Fernando Zweifach Lopez Jr has been an active voice for the LGBT community while working for organizations such as Equality California, Marriage Equality USA, and San Diego LGBT Pride. Through his work with media, guest lectures, and serving on a multitude of campaigns, boards, and committees he has been a consistent presence ensuring the struggles of the LGBT community are ever visible.
He is the Executive Director of San Diego Pride.
Araceli “Cheli” Mohamed is Director of Volunteer Services and Community Leadership Development and the former Chief Operations Officer for the United States Police & Fire Championships. The United State Police & Fire Championships is an annual Olympic-style event which is open to men and women representing law enforcement, fire, prisons and border protection.
As the former Leadership & Community Resources Director for San Diego’s LGBT Pride, a human rights and social justice organization that fosters respect for and pride in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally and globally. Cheli was responsible for overseeing all activities related to the organization’s volunteer programs, including recruitment, orientation, placement, supervision, development, retention, recognition and appreciation for approximately 1000 volunteers year round. She was the liaison to city, county, state and federal elected officials. As a member of the development team, she was responsible for identifying and creating sponsorship opportunities and corporate volunteer partnerships, as well as increasing community in-kind donations. Manage and increase festival and community partners. Develop field placement opportunities for interns from local colleges and universities. Head efforts to develop and train emerging volunteer leaders within the organization and community. Work with program coordinators to develop, manage, and train department volunteers.
Cheli is originally from Brawley, California, and graduated from the University of California, San Diego. She has spent 20 years in non-profit social services and 7 years working in local government. Her professional background includes program and corporate development, volunteer management, crisis intervention, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, fund-raising, and special events.
A national speaker on Volunteer Development and Management, Cheli is a recent graduate of both LEAD San Diego’s EMBARK & IMPACT Classes and a finalist for the highly coveted Herbert G. Klein Award for Exemplary Leadership. In recent years Cheli has been named Woman of the Year, by the San Diego LGBT Community Center for her tireless advocacy and activism and recognized by the City of San Diego for community leadership.
Cheli is passionate about volunteering and devotes countless hours to community organizations. She is a firm believer in donating time, talent and treasure to cultural and educational organizations, and has sat on the board of directors for Diversionary Theatre, Bayshore Preparatory School and The Latino/a and Indigenous Peoples’ Unity Coalition, in addition to, Home Start, Inc., Lambda Archives of San Diego and most recently has been elected to the Board of Directors for San Diego LGBT Pride where she serves as the Chair of the Board Development Committee.
Cheli lives in San Diego with her children Brianna, Richard, Maya and Mateo.