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LA Pride appoints first new president in 12 years

LOS ANGELES -- Christopher Street West (CSW), the nonprofit organization that produces the annual LA Pride festivities, has announced some changes in its board of directors leadership. While none of the directors with different positions are new to the board, it will be the first time in 12 years that Rodney Scott will not serve as president.

The changes come at a time when many in the Los Angeles community are questioning the transparency and effectiveness of LA Pride's current structure and leadership. Several West Hollywood residents spoke out last month at a forum organized by that city's Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board airing a number of concerns about the event.

The latest leadership changes were voted upon at Christopher Street West's recent board retreat and included the election of new co-presidents, secretary and treasurer.

Leading the board of directors, co-presidents Patti DiLuigi and Steve Ganzell will share the responsibilities formerly overseen by Scott. DiLuigi has been on the board since 2003, most recently serving as VP of Festival Operations, while Ganzell joined the board in 2006 and has served as VP of Administration and chair of Erotic City.

Assuming the role of board secretary is Jason Roundy, who joined CSW's board in 2009 and served as VP of Administration. Roundy assumes the role from Sue Sexton who will remain a member of the board. Continuing as board treasurer is Norman Waddell, who joined the organization in 2011.

In a news release announcing the leadership changes, CSW applauded Scott's efforts of the last 12 years.

The all-volunteer board of directors of CSW has been helmed by Board President Rodney Scott for the past 12 years. During Scott's tenure, the organization has increased its efforts to bring more diversity and inclusion within the celebration and offer something for everyone. Under Scott's leadership, the organization created Latino Carnival, the Friday Night Purple Celebration of Women and Momentum, the Art & Culture Pavilion.

"Rodney Scott has been such an integral part in driving this organization to create one of the best PRIDE celebrations in the country and Patti and I are honored to continue to work alongside him at Christopher Street West," said Ganzell. "Rodney has volunteered countless hours to this organization, and to the greater LGBT community, and has focused his goals of making the celebration one that honors diversity and pioneers issues of equality," said DiLuigi.

Scott will remain on the Board of Directors as President Emeritus overseeing Board Development and other long-term strategic initiatives.

"I'm truly honored to have served as President of CSW and I look forward to continuing my work on the Board. With the 45th anniversary of Stonewall and CSW right around the corner, the next few years will bring great energy and excitement to our very diverse and eclectic community," said Scott.

The newly elected board officers will assume their roles on Dec. 1.

More information about CSW and LA Pride is HERE.