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George F. Ridgely, Jr.

San Francisco Pride
Executive Director
Since 2014, George F. Ridgely, Jr. has been the Executive Director of San Francisco Pride, one of the largest gatherings of the LGBTQ community and its allies in the world. San Francisco Pride is celebrating its 49th anniversary this June, and annually attracts nearly 1M attendees and participants. San Francisco Pride features a parade through the heart of downtown, from the Embarcadero to Civic Center; along with a 2-day festival at Civic Center that features more than 20 stages and venues. Before joining San Francisco Pride, George worked in multiple capacities with Bay to Breakers 12k, serving as their Director of Marketing before stepping into the role of Director of Operations. Bay to Breakers 12k is an iconic San Francisco event which traverses from the Embarcadero to Ocean Beach. The race is one of the oldest and largest footraces in the country. For the past sixteen years, George has also been involved with the Castro Street Fair; as their Executive Director from 2004-2013, and currently serving as Treasurer on their Board of Directors. Castro Street Fair is a community celebration that was originally founded by Harvey Milk in 1974 and attracts roughly 40,000 attendees annually. Born and raised in southern Maryland, George relocated to California in 1988 where he has lived and worked in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.