Mar 28, 2024 - News

Utah Pride Center executive director stepping down due to health reasons

The Utah Pride Festival unfolds in downtown Salt Lake City with hundreds of people marching on the street.

A crowd attends a parade at the Utah Pride Festival on June 5, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo: Alex Goodlett for The Washington Post via Getty Images

After facing a "serious health crisis," Ryan Newcomb, executive director of the Utah Pride Center, is leaving the LGBTQ+ nonprofit.

The big picture: It's the latest setback for the center which has been rocked by financial troubles, two rounds of furloughs, a temporary closure and a slew of leadership changes in the past couple of years.

What they're saying: "Ryan's commitment to the success of UPC has been extraordinary. So extraordinary that it has taken a toll on his health," according to a letter sent Wednesday. "What started as a flu in late January, developed into a serious health crisis that has required Ryan to step back and reassess."

Between the lines: Newcomb, who has held the job since last September, is the most recent leader to depart from the nonprofit since 2022.

Catch up quick: In January 2022, then-CEO Stacey Jackson-Roberts resigned after four months on the job due to "health and family reasons."

  • Benjamin Carr, Jessica Dummar and Tanya Hawkins were named co-CEOs at the nonprofit that same month.
  • Dummar departed after less than a year, while Carr exited last summer, per QSaltLake Magazine.
  • Co-CEO Jonathan Foulk, who was hired in 2023, left that same year after the center went through layoffs in August.
  • The majority of the remaining staff were furloughed a few weeks later, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

By the numbers: In the letter, the Utah Pride Center announced it had sold its building to a private buyer to help pay off debt accrued from the 2023 Utah Pride Festival.

  • Its operations will move to the historic McIntyre Building near City Creek Center.

What's next: Newcomb plans to step down April 1 ahead of the upcoming Utah Pride Festival, the nonprofit's marquee event that's slated for June 1-2.

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