Sue Doster has been an LGBTQIA+ activist and community leader for almost 30 years. Currently serving as Co-Chair for NYC Pride for the second time, she has an impressive resume in the community. From 2013 to 2017 she served as the Co-President of InterPride, a membership organization that supports Pride Committees worldwide. Sue’s work at InterPride included her efforts to help grow WorldPride, a global event licensed by InterPride, as well as championing the PrideRadar project, a first of its kind report which cataloged more than 1,200 Prides around the globe. In 2017, Sue was named one of the National Co-chairs for the Equality March for Unity and Pride which took place in June of that year in Washington D.C. and drew over 100,000 of people from around the country. In addition to the many board positions she has held at NYC Pride over the years, she has also been an active member of New Jersey Pride almost since its inception. Sue has worked at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, for nearly three decades, where she is currently The Chief Technology Officer. When she’s not working to change the world, she can be found around town with a camera in the never-ending pursuit of the perfect picture.
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, André Thomas has spent years working behind the scenes starting from a performance arts middle school to running lights and runway shows in high school. A graduate from Yale University and a decorated United States Marine Corps veteran with multiple deployments, he honed his production skills serving as the Production Officer of the Yale Dramatic Association, the country's second oldest college theater organization, Yale School of Drama and Repertory productions, and production training at Florida International University and YSD. Prior to moving to New York City, he kept active in Washington, DC, captaining varied Stonewall Sports teams and running events for the Stonewall National Sports Tournament. He produced events for Capital Pride, including the Sunset Dance Party, and served as the Head of Production/Treasurer on the Board of the CHERRY Fund, the longest running charity circuit event in the nation devoted to HIV and mental health/suicide prevention. At Heritage of Pride he served as the Volunteer Captain for PrideFest, the largest LGBTQIA+ street festival in the world, and Director of Pride Island, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2021. Now, as the first African-American male elected to the position of Co-Chair, he is excited to shepherd the organization that serves as the stewards of the Pride movement.
Andrew was introduced to a lot of work Heritage of Pride does through friend and former Co-Chair, David Studinski, and has since been involved in a variety of areas with NYC Pride. First joining in 2017, he began work as a volunteer with PrideFest. Since then he has worked with Pride Island, attended regional and InterPride conferences, and eventually came back to PrideFest as a Community Groups Lead, followed by Volunteer Captain. It was clear to him that he wanted to continue to do more work within the organization, eventually running for a position on the board as Secretary, to which he is honored to hold. In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends, watching movies, reading, and binge-watching any of the Real Housewives. He can also have entire conversations in TV/movie quotes.
Bansri is the first Indian American elected to serve on the NYC Pride board. Bansri has volunteered with NYC Pride since 2017 on the March Operations team. Managing Formation for WorldPride was an experience she still talks about! Professionally, Bansri is a growth-hacker working with small and mid-sized companies to build their business development strategy and refining operational processes for consistent long term results. Outside of work and Pride she can be found riding her bike in Prospect Park, hanging out with family and friends and exploring new neighborhoods. She makes it a point to visit Mumbai once a year for Holi.
Grant is honored to be joining the NYC Pride board in 2021. He first volunteered for NYC Pride in 2019 joining the PrideFest Committee for WorldPride. Grant believes that PrideFest is the greatest street festival in the world and is thrilled to be leading an incredible team that is committee driven and community strong. Grant is an award winning actor and narrator with a theatre background and has worked in a variety of mediums - including television, film, voiceover and audiobook narration. He moved to NYC from Sydney, Australia in 2018 and is most proud of being Dad to Evie-Dove, the most joyful and adventurous two year old - who he credits for teaching him everything he now knows.
Lori is a retired real estate entrepreneur, but if the right project came her way, she’d “un-retire” in a flash! An NJ native, she lives in Asbury Park with her wife, Maryanne, 2 rescue kitties, and a rescue pup. They have 3 grown children who they love spending time with. Avid world travelers, Lori and Maryanne recently began touring the United States in an RV, and are loving it! Their plan is to see as many states as they can. Volunteering for Pride has been a huge part of Lori’s life for over 20 years. Currently, she is on the Jersey Pride Planning Committee and is on the board of New Hope Celebrates. In her 20 plus years of service, Lori has held many positions, including security crew, talent runner, community grants organizer, volunteer captain, grand marshal driver, clean-up crew, ticket seller, etc., etc.
Volunteering with NYC Pride since 2018, Yosef became the Community Groups’ Capitan for the 2020 Pride Island where he helped recruit and manage volunteers. He moved to NYC in 2016 after completing his masters degree in International Economics, currently working for a major financial institution in downtown Manhattan. He has a background in risk management and an interest in city planning and public policy. Outside of work and Pride he can be found exploring the city, hanging out with friends, dogs, and enjoying what nature has to offer.
Dan joined the Executive Board as Media Director in 2020. His professional career in Marketing, Media, and Advertising/Communications at leading firms including WPP and Publicis Groupe spans more than a decade. Dan began volunteering with Heritage of Pride in 2015 as a member of the March Committee. In his time as a volunteer, he worked closely with the Development Committee and was instrumental in developing and growing the organization’s merchandise program. Dan was born in New York City and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn by his family who immigrated to the United States from Lebanon and Israel. He attended Poly Prep in Dyker Heights, and Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. He is a life-long New Yorker, and he currently resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Kazz Alexander is an experienced non-profit executive and educator with a demonstrated history of enhancing programs and student experiences, serving in the youth development sector for the past twenty years. He is currently the Executive Director of Hit The Books, Harlem NY’s first mixed martial arts and tutoring organization, serving youth and teens. Kazz holds a B.A. in history and has also earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia, as well post-graduate certificates from Fordham University (Executive Education), Baruch College (Non-Profit Management) and NYU (Diversity and Inclusion). For eight years, Kazz has also been a facilitator and coach with Ramapo For Children, conducting virtual and in person workshops-- providing leadership coaching for over 50 agencies in the New York metropolitan area. As an independent consultant, Kazz founded Teachable NYC in 2019, to help support the mission of creating diverse and inclusive programs for children, and specifically to help other non-profit professionals design safe spaces for boys of color. Kazz joined Heritage of Pride in 2019, and proudly serves as the Community Relations Director, connecting community agencies and HOP's membership to service initiatives in New York City.
Maryanne Roberto Fine is no stranger to the Pride organizing world. She began volunteering with NYC Pride in 1992 and since then has served in almost every executive board position at least once. She took an eighteen-month break after serving her eighth (non-consecutive) year as Co-chair and is now thrilled to return to serve the organization as Governance Director. In addition to NYC Pride, Maryanne volunteers with Jersey Pride Inc., New Hope Celebrates, and InterPride. Maryanne’s travels have brought her to Pride events in the tristate area, as well as Boston, Philadelphia, New Hope, Madrid, London, Stockholm, Cape Cod, Los Angeles, and Asbury Park where she has either volunteered, represented NYC Pride, or at times BOTH! Maryanne works as a realtor in Asbury Park, NJ, where she lives with her wife, Lori, their two rescue cats, Mitzi and Ana, and Nico, their rescue Sato pup. She enjoys fishing, video games, gathering with friends, and has a newfound love for RV travels. Diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer almost three years ago, Maryanne has a thought to share… do what you love, love what you do, and make every single day count, you owe nothing less to yourself or to the world.
Andrew joined Heritage of Pride as a member in early 2020 after volunteering the previous summer for WorldPride in NYC. Andrew worked with the March Committee and supported the committee as secretary. Andrew works in education and prioritizes educational options for students and caregivers to ensure students have equitable access to high quality education. Outside of work, Andrew also serves opportunity youth by volunteering with a wide range of organizations including the Ali Forney Center, Hetrick Martin Institute, and the Petey Greene Program. He is also the founding board chair of Teach for America's NYC PRISM Chapter, an alumni group focused on celebrating LGBTQ+ and queer identities in education. When not engaged in volunteer work, Andrew can be seen running the streets of NYC training for an upcoming marathon or participating in a festival – you can find Andrew with his glitter beard at The March or puppeteering at the Village Halloween Parade!
José R. Ramos has been a member of NYC Pride for over 10yrs. Born in Brooklyn, NY to a Puerto Rican Mother and Honduran Father instilled with traditions and values and sense of community and wanting to give back. Jose has previously served on the board as Director for Teaze, Dance on the Pier Director & Pride Island. He last served on the board as Pride Island Director for World Pride 2019. He has continued to volunteer with NYC Pride. Professionally Jose is a Creative Director for an Accessories Company based in Midtown Manhattan. Outside of work and NYC Pride Jose loves spending time with friends and loved ones, Traveling, Yoga, The Beach, Reading a good book or just relaxing binge watching some of his favorite shows. Jose currently resides in Bedstuy, Brooklyn.
Tommy has been a member of Heritage of Pride since 1986. Coming out at an early age, he found himself with chosen families within the leather/kink and Pride communities. His previous board experience include Recording Secretary (1989), March Co-Chair (2003), CoCoordinator (2004-2005) and most recently Stonewall 50/WP Director (2016-2019). Born on the lower east side and lives in Brooklyn with his partner of over 30 years. He graduated Brooklyn College with a Bachelors in Computer Science. He founded a small company to run The Backroom BBS from 1992-1996 which would later pivot to offset printing and promotional products - stepping down soon after due to health. As a person living with disabilities from HIV, he brings compassion and empathy during this shifting time of rebuilding from Covid.
Sandra Pérez is a non-profit executive with experience in non-profit management, resource development and special events. A native New Yorker grounded in the Bronx and Puerto Rico, Sandra brings a wealth of lived experience to the work of NYC Pride. In prior roles, she has served as an advocate for Latino/e arts and culture and has deep roots in the philanthropic sector, serving in multiple development roles for the Ms. Foundation for Women and as a consultant to the public and the private sector. Sandra has also served as a program auditor and grant panelist for a variety of entities in the arts and social justice sectors such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Council on the Humanities. As a volunteer, Sandra brings an intersectional lens to her work and has proudly served on the LGBTQ+ Giving Circle with the Chicago Foundation for Women and the YMCA Young Achievers Program, where her efforts centered support to and training of BIPOC youth and leaders. As she begins her journey as executive director for NYC Pride Sandra looks forward to collaborating creatively with other advocates on the issues confronting our diverse communities and mentoring the next generation of young leaders.
Zoë Gorringe has been working on the NYC Pride March since 2018, and has loved every second of it. Born in New Orleans, Zoë migrated to New York to study Event Management at SUNY Purchase. From there, she cultivated a wide array of experience within the event community, from concert series to large scale activations. Since joining the Heritage of Pride Team, Zoë has organized the WorldPride | Stonewall 50 March and was the Associate Producer on the first in-person television broadcast in NYC since the pandemic. She is very much looking forward to continuing this work!
Samantha Marie Johnson is an experienced Event Producer and Project Manager. She takes pride in designing experiences that align with target audiences. Her current role at NYC Pride places her programming skills in the forefront of LGBTQIA+ social justice work. As the Development and RALLY Event Manager for NYC Pride, she is responsible for creating programming geared towards the LGBTQIA+ community, producing more than 10 events (in a NON-COVID Pride season), and curating/managing sponsor integrations. Prior to working with NYC Pride, Samantha was the National Director of Volunteers for the Green Festivals which included managing over 900 volunteers per event, in addition to developing and implementing new long-term volunteer engagement efforts. In 2017, she helped co-found Cultural Crawl, a booze, food & street art bar crawl which created space for BIPOC individuals to celebrate and explore neighborhoods across the USA in a safe way. Samantha is currently the co-founder of VASCANO Tequila! In her spare time, Samantha is intentional about producing freelance events that connect with her core values. Her skills include graphic design, fundraising initiatives, concept pitching and development, event management and creative direction, sponsor management, data driven and event integrations, volunteer and staffing management.
Joshua Woods is a skilled Operations Manager with over 10 years of experience. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Joshua received his degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University. During his time at OSU he interned for the Ohio Democratic Party’s LGBT caucus, there he lobbied the state legislator for fair housing legislation. He made his way to NYC in 2014 to work in operations in luxury hotels like the Four Seasons and The Pierre. In his spare time, he loves the theatre, reading a good book and cooking and baking. Joshua is very excited to join the NYC Pride team to help make a safe space for everyone to love and express themselves without fear. His goal in life is to try and leave the world a little better than he found it.
Tyler Sadonis is the Partnerships Coordinator with NYC Pride. Previously, he worked in politics and served on the staff of four congressional campaigns and one presidential campaign. Originally from Syracuse, New York, he received his Political Science degree from American University in Washington D.C. His interests include exploring NYC on Citi Bike, taking Zoom cooking classes, and discovering new podcasts.
David Clarke is a skilled publicity and communications professional with a personal dedication to uplifting the voices of underrepresented communities. He has worked for storied New York institutions such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, National Sawdust, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, and The WNET Group. He also dabbles in freelance journalism and has contributed entertainment and other pieces to outlets such as Out.com, Logo’s NewNowNext, Playbill, OutSmart Magazine, BroadwayWorld, Houstonia Magazine, Houston Press, and Houston Ballet Magazine. Raised in and around Houston, Texas, prior to moving to NYC, David worked as a special education teacher, working primarily with students grades 6-8 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a 7th grade writing teacher, and as a college composition instructor. When he’s not at work, you will find David attending performing arts events, running, reading, trying to learn Spanish, playing video games, hanging out with friends, traveling the world with his partner, or exploring the city.
As a lifelong civil rights activist with a focus on gender justice, Ariel is passionate about intersectional feminism, anti-racism, and community organizing. She has been a development and communications professional for over a decade, using her skills in relationship management and strategy to raise awareness and funds for social causes across the spectrum. In her freetime, she is a performance artist, musician and queer nightlife personality as part of the group The Weekend Ladies. Ariel is excited to be bringing her experience and enthusiasm to NYC Pride and the LGBTQIA+ community.