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
President, 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.
Heith Rogers
Director

Heith has been working in Facilities Management for the past 16 years including Sony Music, Sony Pictures and now with Google Venice for the past 3 years. He is a resident of Venice for the better part of 14 years and invests his love for the neighborhood with personal and professional energy to create a positive impact. Heith has developed a relationship with service agencies providing for the homeless and also serves on Google’s Community Outreach committee, helping to bridge the gap between local business and neighborhood.
Julian plunkett-dillon
Director

Julian has more than eight years' non-profit experience as the director of special events at the American Diabetes Association. He lives in Venice, CA.
Sunny Bak
Director

LA-based photographer Sunny Bak started shooting at the age of twelve in Manhattan, NY, when her father loaned her his Nikon Rangefinder.
A young Broadway groupie, she began by hanging out backstage and documenting some of its biggest starts, including the original cast of "A Chorus Line," "Chicago," Ben Vereen and Bob Fosse. She also shot the infamous lesbian cover for Newsweek in June 1993. Since 1992 she has made Venice Beach her home where she is also a board member of the Venice Art Crawl.
Michael Brunt
Director

Michael has more than 10 years' experience supporting C-suite executives in the entertainment and legal sectors. He has worked for Fox Family, MTV, and Viacom. Michael lives in Venice, CA.
Patrick Marston
Director

Patrick is an artist and muralist with more than 15 years' experience. His works can be seen at Google Venice and on the streets of L.A. He has shown at Santora Art Complex, the 2010 Palm Springs Modernism Show, the Lowes Santa Monica, and Neptina in Venice.  Previously he was employed with the Center Theatre Group and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Patrick lives in Venice, CA.