Stephen Whitburn named interim GM of San Diego Pride as Dwayne Crenshaw runs for open council seat

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Pride's executive director, Dwayne Crenshaw, will take a leave of absence effective Jan. 31 to pursue his candidacy full time for San Diego City Council's vacant District 4 seat.

Stephen Whitburn has been selected as interim general manager. Whitburn has a professional background in management and public affairs, and he has served on the boards of directors of several local LGBT and civic organizations, including a stint as president of the San Diego Democratic Club. He formerly worked for the local Red Cross, and he made an unsuccessful run for San Diego Board of Supervisors in 2010.

“Stephen Whitburn has the confidence of our community,” Crenshaw said. “I embark on my leave of absence knowing that the leadership of Pride is in excellent hands.”

Whitburn said the organization is in good shape.

“Pride had a strong year in 2012 thanks to Dwayne Crenshaw’s leadership and the many contributions of volunteers, staff, and board members,” Whitburn said. “There are a lot of dedicated and capable people behind Pride’s success, and my goal is to provide them with the resources they need to serve our community well again in 2013.”

Whitburn can be reached at stephen@sdpride.org or by calling Pride at 619-297-7683.

Founded in 1974, San Diego LGBT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is: Fostering pride in and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, locally, nationally, and globally.

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