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 board members

Jenny Walter

Jenny Walter

Chair | Governance

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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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Jeanne Vargas

Jeanne Vargas

Vice Chair | Development and Governance

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Jeanne Vargas | Chair

Jeanne is the founder of CoastPride. A coastal resident since 1989, she enjoys the seaside life with her family, wife, and grandkids. 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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Kassi Talbot

Kassi Talbot

Secretary

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Kassi Talbot | Member at-large

Kassi Talbot (she/her/hers) is a doctoral candidate for Educational Leadership at San Francisco State University. She has been a co-learner/educator for the past six years. She teaches Middle School Social Studies and High School Spanish in Pescadero. Kassandra holds a M.A. in Education, Equity and Social Justice; concentration in antiracist teaching and transformative practices in the rural context. Her ultimate goals include using her position in the community to catalyze transformations in the current school system into one that serves all students equitably. She hopes community members and former students will come back to the coastside community to continue the fight, lead and support future generations. Kassandra is a Red Cross First Aid Instructor, Trauma Informed Instructor and local radio host for KPDO 89.3.

When she is not working on projects for the youth, Kassandra enjoys spending the day with her partner and dogs, cooking, watching a good anime series and surfing.

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Les Shinozawa

Les Shinozawa

Treasurer

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Les Shinozawa | Treasurer

Les Shinozawa has been a resident of Montara, California for over 30 years. Born and raised in Hawaii, Les was recently widowed to the man with whom he shared almost forty years of his life. Holding senior executive positions in Finance, Les was notably the CFO for CellularOne, a large wireless carrier serving the greater SF Bay Area, as well as the CFO for tech start-up BusinessBots, Inc. While ceasing recreational travel during the Covid pandemic, Les plans on resuming travel to far-flung destinations, again, soon. He shares his home life with two dogs and two cats.

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Cathy Hauer

Cathy Hauer

Volunteers

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Cathy Hauer | Volunteers

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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Patricia Bodas

Patricia Bodas

Member

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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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Dana Theractivist Johnson, MSW

Member

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Dana Theractivist Johnson | Member

Dana TherActivist Johnson, MSW, is a transgender non-binary community activist, Author, documentary Filmmaker, DEI&B Consultant and Professional Development trainer. Dana received a master’s degree in social work, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and has a variety of professional certifications. Dana’s an Author and Filmmaker of the memoir, TherActivist: They/ Them/ Theirs, a narrative embracing Identity, Intersectionality, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The TherActivist embodies a “therapeutic activism” approach, while servicing and empowering BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities.

Dana serves as a LGBTQ Commissioner and PRIDE Initiative co-chair for the County of San Mateo. They’re a Peer Support Worker for the Q-Corner, a LGBTQ+ peer wellness center of County of Santa Clara. Dana has 17 years’ experience counseling and working with justice-involved youth. They have co-coordinated the San Mateo County Pride Celebration since 2016 and has been on the coordinating committee since its existence in 2012. They’re the emcee of San Mateo County Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) program. Dana’s also a Fellow of Equality of California, Institute Leadership Academy, and Inaugural member of San Mateo County Leadership CORPS Council.

Dana’s motivated in assisting in the implementation of inclusive policies and protocols, and passionate about providing LGBTQIA+ equity services, social justice services, and activism to marginalized communities. When Dana’s not busy servicing the community they spend time engaging in self-care modalities.

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Kelly Kramer

Kelly Kramer

Member

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Kelly Kramer | Member at-large

Kelly Kramer has had a successful career in information technology for over 30 years. Starting as an IT leader in major law firms, the majority of her career has been at the global consulting firm McKinsey and Company, advancing to Director in Technology and Digital Services Leadership and Excellence.

Kelly is also a licensed Resource Parent in San Mateo County, California. As a child advocate, she has provided emergency care for children suddenly brought into protective custody, working with county agencies and the family court system. She has extensive knowledge and experience in childhood trauma, attachment disorders and medically fragile infants.

She lives with her Covid companion, Brody, a rescued 5-year-old German Shephard, and is a hot yoga enthusiast who enjoys biking and hiking the coastal trails.

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David Oliphant

David Oliphant

Member

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David Oliphant | Member

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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Jennifer Taylor Mendoza

Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza

Member

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Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza | Member

Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza serves as the 10th president of College of San Mateo (CSM), established in 1922 as the first college in the San Mateo County Community College District. She is a longtime leader in the district having served as the Vice President of Instruction at Skyline College in San Bruno for four years (2017–2021). Prior to this, she served as the founding Dean of Academic Support and Learning Technologies (2014–2017) and the founding Director of the Learning Center (2011–2014) at College of San Mateo.

President Taylor-Mendoza leads for social justice and liberation, recognizing our shared responsibility to address the historical legacy of racism to create a more just system of access, reward, and long-term equitable outcomes. She is co-author of Minding the Obligation Gap in Community Colleges: Theory and Practice in Achieving Educational Equity and applies theory to practice as an instructor in the Educational Leadership Program at San Francisco State University.

President Taylor-Mendoza has served on a variety of county councils and boards, including workforce and economic development. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Human Investment Project (HIP) Housing and has served on a range of State Chancellor’s Office committees. She is an Aspen Institute Presidential Fellow and an adviser to the Chancellor’s Office on the Aspen Trustee Fellowship, where she provided strategies to support trustees in their roles as district leaders identifying regional workforce gaps and measuring student equity goals.

A proud community college alumna, Dr. Taylor-Mendoza holds a B.A. in Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles, an M.S. in Counseling, California State University, Northridge, and a Ph.D. in Education, Claremont Graduate University.

As recent empty-nesters, she and her husband James spend time up and down the San Mateo coast, hiking, surfing, and plotting their next vacation trip to exotic locales. Daughter Aramis is attending Caltech studying Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace. Her son Kendall lives and works in Southern California.

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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
holy family half moon bay
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.