Board meetings are held at Twin Cities Pride’s office, located at 2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Suite 402 in Minneapolis. A block of time is set aside at the beginning of the meeting to hear from any visitors who would like to speak with the Board of Directors. If you have business to conduct with the Board, please contact the Board Chair Darcie Baumann. Those wishing to observe the meeting or looking to get more involved in Twin Cities Pride are very welcome to join us. Visit the calendar to see the date of our next meeting.
Darcie joined Twin Cities Pride in September 2008. During her time with Pride, Darcie has worked in the areas of Sponsorship, Social Media, Events, and VIP. She was excited to take the next step in serving Pride by joining the Board in September 2013. Professionally, Darcie works in Configuration Management. She has a Certificate in Technical Communication and is currently working on her B.S. in Technical Communication with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership. Darcie is a wife and mother, and proud to show her children that although life can be busy, it is important to volunteer and give back to the community.
Kurt joined Twin Cities Pride in February 2015 and works as the Coordinator of Volunteers and Interns for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, a part of Allina Health. He is a committee member on the University of St. Thomas’ Forum on Workplace Inclusion, the leading conference fostering the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the US and was 2014 recipient of the Friend of the Forum award. He is co-founder and past board member of the MN Spinal Cord Injury Association and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. He is described as being a ceaseless advocate, having a willing spirit, can do attitude and limitless commitment.
Eric joined Twin Cities Pride in 2009 as a festival volunteer and became a year-round volunteer staff member in 2010. He joined the Board of Directors in May of 2016. Eric has been providing outsource business management, helping companies manage their books, since 2004. In his previous life he was a landscape contractor and in his future life he hopes to become a unicorn. He has a degree in trial by fire. He enjoys his coffee club at home with his two cats and his dog (Mocha, Java and Kona respectively).
Lys Akerman-Frank is a native Brazilian who has been living in the United States for over 20 years, becoming a proud American citizen a few years ago. She graduated from St. Catherine University with a BA in Graphic Design and also has an Industrial Design Degree from Faculdade de Belas Artes in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After working in the corporate world for over 10 years managing print production, she opened her own business Art & Frames to create more work-life balance and to make time to work on her own art. Lys also designs and sells professional custom handmade puppets, and teaches puppet design classes.
Felix joined Twin Cities Pride in December 2016. Felix works as a freelance consultant specializing in writing and editing. He is a lifelong Saint Paul resident and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He also serves as a board member and committee chair for Arcata Press and is an active member of the Twin Cities video game community with IDGA and GlitchMN. Despite his love for the Cities, he spends as much time as possible out west in Seattle.
Sara joined Twin Cities Pride in August of 2016. She has extensive experience serving on non-profit boards of directors. Sara wanted to be a part of the Twin Cities Pride board to help the organization further its mission and expand its reach within the Minneapolis-St. Paul community. Sara is currently Vice President and General Counsel of Perforce Software, Inc. Prior to working for Perforce, Sara was a partner in a law firm and she also worked as a CPA. When she is not working or volunteering, you can find Sara either playing ice hockey or cycling.
Samantha is a longtime resident and fan of Minneapolis. She attended the UofM for both her undergraduate degree and graduate degree in Health Policy and Administration (matriculating May 2017) with interests in healthcare brand marketing, policy, and systems reform. Her intentions are to join a healthcare consulting firm in the future and become a research consultant. However, she chose to join the board of Twin Cities PRIDE because of a strong desire to practice servant-leadership while learning more about non-profit management. Previous experience is with the LGBT Community acting as an HIV Educator and providing supportive services for long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS at the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland.
Bo joined Twin Cities Pride in February 2017. He joins the board with extensive experience leading diversity & inclusion networks and initiatives that focus on educating and empowering a variety of diverse communities in the corporate environment. Bo holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from the UofM. He is currently a Treasury & Cash Manager with CBRE, Inc., a commercial real estate company, where he also chairs the Real Estate Accounting Diversity & Inclusion Network. His passion for advocacy, education, and social justice is what lead him to join the board. He hopes to make a positive impact in the Twin Cities metro and beyond to unite the LGBT community and allies.
In 1995, Mr. Anderson began his career with the Minneapolis Urban League. The Minneapolis Urban League implemented its first and only African American SGL Program for men that year. He began serving as Program Coordinator for the program and was known as “Men who have sex with men.” After working in the LGBTQ community for 20 years, in the nonprofit and private sector to effect systemic change, he spent a great deal of time helping the LGBT people of color community in relationship to the dominant culture. He has a strong belief in giving people a “ S.L.I.C.E” of pride, SOCIABILITY LITERARY, INCLUSION, CHARITY, EDUCATION. Currently, Mr. Anderson is Board Chair for Minnesota people of Color LGBT Pride and sits on Board of Directors for Twin Cities Pride.