Bettina Sferrino — Communications Manager
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Selisse Berry is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the world’s largest nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Under her leadership, the organization has grown significantly with dramatic increases in attendance for the annual Workplace Summit since 1999, the expansion of volunteer regional affiliates across the United States and many global initiatives. Selisse’s vision has been instrumental in creating an international organization whose philosophy reflects the importance of treating all colleagues in the workplace with respect and dignity. Since her first job as a guidance counselor, Selisse has continued her commitment to justice as a teacher and as a leader of several social service organizations prior to founding Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. She has master’s degrees in education and theology from the University of Texas and San Francisco Theological Seminary. Selisse and her wife, Cynthia Martin, were legally married in California in 2008. Selisse was awarded the Outstanding Hero Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; the Parks Award in Rome, Italy; and the KQED Local Heroes Award in San Francisco, California. Selisse is the editor of Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office, an anthology of personal stories of executive trailblazers who have transformed the workplace for LGBT people.
Director of Training and Professional Development
Pat Baillie joined Out & Equal in January 2008 after retiring the second time in her career from Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies in Albuquerque, New Mexico, US. Prior to that, she served in the US Air Force retiring in 1993 as a Major. Her entire career has been involved with training, adult education, and activism and she is ready to pull all those parts of her history together at Out & Equal to make a difference for those in the workplace. Pat graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Master’s Degree in Physical Education, Biology and Psychology. After college, she joined the Air Force and worked as a Weapons Controller and Space Operations Officer. She was also active in LGBT causes her entire career and decided to retire from the military on the day that President Clinton announced that the federal government would continue to discriminate against gay and lesbian service members with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” She was then able to publicly come out and was the featured speaker at the Veteran’s Day memorial in Sacramento, California in 1993 and has never looked back. She has also worked extensively with sexual freedom issue as a spokesperson and educator and has work on national grass roots organizing. In Albuquerque, Pat worked within Honeywell on their Diversity Council and was asked to present on LGBT issues at the statewide EEOC conferences as well as being the only “out” employee that could be a resource. She also helped to grow the local and statewide LGBT community as the Co-President of Albuquerque Pride for over 10 years. She continued to be involved in community events from political to social until she realized she was ready to return to California. Her career path took her back to California in 2007 where she began her work at Out & Equal on educating on LGBT workplace equality. She brought her government experience and build a solid foundation working on global issues including developing the programming for 2012 Out & Equal Global Summit. She is a requested speaker and consultant for Executives, HR and Diversity & Inclusion Professionals and Employee/Business Resource Groups around the world. She lives in Oakland with her partner and travels extensively teaching, presenting and discussing the issues impacting LGBT equality in and out of the workplace. The opportunity to influence the workplace is truly a dream job bringing together her political/activist passion with her love of teaching.
Alessa Bell joined the Out & Equal team full time as an events associate in November 2013, following a successful internship helping execute the 2013 Workplace Summit. Previously, Alessa has worked as a production assistant contracted by the San Francisco Pride Parade & Celebration. She worked directly with the main stage producer and was responsible for contracting and coordinating more than 25 performance artists.
Alessa is driven toward work that benefits the LGBT community. She has a passion for fostering and creating environments for like-minded people who support social causes. A 2011 graduate of the University of San Francisco, she holds a B.A. in Communications. Alessa grew up in Southern California and made her home in the wonderful city of San Francisco.
Alessa lives with her ragdoll cat Max, loves to run and has been described as a human jukebox because you never know what she will be singing next.
Senior Manager, Finance & Operations
Pamela joined the Out & Equal Workplace Advocates staff in June 2006, as the new office manager. Pamela earned her bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies with a minor in Judaic Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She also spent two semesters as part of a teaching collective within the Women’s Studies Department at SUNY Albany, where she co-taught the course “Introduction to Feminisms.” Pamela has a long history working with nonprofit organizations dedicated to social change. She was on the coordinating committee for the Social Justice Center in Albany, NY an umbrella group of nonprofit organizations. She was also was part of the collective at Peace Offerings (a nonprofit fair trade craft store) and worked for five years on the committee for the Women’s Networking Fair in Albany, NY. She is currently active in the Network of Spiritual Progressives, eQuality Scholarship Collaborative, and Jewish Voice for Peace. Pamela enjoys biking, animals, reading, foreign films, science fiction, and vegetarian cooking. She lives with her three cats in Berkeley, CA.
Dave has been on the staff of Out & Equal since 2004, during which time he has managed both the departments of development and communications. As senior manager, development & communications he plays a key role in supporting the development team’s ongoing efforts to increase revenue through corporate partnerships, fundraising, and strategic communications within the development department. Prior to joining Out & Equal, Dave was Communications Manager in the Alumni Relations Department at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and 10 years as VP of development and marketing for United Way of the Bay Area. He earned BA degrees in Journalism and Communications from Central Michigan University. Before moving to California he worked six years as a promotional writer for Oldsmobile Division of General Motors Corporation in East Lansing, MI. Dave lives in San Francisco.
After a 30 year career with Bank of America, Stephen Huey brings his corporate and nonprofit relationship management expertise to Out & Equal. As Senior Vice President for Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Stephen led Bank of America’s mission to advance the economic and social well-being of underserved communities in Northern and Central California. Prior to this role, Stephen served as Senior Vice President / Community Impact Manager for Bank of America’s Community Development Bank, where he focused on community development lending, investments, and services. Stephen also held multiple leadership positions for Bank of America’s Consumer Bank including Vice President/Consumer Market Manager for 27 Bay Area Asian-designated Bank of America branches with over 300 employees and $4 billion in assets. Stephen co-founded the Bank of America LGBT Pride Employee Network, and continued to serve as enterprise Co-Chair, Advisor and San Francisco chapter Chair. He was instrumental in expanding LGBT employee visibility, influence and LGBT employee resource group leadership opportunities, championed workplace equality issues including healthcare benefits for transgender employees, and spearheaded a number of long term community partnerships with national, California statewide and local San Francisco Bay Area LGBT nonprofit organizations. Stephen has been very active in the LGBT community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National AIDS Memorial Grove and previously served on the Board of Directors for both the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center and LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center). He was the Employer Leadership Council Chair for the Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, and served as a member of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Community Investment.
Dan Katende joined the Out & Equal staff as an intern in June 2011 and was hired full-time as a receptionist on January 1, 2012. He was born and raised in Uganda, East Africa. In March 2011 he relocated and settled in California from Nairobi, Kenya. Dan began singing at a young age. In 2001 he began his career in music as a full time Performing and Recording Gospel Singer/Musician. He obtained a Diploma/Certificate in Music, Dance and Drama at Kampala College of Music in Uganda in 2006. He also worked as a back-up vocalist for Fr. Anthony Musaala, a Pam Award winner in Uganda for ten years. Together, they were awarded the Pearl of Africa Music Awards for gospel music in 2006 and 2007. Dan recorded eight albums with Fr. Anthony and also released his first solo album in 2008. Dan co-founded the Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, a gay organization advocating for gay rights, HIV prevention and providing counseling for the LGBTI community In Uganda in 2005. He served as treasurer for the organization and was a gay rights activist, advocating for sexual minorities. Dan’s passion is to spread love to the world through his soulful music. His hobbies include going to the movies, traveling, hiking, performing, recording and composing songs that achieve his dream and vision.
Darius joined Out & Equal in April 2015. He currently holds a B.A. in Political Science from Alabama A&M University and a M.A. in International Relations and Human Rights from the University of Birmingham England. Prior to Out & Equal, Darius worked on improving the economic conditions for working families in the south with Working America and was also a senior staff member for the University of California Student Association working to advance student issues throughout the UC system. He has also worked on the front lines of the LGBTQ movement as a Field Manager for Equality California during the repeal Prop 8 campaign; and has also done international research and presented scholarly papers on the United Nations recognition of queer rights as human rights. Originally from the great state of Alabama, Darius loved living in Oakland for over 5 years, but now calls San Francisco home. In his spare time he loves to travel, unsuccessfully trying new sports, watching Bama football (Roll Tide) and playing board and video games.
Maddison joined Out & Equal in March 2015. She graduated from California State University, Chico in December 2014 with a degree in English Literature and Multicultural Gender studies. Prior to Out & Equal, Maddison interned at The Gender & Sexuality Equity Center in Chico for 2 years, working both in the LGBTQ+ program and the Women’s program, planning and facilitating educational and awareness-raising events for marginalized groups and discriminated communities. She was also responsible for the center’s lead marketing strategy as the photographer and videographer, producing promotional campaign and recap videos for all events including national campaign Take Back the Night. Maddison has a strong passion for LGBT activism and feminism, believing in the strength of education and diversity outreach to dismantle social inequities. Originally from the east bay, Maddison now lives in beautiful San Francisco. In her spare time she loves to ride her bike, travel and find new food truck addictions.
Emily Odenberg is a former event production specialist and hospitality coordinator contracted by Red Bull North America. Prior to this she served as a marketing research specialist in both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. She joined “the world of Red Bull” in 2012 acting as event producer for big wave surfing events on the island of Maui. Following this, she was hired by the head of Red Bull hospitality to serve as acting coordinator on a variety of events, such as Formula One World Championship 2013 and National Red Bull Flugtag 2013, which activated in five cities over one day. Emily prides herself in her attention to detail and continually seeks to raise the bar of excellence for her work at every turn. Utilizing her background in analytics and experience in event planning she is very excited to be able to contribute her service, passion, and dedication to Out & Equal Event Associates. A 2011 graduate of the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management, Emily holds a B.S. in Marketing. She originally hails from Southern California, but was born with a Northern California state of mind.
Jackson joined Out & Equal in late 2014 as an Associate after having volunteered for two months prior to the 2014 Workplace Summit. He recently moved to San Francisco from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he graduated from university and began his professional career. Jackson’s background includes experience in such fields as procurement, logistics and HR management for industries including telecommunications, manufacturing, healthcare and tourism. He is passionate about his work and believes that every task presents an opportunity for growth. When he is not working, Jackson enjoys exercising both his mind and body. He enjoys listening to music, solving puzzles, learning new languages, swimming and volleyball. Recently, he’s been trying to convince his husband to adopt a dog.
Chief Development Officer
Rachel joined the Out & Equal staff in November 2014. She brings unparalleled experience in fundraising strategy, portfolio diversification, and relationship building. Rachel has a proven track record of directing successful campaigns raising millions of dollars for nonprofits locally and around the world. Prior to joining Out & Equal, Rachel was the Associate Director of Development at Project Open Hand. Her previous experiences were in creating multi-platform giving opportunities that match the philanthropic interests of individuals and companies with the funding needs of non-profits. Rachel is a California native and lives with her wife, Madeline, in San Francisco.
Bettina joined Out & Equal’s team September 2014 as communications manager. She spends her time writing, editing, designing and tweeting for workplace equality.
California born, Bettina relocated to the Bay Area in 2012 after 8 years in Washington, D.C. She has worked in media relations, hospitality public relations, higher education admissions and marketing, and most recently managing digital content and online communities for Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. At Habitat Greater San Francisco she oversaw significant growth on social media and website traffic, and introduced compelling content series and campaigns to tell the many stories of their community. She hopes to translate this experience into success here at Out & Equal and is committed to using her skills with traditional and new marketing communications to make the world a better, more just place.
Bettina is a proud graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., dislikes sports except for the Oakland A’s, owns nine pairs of prescription eyeglasses and, according to social media, is “super stylish,” “generally awesome,” and (sometimes) “absolutely correct.”
She lives with a cat named Lady Bird in Oakland.
Andrea Shorter brings 30 plus years of experience to as an accomplished advocate, non-profit manager, public official, political strategist, and principal consultant with Atlas Leadership Strategies. Prior to coming on board, Andrea was the Director of Marriage Equality and Coalition Strategies at Equality California, where she led an unprecedented statewide coalition of over 100 diverse organizations, community, political, and business leaders to restore same sex marriage equality after the epic passage of Proposition 8. She is the former Deputy Executive Director of the NAMES Project Foundation/AIDS Memorial Quilt where she developed its vast international chapters network, and developed initiatives to expand the historic Quilt’s reach as a key HIV/AIDS education tool into communities of color, middle schools, universities, and globally, including South Africa. The former Deputy Executive Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, she co-developed and directed what would become a nationally replicated program to provide alternatives to detention to non-violent youth offenders. The program was cited by the Department of Justice as a national model, and awarded by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Excellence in Governance program.
Andrea is a former member of the elected Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Community College District, and the former Co-Chair of the San Francisco Counts Census Committee. She currently serves as ranking member and Vice-President of the Commission on the Status of Women for the City and County of San Francisco, where she continues to lead nationally renowned policy and program initiatives regarding domestic violence, and gender equity in the workplace. Andrea is a proud graduate of Whittier College, and completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Governmentas a 2009 David Bohnett Fellow for LGBT Leaders.
Daniel joined the Out & Equal staff in April 2013. He takes pride in building relationships with the many individuals that support our mission. Before joining the training department, Daniel was responsible for the Advocates Club, which recognizes Out & Equal’s lead individual supporters as well as the Out & Equal Champions Circle, our monthly giving program. Daniel also maintained foundation relationships to fund our programs and year-round efforts aimed at creating a world free of discrimination for everyone. A native New Yorker, Daniel loves living in his adopted hometown of San Francisco. While in New York, Daniel worked as Director of Individual Giving at the Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s foremost LGBT civil rights and advocacy group. Daniel also spent several years as a yoga instructor. It was this experience, after leaving his early career in finance operations which lead him to his passion for non-profit work. Daniel volunteers his time on Greater San Francisco’s Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Board and on the Horizon’s Young Professionals for Equality (HYPE) Community EnGAYgement and Grants Committee. Daniel and his husband Alex Goro live in San Francisco’s Castro district with their playful and lovable kitten Neena. Daniel enjoys gardening, taking long walks through the city and going to the beach whenever the weather is warm enough.
Tony joined Out & Equal as its CFO effective January 7, 2013. Previously, he was on the Out & Equal Board of Directors as its Treasurer from 2004 to 2007 and continued to be engaged with its Finance Committee since 2007. Tony spent 24+ years with NCR; the first ten years in a variety of Finance and Accounting positions and the past 14+ years in Deployment Services, his last position as the Managing Partner for the United States Telecommunications and Technology Industry. Tony is originally from Saginaw, MI. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Dayton. Tony was a CPA for 20+ years and is currently PMP certified.