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posted Friday, March 29, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 13
Meet Gunner Scott - Pride Foundation's new program director has wealth of experience
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Meet Gunner Scott - Pride Foundation's new program director has wealth of experience

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Gunner Scott has just finished his first week of work at Pride Foundation.

'Hailing from Boston, Gunner packed up his cats, Bert and Fred, on March 2 and embarked on a week-long drive to Seattle to start work as Pride Foundation's new Director of Programs,' Philip Wong, Pride Foundation communications director said in a media statement this week.

Though his position is new, Scott's experience working for the LGBTQ community isn't. Having most recently served as executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, he has a wealth of experience in training and curriculum development, program management, and public education and legislative campaigns.

PLENTY OF COMPANY
The first week of work at any new job can be stressful, but by week's end, Scott's sense of humor seemed to shine through. Scott told Wong in a Pride Foundation blog interview that the most intriguing thing he learned about Pride Foundation this week is that 'with my office next to the kitchen, how food and coffee bring my co-workers and the dogs by my door quite often.'

Like any proud pet owner, Scott did not shy away from talking about the health and welfare of his cats. 'They are happy to be out of the car, excited to watch the goings-on in the parking lot from the apartment windows, and back to their routine of sleeping the day away.

'I have enjoyed getting to know Seattle, catching up with old friends who made the East Coast to West Coast leap before me, scouring vintage shops for deals' - everything is picked over already in New England, he says - 'and trying out coffee shops in each neighborhood.'

FAMILIAR FLEECE
Scott says some similarities exist between the two coasts.

'Similarities would be the wearing of fleece, passion for LGBTQ equality, and the abundance of seafood options,' he said. 'Differences, I would say how friendly people are here in the Northwest and the biggest one, how differently people drive - let's just say Boston has more of an assertive driving culture.'

So far, Scott says, he doesn't have a favorite local restaurant or coffee shop. 'I have a goal to try a new place every week. I will happily take suggestions for the best sushi, noodle spots, ice cream, and the best places serving locally roasted coffee.'

'Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public,' by Dr. Cornel West, is Scott's favorite quote - one that demonstrates his personal philosophy in working on behalf of the LGBTQ community.

The Director of Programs is a new position at Pride Foundation that will provide strategic vision and leadership for its programmatic efforts throughout the Northwest. You can reach Scott at gunner@pridefoundation.org.

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