Staff and Board

Rebecca Rolfe

Executive Director
+1 (415) 865-5521 RebeccaR@SFCenter.org

Rebecca Rolfe is a community activist who has worked on issues of social justice for over twenty-eight years. She is passionately committed to creating an environment where inequities based on gender, race, economic status, and sexual orientation are addressed effectively. She credits her commitment to community activism to her mother, who taught her the importance of commitment to community, a strong sense of justice, and the individual's power to make a difference.

Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Rebecca served as the Center's Deputy Director for four years. Prior to her arrival at the Center, she worked at San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR) for over sixteen years, starting as a hotline counselor and ending with an eight year term as Executive Director.

Rebecca is active locally and statewide working to create public policy, programs, and coalitions that address issues of violence against women. She served on the Board of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault for eleven years, seven of them as Co-Chair of the Board. She continues to serve in leadership positions on statewide policy committees and task forces, including the Violence Against Women STOP Task Force and the State Advisory Committee of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

Rebecca lives in San Francisco, with Susan Mooney, her partner of twenty years and their two dogs, Jack and Fergus. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to provide leadership in developing the vision for the Center and to serve San Francisco's diverse LGBT communities.

Roberto Ordeñana

Deputy Executive Director
+1 (415) 865-5665 robertoo@sfcenter.org

Born and raised in San Francisco, Roberto has worked in social justice and community-building for over 20 years. Roberto began working at the Center in 2002 and grew his leadership with the organization. He currently serves as the Center’s Deputy Executive Director where he oversees several departments including Youth Services, Community Programs, Arts & Culture, Development, and Marketing and Communications. Prior to working at the Center, Roberto managed peer-led HIV prevention programs for gay and bisexual youth at the STOP AIDS Project, now a program of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Over the years, he has served on the LGBT Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and as president of the board of directors of Bay Area Young Positives. In 2012, Roberto was appointed by the late Mayor Edwin Lee as a City Commissioner for the San Francisco Arts Commission, where he currently serves as vice president. Roberto holds a B.A. in Social Science with an emphasis in Human Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University. He resides in San Francisco.

Ximena Arias

Interim Director of Economic Development
+1 (415) 865-5632 ximenaa@sfcenter.org

Ximena was born in Colombia and moved to the US with her family at a young age. She grew up in the sunshine state and went to school at the University of Florida, where she completed a Master of Arts in International Business. About four years ago, she moved to the Bay Area and started a career in the economic development sector of nonprofits. So far, Ximena has had the chance to work for two other non-profit organizations that have made a tremendous impact in the lives of many entrepreneurs and their families: Women’s Initiative and Mission Asset Fund. Over the last few months, she has been working on consulting projects for the family business her parents started over 15 years ago. She is also thrilled to be part of the SF LGBT Center's team as the Interim Director of Economic Development.

Judi Baker

Director of Marketing and Communications
+1 (415) 865-5522 judib@sfcenter.org

Judi moved to the Bay Area 20 years ago from New Mexico. She attended the University of New Mexico, where she received a degree in English/Journalism. Judi has worked for Good Vibrations as the Catalog and Content Manager (when it was a co-op), at Out and Equal Workplace Advocates as a Senior Marketing Coordinator, and at Samuel Merritt University as an Associate Director of Web Communications. Social justice, equality, and community have always played an important role in her career, and she is thrilled to be joining the SF LGBT Center. Judi lives in Alameda with her wife, two cats, and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys attending concerts, taking photos of her animal friends, and volunteering at the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. 

 

Cheyenne Barr

Room Rental Coordinator
+1 (415) 865-5631 cheyenneb@sfcenter.org
Cheyenne Barr is our Room Rental Coordinator. She has produced a wide variety of over a hundred events through community organizations and college campuses; from large scale rallies to board meetings and from musical performances to hands on workshops. Cheyenne moved from her north county San Diego home to the Bay Area in 2007 to complete her masters in Women & Gender Studies at SFSU with a focus on gender, sexuality, and disability. She comes to the center with a wealth of ten years experience in program and project management and community building with nonprofits and small businesses. She is personally most drawn to hosting and managing events that forward social equity and celebrate difference and is eager to work with local organizations supporting underrepresented and marginalized communities. 
 
Outside of the Center, Cheyenne volunteers as the Administrative Lead for the SF Dyke March. Two months out of the year she's a ceramicist and every weekend she enjoys strategy board games and building elaborate meals at home.
 
 

Ryan Beaver

Database and Development Manager
+1 (415) 865-5538 ryanb@sfcenter.org

Ryan Beaver joined the staff at the SF LGBT Center in April 2018 as Database and Development Manager. Ryan found his roots in the nonprofit sector at the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County (RCC), where they held a variety of roles over seven years, including volunteer, Gender Voice Facilitator, Youth Mentor, Operations Manager, and Database System Administrator. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys the simple things in life: cooking dinner with his partner, getting covered in fuzz from their cat-child Ellie, and going hiking and camping. Recently, Ryan has been pursuing a new hobby of making small fashion accessories out of wood, starting with simple projects like earrings and building up to his grand goal of making adorable wooden bow ties by hand.

 

Leisa Boswell

Financial Services Specialist
+1 (415) 865-5652 leisab@sfcenter.org

Leisa is excited to join the center as a financial services associate. She arrives with 5 years of experience teaching personal finance classes to K-12 students throughout the bay area. Leisa believes in education above all else and hopes to empower the community through financial education.

Leisa's background includes a BA in Political Science from UCLA and prior to entering the working world formally she held an internship at LifeWorks Youth Mentoring (now a part of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center) focusing on LGBTQ youth aged 14-24.

In her spare time you'll find Leisa singlehandedly trying to save the United States Post Office by sending out hundreds of postcards to people across the globe, hashtag snailmail!

Riya Christie

Employment Services Specialist
+1 (415) 865-5534 riyac@sfcenter.org

Riya, an Employment Specialist at the Center was born and raised in Jamaica, and moved to the United States where she started her transition. She has run workshops around safer sex practice and HIV/AIDS and other STIs, doing outreach to vulnerable communities including LGBT people, sex workers, drug users, and more. In 2016, She graced the cover of See Me: Transforming NYC’s Homeless Youth, a book by a renowned NYC photographer, Alex Fradkin, in collaboration with the Reciprocity foundation – a nonprofit organization that helps homeless youth. Riya made herself very vulnerable because she wanted society to pay attention to disproportioned communities and take affirmative action. In 2017, she was a panelist at the LGBTQ+ Career Conference 2017: Strategies for Thriving During and Beyond Berkeley, and spoke about the additional challenges transgender and gender non-conforming individuals often have to navigate while looking for work or advancing in their career. She also performed at Transgender Day of Visibility along with her sister and Momma’s Boyz. Riya now is at the San Francisco LGBT Center helping to connect people with the tools they need to be able to successfully sustain themselves.

Rosemary Gardner

Community Programs Manager
+1 (415) 865-5619 RosemaryG@sfcenter.org

Rosemary Gardner is our Community Programs Manager. She recently moved to the Bay Area from Seattle. She is excited to bring her creative energy and project management skills to the Center. Before moving to the West Coast, Rosemary spent 15 years in Charlotte, N.C. where she worked in non-profit, arts management, and photography production.

In her spare time, Rosemary competes in roller derby and volunteers with the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association as Chair of the Records Committee. She enjoys contemporary art, traveling, and running -- usually accompanied by Kenya, her sweet Doberman.

Lara Hueter

Development Associate
+1 (415) 865-5646 larah@sfcenter.org

Lara Hueter (pronouns: she/her) is the Development Associate at the Center.

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Lara moved to San Francisco in 2015 to pursue graduate studies and to seek a diverse and welcoming community. Her professional background includes experience in fundraising, event planning, concert and event production, and music performance.

Prior to her work in development, Lara studied and performed classical music for 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion from the Cleveland Institute of Music and also studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She credits her many years in music with instilling the values of social conscience, philanthropy, and connection to community.

Lara’s interests include dismantling the patriarchy, a newfound love of hiking and camping, and finding inventive ways to cook in her tiny apartment.

Avery Nguyen

TAY (Transition Aged Youth) Navigator
+1 (415) 865-5555 averyn@sfcenter.org

Avery Nguyen is TAY (Transition Aged Youth) Navigator at the Center. While having been born and raised in San Francisco, they are a budding community activist and organizer, particularly for queer and trans communities of color in the rapidly gentrifying Bay Area. Prior to joining the Center, they were Public Health and Policy Intern at a health justice intermediary non-profit before finally giving in to doing the LGBTQ community work that inspires them. They feel the most empowered in the company of their QTPOC communities, however loose or tight the connection.

In their free time, Avery practices resistance by working with queer and trans Asian/Pacific Islander community orgs, enjoys journaling, attending poetry events, and dreaming and scheming about a safer world for their beloved trans fam. 

Mike Pembridge

Facilities Coordinator
+1 (415) 865-5555 mikep@sfcenter.org

Mike comes to the Center bringing a wide variety of skills he acquired from numerous working experiences. Some of these include coffee houses, video stores and 4 years at The Greystone in Noe Valley. When not hard at work here on the facilities team, Mike enjoys good movies and bad sci-fi.

Mia Satya

Trans Employment Program Specialist
+1 (415) 865-5555 mias@sfcenter.org

Mia Satya is a trailblazing community organizer, policy analyst, and political visionary with more than a decade of advocacy experience specializing in youth empowerment, racial justice, economic justice and LGBTQ+ liberation. Mia has four years of experience providing direct services including healthcare and employment to under-served communities and she’s excited to be joining the LGBT Center as the Lead Employment Specialist.

Mia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis from Mills College, is an alumna of the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute, the Victory Empowerment Fellowship, and is the first transsexual graduate of Emerge California, the premiere political training program for women. While appointed to the San Francisco Youth Commission, Mia worked to secure Free Muni for 40,000 low-income youth and co-created a landmark LGBTQ diversity training for 9,000 City employees. Mia also played many key roles in the reauthorization of the Children’s Fund that now provides over $100M a year in critical services for youth.

Mia Satya was recognized as one of the “Most Important Political Figures in San Francisco” by the Bold Italic, named a California Women of the Year by the state Senate, and voted San Francisco Pride Grand Marshal. Mia currently serves as Vice President of External Affairs at the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, Secretary of San Francisco Young Democrats, and Vice-Chair of the Department of Children Youth and their Families Oversight and Advisory Committee. Mia also enjoys emceeing events, swimming in her mermaid tail, and drinks 90 ounces of coffee a day.

Dani Siragusa

Associate Director of Development
+1 (415) 865-5552 DanielleS@sfcenter.org

Dani Siragusa joined the staff of the SF LGBT Center in April 2017 as Associate Director of Development. Prior to joining the Center, Dani served as the Corporate Relations & Events Manager at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) from 2013-2017 and Associate Director of Events at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates from 2008-2013. She is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Arab Film and Media Institute, and a former member of BiNet USA’s Board of Directors and Out & Equal Workplace Advocate’s Bisexual Advisory Council. Dani earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from San Francisco State University, which bred a fascination for ethnography and primatology. While at university, she conducted field research into the Sonoma County Public School District’s HIV/AIDS and STD education curriculum, San Francisco’s low-income medical marijuana community, and primate social behavior. A native northern Californian, she’s loved living in San Francisco since 2006.