Staff and Board

Rebecca Rolfe

Executive Director
+1 (415) 865-5521

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
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Born and raised in San Francisco, Roberto has worked in social justice and community-building for over 18 years. Currently the Director of Development and Marketing at the SF LGBT Center, and employed at the Center since 2002, Roberto spent nearly a decade heading many of the Center’s innovative services and cultural programs. As Director of Community Programs, he led the arts and culture programs; children, youth and family services; and community development and policy initiatives. Prior to that, Roberto managed peer-led HIV prevention programs for gay and bisexual youth at the STOP AIDS Project in San Francisco. Over the years he has also 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 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 and he resides in San Francisco.

Ximena Arias

Interim Director of Economic Development
+1 (415) 865-5655

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.

Bri Barnett

Development Associate
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Bri Barnett is the SF LGBT Center’s Development Associate. She loves connecting the broader LGBT community to the Center’s work and mission. Bri came to the Bay Area as part of her coming out process and looks forward to building a safe and equitable LGBT community that strengthens long-term San Francisco residents and welcomes those seeking refuge in the Bay.

Prior to working at the Center Bri was involved in organizing for labor, environmental, racial, and housing justice. Her professional experiences includes time spent conducting outreach for the Union of Concerned Scientists, campaign work in the East Bay, and volunteering with Causa Justa:Just Cause and the Transgender Law Center’s fundraising departments.

Outside of work, Bri pursues understanding and embodiment through mindfulness, yoga, cooking, and reading.

Cheyenne Barr

Room Rental Coordinator
+1 (415) 865-5631
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.

Leisa Boswell

Financial Services Specialist
+1 (415) 865-5652

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!

Diana Freeburg

Manager of Financial Services
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Diana is the Center's Manager of Financial Services. She joined the Center after five years of credit and housing counseling experience at Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco. In her current role, Diana helps San Francisco’s LGBT community take concrete steps towards their goals of homeownership and financial success. She hopes that those she meets with feel empowered to make positive changes in their finances by working together to create a conscious spending plan. After many years of classes at UC Berkeley Extension, she has successfully passed the Certified Financial Planner exam in the fall of 2015.

Her interests include Roth IRAs, car camping, Costco, and progressive politics.

Rosemary Gardner

Community Programs Manager
+1 (415) 865-5619

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.