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San Diego LGBT Pride has hired business and management consultant Frank G. Scarpaci of The Vianova Group, LLC, to serve as interim executive director until a final candidate is selected for the position. According to San Diego Pride Co-chair Larry Ramey, the board has just completed its first round of interviews for the post.
“Frank will help us put the organization back into a typical footing, allowing us to return to being a policy board while streamlining the operations,” Ramey adds. “He will also help in creating a smooth transition for a new, permanent executive director once that selection is made.”
As a LEAD San Diego graduate who earned his certificate in project management from San Diego State University, Scarpaci has worked as a consultant for corporations, small businesses and non-profits, including American Express, the San Diego Performing Arts League and GLAAD.
He has combined his experience in strategic business planning with more than 20 years of community service that includes serving as a board member for The Center and supporting the opening of the Hillcrest Youth Center 10 years ago. For the latter, he helped raise funds and awareness in the effort by producing a series of events at variouis high schools in the area around The Shared Heart, a photographic exhibit featuring portraits and stories celebrating LGBT young people.
“I am thrilled to be working with the talented and dedicated Pride staff, board and volunteers,” says Scarpaci. “My focus will be on preparing the organization operationally to ensure a greater likelihood of success for a permanent executive director.”
This year’s San Diego Pride celebration is scheduled for July 15-17. For more information about events and volunteer opportunities, call 619-297-7683 or visit the web site: www.SanDiegoPride.org.