PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
Emily Bender has been a board member with PFLAG Sacramento since 2013. She currently serves as the chapter president, cultivating a strong team of board officers. Previously, she served as a volunteer facilitator for a queer youth group, and was a board member for the Sacramento International LGBTQ Film Festival for 10 years.
Emily began her career as a community organizer working with refugees and economically disadvantaged families. For over 20 years, she has worked in nonprofit organizations including: American Cancer Society, Mutual Housing California, Child Abuse Prevention Center, Mental Health America, and the Sacramento LGBT Community Center—where she served as Director of Programs.
A native Spanish speaker and immigrant, Emily brings expertise in cultural responsiveness, program development, community engagement, and organizing. In her current role as a consultant for the Social Changery, Emily raises awareness of intersectionality in public health and social justice issues including mental health, youth development, and LGBTQ+ communities.
As Regional Director, her goal is to strengthen chapters, identify emerging leaders, and expand membership diversity.
Emily lives with her wife, Haley, and their 2 senior rescue dogs. They love to travel, dance, and spend time with family and close friends.