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. Meetings are typically held at the Center, but may the location may change based on availability of space. Call the Center at (916) 442-0185 for location details.
Carlos brings a unique portfolio of experiences to the Center in the areas of public affairs, nonprofit management, and civic leadership. Over the last decade, he has worked in a variety of capacities advancing the missions and advocacy goals of some of the most notable progressive organizations in the country. This has included American Civil Liberties Union, United Way, Service Employees International Union, and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. He currently serves as the Political Director for the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), where he manages the organization’s statewide electoral program.
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 LGBTQ communities.
Natalie Fujikawa is an employment law attorney with the firm Fisher & Phillips LLP, where she represents businesses in all aspects of employment litigation and counseling. She is an active member of the Sacramento legal community, having served on the Boards of Directors for SacLEGAL, Sacramento’s LGBT Bar Association; the Sacramento County Bar Association; and the 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.
Glenda Corcoran’s career has been committed to public service and advocacy. Most recently, she worked in the California State Assembly, concentrating on Social Justice, Public Safety, and Local Government. Glenda is an attorney and volunteers at the Sacramento Volunteer Legal Services Clinic, providing free legal assistance to low-income clients.
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.
A native of Sacramento, George is a long-time Latino LGBT community activist. In 1970, while an undergraduate student at California State University Sacramento, he helped organize Sacramento’s first openly LGBT organization, the Society for Homosexual Freedom. To secure a charter for the LGBT student group, the students first had to sue CSUS for the right to have a campus organization. We won our court case on Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly issues.
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.
Frank Mecca has served as Executive Director of the County Welfare Directors Association for 25 years, during which he has helped establish CWDA as a leading advocacy and policy organization in the field of public human services.
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.
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.
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 LGBTQ 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 local attorney who specializes in labor and employment law. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of litigation and administrative proceedings.
Originally from Fresno, Ted moved to Sacramento in 2002 to attend law school. After obtaining his JD in 2005, Ted joined the board of directors the SacLEGAL, the local LGBT bar association, where he served one year as board treasurer and two years as co-chair.
In 2015, Ted started volunteering at the Center where he assisted with the Center’s adult respite program. Two years later, he joined the Center’s board of directors, and in 2018, was appointed chair of the Board’s governance committee.
In his spare time, he enjoys being active in local sports leagues, theater, 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.
Ken Plumlee is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on brand strategy, strategic planning, and marketing innovation. In 2004 he co-founded lumens.com, an online retailer of design-oriented lighting and home furnishings. Lumens was sold to a private equity fund in 2016. His prior business was Access Health, Inc., a venture-backed healthcare information services company where he was founder and CEO. Access Health was founded in 1988, went public in 1992, and was acquired by McKesson Corp in 1998.
Ken has served as a member of several public company boards as well as a number of Sacramento area non-profit and arts organization boards. Ken enjoys theater, travel, hiking, skiing and whitewater rafting. He splits his time between his home in mid-town Sacramento and New York City.
She currently serves as the Dean of Counseling and Student Services at Cosumnes River College and previously, she worked as a university professor at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) for 13 years.
Shannon is a longtime Sacramento resident and brings her passion for working with adolescents from diverse backgrounds and advocating for affordable and accessible mental health services for children/youth. She lives with her husband, dog and 3 cats.
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