Team

San Diego LGBT Pride Staff:

San Diego LGBT Pride Leadership Team:

Connor Maddocks

Festival Advisor

Connor is a former member of the San Diego Pride Board of Directors and has been an active volunteer for 11 years, now donating his time as the Pride Festival Advisor. He has been doing advocacy and civil rights work in the San Diego Transgender community for the past 12 years.

Joseph Smith

Medical Director

Joe is a registered nurse with the San Diego County Sheriff\'s Department. He joined the military as a corpsman with the Marine Corps in 2004 where he practiced tactical medicine and care-under-fire as a Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist. He\'s been volunteering for 16 years and continues to do so with San Diego Pride since 2012.

Daniel Horan

Festival Manager

Dan has been an activist for progressive causes for the past nine years, and he has been a member of the core festival staff since 2015. A recent graduate of UCSD, he hopes to continue his work with Pride far into the future.

Larry M. Sanchez

Festival Front End Manager

Trust the heart of a volunteer.

Tanya Raz

Community Partnerships Manager

"When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free."--Barack Obama

Lo Green

Sign Coordinator

Fun and outgoing with a love for entertainment

Vanessa Dubois

Photography Coordinator

I moved to San Diego 14 years ago from France and started volunteering for San Diego Pride as a photographer the following year. Photography is a passion, so capturing the essence of Pride is an honor and it is always a pleasure to connect with staff, volunteers and the entire Pride family.

Jennifer Restle

Accessibly Coordinator: Communications

Jennifer Restle advocates and educates on issues of disability and bisexuality, which sprang from personal experience and began long before she knew the words to describe any of it.

Naomi Velez-Mack

Parade Check-in Manager

Throughout her work with the San Diego Unified School District and volunteering with various other organizations, Naomi has been consistent in her desire to help others and ensure that everyone is fully comfortable in their own life.

Ben Cartwright

Parade Reviewing Stands Coordinator

Benny is a lifelong San Diegan who has volunteered with San Diego Pride since 1998!

Allison Erickson

Ice & Water Sales

Allison is proud to be a part of this community.

Melissa Kelley

Accessibility Manager

Melissa is currently involved with Young Professionals Council-Executive Committee, San Diego Pride, San Diego Trans Pride and SheFest as their accessibility coordinator, making sure all community events and meetings are accessible through American Sign Language.

Tom Urbanski

Parade Finish Line Coordinator

Happily keeping the end of every year\'s parade finish line orderly for over a decade

Joerg Zimmermann

Parade Staging Coordinator

Joerg strives to make the annual LGBT Pride Parade go off without a hitch (it’s been a work in progress).

Haydee Sam

Community Partners Coordinator

Volunteering to make a difference, with an incredible team that makes me look good 🙂