Board of Directors

The Venice Pride Board of Directors work hard all year to present the annual Venice Pride Sign Lighting & Block Party and other events throughout the year. Our 100% volunteer-based leadership is committed to celebrating and honoring the LGBTQ+ community of Venice and the L.A. metropolitan area.
Grant Turck
Executive Director

Educating the public on LGBTQ+ civil rights has been a life-long mission for Grant. In 2001, despite strong opposition by administrators, he founded a Gay Straight Alliance at his high school in Madeira, Ohio and in 2004 he challenged anti-gay policies at Pepperdine University. Sixteen years later the GSA at Madeira High School continues to promote acceptance and awareness of the LGBTQ+ community amongst its student body.
In addition to activism, Grant has more than 10 years' integrated marketing experience across entertainment, hospitality, and technology. Presently he provides digital marketing consulting and training to growing companies and entrepreneurs. Grant lives in Venice, CA.
Esquire Jauchem
Secretary

Esquire is currently the President of the Board of the Los Angeles League of Arts (501c3) the Burning Man organization in charge of producing the Decompression Festival for 13 years and the BeQuinnox Festival for the last five years. LALA recently purchased 150 acres of land near California City for the use of the LA Burning Man Community.

For the past forty years, Esquire Jauchem has had an extremely varied career in the performing arts.  He was the founder of the Boston Repertory Theater (501c3), Associate Director (with Sarah Caldwell) of the Opera Company of Boston (501c3), and co-founder of Broadway’s Jauchem & Meeh special effects company.

He has worked as a Producer, Writer, Director, and Designer (lighting, sets, and costumes) in a variety of performance arts including The Big Apple Circus, the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet, the Ballet Trockadero, a casino magic show, and produced over 1,000 episodes of network and cable television. He designed the scenery and lighting for the Dalai Lama on the night that he won the Nobel Peace Prize He was the founder and producer of the Carnevale Venice Beach for 8 years.
Daniel Samakow
Treasurer