The Utah Pride Center selected three new members of its board of directors: Claudia Wright, Allen Miller and John Netto.
“Claudia, Allen, and John are incredibly influential and motivated people, and we are so fortunate to have them as part of our governing body,” said executive director Valerie Larabee.
Wright, who recently ran against Rep. Jim Matheson for Utah’s Second Congressional District’s Democratic nomination, joined the Utah Pride Center board during the last quarter of 2010. Currently an instructor at the University of Utah and the University of Phoenix, she brings with her expertise and passion for a broad range of social justice and environmental issues.
Miller is the managing director for Business Advantage International and has seasoned expertise in organizational development, human resources, and nonprofit board governance. He sees a need for a central resource – not just in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community, but the community at large – for LGBTQ people and issues.
“My goal and hope is that we expand the role and influence of the Utah Pride Center in accomplishing that objective,” Miller said.
Netto, the newest member, elected in January 2011, is a longtime activist and entrepreneur. His humble upbringing coupled with his later successes in life make him an invaluable asset as he has actually endured the injustices he is working to end.
“I am deeply passionate about equal and fair treatment of all people, and we have a long way to go before achieving that,” said Netto. “I am drawn to the Utah Pride Center because I see the LGBTQ community at the forefront of the movement for social justice.”
The Utah Pride Center’s support, outreach, and advocacy programs and services are expanding rapidly as the needs of Utah’s LGBTQ and ally community grow.
“We’re putting our new board members right to work to help us ensure our long term sustainability in support of the LGBTQ community, and help us pave the way for the Center of the future,” Larabee said.