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Marsha Warren (Photo: Facebook)

Marsha Warren named LGBT liaison to mayor's office
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: QSanAntonio)

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 community organizer.

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 as examples.

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.