The SF LGBT Center has an amazing team of staff, interns, and volunteers! In you are interested in booking an appointment with one of us, please visit our online appointment center. (add link to genbook)
Also, check out more information below about our Trans Employment Program and full Economic Development Team below. Or if you are looking for our full list of Center staff members please visit us here.
Clair Farley, Director of Economic Development
Clair Farley is a community leader, writer, and trans advocate. She is the Director of Economic Development at the San Francisco LGBT Center. Established in 2004, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center’s Economic Development Department is the first initiative in the nation to comprehensively address the economic barriers faced by low- and moderate-income LGBT individuals and families.
Clair works across the country and internationally to advocate for increased visibility of LGBT communities. Her story is highlighted in several films showcased on Netflix and National Geographic. She was invited to White House to participate in the inaugural LGBT Innovation Summit and in 2015 was recognized as a “Soldier of Social Change” in the SF Magazine’s Annual Women in Power Issue.
Fresh! White, Trans Employment Specialist
Fresh! White, our new addition to the Employment Services team, is a Certified Professional Life & Career Coach, Writer, Speaker and Community Activist. Fresh! comes to us with over 15 years working with schools and nonprofits in roles including: Assistant Teacher, Senior Manager, Event Planner, and Technical Volunteer. As a coach, Fresh! works with clients to create fuller and richer experiences on their life path; such as reaching particular goals, developing new skills or habits, creating new work, or simply living their dreams in larger ways. Fresh! has the honor of providing coaching for members of the Brown Boi Project, a racial and gender justice project focused on young masculine identified individuals. He is a volunteer Coach for LeaderSpring, a nonprofit Executive capacity program. Fresh! is also a core coach with Prism Coaching, a group which provides culturally-aware coaching formed around the concept that understanding cultural experiences profoundly affects and strengthens culturally diverse clients, as well as allies, in the coaching process.
Fresh! is returning to the board of the San Francisco Trans March where he will work as liaison between the March and the SF City’s staff and events teams. Fresh! is also a long time consultant and volunteer with The SF Speaker’s Bureau and Marin’s Spectrum Center. He is a speaker and facilitator, with a focus on respect and inclusion for LBGTQQI people as members of ALL of our Bay Area Communities, including schools and workplaces. Fresh! is also a certified Speaker for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, which offers transferable skills for speaking, facilitation and leadership.
Riya Christie, Trans Employment Services Assistant
Riya was born and raised in Jamaica, she moved to San Francisco for a better and more fulfilling life. She loves the city because rich LGBT-friendly history and its wide acceptance of a variety of different identities, orientations, cultures, and backgrounds.
She loves to sing and has a great appreciation for all genres of music. She is looking forward to growing and giving back to her community – and to quote a phrase from a song of one of her biggest possibility models, “I was here”, Beyoncé.
Benjamin Bustamante, Lead LGBTQ Employment Specialist
Benjamin is the newest Employment Services Specialist to join the team. He comes to the Center by way of being a former client in 2012. Upon his move to San Francisco from Sacramento, Benjamin sought the assistance and support of this highly respected organization. After a brief time as a local project manager, he wanted to gain a better strong hold in the community that welcomed him with open arms. He chose to help other job seekers in the LGBT community.
With experience in technology software & web start ups, statewide energy conservation practices and political legislative consulting, Benjamin brings insight of some very fast paced work environments. Benjamin has been called a “bridge” by many former colleagues because of his ability to work with many cross sections of teams and individuals.
Since his move to San Francisco, Benjamin has built very strong connections within the community by involving himself is organizations and groups like AIDS LifeCycle, Bridgemen, Bears of San Francisco, Folsom Street Events, Castro Bear Presents and AtmosQueer.
Diana Freeburg, Manager of Financial Services
Diana is pleased to join the SF LGBT Center as the Financial Services Specialist. She comes to us with five years of credit and housing counseling experience at Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco. Diana is thrilled that in her new role she will be able to help San Francisco’s LGBT community take concrete steps towards their goals of homeownership and financial success. She hopes to empower those she meets with to make positive changes in their finances by helping them create a conscious spending plan. She is currently enrolled at UC Berkeley Extension, with the long term goal of becoming a Certified Financial Planner. Her interests include Roth IRAs, car camping, City Target, Downton Abbey, and Champagne.
Lauren Dvorak, LGBTQ Employment Services Associate
Lauren Dvorak is excited to join the Center as an Employment Services Associate. She recently moved to the city from Sacramento and looks forward to gaining knowledge about the community and all of its resources.
Lauren graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology. She has a passion for helping others and figuring out an individual’s personal strengths so that they can reach their full potential. Her past employment includes administrative work and event planning.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys running, hiking, trying out local restaurants, and catching up with friends over coffee. She is excited to explore the city and see all it has to offer!
Leisa Boswell, Financial Services and Housing Specialist
Leisa is excited to join the center as a financial services associate. She arrives with 5 years of experience teaching personal finance classes to K-12 students throughout the bay area. Leisa believes in education above all else and hopes to empower the community through financial education.
Leisa’s background includes a BA in Political Science from UCLA and prior to entering the working world formally she held an internship at LifeWorks Youth Mentoring (now a part of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center) focusing on LGBTQ youth aged 14-24.
In her spare time you’ll find Leisa singlehandedly trying to save the United States Post Office by sending out hundreds of postcards to people across the globe, hashtag snailmail!
Ximena Arias – Small Business Consultant
Ximena was born in Colombia and she and her family immigrated to the US in 1999. She grew up in the sunshine state and attended the University of Florida, where she completed a Master of Arts in International Business. Four years ago, she moved to the Bay Area and started a career in the economic development sector of nonprofits. So far, she has had the opportunity to work for non-profit organizations that have made a tremendous impact in the lives of many entrepreneurs and their families: Women’s Initiative and Mission Asset Fund. Over the last few months, she has dedicated herself to consulting for her family’s thriving business, in which her parents started over 15 years ago. She is excited to join the SF LGBT Center’s team as the Small Business Consultant.
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