her undergraduate studies, she held various leadership roles within student body organizations.

 

Megan Jones

Director
megan@charlottepride.org
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Megan is the Community Engagement & Program Coordinator at Community Building Initiative, where she is excited to work every day with people interested in contributing to a more equitable and just community. She joined the Charlotte Pride Board of Directors in 2020, having previously served as Interfaith Co-Chair. She grew up in Rochester, NY and holds BAs in Theatre and Government & International Politics from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. In her spare time she loves to sing, and to go hiking with her dog, Shadow.

 

Will Martin

Director
willm@charlottepride.org
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Will Martin is a freelance audio visual technician based in the Charlotte, N.C. region. He has been in the corporate A/V field for the past 25 years and during that time has also worked as a Grip on countless commercials, in-house video productions, short and feature films. Before that he worked nine years on the exhibition side at a local movie theatre chain. Working his way from an usher into the projection booth and then into management. He is an Eagle Scout and a Board Member of the Charlotte Film Society. Will joined the Charlotte Pride Board of Directors in September 2020, after serving several years as a volunteer for Reel Out Charlotte and as Co-Director of the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade operations team.

 

Riley Murray

Director
riley@charlottepride.org
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Riley Murray has been with Charlotte Pride in many incarnations for 14 years. She has been married to her wife, Dee, for 11 years. Together, they have four grown children and 11 grandchildren. Riley grew up in Santa Barbara, Calif., as the youngest of 11. She moved to Charlotte in 2005 where she quickly got involved with Charlotte Pride. Her day job is a supply chain manager, and she is passionate about traveling, her dog, and spending time with her family. Riley is one of the most enthusiastic advocates for Charlotte Pride you will ever meet and welcomes the whole community to the table because Pride could not be successful without everyone.

 

Clark Simon

Director
clark@charlottepride.org
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Clark Simon is a co-founder of Impact Philanthropy Group, a nonprofit fiscal-sponsor specialized in helping individuals fulfill their charitable visions. Clark is experienced in nonprofit development and management, public relations, CRM systems, event planning, social media, and strategic planning. He has worked in and with nonprofits since 2010 in various capacities as well as serving on various boards such as the Development Board for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Get Lit Words Ignite in Los Angeles, California.

 


 

Staff

Jerry Yelton

Programs & Development Director
jerry@charlottepride.org
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Jerry Yelton joined Charlotte Pride in November 2017. Originally from Forest City, N.C., Jerry graduated in 2016 from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Communication Studies. Jerry is a passionate advocate for intentional, intersectional community organizing and development. Throughout their time in undergraduate studies and in community roles, they have worked with a variety of LGBTQ organizations and programs to develop inclusive, thoughtful community actions. Jerry works actively with the Charlotte community at large to create unique, inventive programs to incorporate all LGBTQ voices, stories, and faces.

 

Nada Merghani

Programs Manager
nada@charlottepride.org
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Nada Merghani is the Programs Manager for Charlotte Pride. In 2015, Nada became the first-ever student in UNC history to simultaneously serve as President of both a Muslim Student Organization (UNCW MSA) and LGBTQ+ student organization (UNCW Pride). They joined Charlotte Pride in November 2019 after culminating over five years of nonprofit, political, student, and grassroots organizing experience by the age of 22 — including work with Ignite NC, Democracy NC, the Queer Mobilization Fund, 100,000 Poets for Change, and the Artivist Collective. Nada is a first-generation immigrant who was born in Sudan and seeks to bring visibility to the experiences of LGBTQ+ immigrants and Muslims. Their advocacy work has been recorded and published in various mainstream media outlets.

 

Matt Comer

Communications Director
matt@charlottepride.org
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Matt Comer joined Charlotte Pride in 2008 and has served in several volunteer and board roles, primarily overseeing the organization’s media and marketing efforts. In November 2017, Matt transitioned from his role as a board member to become the organization’s Communications Director. Originally from Winston-Salem, N.C., Matt has nearly two decades of experience in local LGBTQ community advocacy, community organizing, journalism and media/marketing work. Matt attended the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He has worked or volunteered with several LGBTQ organizations regionally and nationally. From 2007 to 2015, Matt worked as editor of QNotes, the Charlotte-based LGBTQ community newspaper of North Carolina. His writing has appeared in a variety of local and national news outlets. Matt’s advocacy work and reporting has been widely cited by community and mainstream news-media, as well as several academic writers.