Pride Staff & Leadership Team

San Diego Pride Staff

San Diego Pride Leadership Team

Ryan Bradley

Exhibitor Relations Coordinator

I’m excited to dedicate my time to a cause I hold near and dear to my heart. The 2002 San Diego Pride Festival was the first event I attended at age 17 after coming out to my friends and family. Since that experience I’ve joined Pride yearly. For the third year in a row I’m honored to help our vendors achieve their best, most successful Pride experience.

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.

Allison Erickson

Ice & Water Sales Coordinator

Allison is proud to be a part of this community.

Lo Green

Sign Coordinator

Fun and outgoing with a love for entertainment

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.

McKenzie Jackson

Dispatch Supervisor

McKenzie is an avid volunteer around San Diego & a proud member of the LGBTQIA family. In her free time, she works with different communication groups providing communications to different events in and out of the county & community.

Melissa Kelley

Accessibility Co-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.

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.

Mark Maddox

Assistant Parade Manager

 Mark moved to San Diego in summer 2013 from Seattle. Since 2015, he has been volunteering with several departments at the Festival, Parade, and in the office. Mark enjoys helping SD Pride put on an amazing weekend of festivities and supporting the community work throughout the year.

Cristy Pastelin

Festival VIP Manager

22 year old, Southern California native, with a passion to serve others. I have volunteered with many other organizations in the past and still active and now volunteering at SD Pride for the past 4 years and hoping to volunteer for many more years to come. Currently studying “the science of business administration” at CCSD. I am ambitious, charismatic, and creative when it comes to work and making everyone enjoy a great and safe time.

Jennifer Restle

Accessibility Co-Manager

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.

Alex Riolo

Parade Manager

Haydee Sam

Assistant Festival Manager

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

Larry M. Sanchez

Festival Ticket Sales Coordinator

Trust the heart of a volunteer.

Joseph Smith

Medical Director

Joe is an RN with the SDPD. 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 & continues to do so with San Diego Pride since 2012.

Tom Urbanski

Parade Finish Line Coordinator

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

Tyler Vazquez

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Pride has been part of Tyler’s life since he was a teenager. His first year volunteering was in 2017 and it helped strengthen his love for the community & LGBTQ serving non-profits.

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.

Marcia Wall

Copy Editor

Marcia has been volunteering with Pride off and on for the past 20 years. She’s volunteered with Pride in the Volunteer Village, at Volunteer Check-in, at the Children’s Garden, and with the Art of Pride group. As the Pride Copy Editor, her job is really cool because I get to work remotely from my home or wherever I’m traveling to. I’m an extra set of eyes on all Pride’s documents and text.

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).