Linda DeMarco, President
Linda DeMarco started as a volunteer for the Pride Committee in 1998 as coordinator of the Festival and is currently the President of the Board of Directors. Linda is a successful entrepreneur and owner of Boston Pretzel Bakery Inc. for over 15 years. Linda also serves on the Board of Directors of the Faneuil Hall Merchants Association and the Small Merchants Association of Downtown Crossing. She brings her expertise in business and finance to the Boston Pride Committee. Linda met her spouse during a pride meeting many years ago and they still volunteer together during Pride week! When Linda isn’t working on Pride or twisting pretzels she is home with her partner enjoying their 3 cats and cheering on Boston’s home town sports teams. Her favorite thing about Pride is the smiles people have on their faces all day! Email Linda: email@example.com
Wilfred Labiosa, Vice-President
Wilfred Labiosa, born and raised in Puerto Rico, arrived to Boston in 1989 to study at Boston University and then at Northeastern University. Since then he has been involved in community organizing and advocacy for LGBT Latinos and Immigrant rights. Besides being involved with Boston Pride for many years, he is the current regional representative and Board member of Unid@s (the National Organization for Latino/as LGBT Human Rights) and Board Member of Acceso. He is co-founder of Somos Latin@s LGBT Coalition of Mass and Latino Pride of New England. He has been a mental health care provider and public health researcher for over 15 years. In his spare time, Wilfred likes to cook, travel, and entertain friends and family. Email Wilfred: firstname.lastname@example.org
Malcolm is not shy about telling anyone who asks why he got involved in Pride. He happily replies, “I joined Pride to meet guys.” During a blizzard in January 2004, Malcolm walked into the first volunteer recruitment meeting of the year and has been with Boston Pride ever since. Over the years he has been heavily involved in the production of the Pride Parade and in 2008 joined the Board of Directors as a member of the finance committee, applying his 9-5 job knowledge to the organization he has grown to love. In his imaginary free time, Malcolm crochets, plays Dungeons and Dragons and wastes endless hours with his Pokemon. Malcolm’s initial reason for getting involved with Boston Pride paid off: He met his boyfriend of 6 years during his first Pride stint and they now care for a rabbit and 5 chinchillas together. Email Malcolm: email@example.com
Sylvain Bruni is a Human Systems Engineer at Aptima, Inc., where he provides expertise and leadership in human-centered design processes: requirements definition, design development and implementation, and system evaluation. His research focuses on human-automation collaborative systems, multimodal user interfaces, human-in-the-loop experimentation, and the statistical analysis of human-centered system data. Prior to joining Aptima, Mr. Bruni conducted research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), focusing on designing and testing of collaborative decision-support systems, specifically in military environments. His work further included the detection and classification of operators’ cognitive strategies as a means to assess interface and system design. Mr. Bruni’s background also includes investigating the effects of information display and levels of automation on system performance, as well as defining evaluation tools and methodologies for complex human-computer systems.
Mr. Bruni holds a S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec, France). He is currently a doctoral candidate in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT’s Humans and Automation Laboratory. He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Department of Defense Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group.
Mr. Bruni has been involved with Boston Pride since 2003. First a volunteer for several events, he went on to coordinate the Pride Parade in 2005 and 2006 and the Stuart Street Block Party from 2007 to 2009. In 2007, he joined the Board of Directors of Boston Pride, where he supervises the organization’s information technology and communications. A member of InterPride’s CSIC and Scholarship committees, Mr. Bruni is also the co-chair of the 2012 Annual General Meeting / Annual World Conference of InterPride, to be held in Boston October 3-7, 2012. Mr. Bruni is also involved in multiple other community organizations in the Boston area, such as MIT’s LGBT alumni group, Fenway Health’s Young Leadership Council and the French American Chamber of Commerce in New England’s Young Professionals Committee. Email Sylvain: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob is a Massachusetts native, born and raised south of the city. While attending college in Rhode Island, Rob became very involved with Rhode Island Pride and the LGBTQ community of Rhode Island. After graduating and spending a few years in Providence, Rob moved to Boston and settled in Boston’s South End. In 2004, Rob started volunteering for Boston Pride at the former Stuart Street Block Party. As the years progressed his involvement with Boston Pride deepened and the ties to the LGBTQ community grew. Currently Rob oversees the Back Bay Block Party, Main Stage Lounge at the festival, and all liquor sponsorships. Contact rob at email@example.com.
Interested in Joining the Board of Directors?
If you want to join Boston Pride’s Board of Directors, please complete the Board of Directors application and send it to:
The Boston Pride Committee
398 Columbus Ave. #285
Boston, MA 02116
If you have any questions, call the PrideLine at (617) 262-9405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.