The Board of Directors of Indy Pride, Inc. announced on Thursday, June 17, that Chris Handberg has resigned as executive director of the organization effective Wednesday, June 30.
The organization said the resignation was due to developments in his professional career. Handberg will serve as a consultant to Indy Pride as the organization 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. ”
Indy Pride is best known for the annual Indy Pride Festival, just wrapped its 2021 virtual Festival this past week with over 35,000 attendees. It also contributes money to other LGBTQ organizations in Central Indiana and providing educational scholarships to emerging leaders.
“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.”
Indy Pride has already started its search for an executive director and selecting someone to fill the position in the interim