Marsha Warren (Photo: Facebook)
Marsha Warren named LGBT liaison to mayor's
QSanAntonio, September 16, 2014
San Antonio activist Marsha Warren has been named the LGBT liaison to
Mayor Ivy R. Taylor's office and will serve on a committee that will advise
the mayor on topics related to the nondiscrimination ordinance and the
LGBT community at large.
Warren's appointment was verified on September 15 by Leilah Powell, the
mayor's chief of policy.
Warren is a veteran and certified public accountant. She is a longtime
member of the Metropolitan Community Church of San Antonio where she served
on the board of directors for several years. She is a member of CAUSA
and was formerly board treasurer of Equality Texas. She also is a founding
member of Pride Center San Antonio and former board treasurer.
In 2009, Warren received the Chuck Jordan Award for lifetime advocacy
from the San Antonio chapter of the Human Rights Campaign.
Powell told QSanAntonio that Warren will head up an advisory committee,
that includes activists Ruby Krebs and Robert Salcido, which will review
complaints filed under the nondiscrimination ordinance.
Ruby Krebs and Robert Salcido (Photos:
Krebs is a political and transgender-rights activist. In 2009, she ran
for the District 1 City Council seat. She also served on the SAPD's Citizen
Advisory Acton Board.
Salcido is on the board of Pride Center S.A., the LGBT Chamber of Commerce
and LULAC Orgullo. He was recently hired by Equality Texas as a San Antonio
The LGBT committee will have occasional face-to-face meetings with Mayor
Taylor to discuss topics of importance to the LGBT community. "This
will be an informal group of community advisors and Marsha Warren will
be the point person for that group," says Powell.
The LGBT group will be one of several such committees the mayor's office
is hoping to organize in the coming months. Powell says the mayor wants
to tap other groups which deal with concerns of protected classes from
among the city's many boards and commissions. She cited the city employees'
affirmative action advisory committee and the veteran's issues committee
According to Powell, the mayor hopes to organize these smaller committees
into a larger mega-group which would be charged with implementation of
the expanded NDO and oversight of the city's policies and programs that
disproportionally impact protected classes.
The structure and meeting schedule for this larger group have not yet
been formulated, Powell said.
The city plans to officially rollout the NDO
reporting website in the coming weeks with the city attorney's office
and Councilman Diego Bernal taking the lead at the announcement.
Powell says the mayor will confer for the first time with the LGBT committee
later this month.