The Board of Directors of Indy Pride Inc. has announced that Chris Handberg is resigning as executive director of the organization effective June 30. Handberg will serve as a consultant to the organization as it seeks a new executive director.
“I have truly been privileged to work alongside the most dedicated, passionate, and selfless people I have ever met,” said Handberg. “When I started, Indy Pride wanted to move beyond being ‘just a festival’ to an organization that provides meaningful engagement with its community, establishes strong partnerships with organizations, and has a foundation to better the lives of LGBTQ+ people across Indiana. I believe we have seen major growth and accomplished those goals. I am ready to have a personal shift of focus and remain excited to see what is next for Indy Pride.”
The organization says it is actively engaged in dialogue with multiple candidates for the executive director role and has assigned interim responsibilities to the president and members of the board.
“We owe much of Indy Pride’s success to the outstanding leadership of Chris Handberg,” said Tanner Alexander, board president. “As the Board and I plan for the future, we want to listen to our community to learn how Indy Pride can continue to be the best resource for LGBTQ+ folx. We will continue to program and host the stellar events and activities we are known for, and we are excited to use this time of transition to listen to the community. We are working on identifying the role Indy Pride should play in the community, how we can best serve people moving forward, and we are looking forward to gaining new perspectives. Expect those conversations later this summer and fall.”
Indy Pride says it is moving forward with its in-person parade planned for October, the date for the fourth annual Indy Pride Career Fair, as well as other events to be announced soon.