An announcement from the Utah Pride Center that Valerie Larabee has resigned as executive director, in its entirety:
Executive Director of the Utah Pride Center Resigns
Salt Lake City, Utah – November 13, 2013 – The Board of Directors of the Utah Pride Center has accepted the resignation of Valerie Larabee as Executive Director effective November 13, 2013.
Larabee has led the Utah Pride Center for nine years. Under her leadership, the organization has grown its programming and advocacy to serve a broad range of groups within the LGBTQ community. Utah Pride has become a strong partner to groups advocating for LGBTQ rights and freedoms both locally and nationally. Her leadership transformed the Utah Pride Festival into an annual event that brings together more than 30,000 individuals to celebrate the LGBTQ community and its contributions to Utah.
The Pride Festival event became a profitable fundraiser under her guidance, raising money that sustains the many programs and affiliates of the Pride Center. She also transitioned the Pride Center from the edge of Salt Lake City into the heart of downtown with a new 16,000 square foot building that provides greater access and infrastructure for programs, services, and community meetings. Her efforts helped move the conversation around LGBTQ issues from the periphery to the center of state and local dialogue.
Valerie Larabee in a written statement said, “I’m so very grateful for the opportunity to serve as a part of this vital organization for the last nine years. I’m humbled by the passion, dedication and support of so many. Our accomplishments over the years have been anchored by an incredible array of donors, volunteers and staff. Change is a vital part of life for both organizations and individuals. I will hold Utah Pride in my heart forever.”
The Utah Pride Center Board in a collective statement said, “We celebrate the accomplishments of the Utah Pride Center under Valerie’s leadership. Along with the hard working staff and thousands of volunteers over these past nine years, she has been a powerful advocate for the LGBTQ community. Her passion is evident. She has put Salt Lake City on the map as a national leader in the LGBTQ movement.”
A transition plan is being created by the Pride Center Board. They are working to name an interim Executive Director. They will continue to work closely with the Pride Center Management Team on day to day operations, financial management and program administration.