The Board of Directors governs the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. Per the Center’s bylaws, the board will not have less than five (5) nor more than seventeen (17) directors. The Center seeks cultural, racial, economic, faith, age and gender diversity as well as representation from a variety of professional disciplines including accounting, HIV, mental health, real estate, communications/public relations, law, youth and senior services.
For information about the Center’s application process for the board, click here.
Board meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6 – 8 p.m. and are open to the public. The location varies, based on availability of space. Call the Center at (916) 442-0185 for location details.
Prior to joining CCSA, Carlos was the Deputy Political Director for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund where he oversaw the organization’s western political operation and coordinated candidate and incumbent relations in 13 states. And in 2010, he shepherded San Diego’s citizen-led redistricting effort as Vice-Chair of the City’s Redistricting Commission.
The provision of health and human services became a passion of Carlos’ while at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. During his tenure as Director of Programs & Public Affairs, he managed the agency’s public policy initiatives and a suite of community programs, including LGBT senior and youth services. Carlos’ past board service includes the New Leaders Council and HONOR PAC, a political action committee focused on the political empowerment of Latina/o LGBT communities.
Natalie Bustamante is an employment law attorney with the firm Kennaday Leavitt Owensby PC, working with local businesses and public entities on all aspects of employment litigation and counseling. She is an active member of the Sacramento legal community, serving as a board member for the Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays & Lesbians (SacLEGAL), Sacramento County Bar Association, and Sacramento Employer Advisory Council.
Additionally, she is a founding member of 100+ Women Who Care Sacramento Valley, an organization that nominates and contributes directly to local nonprofits. Natalie lives in Sacramento with her wife, Michelle, and two dogs, Rudy and Francis.
Additionally, she serves as a board member for St. John’s Program for Women and Children, a program that assists families transitioning from crisis to self-sustainability. As a supporter of the local art community, Glenda is an ongoing sponsor and volunteer with the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento. Glenda is married to Dustin Corcoran, CEO of the California Medical Association. They have two children, Dylan and Fletcher.
In 1974, George became California’s first full-time LGBT rights legislative advocate with the State Legislature in Sacramento. He successfully lobbied passage of the Willie Brown Consenting Adult Law, decriminalizing sex between consenting adults. Recently, he retired from Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance, where he was a Human Services Specialist.
As a Board member, George’s area of interests are outreach to cultural and ethnic minorities, LGBT elder issues, HIV/AIDS prevention and transgender issues.
Currently, he serves as chair of the Board of Directors of the Latino Center of Art and Culture, co-chair of the Marshall School/New Era Park Neighborhood Association and on the board of Sacramento Rainbow Village, an organization which seeks to develop housing for LGBT elders. Formerly, he served on the board of the Sacramento Valley Gay and Lesbian Softball League and on the Board of his union, Public Employees Union, Local #1. George earned a Bachelors degree in Political Science from California State University Sacramento and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Under Frank’s leadership, the association has been instrumental in the development of significant human services programs and policies, including helping shape the CalWORKs program, creating the Adult Protective Services program, and advocating for significant child welfare reform efforts such as extending foster care support to youth after age 18.
Frank is a board member of the California Budget & Policy Center and a member of the California Child Welfare Council. He is a former president of the National Association of County Human Services Administrators. Frank is also a past member of the Board of the Sacramento Valley Gay and Lesbian Softball league (SVGLS) and has
played in the league since its inception.
Prior to joining CWDA, Frank served as a fiscal and policy analyst for the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, where he had oversight responsibility for most child welfare programs, including Child Welfare Services, Foster Care and Adoptions. He holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in social welfare policy from the
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. He earned his undergraduate degree in Government and Economics from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Tre returned to California and began working in the office of Mayor Johnson before attending and completing his MBA program at the UCD Graduate School of Management, focusing on entrepreneurship and clean-technology. After a short time in the energy sector he entered the arts and began working with artist Danny Scheible co-founding Tapigami, a new art movement developed by Scheible. Together they brought the innovative tape-based art to venues such as Maker Faire, The W San Francisco, The California Museum, and to a successful Kickstarter funded project in 2013. Tre also helped launch FLYWHEEL, a business incubator for creative talent in Sacramento in spring 2012 as the program manager at the Arts & Business Council
Tre also started and ran a temporary art space that repurposed a 7,300 sq. ft. car dealership inside the Sacramento Downtown Plaza mall. Called Exhibit S, this unique experiment of artist studios, gallery and gallery store provided a collaborative platform for artists, entrepreneurs, developers and the creative community at large.
Recently Tre has built on these experiences heading up Bright Underbelly, a 70,000 square foot mural that will be placed under the W/X Freeway at the site of the Sunday Farmer’s Market, California’s largest. He also curated the permanent artist installations at the Warehouse Artist Lofts, and co-produced PORTAL, a temporary installation and exhibition platform in front of the Crystal Ice House project. Tre was recently named Young Professional of the Year by the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to Sacramento’s changing landscape. He is excited to bring his eye for community engagement and creative expression to the Center’s Board of Directors.
With more than 15 years of experience as a publicist, media consultant, publicity professional and media booker, Patrick leverages his extensive contacts within broadcast and print media to yield coverage for his firm’s diverse client base which includes marquee city-wide events, politically-minded organizations and daytime television actors.
Patrick is a three-time Hermes award winner, has been voted “Best of Sacramento” in various categories by both the Sacramento News and Review and the KCRA A-List and was selected as one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s top “40 Under 40” professionals in 2014. In 2015, the Sacramento Public Relations Association named him the Public Relations Professional of the Year and in 2016 Patrick was named Influencer of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America.
Patrick is a dedicated advocate for Sacramento non-profits and regularly donates his time and PR expertise to area organizations including WEAVE, the Make a Wish Foundation and the Sacramento Children’s Home.
A lifelong Sacramento resident, Patrick lives in midtown with his dog Guinness.
Alison moved to Sacramento two years ago after being drawn to the area’s multicultural diversity. Over the last two years her experiences have solidified her decision to make Sacramento her permanent home. As a teenager, Alison became interested in the topic of the “lottery of birth” and made a commitment to pursue a career of service for people in resource limited settings. Over the years, she has been blessed to work with all ages and genders in a variety of programs in the United States and abroad. Alison is an Obstetrician Gynecologist with the Sutter Medical Group working at the office in Elk Grove and the medical center in midtown. Alison is married to Richard Palmisano, director of the Sutter Center for Psychiatry. They have two children Emmila and Emmett.
Email Alison at Alison.Hastings@SacCenter.org
Allison Joy is the editor in chief of Comstock’s magazine, the premier business publication for California’s Capital Region. Through her work Allison is a keen observer to the ongoings of the region’s key and burgeoning industries, and in 2016 was named one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. She is the former associate editor of the Sacramento Press.
A 6-year-old California transplant, Allison was born and raised in rural Wisconsin before graduating the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 with degrees in International Studies and East Asian Studies. After a brief stint as a legal assistant for a small criminal defense firm in Madison — and cured of her desire to pursue a career in law — Allison spent two and a half years in Japan teaching English and building out the international volunteer group for Oxfam Japan’s newly established offices in Tokyo. Preceding the 2008 G8 Summit in Hokkaido, Allison had the opportunity to collaborate with other nonprofits such as the Amnesty International and DATA. Allison currently lives in Woodland with her cat, also a California transplant — circa Tokyo.
Todd has been a Sacramento resident since 2011 and is originally from Syracuse, New York, where he lived until attending college in Rhode Island at Providence College. After graduating from Providence in 2008, Todd had traveled around the United States for his previous employer, Guidance in Giving, Inc., until settling on living here in Sacramento.
He is an active member of the community through his involvement with Metro EDGE, the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Sacramento. Todd is dedicated to advancing the services, programs and the overall well-being of the LGBT community through his work at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and hopes that people that identify as LGBTQ feel welcome, needed and safe in our community.
In his spare time, Todd plays softball in the Sacramento Valley Gay and Lesbian Softball League, is an avid skier, and an active traveler.
Ted is an attorney at the California Department of Justice where he represents state agencies in employment-related litigation and administrative proceedings. Prior to joining the Department, he was an attorney in private practice representing public school teachers in employment-related disputes.
Since graduating from law school in 2005, Ted has been actively involved in the community. He served for three years on the board of the Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians, and started volunteering at the Center two years ago.
In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, tennis, bowling, and spending time at home with his husband and dog.
Willie brings a wealth of Jewish communal and development experience, including positions with the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado and Keshet. His most recent position was as Development Officer at Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. Willie also served as a Major Gifts Officer & Women’s Philanthropy at Federation. The Colorado native worked directly with the Chief Executive Officer, Federation senior leadership, and Major Gift donors to empower Jewish philanthropy and to raise more than $10 million. Willie also helped to secure supplemental funding to begin PJ Library and Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds facing breast cancer, as well as additional funding for a community Taglit-Birthright bus. He also served as the professional contact for NWP Board Members and lay leadership, which represents more than $180 million nationally.
Willie lives in Sacramento with his husband Peter and their dog Daisy.
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