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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 twenty-one (21) directors.

The board is growing and currently seeking expertise in the areas of accountancy, philanthropy, commercial architecture and real estate, banking and finance, executive level corporate leadership, criminal law and public policy, government contracts, community engagement, public housing development, human resources, marketing and public relations, data analysis, youth development, workforce development, senior issues, amongst others. All board members are expected to acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals, make a personal financial commitment, and dedicate time and professional expertise toward strategic goals.

We are committed to building organizational leadership that is diversely reflective of the community we serve and actively seek applications from people of color, women, transgender and gender non-confirming individuals, lesbians, gay men, bisexual persons, older adults, immigrants, people living with HIV, formerly homelessness persons, and people with disabilities.

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.


BioPic_MarquezCarlos2Carlos 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.

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.

Board of Directors…

Carl E. Colegrove, Jr. (Hoopa Valley Tribe)

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Carl Colegrove has worked in non-profit Native American health and social services agencies for more than a decade and is an advocate for Native American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming communities.

Carl has invested his passion, humor, and professionalism as Executive Coordinator of the Sacramento Native American Health Center since January 2014. He has a business degree and completed his project management certificate, which has helped to define the organization’s processes, implementation of infrastructure, and strengthen systems that support the organization’s strategic growth, sustainability, and culture.

Carl is invested in the creation and support of warm, welcoming and safe spaces for the underserved. The opportunity to work in community health, as part of an inclusive health home that celebrates, nurtures and empowers the uninsured, people of color, and members of the LGBTQI and Two-Spirit community, regardless of socioeconomic status, continuously inspires his heart and spirit.

Carl is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, located within the mountains of northwestern California where he grew up and still refers to as home. He has been a resident of Sacramento since 2008 and recently purchased his first home in a community that he has fallen in love with.

In his free time, Carl enjoys backpacking, hiking, running, and other outdoor adventures.

Grace Lawrence is a trans woman from Liberia, West Africa. A three-time hate crime survivor, Ms. Lawrence bears the physical scars of those attacks. Now, she has dedicated herself to helping protect the gender non-conforming community. As a long time photojournalist, Ms. Lawrence has documented the plight of the community in Africa, the Unites States, and elsewhere. She also obtained asylum herself in the United States and then U.S. citizenship. For the past 10 years, Ms. Lawrence has worked actively to help members of the community in Africa escape the dangers they face in many countries there.

Ms. Lawrence is recognized as a leader of the gender non-conforming community. Ms. Lawrence appeared in the documentary film “Major,” which entails the life and work of pioneering trans women. She was also honored to be selected as one of the two Grand Marshals of the Sacramento Pride Parade in June 2018, an event that annually draws an audience of 18,000+ people.

Ms. Lawrence is also the Founder, President, and CEO of the nonprofit, Global Transgender Safety Tasks Force USA Inc.  The Global Transgender Safety Tasks Force works towards promoting, implementing, educating and publishing transgender safety guidebooks and information.

Ms. Jody Nelsen retired from her career in university administration to serve as the president’s spouse – first at The University of Texas Pan American and currently at Sacramento State.  In addition to her president’s spouse duties, Ms. Nelsen has a passion for assisting non-profit organizations.  While at UT Pan Am, she served as the president of the board of directors of the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley and currently she is on the board of the Sacramento Family Justice Center Foundation and the LGBT Community Center.  She also serves on the advisory board of the Sac State Wellness Committee that works to identify and remedy issues surrounding student hunger, homelessness, mental health, and financial literacy.

Previously, Ms. Nelsen was the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Prior to that she served as the Associate Vice President for Business Affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas.  She received her BBA from Loyola University in 1990 and her MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1997.

Ms. Nelsen has a passion for assisting those who have lost a loved-one to suicide.  She lost her only child to suicide when he was 25 years old.  She currently facilitates a support group for suicide loss survivors that meets the first Wednesday of every month called Healing Together.  For more information about the support group, send an email to or call (209) 730-3281.

Josh is a Managing Director and Lead Client Partner in Deloitte’s Government and Public Services practice, with several national industry roles including leading his firm’s work with the state and local governments of California and Arizona.

He also represents Deloitte in various national government industry organizations such as NGA, NASCIO, CompTIA, ITI and other organizations that improve state and local government services. With 20 years of leadership experience in government industry, Josh’s focus has been on enhancing states’ abilities to engage with citizens and improving business processes across a wide spectrum of state programs. Prior to joining Deloitte in 2014, Josh spent the balance of his career serving in similar roles at IBM and CGI.

Josh is an alum of Brigham Young University. He lives in El Dorado Hills, CA with his wife, Lucy, and their three busy children.  On weekends he coaches basketball, volunteers on several youth-focused advocacy boards, and sings in a local rock band.

Ken Plumlee is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on brand strategy, strategic planning, and marketing innovation. In 2004 he co-founded, 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 midtown Sacramento and New York City.

Patrick Harbison is the owner of Patrick Harbison Public Relations (PHPR), a full-service public relations firm in Sacramento.

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.

BioPic_KookToddTodd is currently the Director of Philanthropy at the Sacramento Children’s Home, where he actively works to advance the mission of Sacramento’s oldest not for profit organization.

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 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.

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.