Roger Roa is a busy man. As Director of Development for the Pride Center at Equality Park, Roa handles all the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors for annual, capital and planned gifts. He also plans and executes the Center’s major events such as the Rainbow 5k, Diversity Honors Gala and Wicked Manors.
“I have worked in higher education for over 8 years and in municipal settings for over 5 years,” Roa said. “Over all I have worked in the hospitality and event planning field for over 12 years. After a decade of event planning I decided to take a leap of faith and change career paths into the world of nonprofit and specifically in fundraising. I have worked for the Pride Center for over 2 years as a member of the executive team and I am solely responsible for raising over $500K in donations that support the operational budget.”
In spite of all that, Roa is also involved with Leadership Broward Class of 35, Children’s Harbor, the Covenant House Young Professionals, is a Leadership Advisor for Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and is on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. A self-described “dancer at heart,” Roa has been in a relationship with his husband for 11 years, loves to work out and be active, and enjoys movie or Netflix nights at home.