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Misson Statement


The mission of the San Joaquin Pride Center is to serve the diverse LGBTQQIA community in San Joaquin County and the surrounding areas by creating a safe and welcoming space, by providing resources that enrich body, mind and spirit, and by educating the public in tolerance and respect for all people within the LGBTQQIA community.

Board of Directors


Ernesto Gonzalez, President

Joseph Piccardo, Treasurer

Randy Smith, Board Member

Lorrie Wick, Board Member

Toni Shi, Board Member

Michael Angelo Valdez-Craven, Board Member

Advisory Board


Donna Brown

Donna Brown served as Stockton’s Deputy City Manager for nine years before retiring. In 2008, she and her partner Colleen Foster started the political consulting firm, Donna Brown & Associates. Donna has been involved in several community organizations from the Stockton Arts Commission, Tidewater Art Gallery, Delta Rotary Club, Harry S Truman Club, and the League of Women Voters.

Shawn Crary

Owner of Big Monkey Group LLC a publishing and media firm in Stockton CA. Shawn currently serves on the board of directors for the San Joaquin AIDS Walk, the Tidewater Art Gallery, and the Miracle Mile Association. In his free time he enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with his family; husband Ernesto Gallardo, son, Cameron Crary, 3 dogs and 1 cat.

Hon. Susan Eggman

The Central Valley’s first out LGBT elected official. Susan decided to run for office after the 2004 election cycle, believing change was necessary. Susan strongly believes that social, economic and environmental justice is possible through the political process. As a founding member of the Central Valley Stonewall Democratic Club, Susan has been an active catalyst for LGBT activism within San Joaquin County. Susan currently serves as Assemblymember for the 13th Assembly District in the State of California.