Board of Directors

NameGovinda Wagner

TitleSecretary

Govinda (They/Them) is a nonbinary artist who moved to Asheville in 2018 from Tampa, Florida after several previous visits enjoying the strong LGBTQIA+ presence and the beautiful mountains. As a military brat who has moved countless times and lived all over the world, they have found the feeling of community cultivated here in Asheville to be very meaningful. Govinda graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with an MA in Art History, specializing in LGBTQIA+ Art. Today, they are working with Dr. Amanda Wray & UNCA's LGBTQIA+ Oral History Archive to record the history of LGBTQIA+ people in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They are also working with the Pride Arts Council to organize and promote local LGBTQIA+ artists. They are proud to be helping the community by serving on the Blue Ridge Pride board.

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What Do Board Members Commit To?

  • Our Board functions as an administrative board.  It’s primary function is to provide fiduciary oversight on behalf of the community we serve and our financial supporters.  While board members typically involve themselves in select Blue Ridge Pride activities, they do so outside their board role and under the leadership of the Executive Director.
  • There are no explicit fundraising requirements of board members.  We find that such commitments limit the ability of some in our community to participate.  We assume that board members will find ways to demonstrate their commitment to the team’s mission.
  • Typically, board members are assigned to work with one of our teams (e.g., community projects and events).  This does not mean that they need to fulfill any operational roles.  As a board member, they are there to provide policy-level oversight.  However, they are more than welcome to  play a more active role.
  • Members are elected to serve a three-year term.  They may serve a maximum of six consecutive years.
  • The board generally meets once a month for one to two hours (currently, the 2nd Monday of each month, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm).  Board members are expected to attend a minimum of ten meetings a year (with two absences excused by the President).
  • The time commitment can vary considerably, depending on a board member’s appetite for getting involved in specific activities.  Here are some guidelines:  Board Meetings: 2 hours per month; Board Communications / Meeting Pre-reads / 1-2 hours per month; Team Liaison: 1-2 hours per month; Volunteering: Board members are required to volunteer for the annual festival and to attend or support one event or function per quarter.

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