Who We Are

Meet the 2018 Pride Portland! Steering Committee

 
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Cybele Brandow (they/them)
Co-Chair

Cybele has been actively involved in queer community organization for more than ten years. They have lived and worked variously in Portland (Oregon), New York City, New Jersey, Tokyo, and Kyoto, with shorter stints in California's Bay Area, Seattle, Toronto, and Baltimore. They hope to bring their diverse experiences and the perspectives they have gained over the course of their adventures to-date back to Portland, the city in which they were born and raised. They are excited to help fight for a better, more inclusive, more historically aware and politically relevant Pride for all.

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Luis Neftali "Nefti" Rodriguez (he/him)
Co-Chair

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Quinn Gormley (she/they)
Treasurer

 

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Kirsten Griffith (she/her)
Secretary

Kirsten Griffith is serving on Pride Portland's steering committee for the third time (at-large 2015, 2016). She also volunteers at the Equality Community Center where she facilitates weekly drop-ins, and connects community members with organizations providing support and resources to the LGBTQ+ community. Kirsten believes in a Pride that is accessible to all who wish to participate, and in which our most marginalized and stigmatized siblings actively wish to participate, and is proud to serve with these goals in mind. Kirsten is an assistant librarian at LibraryThing for Libraries; an undergraduate student at SMCC; and a certified Direct Support Professional. She is an avid reader and can often be found listening to an audiobook while experimenting in the kitchen or puttering in her community garden plot.

 

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Sara Cooper (she/her)
Volunteers Chair

Sara is a California native who considers herself extremely lucky to now call Portland her home.  Passionate about giving back to her community, she has spent many years volunteering for organizations like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Models of Pride, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, and now Pride Portland! 

When she’s not working or volunteering, Sara spends her time reading, creating, being in or near water, and learning from the amazing people she meets on a daily basis in Maine.

Sara lives in Portland with her partner Jesse and their unruly (but adorable) dog Mia.

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Teddy Burrage (he/him)
Events Chair

Teddy Burrage is local community organizer, activist, and Portland native. As a student pursuing a degree in nursing, he hopes to positively impact the lives of those in need. Teddy strives to promote a dialogue within the Portland's LGBTQ+ community that lifts up the voices of marginalized folks such as people of color, trans/non binary folks, elders, and homeless youth. 

He's a former At-Large member of Pride! Portland's Steering Committee (2014-2015), he has sat the Board of Directors of Frannie Peabody Center, as well as the steering committees of Portland Racial Justice Congress, and the League of Young Voters. He has also served as a congressional intern for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and loves his partner, Jason, and two cats, Fredrick and Richard, dearly.

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Joey Brunelle (he/him)
Marketing Chair

Joey Brunelle is a professional web and print designer, web developer, and marketing consultant. A proud member of Portland's LGBTQ+ community, he advocated to save the India Street public health clinic in 2016, and ran unsuccessfully for the Portland City Council the following year. He volunteers with various organizations to protect health services for LGBTQ+ folks, to improve government transparency, and to advance progressive candidates and causes.

He is proud to be working with such a talented and diverse group of people to make the 2018 Pride Festival a successful, inclusive and impactful moment for Southern Maine's LGBTQ+ community.

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Meagan L Lauer (she/her)
Fundraising Chair

Meagan is a queer and poly non-profit professional and activist who lives in the Parkside neighborhood of Portland with her anchor partner Anna. She has done work in community development, progressive political advocacy, community organizing, fundraising, facilitation, and currently affordable housing. Raised in a Catholic Midwestern family, Meagan came out in her early 20s and has since found a sense of belonging in the LGBTQ+ community in greater Portland. Bringing an intersectional approach to the work she does, Meagan is passionate about engaging and recognizing donors large and small, offering a wide variety of events that serve a wide variety of identities and interests, and hosting an even more accessible, safe, and empowering Pride festival.

 
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Justin Gifford (he/him)
At-Large

Justin is an at large member of the steering committee, assisting where needed and working to make sure all events are accessible to the community. A mild mannered legal assistant by day, Justin also works as a freelance sign language interpreter, having both interpreted and coordinated other interpreters for several years of Pride. Having lived in the Portland area for over 16 years, Justin is happy to be working with a great team of individuals to make Pride Portland an organization that represents all members of the community.