Indy Pride Inc. on Thursday announced that Christopher Handberg will be the not-for-profit organization’s first executive director, following a months-long national search.
Handberg—selected from 65 applicants from across the nation—spent three years as the director of programs and research at the Indianapolis-based Domestic Violence Network, and previously worked in outreach at the Julian Center.
He will start June 26 in the role. It's Indy Pride’s first paid position, signaling growth for the group focused on serving members of Central Indiana’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
“Chris’s range of experience with volunteers and community outreach in Indianapolis tells a long story of passion and ambition to elevate the conversations and experiences of Hoosiers,” said Jason H. Nolen-Doerr, president of the Indy Pride board, in a media statement. “His accomplishments in the nonprofit sector give us confidence he will continue to expand Indy Pride in a meaningful and effective way for our members, volunteers, supporters and partners.”
The organization has previously operated only with volunteers.
The announcement follows the 2017 Circle City IN Pride Fest, which was hosted in Military Park at White River State Park after seven years on the American Legion Mall. The event typically draws tens of thousands of people.
The executive director will “serve as a single point of contact for the board of directors, business operations, financial management, and public relations [as well as] manage festival planning and execution to ensure comprehensive oversight for all Indy Pride operations,” according to a press release.