SAVE Names Founding Chair Damian Pardo as Interim Executive Director

Pardo will lead the search for new leadership while supporting the organization’s signature programs and policy outreach initiatives


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SAVE has named Damian Pardo as interim executive director, effective immediately. As interim ED, Pardo will oversee the non-profit’s signature programs, donor engagement, and policy outreach, as well as form part of the executive director candidate search committee,  to be led by SAVE Board of Directors Vice-Chair Helena Castro.

“As the founding chair of SAVE and one of the LGBTQ community’s most respected and accomplished advocates and leaders, we are thrilled about having Damian take the helm of the organization during this transition period,” said SAVE Chairman of the Board Elizabeth Regalado. “Damian not only understands the South Florida LGBTQ population intrinsically, his deep involvement with the organization and understanding of its work over the years will serve as the driving force for SAVE’s continued success as we move forward.”

Since 1993, SAVE has developed a long trajectory of success that has been built through the hard work of its leaders and supporters. Today, it is considered one of the most influential organizations advocating for the LGBTQ+ community at both the local and state level. Among its programs, the organization heads SAVE Florida, its statewide initiative to pass the Florida Inclusive Workforce Act (FIWA) and bans on conversion therapy in Tallahassee, among other policy issues that involve the fair and equal treatment of LGBTQ+ community individuals throughout the state.

Pardo served as founding chair of SAVE in 1993 and has remained an ardent supporter of the organization since then. In 2015, together with Joe Cardona, he co-founded Little Havana’s Gay8 Festival, which is today regarded as one of the nation’s largest Latino LGBTQ events. He currently sits on the boards for 4Ward Miami, the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, among others. In 2016, he received Equality Florida’s Voice for Equality Award.

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