San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission selects co-chairs

Excerpt from Bay Area Reporter
Published January 8, 2015
By Matthew S. Bajko


"The San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission this week named its first female and male co-chairs to lead it in its inaugural year.

Believed to be the first county commission of its kind in California, it was established last summer by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors at the urging of then board President Dave Pine . In the fall the supervisors named 11 people to serve on the countywide oversight committee.

They increased the number of commissioners from an initial nine seats due to the impressive qualifications of the 50 people who had applied to serve.

At their first meeting in 2015, the night of Tuesday, January 6, the commissioners decided to split the chairmanship duties between lawyer Jennifer Walter, a resident of Half Moon Bay, and Redwood City resident Jason Galisatus , a senior at Stanford who was instrumental in seeking the LGBTQ commission's creation.

Elected as vice chair was Pacifica resident Richard Faust . A San Francisco firefighter and paramedic, he lost his re-election bid last fall for his seat on the Pacifica School Board.

All three will serve one-year terms."

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