coast pride

Dardanelles Trail, Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

About CoastPride

CoastPride is an organization created by our local community in San Mateo County to improve the support, visibility and awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals and families.

CoastPride embraces allies to create an affirming and welcoming community that nurtures individuals of all ages, ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to live to their full potential.

We believe that together we will continue to make the Coastside, from Pacifica to Pescadero, a kind and safe place for the LGBTQ+ community at large.

Our vision

A welcoming and safe Coastside where all LGBTQ and gender-expansive individuals, their families, and allies thrive.

Our mission

Creating a Coastside that supports and celebrates people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.


“Phenomenal work! Thank you for your leadership!”
Sean McPhetridge, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Cabrillo Unified School District

Our goals

  • Facilitate access to services, programs, and events to create a supportive community.
  • Partner with schools, nonprofits and other entities to bring education, training, mental health, social services, community building and wellness events to the coast of San Mateo County.
  • Work with local schools, businesses, faith-based organizations, non-profits, and civic leaders provide an integral support system, especially for the vulnerable youth population.
  • Promote a nonjudgmental and accepting local community on the coast to help nuture LGBTQ community members and their families throughout their lifecycles.

Meet our founders

Jeanne Vargas

Jeanne Vargas | Chair

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Jeanne Vargas | Chair

Jeanne has been a coastal resident since 1989. She enjoys her coastside life with her family, wife, and grand-kids. She has had a Massage Therapy practice in Half Moon Bay since 1999. Being an advocate for our LGBTQ community is one of her true passions.

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Jenny Walter

Jenny Walter | Vice Chair

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Jenny Walter | Vice Chair

Jennifer Walter assists tribes, courts, local governments, and organizations on social reform issues. She brings over three decades of experience and expertise in strategic planning and communications, community outreach, project management, organizational development and collaboration to promote social justice change.

She has a passion and commitment to strengthening tribal/county/state/federal relations and elevating LGBTQ issues through a race and equity lens.

Ms. Walter’s experience includes over twenty-year career as a lawyer for the California Judicial Council where she led a statewide tribal needs assessment, obtained funding for and launched a unit focused on tribal/state relations, initiated and consulted on the documentary, Tribal Justice, served as lead counsel to the California Tribal Court-State Court Forum, and developed statewide policies relating to children, youth, families and concurrent jurisdiction of tribal and state courts. She serves as a tribal appellate judge for the Northern California Tribal Court Coalition. She was the first cochair of the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission and served on the commission for 5 years.

She lives with her wife and their 16-year old daughter in Half Moon Bay, California.

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David Oliphant

David Oliphant | Treasurer, CFO

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David Oliphant | Treasurer, CFO

David and his husband have lived at the coast for almost 10 years. David owns Ocean Blue Real Estate and teaches yoga; his husband Christopher teaches dance at FIT Studios and Shelly Pack Dancers as well as plus choreographing shows around the world.

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Patricia Bodas

Patricia Bodas | Secretary

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Patricia Bodas | Secretary

I am a creative at heart. I find joy in helping others realize their unique sense of self. I do this through my work as an interior home designer and as a pediatric occupational therapist. I love being a positive influence in my community and sharing my love. What lights me up? Creativity, discovery, connection, volunteering, design, fashion, running, riding my cruiser bike and reading. I’m a married mother of three teens, a dog and a cat. Proud coastsider since 2001.

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Brandon Ferrell | At-large

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Brandon Ferrell | At-large

Brandon has been a resident of Moss Beach for 15 years and owns a Tax Practice in Belmont. In his free time, he spends it with his pup UB and can often be spotted paddle boarding out by surfers beach.

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Cathy Hauer

Cathy Hauer | At-large

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Cathy Hauer | At-large

Cathy Hauer is a therapist in private practice, a grassroots organizer for social change, and loves living at the Coast! She was previously on the Empowerment Committee of Outlet (supporting queer youth), and served on the Boards of Coastside Jewish Community and the San Mateo/Santa Clara Valley therapist’s organization, SCV-CAMFT. Currently, Cathy is a Co-Chair of the San Mateo County Pride Center's Community Advisory Board, as well as helping launch CoastPride. Twenty years ago, she and her friend Ronda co-founded Coastside Rainbow Women, an on-going social group for lesbians and bisexual women. Cathy and her spouse Nancy enjoy walking the Coastal Trail, wonderful friends, travel, and the best two cats in the world.

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Sonya Matthysse

Sonya Matthysse | At-large

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Sonya Matthysee | At-large

I love living in Half Moon Bay. My husband and I moved here in 2012 and I feel it is the most beautiful place we have ever lived. I hold a bachelor’s degree in business from San Jose State University and my professional experience includes over 20 years in corporate finance. I currently work in my own practice as a Nutrition Coach and Consultant. It gives me great satisfaction and joy to have the privilege to serve in our community and on the board of CoastPride. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of something so powerful and grounded in human kindness!

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Morgan Rardin, PhD | At-large

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Morgan Rardin, PhD | At-large

Morgan moved to the coast in 2005 after 10 years in SF. A long-time political activist, they were on the original SF Dyke March organizing committee, co-founded NorCal Women’s surf club and belonged to several other organizations. Morgan holds advanced degrees in psychology and is happy to be supporting LBGTQ+ youth by co-facilitating the CoastPride LGBTQ+ youth group. Morgan also works with cult survivors and writes about the cultic experience. With more than 25 years in tech they are currently providing tech consulting on the coast and greater bay area and handling IT for CoastPride.

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Community partners

We are proud to be an integral member of the Half Moon Bay community and mutually support our partnerships. Our recent affiliations include:
cabrillo unified school district
half moon bay chamber of commerce
main street scholars
outlet adolescent counseling services
san mateo county pride center
square peg foundation

GET INVOLVED | Are you passionate about what we’re doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers, supporters, and allies to help us make our vision a reality.

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CoastPride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our tax ID number is 84-2227224.