Staff Members

Staff Members

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Justin Owen
Executive Director

Justin joined Phoenix Pride as Executive Director in May of 2013 and has been in Arizona since 2006 following his relocation from Los Angeles. He has a lengthy background in large scale, multi-faceted business operations from his experience as a Manager and Event Producer creating magic for Disney Entertainment Productions and as a Consultant for multiple studios and production houses in Southern California. Prior to joining the Phoenix Pride staff, Justin served as Committee Manager for Phoenix Pride and volunteered in various manager and support roles with Long Beach Pride, The Trevor Project, Aids LifeCycle and Special Olympics for over 15 years. His background has taken him through business and brand management, logistics and production throughout the nation pulling him from his little home town of Stilwell in eastern Kansas.

Justin currently serves as a City Commissioner on the City of Phoenix Human Relations Commission and an Advisor on Congressional District 7′s LGBT Advisory Council.

Justin loves hiking, biking, camping and all of the outdoor activities that Phoenix and Arizona has to offer. He has a passion for making sure that our LGBTQ youth have all of the options available to them to lead long and healthy lives. You can often find him exploring area parks and lakes with his partner Matthew and his Golden Retriever, Sparks.


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Clayton Scherf
Director of Development

Clayton joined the Phoenix Pride team as the Director of Development in June 2015. Although Clayton is new to Phoenix himself, he has several family members throughout the city and feels right at home. Clayton recently moved from Denver, Colorado where he spent the last 3 and half years working at The GLBT Community Center of Colorado. During his time at The Center of Colorado, Clayton assisted the Development team reach their end goal of $3.5 million, to close out their Capital Campaign in addition to spearheading his own fundraising campaign, their Stone Wall Garden. Clayton has extensive experience with supporting various programming departments in their fundraising efforts to help grow and cultivate strong relationships within the community. Most recently, Clayton was the Healthcare Program Manager and led a team of Enrollment Guides at multiple sites around the state focused on LGBT healthcare outreach, education, and enrollment. Focusing on the access to quality healthcare for so many of our uninsured community members, Clayton has found his passion for serving our community.

If Clayton has a free weekend, you most likely would find him enjoying the outdoor life, camping, hiking, water skiing, or just enjoying time barbecuing by the pool.


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Katie Hobbs
Community Outreach and Support Services Manager

Katie joined the Phoenix Pride team as Community Outreach and Support Services Manager in November of 2016. Katie is also a Arizona State Senator representing central Phoenix and serving in her second term. She currently serves as the Minority Leader. Katie was just re-elected in 2016 to a third term as Senator and second term as Minority Leader. Prior to serving in the Senate, she served one term in the House of Representatives.

Katie, an Arizona native, graduated from Seton Catholic High School, got her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Northern Arizona University, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University.

Prior to being elected, Katie spent her social work career working in behavioral health and with homeless individuals and victims of sexual and domestic violence. She spends a lot of her free time volunteering with LGBTQ youth at one-n-ten. When she’s not doing that she’s running races, doing triathlons, hiking around our beautiful state, or spending time with her amazing husband Pat and kids Sam (18) and Hannah (14).


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Victor Avila
Program Manager

Victor joined the Phoenix Pride team as Program Manager in December of 2016.  He moved from El Paso, TX to begin his career at Bank of America in 2011. Victor started getting involved with the LGBTQ community as a volunteer for Phoenix Pride and, soon after, became a leader within the bank’s LGBT Pride network. It is here that he found his passion in serving our community and has since dedicated his energy to volunteering with several LGBTQ organizations, including One-n-Ten and the Human Rights Campaign. He has also served on the planning committees for Dining Out for Life and the Night for Life gala for the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. You can find him out in the community volunteering with the center’s outreach team, IGNITE, encouraging and spreading the mission to normalize and help eliminate the stigma around HIV. His hope is that one day people from all cultures and backgrounds will come together to work for a better world, because we are strongest when we are united.

He is excited to join the Pride family to live his passion through his work and help empower our LGBTQ community. In his leisure time, Victor enjoys traveling and spending time at the park with his partner, Jonatan, and their pet son, Pearl.


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Jason Temple
Festival Operations Manager


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Mike Fornelli
Pageant Manager

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