Charlotte Pride Board of Directors



Daniel Valdez


Daniel is the Network Director 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 Reel Out Charlotte. He is excited to be serving his first term on the Board of Governors for Charlotte Pride.



Nan Bangs

Vice President

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.



Kacey Grantham


Kacey 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.


Lee Robertson


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.



Volunteer Staff



Support Staff


Jerry Yelton

Programs & Events Manager

Jerry Yelton joined Charlotte Pride in November 2017 as the Programs and Events Manager. Originally from Forest City, NC, and a recent App State grad with a B.S. in Communication Studies, Jerry is a passionate advocate for intentional, intersectional community organizing and development. Over the past five years, he has worked with Equality NC’s TurnOUT Campaign, as a program lead at App State’s Henderson Springs LGBT Center, and with a number of other social justice and community organizing efforts to push forward inclusive, thoughtful action. In addition to his role with Charlotte Pride, Jerry currently writes for QNotes, Charlotte’s LGBTQ community newspaper, on topics such as HIV, mental health, and the diverse array of queer identities. His personal passions include reproductive justice, immigration reform, media and news advocacy, healthcare access, and the political news of the day. Jerry is excited for the opportunity to make an impact on Charlotte and North Carolina through his work with Charlotte Pride. He looks forward to including more people of color and trans and non-binary folks in the conversation, and he welcomes invites for a cup of coffee to discuss new, inventive ideas and possibilities for Charlotte Pride.


Matt Comer

Communications Director

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 into a new support staff role working on communications. Matt is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., and has nearly two decades of experience in local LGBTQ community advocacy, community organizing, journalism and media/marketing. Matt has 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 2007-2015, 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 several academic writers.