San Diego Pride’s Sarafina Scapicchio will no longer be the organization’s Director of Development. The three-year veteran revealed this week that she has accepted a position at Girl Scouts of America as their Corporate Giving Officer.
Scapicchio will not completely leave Pride; she says she will continue to volunteer for the organization during this year’s Pride event and for many years to come.
“Very excited to take this next step in my career for a national nonprofit that seeks to build ‘girls of courage, strength, and character!’” she announced over social media. “Want to thank my beautiful Pride family who have helped me grow so much over the past three years!”
For over a decade Scapicchio has built relationships with corporations as a liaison and committed her time to help the LGBT and HIV community.
The efforts she has inveighed, making a difference in the community, began in college where she pursued activism not only on a local level, but nationally.
Her hard work and commitment would serve as an added voice of change in the New York Chapter of Lesbian Avengers where she fought for LGBT-affirmative schools and affordable housing for people living with HIV/AIDS.
As Director of Development for San Diego Pride, she brought all of these skills with her and solidified relationships with the city’s corporate partners, community members and their donations to San Diego Pride.
Bridging the immense gaps that often separate the LGBT community from the corner offices of corporate America, Scapicchio worked on fundraising ideas for Boston’s Community Servings and The San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center), producing fundraisers such as San Diego’s AIDS Walk and Run.
Although she is excited to take this next step in her life Sarafina is grateful to the people that she has worked with at San Diego Pride.
“It’s been an honor to serve with Pride for the last two and a half years,” she said. “I am truly excited about this next step in my career. My Pride family has been such an inspiration to me professionally and personally, which is why I’m not completely stepping away. I will continue to support our team through this season in a volunteer capacity, and will remain a part of the volunteer leadership of Pride for the foreseeable future.”