Length of Employment: November 2007 - present
Brandi Sokolosky has been serving as the Executive Director of Phoenix Pride since November of 2007. Phoenix Pride is best known for producing the Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade every April. With more than 15 years of Project and Event Management experience, Brandi has been instrumental in helping evolve Phoenix Pride from “The Party in the Park” to a thriving LGBTQ community organization. Not only does Brandi produce the two largest LGBTQ community events in the State of Arizona, she has worked closely with the board of directors to create the Phoenix Pride Community Foundation. Since 2008 the foundation has awarded 32 scholarships to LGBTQ identified individuals and funded 11 community grants to non-profits such as, Hospice of the Valley, Alzheimer’s Association of Arizona and onenten. Brandi credits the success of the organization to the amazing volunteers that dedicate their blood, sweat and tears year after year. “I may be considered the “Leader” but Phoenix Pride would not be where or who we are today without the dedication and passion of hundreds of volunteers.” Brandi credits her personal success to the unconditional love and support from her amazing partner, family and friends.
In the past, Brandi has served extensively with nonprofits, including: the 2005, 2006 & 2008 Saguaro Cup Sports Festivals as a Director; the 2007 NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series as Executive Director; the 2007 North American Gay Amateur Athletics Alliance Women’s Division as Secretary; and the 2003-2007 Cactus Cities Softball League as President and Women’s Division Commissioner. Brandi was also named ECHO Magazine’s 2006 Women of the Year for her work with Cactus Cities Softball League and the successful bid to bring the 2007 NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series to Phoenix, Arizona.
Length of Employment: November 2012 - present
As new Project Manager for Phoenix Pride, Dani's goal is to explore new partnerships with organizations and businesses that are looking to expand their awareness and involvement with the LGBTQ community and Phoenix Pride. She carries a deep respect for the Phoenix Pride organization, its history, and plenty of optimism that the organization will continue to be of service to the LGBTQ community for years to come. Dani has a deep love and appreciation for veterans, especially those who are underserved or have found themselves homeless after serving our great nation. She has work experience in providing services and support to veterans and found many to identify as LGBTQ, though many were not out. She strives to create safe spaces where ever she goes, and wants every LGBTQ veteran to feel safe and appreciated for who they are. Dani loves hiking, running, reading and college football; she is a proud Sun Devil. She fancies herself an urban hippie and loves the smell of Coppertone sunblock. Among her few guilty pleasures are: boy bands, glitter, running tights, and gossip blogs. She loves Pintrest!