Our Staff

Please meet some of the members of our hard-working and dedicated staff.

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Victoria Banks, Events Director

Victoria Banks became our Events Coordinator in 2021. She brings years of experience in event planning as she served as the Event and Conference Coordinator for Christopher Newport University for several years. During her tenure at Newport, she coordinated all aspects of events in size from 5 to 1,400 attendees while managing a staff of 85 employees. Victoria joined our team just as the impact of the pandemic began to lift and has been instrumental in reviving our events schedule. She has been embraced by customers, new and old, and brings her own certain flair to our event planning process.

Please reach out to Victoria for information on Diversity Richmond event space at .

 

Kristen GoldyKristin Goldy, Development Assistant

 

 

 

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Aurora Higgs, M. ED, Program Director

We were very pleased when Aurora Higgs (she/they) joined our team as Program Director in July 2021. Her educational resume is as impressive as her activism. She received her Bachelor’s in Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, followed by a Masters in Education (Leadership Studies, School of Education with concentration in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education.) She is now a Doctorial candidate at VCU.

She shares, “I am a Black nonbinary femme from Richmond’s Southside. My vision for the role as Program Director is dynamic, visionary, and equity-based. This means that I plan on offering future-oriented work that amplifies the diverse voices of the Richmond metropolitan community through a race-informed equity lens. I want to uplift the needs and platforms of those communities most impacted by white supremacy and oppression. I have a rich background in creative programming and production, advocacy, equity, and organizational inclusion. I will draw on my expertise to honor the needs and wishes of the community.”

“Simply put: I am an artist-scholar who intends on reallocating resources to those most in need. I have a vested-interest in disrupting narratives of trauma in the community. Despite the oppression that faces our historically-marginalized communities, we refuse to be single stories of trauma. We deserve programming and resources that allow us to show-up in authentic ways that can also center our joy and all of the things we contribute to society as a whole. As a community center. I consider my job to uplift processes of capacity-building, radical joy, and storytelling to complement the traditional approaches to progress and liberation.”

To my community reading this: Please see me as a resource, and let us know what kinds of affirming programs you’d like to see coming out of Diversity Richmond. You can best reach me via email at

 

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Dia Idleman, Controller

Dia Idleman has been with the Richmond Gay Community Foundation since February of 2010. She has been working in accounting and financial management since 1998 and in the non-profit sector since 2001 when she began working for Warren Whitney and Sherwood, a Richmond area management consulting firm. She then moved to Preservation Virginia where she worked as Accounting Manager and then as the Statewide Retail Manager. Prior to 1998, Dia was a designer and small business owner in the fashion accessories industry.

 

 

James Millner

James Millner, VA Pride Program Director

 

 

 

 

 

  

Megan Rasmon
Megan Rasmon, Accounting Assistant