Fernando Zweifach Lopez Jr, the Director of Operations for San Diego LGBT Pride, moved to San Diego in 1999 as a homeless youth and has since become a prominent LGBT community leader through his work with organizations such as Equality California and Marriage Equality USA pushing for equal marriage protection for LGBT couples. In his time with San Diego Pride Fernando oversaw the creation of the Pride Youth Leadership Academy, Pride Youth Internship Program, and Pride Youth Marching Band that foster leadership skill development in LGBTQ+ youth. Through his board service with Lambda Archives of San Diego and We are FAIR Lopez has helped to organize educators in developing LGBT curriculum. Currently the chair of the Community Leadership Council’s LGBTQ Youth Services and Advocacy Committee and a member of San Diego Unified School District’s LGBTQ+ Community Advisory Committee Lopez has been instrumental in organizing local LGBTQ youth serving organizations and leaders to push for reform within the region to better support queer and trans identified youth. In the last several years Fernando has expanded LGBT voter outreach, increased San Diego Pride’s international relations work by meeting with 251 delegates from 99 countries around the world, helped to build a coalition of LGBT athletic organizations to combat homophobia in sport, and worked with US law enforcement and armed services to increase LGBT sensitivity and compassion. Lopez’s years of LGBT advocacy, nonprofit management, public education, diversity consulting, media relations, guest lectures, and organizing have made him a consistent presence ensuring the struggles of the LGBT community are ever visible.